Joel received his BSN from Arkansas State University and MSN in Adult-Health Nursing from Arizona State University. He served in U.S. Air Force Medical Service for 26 years before retiring as Colonel in 2008 and then served as the Director of Surgery Services at UNC Hospitals for five years.
Joel is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and a published contributor to nursing and other healthcare journals. He currently serves on the Board of the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Education and was honored with the Faye L. Miller Distinguished Service Award in 2017. Joel received the Triangle Business Journal Health Care Hero Award and Veterans Award in 2018.