Joni Schmalzried

Joni’s Bio

Joni Schmalzried is Chief Program Officer overseeing all grant making activities and programs that advance the Foundation’s mission. Joni has spent 34 years in the field of Special Education, as a secondary teacher, Transition Coordinator and Director of Special Education. For the last 8 years she has worked as a University professor and as a Project Coordinator/Research Associate at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University. Joni is passionate about supporting individuals with disabilities in creating a ‘choice driven life’, including independent living, employment, and community participation.

A graduate of Saint Francis College (University of Saint Francis) with Masters and Doctoral degrees from Ball State University, Joni’s experience with disability is extensive. Having been on the other side of grantmaking as an applicant, she can relate to our grantees while taking a firm approach to ensuring their success. Her knowledge is a blessing to our staff and our grantees.

Joni has lived in the Huntington area here entire life. She is married and has one son and a beautiful granddaughter. When she is ready to relax, Joni enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and cooking.