A native of neighboring Cumberland County, NC, Joy moved to Harnett County in 2005, and commuted to Fayetteville as the National Editor and VP of Kidsville News, Inc., the headquarters for the nationwide Kidsville News publication. She began a new endeavor in 2012, branching out on her own with the founding of Main Street Media and became the publisher of Kidsville News of Harnett County. She expanded the publication to include Lee County in 2013.
Joy jumped into the publishing world as a young 20-something year old in 1995 as the very first editor and general manager of what is now Fayetteville's only weekly community newspaper, Up & Coming Weekly. She was responsible for its design, success and development. In 1998, she helped launch Cumberland County's first issue of Kidsville News! Now, that publication is the model and standard followed by newspaper publishers nationwide.
A graduate of Methodist University, Joy has also worked for two award-winning southeastern advertising agencies, providing production management, copywriting and working to secure new business.
She has always been very active in her hometown community and has served on various boards, organizations and committees. In 2005, she was president of the region's largest and most successful outdoor event, The Fayetteville Dogwood Festival. In 2007, she was named to the Fayetteville Observer's "Top 20 Under 40" list of professionals making a difference in their community. She currently serves as a founding member of the Kiwanis Club of Western Harnett, serves on the Education Committee for the Dunn Chamber of Commerce, is an incoming board member to the Harnett County Business Education Partnership, and is an alumna of Leadership Harnett. Joy is also an active member of SAPA, a southeastern organization of newspaper professionals.