Joanne Pinaire

Director Emerita

Joanne Pinaire from Visions Service Adventures

Joanne is the former owner/Director of VISIONS and played a primary role in creating and shaping VISIONS from its inception in 1989. Joanne’s eclectic background includes writing and researching in non-profit arenas, marketing for an Equity repertory theater company and a theater troupe founded to showcase the works of Western states playwrights. She taught ESL to Hmong refugees from Laos in Missoula, Montana, and high school English on Montana’s Blackfeet Indian Reservation. At the Dalton School in New York City Joanne worked in Admissions and with the Assistant Headmaster for Curriculum Development. She was Administrator for six years at The Children’s School, a nationally praised early learning center in Stamford, CT.

In late 1969 while still in college, Joanne visited her Vista-volunteer sister on a Montana Plains Indian reservation. It was a a life-changing trip. She became a Montana resident for a decade, continuing to learn about its native people. She created VISIONS Montana programs and directed many seasons on our reservations programs. Joanne and her husband live in Newport, Pennsylvania, VISIONS former office base, where Joanne volunteers for the local library and with a grassroots advocacy group that recently helped create transitional housing for domestic violence survivors in Joanne’s rural home county.

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Recent Blog Posts

Keeping the Dream Alive

Keeping the Dream Alive

Keeping the dream alive by honoring MLK. Our Montana Teen Summer Programs foster a deeper understanding of cultural diversity and humanitarianism. Learn more about Dr. King and VISIONS Montana programs.

Building Community & Family in D.R. Summer Programs

Building Community & Family in D.R. Summer Programs VISIONS has been leading teen community service programs in the Dominican Republic since 1991(!). One of our primary project partners since this program’s inception is the Lions Club (Club de...

Our Traditional Bison Harvest

Our Traditional Bison Harvest

Learn more about this unique activity during our Montana Teen Summer Programs, which fosters a deeper understanding of and connection with our food sources.
VISIONS Reading List: July 2021

VISIONS Reading List: July 2021

In this new blog series, we’re going to share five new books every three months. For July 2021, we’re focusing on sustainability, with five books to help you better understand the environmental challenges we face in today's world and the ways we can tackle them.