Jo Ann was born in Omaha, Nebraska. She is a graduate of Oakwood College, now Oakwood University. Jo Ann began her ministry in the Allegheny West Conference where she served for 9 years as secretary in Departmental Ministries and for the Executive Secretary. She continued her secretarial service for the Broward Schools and for the Ware Christian Academy in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. (2000-2006)

In 2007 she served as General Secretary in the Office For Regional Conference Ministry. In 2008 she transferred to the Bradford Cleveland Brooks Leadership Center serving as Executive Assistant to Dr. Harold L. Lee. She is currently the Administrative Assistant for the Office for Regional Conference Ministry and Retirement Office. Jo Ann has over 15 years of experience working for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Secretarial and Administrative positions.

Jo Ann is married to Dr. Rupert Bushner, Jr., who is currently the pastor of Mt. Calvery Seventh-day Adventist Church in Huntsville, Alabama. They have three sons and three grandsons.