A native Kentuckian, he received degrees from Western Kentucky University in English and Political Science/History. After teaching middle grades and high school in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, he was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force. While serving as Executive Officer at a combat wing in the Philippines, he was asked to teach U.S. History at the University of San Carlos, Cebu City. Later postings included serving as Assistant Air Attaché at a U.S. Embassy in SE Asia, and staff officer at HQS, USAFE, where he also taught undergraduate courses at the University of Maryland extension campus, and received his MS in Human Resource Management and Development from the University of Utah overseas campus. After retiring from the Air Force at Robins AFB, he began a career in Human Resources for the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) and for the Georgia Department of Labor. During these years, he served as President of his state professional association, and was adjunct professor of Business and Economics at Mercer University. After retiring from the state in 2005, he was called as Interim Minister for Education and Administration for SHBC, where he served for 14 months. He was then called as Associate for Senior Adult Ministry at SHBC, where he remains today. Married to Betty Smith Haselden in 1966, he and Betty have shared many adventures through most of the U.S. and eight countries in Europe, settling in Warner Robins where the adventures continue at Shirley Hills and places near and far. They are very proud of their sons Robert, a retired Air Force colonel living in Virginia with his wife and six children, and James, an attorney living with his wife and two children in Ohio.
Joe has a Bachelors in English and Political Science from Western Kentucky University
& a Masters of Science in Human Resources & Development from the University of Utah