After graduating with a BS in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, Joan moved to Berlin, Germany to study molecular biology. She was awarded her MS in 1973 and PhD in 1977 and worked at Max Planck Institute, the Institute for Molecular Biology and Institute for Embryo Pharmacology in Berlin for over a decade. She raised her three daughters in Berlin enjoying summers in Greece or France. In 1990, Joan returned to the USA and Seattle to work as a research scientist for seven years.
From 2002-2008, Joan worked as school nurse for San Diego City Schools and is presently engaged as substitute teacher and trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park and the Audubon Society. Joan studied oil painting under Andrea Rushing and has been painting since 1997. She enjoys writing fantasy stories for her paintings. The Secret of Sanssouci is available as an E-book at Amazon, Sony Reader, Apple bookstore and Barnes and Noble.
Joan presently lives in San Diego enjoying her retirement, swimming and practicing yoga everyday. She has become a globe-trotting grandmother regularly visiting her children and grandchildren in Berlin, Geneva and Santa Fe.
Visit her web site: www.joancreechkraft.wordpress.com