Joy Gaertner founded Walking With Joy to transform pain into peace. She has been involved with ministry roles since 1974, but in 2005 she decided to focus specifically on trauma-related recovery.
She has received awards from the Knoxville Urban League and won the Paradigm Challenge. She was also accepted to the Consortium for Social Enterprise Effectiveness at the University of Tennessee.
Joy has received certifications from The Grief Recovery Institute, Love Thinks, LLC, and Darkness to Light (End Child Sexual Abuse) Organization.