Joyce A. McGovern

Joyce is the sister of Joan DeCotis. Since Joan’s passing it was a dream of Joyce’s to find a way to honor her memory.

In 2014 the Joan DeCotis Foundation became a reality. Through the Foundation, we are now able to continue Joan’s hope of finding a drug to eradicate lung cancer.

Joyce was employed at Johnson & Wales University for 37 years. As a member of the professional staff at Johnson & Wales University from 1976 – 2005, Joyce held the position of retail buyer/student trainer for Gladding’s, a women’s specialty store owned and operated by the university. Besides operating as a women’s specialty boutique, the facility also serves as a training site for Johnson & Wales students.

In 2005, Joyce assumed the role of Retail Lab Manager at Johnson & Wales University. In this position, her responsibilities included managing the daily operations of the Retail Lab, buying product for the lab, and training and evaluating students through hands-on projects in merchandising buying, trend research, and development. Joyce held this position until her retirement in 2014.