by Sierra Hansen
JoAnne is an active member of the Tombstone Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. She is very excited to be working alongside Kelly and Sierra Hansen and the organizing team to bring DAR to Vail.
JoAnne is a proud Navy Brat, having had the good fortune to live in Keflavik, Iceland, and Athens, Greece, before her father was stationed stateside when she was nine years old. JoAnne grew up in the “Cradle of Naval Aviation” in beautiful Pensacola, Florida, where she met her husband of 31 years, retired Rear Admiral, Daniel MacInnis.
In 2005, Dan’s career with Raytheon brought JoAnne and their daughter, Danielle to Vail, AZ. When Danielle started kindergarten, JoAnne went to work for the Vail School District. She started as a paraprofessional, but transitioned to a substitute teacher while working part time as the Volunteer Coordinator at Old Vail. She retired from the Volunteer Coordinator position in 2019, but JoAnne continues to work as a substitute teacher and been with the Vail School District for 16 years.
JoAnne is a dedicated volunteer at heart, and her strong military roots and their patriotic mission is what drew her to DAR As the Chairperson for the Service to America Committee for the Tombstone Chapter, she encourages the Daughters to volunteer in their community where they can share their passions and “show what they know.” JoAnne is passionate about education and supporting our veterans, so that is where she volunteers most. JoAnne has supported teachers and staff of the Vail School District by serving on the executive boards of several school PTAs, was a Brownie Troop Leader, and supported multiple clubs and organizations in the school district and beyond. She also works “one on one” with students as a reading coach at multiple schools, and spearheaded a Tombstone Chapter commitment to raise funds to send Southern Arizona veterans to the National Wheel Chair Games.
Since the DAR is a lineage-based organization founded on service, it has been a blessing to find a group of women diligently working on the same goals of Historic Preservation, Education and Patriotism. Establishing a DAR chapter in Vail, AZ is a labor of love and welcomes Daughters 18 year or older to join us on this exciting adventure!
The DAR is a non-profit, non-political, worldwide service organization devoted to historic preservation, education, patriotism, and family history. Any woman, 18 years or older, who can prove lineage bloodline descent from an ancestor that aided the American Revolution, is eligible to join. The DAR and the Vail organization team can help you with your genealogy research if needed. The DAR has a database of research to assist in the application process. If you are interested in joining, contact Sierra Hansen at sierrahDAR@gmail.com.