Joy Cardin joined the DCHS Board in June of 2020. She is a native of Appleton, has a degree in Communications from UW-Stevens Point, and worked as a news reporter at TV stations in Wausau and Green Bay before accepting her dream career at Wisconsin Public Radio. Joy served as WPR's News Director, Talk Director and the director of WPR's Ideas Network before she became the host and executive producer of WPR's issue-oriented call-in talk program conveniently called "The Joy Cardin Show."
After 31 years at WPR, Joy retired in October of 2017 and immediately began volunteering with organizations and causes important to her - including Dane County Humane Society. She was a Wildlife Receptionist with the DCHS Wildlife Center, an assistant at the DCHS Thrift Store, and helped with different Special Events until the COVID-19 pandemic restricted those volunteer activities. She continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and is Co-President of the Madison Civics Club. She also volunteers with the American Red Cross of Wisconsin, the Attic Angel Association and other groups. She is a member of several nature and wildlife groups as well, including the Natural Resources Foundation, the Ice Age Trail Alliance, the International Crane Foundation, and Madison Audubon Society. Joy is married to retired WISC-TV anchor Rob Starbuck and they share their home with Ray - a polydactyl orange and white tabby cat. They enjoy hiking and biking and yoga together - and are casually looking for a dog to share in their adventures.