- Kansas City, Missouri Council woman since 1974
- Vice President of the United Missouri Bank in Kansas City
- Received the YMCA Volunteer Service Award
- Member of the Missouri State Advisory Commission of the US Commission on Civil Rights
- 1985: Jones Store Company Career Woman of the Year
Joanne Collins serves as a role model for the many who strive to gain access to policy making positions in the community. Mary Turkington said, "It would be difficult to capture on paper even the major contributions this woman has made to her community and to those around her."
Ms. Collins gives freely of her time to a variety of community organizations such as the American Red Cross, Children's Mercy Hospital, and the Anti-pornography task force, to name only a few. She has been described as one who has consistently put forth an extra effort to be responsive to the needs of others. Casey Eike said, "I have benefitted greatly from her unselfish giving of her time to The Central Exchange by participating and speaking at many of our programs."
Richard Berkley, Mayor of KCMO, says she has served with distinction on several national, state, regional, and local city boards. She currently serves as a member of the Kansas City, Missouri City council, an office she held beginning in 1974. She is also a Vice President of the United Missouri Bank in Kansas City.
Joanne Collins has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for several major organizations including: Goodwill Industries, The March of Dimes, The Salvation Army, The Truman Medical Center, Visiting Nurses Association - Kansas City Chapter, Missouri Federation of Republican Women, Women in Municipal Government. Additionally, she is an Advisory Trustee of St. Joseph's Hospital in Kansas City. Ms. Collins is a member of the National Council of Negro Women and is a member of the Missouri State Advisory Commission of the US Commission on Civil Rights.
The University of Kansas got its first taste of this woman when she was a student here in the early Fifties. She went on to study real estate and hospital administration in St. Louis, Missouri.
Ms. Collins also serves on the Anti-Drug Task Force of Kansas City, and on her 50th birthday headed a fundraiser that produced more than $50,000 for Kansas City metropolitan charities. As a long-time active member of the Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center Advisory Board, this woman has served as its President and provided outstanding leadership in fundraising effort for this organization. she received the YMCA Volunteer Service Award, was appointed to the International Women's Year for Missouri, and was the 1985 Jones Store Company Career Woman of the Year.
These activities are only a few of the countless contributions this woman has made to the world in which she lives. As a devoted alumna of the University of Kansas, she is a dynamic, dedicated citizen who makes the world a better place for us all.