Meet Our Board – Joyce Morgan

Joyce MorganJoyce Morgan served on the Venango Chamber board from 2014 through 2016 and came back this year, after taking a break to complete her master’s degree in Nursing Leadership and Education.

She has worked at UPMC Northwest for 33 years and is currently the Director of Patient and Community Relations, as well as the Director of the Diabetes Center.

“From the several years I have been involved with the Chamber, I have seen growth in the leadership of the board and feel we have an organized approach to meet the needs of our members,” she told us. “We are doing better at promoting local business, culture and quality of life in our area.”

Joyce feels she can add her perspective and experience as a healthcare worker and educator to the diverse board.  She plans on focusing her energy on the Education and Advocacy committees and is impressed with FLEX, commenting that they provide hope for an exciting future for our area.

Connections are something Joyce sees as being critical in our region and knows the Chamber plays a key role in making them. For example, when Joyce’s fiancé Dick was looking for a venue for an archery shoot, she was able to work with the Chamber to find the right fit in our region.

This led to bringing an International Bowhunting Organization (IBO) National Championship to Venango County, to be held July 13-15 at Two Mile Run County Park, which will attract hundreds of visitors to the area, resulting in a positive impact for local businesses.

Born and raised in Oil City, Joyce’s family owned a store on Spruce Street, then a restaurant/bar on North Seneca Street. She attended the Assumption Grade School, graduated from Venango Christian High School, and went on to attend college at Gannon University. She is an avid fan of the Pittsburgh sports teams, and her hobbies include gardening and swimming.  She has two dogs, Sassy and Tilly, and she will welcome four cats to the menagerie, as she was recently engaged in April.

She is proud of her Polish heritage and has had the opportunity to visit Poland twice. Although she enjoys traveling, she is happy to call Venango County home.

“We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of Pennsylvania.  I am so happy we have seen a growth in tourism and I think people are drawn here for the work/life balance. It is helpful when recruiting for positions at the hospital,” she said. “I have always liked the small community atmosphere.”

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s June 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.