Joyce’s Complete Biography 2014

Joyce as Ellen at Purdue University Felker Conference 2008

Joyce B. Miles CFCS Retired (Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences) worked for the Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Florida for over 31 years. She served as the Family and Consumer Sciences Supervisor for the county school system where she provided technical assistance and training to over 100 family and consumer sciences teachers. She also served as the coordinator for Blueprint for Career Preparation for 20 schools. This career initiative utilized applied teaching methods and career focus for all grades. The efforts provided the basis for School-to-Work and Tech Prep programs in the county, as well as promoting systemic change in the way education conducted business. Joyce retired from the Duval County Schools in 1997.

Over a period of 14 years, Joyce wrote grants and was funded in excess of $4,100,000 for projects relating to consumer and homemaking, single parents, Blueprint for Career Preparation and parental involvement. She managed all the grant monies including hiring staff, purchasing all equipment and supplies, and designing evaluation criteria. She is proficient in facilitating groups to develop strategic plans, thus enabling them to develop competitive grant applications.

In October, 1992, the River City Business and Professional Women’s Club honored Joyce as one of Jacksonville’s Outstanding Business and Professional Women. In April 1993, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Consumer and Family Sciences at Purdue University. In August 1995, she received the Outstanding Vocational Administrator award for Duval Schools. In February 1996, she was nominated for membership in the Purdue Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honorary Society of Agriculture, Consumer and Family Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine. In October 1997, she was awarded the Mildred Lennertz Award for Outstanding contributions to Vocational Education and Family and Consumer Sciences in Florida. In June 1999, she received the Outstanding Public Service Award from the Duval County Cooperative Extension. In June of 2005, she received the prestigious LEADER award from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Joyce was active in community study groups including Workforce 2000 for Jacksonville, Economic Incentives and Leadership in Jacksonville. She served on the board of local think tank, Jacksonville Community Council, Inc, the Board for Volunteer Jacksonville and has completed an unprecedented nine year term on the board for Family Counseling Services. In February 1997, she was trained as a Brain Research Resource team member as a part of the Carnegie Starting Points Initiative in Florida. As a result of this training, she has trained over 1,000 individuals nationally in implementation strategies using the Brain Research. She also speaks to national audiences about networking and collaboration and becoming an advocate for children and families. Her presentations on Building Leadership Capacity are highly sought after as she travels as a former Board Member for the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences. She has organized and presented at major international leadership training conferences for AAFCS. She is one of the leaders in developing materials illustrating the impact of technology on individuals and families. Her presentations on Cyberparenting: The Positives, The Perils and the Pitfalls are current and provide valuable information to parents, educators and all other consumers of the cyberspace technologies. She actively works for women and philanthropy issues at Florida State University and Purdue University. She serves on the Women of Purdue Steering Committee designed to advance women in the spirit of giving. She serves on the Florida State University Foundation Board of Trustees where she chairs the Development Committee as well as serves as the founding member of Women for Florida State University.

In preparation for the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Centennial Year, Joyce produced a DVD on the LIFE AND LEGACY of ELLEN SWALLOW RICHARDS. For the past six years, Joyce has traveled the country showing the DVD along with her one woman portrayal of Ellen IN HER OWN WORDS. Sales from the DVD, as well as honoraria for the performances, support the AAFCS Centennial Challenge Campaign. She and Ellen traveled over 50,000 miles, made over 50 presentations, sold over 3,000 DVDs and earned over $ 40,000 for the AAFCS Centennial Campaign Endowed Fund.  Proceeds from the Leadership Endowment will forever fund leadership opportunities for members of the profession.

IN June of 2011, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences honored Joyce with its most prestigious award the Distinguished Service Award. In addition, she was also awarded the Wiley-Berger Award for Volunteerism.

Joyce is President of her own consulting and training company, Joyce B. Miles & Associates, A Leadership Development Group. She designs curriculum, teaching materials and training packages to train practitioners in the use of the materials. She has been one of the community leaders promoting systemic change in the educational arena to prepare students for the 21st Century workplace. She has presented locally, state-wide, and nationally to over 5,000 participants.

Joyce has co-authored a careers textbook for use in secondary family and consumer sciences classes.

Joyce B. Miles and Associates: A Leadership Development Group 2014
PO Box 1689 Maggie Valley, NC 28751 828-926-4436 joycemiles @aol.com

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