A convert to the Roman Catholic Church and a Lay Dominican, she has a strong commitment to bioethical and social justice issues. She teaches 8th grade CCD and is continually seeking new ways to present the faith to engage not just the minds but the spirits of the next generation of Catholics. She and her husband reside an hour west of Washington, DC. They have five grown children and five grandchildren.
- Master of Arts in Theology, Holy Apostles College & Seminary, Cromwell, CT (2012)
- Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, Radford University, Radford, VA (1981)
- Bachelor of Science in Sociology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (1976)
- National Catholic Bioethics Center Certification (with Distinction) in Health Care Ethics (2012)
- National Catholic Educational Association Certification in Online Teaching and Learning (2012)