Jo Ellen Hayden spent her 43-year career as an engineering program manager with the US Navy and in the private sector, developing avionics and military software/hardware systems including a communications system for the E-2D aircraft. She also spent nearly a decade in clinical practice as a licensed acupuncturist. She held Virginia acupuncture license #1, was co-founder of the Complementary Medicine Center of Northern Virginia, and served on the Acupuncture Advisory Committee to the Virginia Board of Medicine. Since retiring she has focused on community work. In addition to her work with BGA, she serves as the Project Manager for a major facility renovation at Christ Church Cathedral, where she is also the Archives Assistant; as a mentor in the 100 Doors Program at Transylvania University; on the management committee for the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation’s committee for Wreaths Across America; and as the Horse Heroes Special Project Volunteer for BrookeUSA and the U.S. World War 1 Centennial Commission, for which she has developed an extensive website on the use of horses and mules in World War 1, She holds master’s degrees in history, systems management, and acupuncture.