Joan and Dean met while serving in the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa in early 2003. Accounts vary of the specific timeline, but suffice it to say that Joan and Dean were clearly and irrevocably smitten from the beginning! Patiently, over the next two years their bond grew over their shared sense of adventure and deep commitment to helping those in need. Journeying from the lush green cotton fields in the south to the barren cliffs of the Dogon in the Saharan north, from one remote village to another, required a lively 24-hour journey by bus, bike, and donkey cart. After arriving on foot in the middle of the night, villagers in Missirikoro, where Joan was stationed, began to refer to Dean as Chuck Norris! And so their first two years together were filled with all the imaginable heaviness and thrill of facing life in the third world while finding true love amidst the deep beauty and vibrant life of West Africa.
Once back stateside, Joan and Dean have kept the adventure going living in San Francisco, New York, Denver (Dean), Haiti (Joan), and finally settling for the past 5 years in Boston. In each of these places, they have faithfully supported and encouraged each others’ personal, educational, and professional goals. Whether together or apart, their respect for each other and commitment to their beliefs has provided Joan and Dean with a foundation that has supported their relationship for the past 11 years.
They are looking forward to celebrating their marriage with family and friends and hope to see you all on the dance floor in June!