Dr. Joanna Ross Hersey (she/her) is a tuba player and composer serving as Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Joanna is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard, beginning her career as Principal Tubist with the USCG Band. Joanna performed throughout the country as a soloist and clinician, including state functions for visiting dignitaries and royalty, has appeared in uniform on The Today Show and Good Morning America, and performed for three U.S. Presidents. In addition to her music degrees, Joanna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and has written several book chapters and journal articles in the areas of gender, diversity, and belonging. She serves as Secretary of the Historic Brass Society, as a board member of the International Alliance for Women in Music and the all-female Athena Brass Band, and is Past-President of the International Women’s Brass Conference.