Johnanna began her career in violence response during her Ph.D. program; she worked in a shelter while completing her dissertation on organizational and occupational identity of victim advocates. After earning the title “Dr. Ganz,” she moved back to Minnesota and worked as a SART leader in a direct services agency. In her current role at the Sexual Violence Justice Institute, she supports rural communities across the U.S. and territories in creating strong systems response to addressing sexual violence. Her work consists of training, technical assistance, and creating rural-specific resources and tools.
Johnanna’s greatest passions for the movement are working with rural communities and strengthening agencies through developing resources to address organizational effectiveness and the sustainability of staff. Outside of work, Johnanna is usually playing video games, doing puzzles, watching a horror movie with CleoCatra (her cat), reading books, eating fancy cheese, or going for a run/bike ride/walk/hike.