Raised by strictly religious and "morally upstanding" parents, Joni was forced to end a fledgling romance with Jamie Martin after it was revealed that Jamie's mother, Brooke, and Adam Chandler had been having an affair. Joni was also turned off by Jamie's underage drinking, but she seemed to keep an interest in him -- at least from a distance.
Joni later crossed paths with Reggie, a boy from the streets who had been taken into foster care by Trey Kenyon and later Jackson Montgomery. Joni thought the worst of this so-called "thug," but she was endeared to him when he helped tend to Jack after he'd been shot.
Joni had helped Simone Torres break into Pine Valley High and was sentenced to work at the community center (and later Habitat for Humanity) as a result. She helped ease the chip on Reggie's shoulder and he showed her the benefits of hip-hop and a laid-back attitude. Joni was embroiled in Reggie's fight against gang leader Luis. After Luis was arrested, Reggie and Joni had a clearer path to romance, but instead Joni faded from the canvas. Her final appearance was helping in the final stages of construction on a Habitat house.