Since earning her BPh in art education and writing from Grand Valley State University, author, peace activist, and speaker Margaret Willey, ’75, has donated her time and talent to her chief audience: children and adolescents. As a board member of the Friends of the Library of Muskegon, she helps organize and sponsor events for children in Muskegon. She also donates copies of her books and author visits to Muskegon’s and other public schools. Her involvement in ANSWER, a group that works to improve living conditions for children in Nepal, ensures a child’s education there.
Willey also served as a member of the Steering Committee of the Progressive Women’s Alliance from 2004-2010 and was the Grand Valley State University Distinguished Alumni in Residence in 2005.
She has written a published several stories and novels. One of her books, Forest Boy, was used as a fundraising tool for peace-based activities and events. Her latest, A Summer of Silk Moths, is due to come out in 2012.
Willey and her husband, Associate Professor of Sociology Richard Joanisse, live in Grand Haven. They have two children.