Joann E. Hollandsworth Retires
A retirement ceremony was held in honor of Colonel Hollandsworth on January 25, 2008 at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Washington. Joann was born in Cottonwood, Idaho to Harry and Clarice Schmidt. Colonel Hollandsworth was commissioned into the US Navy in 1974. After serving for two years she left from the navy to return to Idaho, and worked as a civilian public health nurse for seven years before joining the army. She received her Masters in Community Health Care Systems from Oregon Health Science University.
Colonel Hollandsworth has served in many positions of leadership-she is known for her creative out of the box problem solving that has pioneered one of the first pregnant soldier wellness programs. She wrote business plans for health promotion initiatives that are still impacting the health of soldiers today. She researched using tele-techology with woman who had the potential for child maltreatment-the first of its kind. Working with a Brigade Commander and his Chaplin to develop a soldier and spouse marriage enhance program that now is deployed Army wide. She has served as an Adjunct Faculty for numerous universities; she has been published, and has served as the chairman of the board for specialized training of military parents “Stomp” organizations. She has acted as APHN consultant to the Office of The Surgeon General.
Family members that attended the ceremony were her husband Gene, daughter LeAnn and friend Hop, sisters Linda Dalton of San Francisco, CA and Debby Schmidt of Tacoma, brothers Monte Schmidt of Lewiston, Phil and Rhonda Schmidt of Greencreek, sister in law Renae Schmidt and her mother LeeEllen Dykes of Lewiston and Aunt and Uncle Barb and Mike Broncheau of Post Falls, Idaho.