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Joyce M. Lakes

Born: 1942 in Alton, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Author was born in Alton, Illinois. She has worked all over the state: East St. Louis, Springfield, Alton, East Alton, Edwardsville, Galesburg, Belleville and she currently resides in Glen Carbon, Illinois. Joyce completed her Bachlor of Science from Greenville College.

Biography: Joyce M. Lakes is the author of ''JUSTICE DELAYED VS JUSTICE DENIED''. Her story is about how yesterday’s tears became today’s seed for her book. This book represents the renewal of strength from a painful employment termination. Joyce was hired by the State of Illinois in 1972 as a caseaide in a mass hiring of more than 1,500 caseaides statewide. Joyce retired with a mass retirement of state employees of about 12,000 30 years later. Joyce quickly rose through the ranks, becoming the first African American female to hold the various management positions that she held from 1980 through 2002. Joyce was the first African American Casework Supervisor in Madison County Human Services from 1980 to 1983, the first African American female promoted to Local Office Administrator in Knox County Human Services from 1983 to 1990, the first African American female promoted as the Regional Manager for the Belleville Child Support Office from 1990 thru termination of her employment in 1994. Upon reinstatement in 1998, Joyce was the first African American female to become the State-Wide Manager of the Incarcerated Prison Program until her retirement in 2002. Ater her return to work from her termination, Joyce returned to school and completed her Bachlor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Greenville College and her Master’s of Science in Human Resource Management and Development from National Louis University. Even though her career with the State of Illinois ended in retirement, the risk in writing a tell-all book about what happened to her remains a risk in future job offers. She believes it is necessary to tell her story to offer support for many other African Americans who are experienceing similar treatment and need the support of her story to keep the faith and not give up. Joyce believes you must manage these issues with a positive attitude and faith in your all Mightly God.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Joyce M. Lakes on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Justice delayed vs. justice denied :
ISBN: 1420860348 OCLC: 640409106

Authorhouse, Bloomington, Ind. : 2010.

Personal story of an employment termination from state government, and survival by fighting the system all the way from the hearing to Appellate Court.