Joanna Sprtel Walters is a 1994 graduate of the US Naval Academy. She was a Division I swimmer for Navy. Upon graduation, she went on to become one of the first women serving aboard combatants as a Surface Warfare Officer.

She served aboard the USS PAUL F FOSTER and the USS LA MOURE COUNTY and finished her career in the Navy at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes while getting her MBA from DePaul University. Since graduating with her MBA in 2001, she has enjoyed a very diverse career ranging from Procter & Gamble, Real Estate Investing, REI Course writing, Casino Owner, COO and eventually CEO, Principal of a Private Equity Firm–Meridian 105–and now author of Girl At Sea, A Story of Courage, Strength and Growth from One of the First women to Serve on US Warships. Girl At Sea is scheduled for release by Skyhorse Publishing of New York City September 22nd, 2015.

Joanna spends her downtime enjoying the mountains with her family and can often be found climbing the cliffs of North Table Mountain, running or riding the trails, hiking to the top of 14ers and playing in the snow. What she enjoys most are the adventures she shares with her family.