Bachelor, Barnard, 1966. Master of Arts, Tufts University, 1971. Master of Social Work, Adelphi University, 1978.
Doctor of Philosophy, State University of New York, 1997.
Director research, program evaluation New York State Department Mental Health, Melville, New York, 1975—1977. Director social work Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck, 1979—1987, director cmty relations, 1987—1991. Social work supervisor Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York City, 1991—1993.
Case management supervisor Ulster Associate for Retarded Citizens, Kingston, 1993—1995. Professor, director field education Marist College, Poughkeepsie, since 1995. Consultant Dutchess County Office for Aging, Poughkeepsie, 1995—2002.
Advisory board Volunteer of America, Alexandria, Virginia, since 2001.
Liason to political action committee Influencing State Policy, Alexandria, Virginia, since 1995. Member of International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellecutal Disability, Council on Social Work Education, National Associate Social Work, New York State Social Work Education Association.
Married Donald Harris Puretz, March 27, 1983. Children: Henry, Edward;1 child Alisa Pierce Young.