Joe is Christian, a husband and grandfather, and works as a licensed marriage and family therapist in the Chicago area. He is also an Advanced Grief Recovery Method Specialist, helping people overcome the pain of loss. Joe's interest in helping people with loss began after the tragic death of his daughter, Gayle, in the mass shooting that took her life on Valentines Day in 2008 while she was attending class at Northern Illinois University.
Since then, Joe has written the book "Cartwheels in the Rain: Finding Faith in the Wake of the Unthinkable," spoken on numerous talk shows, including Significant Insights with Jerry Rose and a special episode of Dateline NBC: Columbine -- the Way Home. He enjoys conversing and a good cup of coffee.