TWIN 2012 Honoree Spotlight

31 Aug

The YWCA’s Tribute to Women of Influence (TWIN) event honors women who have made significant contributions to their fields, and recognizes those organizations that support such achievements. 2012 marks the 21th anniversary of TWIN. Leading up to this year’s September 20th event at Pack Place & Diana Wortham Theatre, we will highlight each of our 20 incredible TWIN Honorees. If you would like more information about the TWIN event, or to reserve a ticket, please visit

Joy Michelle Ponder

Joy became a firefighter with the Asheville Fire Department in 1998, and has demonstrated commitment to continuous self-improvement and development as a firefighter, an officer and a leader. She serves a key leadership role on the department’s Promotional Criteria Advisory Committee, which helps develop personnel. She has been an asset to our region, performing site risk assessments over the entire City of Asheville, and identifying significant areas of concern for wildland fires. Joy has also conducted a research study with Ph.D’s from UNCA investigating occupational anxiety among firefighters.

Joy has earned the distinctions of Fire Officer Designation, Certified Chief Fire Officer, 2011 Firefighter of the Year and she will complete the four-year Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy this year. She demonstrates her ability as an effective leader each day and continues to hone her skills in all aspects of fire service management. She is a positive role model for not only women in the fire service, but all personnel with the desire to excel in the field.

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