She attended Jacques de Montcalm, a bilingual universal home economics school affiliated with the University of Montreal. She pursued her studies in piano and achieved a degree in teaching, home economics, and music. After graduating, it was necessary to assist her mother at the hotel for three months following her father's heart attack. As a gift, her parents later gave her a trip to Florida, where she met her husband, Adeo. She then relinquished the idea of becoming a nun.
Johanne's philosophy of life is "where there's a will; there's a way." With that in mind, she began to perfect her English by joining the Toastmaster's Club. She was then the Mistress of Ceremonies at the Miss America Pageant at Harrah's Casino. Subsequently, Johanne served as President and Treasurer of the Atlantic City Women's Chamber of Commerce, President of South Jersey's Tennis League, Chairperson of the AIDS Alliance Benefit Mardi Gras Ball, and a member of the Festival Chorus of South Jersey.
Johanne has also devoted much of her time to her beloved husband and family. Together they have raised four sons and nine grandchildren. They are her pride and joy!
After working as a hostess for twenty years in the Miss America organization and winning the
title of Ms. NJ Senior America in 2006, Johanne accepted the position of Executive Director of the Ms. New Jersey Senior America Pageant. She held that position for eleven years. In February 2020, she was named Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Ms. New Jersey Senior America, Inc., a non-profit, charitable organization.