Associate of Arts, Kaskaskia College, Centralia, Illinois, 1983. AB with honors, Monmouth College, Illinois, 1986. AM, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 1993.
Assistant, Monmouth (Illinois) College, 1985-1986; assistant, Southern Illinois U., Edwardsville, 1986-1987; teacher philosophy, Kaskaskia Community College Extension Center, Vandalia, Illinois, 1992-1995. Part-time instrumental faculty Kaskaskia College, Centralia, Illinois, 1992-1995,Lincoln Land Community College, Graham Correctional Center, Hillsboro, Illinois, 1995.