Bachelor, Michigan State University, 1974. Master of Library Science, San Jose State University, California, 1977. Certified in business management, Cañada College, Redwood City, California, 2000.
Director editorial Information Access Corporation, Redwood City, 1977—1983. Information advisor Mothers with Babies, Menlo Park, 1983—1988. Reference library Menlo Park Public Library., 1988—1992.
Business specialist Dialog Inc., Mountain View, 1992—1998. Manager Menlo Park Research Inc., 1998—2001. Manager, owner www.yourgetawayhouse.com, Santa Cruz, 2001—2008.
Real estate developer Kiriti Aroha, since 2008.
Volunteer library Kristin School, Albany, New Zealand, 2004—2007. Music program organizer, room mother Parent-Teachers Association, Menlo Park, 1987—2004. Member of Warkworth Quilters, Warkworth Book Group, New Zealand Master's Swimming.
Married Mark Gale Ripma, April 29, 1978. Children: Lee, Tye, Clay.