An Inter-American University of Theology and Hartford High School graduate, born and raised in Hartford, currently works for Catholic Charities as a Fatherhood Specialist – providing Healthy Marriage support, Father involvement curriculum, and job search services. Joel served four years of distinguished active service in the U. S. Marine Corps. He serves on the Hartford Hospital Pastoral Services Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors for the African Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities (AFCAMP). Joel is an active member of the Interfaith Fellowship for Universal Health Care, a group of religious leaders who believe in a health care system that leaves no one out. He lives on Exeter Street with his wife Karla and their two daughters.