Earning the confidence and trust of neighbors and peers through her integrity, honesty and love of community, Joy proudly serves on Maitland City Council having just ended her year-long term as Vice Mayor. Inspired to enter public service, she was elected to Maitland City Council in 2013, re-elected in 2016 unopposed, and chosen by her peers as Vice Mayor in 2017.
Prior to serving on Maitland City Council, Joy served her community as an enthusiastic wellness advocate and community volunteer. She worked with the Florida Department of Health to implement the national Communities Putting Prevention to Work program at the local level. As the program’s regional coordinator, she helped found the Walking School Bus initiative at Lake Sybelia Elementary, promoting health, safety and friendships among Maitland’s children. Joy donated hundreds of service hours to the success of this program and other school activities as an Orange County Public Schools and PTA volunteer.
Her other accomplishments include serving as a founding member of the Maitland Public Library’s Learning and Cultural Committee. She also worked with the Winter Park Health Foundation’s Healthy Central Florida program to help develop the Healthy Maitland Thursday morning walks, which are sponsored by the Library.
Joy is an attorney in private practice focusing on wills and probate. Raised in Maitland, she attended Lake Sybelia Elementary, Maitland Junior High, and graduated from Winter Park High School. She earned a degree in political science from Florida State University and played flute with the world-renowned Marching Chiefs. Joy earned her Juris Doctorate from the Stetson University College of Law and has been an active member of the Florida Bar Association since 1993.
Joy is married to Rich Marcil, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist. They have three children, who attend Edgewater High School, the University of Central Florida, and the University of Florida. Joy enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking, and cheering on her children at chorus concerts, video production events, and softball games.
“In my five years serving on Maitland City Council, I’ve watched the Florida Legislature gradually seize greater control over our local government. Citizens should work with local governments to build the vision for our hometowns. We know our communities best!
I will fight for home rule so that key decisions about our community are made by the members of our community, not special interests. We want to fully fund education, with investments in our teachers and schools. We want to protect our waterways. We want to support small business.
It’s time to take back our government and fight for what makes our community so special. This campaign belongs to each of us. Join us! I will work to bring smart, balanced government back to the district.”