NAME: Joyce Lynne Lacey
Company: June Lynne Lacey Foundation
Education: AA in General Studies, Minnesota State; BA in Communication, University of Minnesota, Morris; LB, Bible College of the Seminary
Career History: Pastor, Joyce Lacey Ministries (2020-Present);
Director, June Lynne Lacey Foundation (2019-Present)
Joyce Lynne Lacey, Director at June Lynne Lacey Foundation, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of public health services.
Since 2019, Ms. Lacey has dedicated herself to providing support and supplies—such as meals, groceries, and necessities—to caregivers and the vulnerable adults, children, and other family members they assist. Through the June Lynne Lacey Foundation, an organization founded in the aftermath of her mother’s death, she and her colleagues strive to ensure that the health care needs of individuals are not dismissed and their basic human rights are upheld—no matter their circumstances. She became motivated to help others in this capacity after her mother, June—a model, advocate, public speaker, and volunteer, among several other roles—experienced numerous traumas while placed, against her will, in a nursing home hundreds of miles from home before her passing. This harrowing period felt by Ms. Lacey, her mother, and her family led to her initiative in getting the word out about what vulnerable people are more apt to suffer through.
Additionally motivated by her faith, Ms. Lacey has served as a pastor and ordained minister at Joyce Lacey Ministries since 2020—through which she takes pride in communicating God’s messages to people who are then able to apply the teachings to their everyday lives. It has been her faith that gives her the strength to carry on when discouraged, especially while working to help elderly and disabled people in need through the foundation. Her ultimate goal is to play a role in passing “The June Lynn Lacey Bill” that would protect seniors who are under guardianship. Outside of her primary endeavors, she is active as the outreach vice president of the Minnesota Council for the Navy League of the United States and, in recognition of her services, has earned the Freedom Resource Center Leadership Award; KSTP Everyday Hero Award; WCCO Volunteer of the Year; St. Paul Saints Community Service Award; and Minnesota State Fair 50-Year Award.