Party affiliation: Democrat
- Staff nurse Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown, Maryland, 1977-1983, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, 1983-1986, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, since 1986.
Denomination: Roman Catholic
Member Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Task Force on Education, Frederick, Maryland, 1988. Member American Nurses Association (congressional district coordinator since 1986), American Association of Critical Care Nurses, AARP, Maryland Nurses Association (Second vice president district 8 1980-1986, chair legislation committee 1980-1991, Legislation Nurse of Year 1983, 90, Woman of Year 1991).