Joyce was a dear friend and neighbor of co-founders Lynn and David Frohnmayer; their daughters were playmates. When Kirsten Frohnmayer was diagnosed with FA, they were all devastated. Joyce, a molecular biologist, was able to help interpret information. When the Frohnmayers founded FARF, Joyce was one of the earliest board members. She did the page layout and editing of the FA Family Newsletter for a number of years, and several editions of the Handbook for Families and Guidelines for Clinical Care. She also designed the first FARF website.