Joan Concilio

website maker, martial artist, painter artist, word nerd, public health researcher, diversity champion, nonprofit founder, human

(you know… the usual Joan-of-all-trades)


  • Currently one of two full-time web specialists for Penn State College of Medicine and its network of websites built on the Liferay and WordPress platforms
  • Co-owner of Technical Penguins, a full-service web firm offering development, design, content and “general internettery” services
  • Former innovation editor (web/digital editor) for (York Daily Record/Sunday News, York, Pa.)
  • Extreme accessibility (a11y) advocate – WCAG 2.x standards, Section 508 compliance and general best practices for accessible design
  • Proficient in: HTML, CSS, Javascript
  • Moderately skilled in: php, jQuery, Python
  • Software: Google, Microsoft and Adobe products
  • Unashamedly prefer PC to Mac or Linux; don’t take away my Webgeek For Life membership card
  • Read more about my work here
  • Connect on LinkedIn

Writing and editing

Public health

  • 2019 graduate, Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security – Public Health Preparedness, with highest honors, Penn State
  • Presented my thesis, Understanding Boko Haram activity and Lassa fever incidence in Nigeria, 2017-2018, at the 2019 World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM) International Congress in Brisbane, Australia, where I won a Best Poster award
  • My investigative report on the first Lassa fever death in the United States was named best news feature in Pennsylvania in 2015
  • Interested in research collaborations on Lassa virus, Nigerian public health issues, Boko Haram, accessibility and disaster response, disaster communications and related topics

Nonprofit: Pengins for Everyone

  • No, that’s not a typo
  • Pengins for Everyone is a small nonprofit I co-founded to give stuffed penguins away to people in need of a smile
  • We’re at more than 800 given so far, and have more than 21,000 (!) requests
  • … so, you know, donations welcome

Other things

  • I make, show and sell abstract art (generally acrylic ink on Yupo synthetic paper, plus collage and other mixed-media work)
  • See my art portfolio here
  • Buy art prints here
  • Second-degree black belt in tae kwon do/tang soo do, Dover Dragons, 2017 (first-degree black belt, Dover Dragons, 2013)
  • Also proud to have trained at Inner Warrior Martial Arts in Red Lion, Pa., working toward my third degree
  • Trans rights are human rights
  • Black lives matter
  • Wear a mask