Johanna Chehi graduated from SU:VPA with a bachelor of fine arts degree in metalsmithing in 1978. Since then, she has enjoyed several careers, including work as a buyer for Syracuse-based C.E. Chappell and Sons, work in the printing industry, and real estate investment and management. She has two children, and over the years has volunteered and held leadership positions in many community organizations and fundraising projects. Johanna and her husband frequent Fogo Island, Newfoundland, where they sponsor an artist residency program and gallery.