Student, University California, San Diego student, Darmouth College, 1970-1972; student, American U., Beirut, 1973-1974; Bachelor in Sociology, University of California, Riverside, 1977; Master of Public Administration, Harvard University, 1994.
Project coordinator social service organization, Grass Roots II, San Luis Obispo, California, 1976-1977; planner, City San Luis Obispo, 1977-1986; city parking, special projects manager, City San Luis Obispo, 1986-1988; special assistant to city administrator, City of San Luis Obispo, 1989; planning consultant, mediator, City of San Luis Obispo, since 1991; management research specialist, Bank of Boston, 1995-1996; owner, Office Suites, San Luis Obispo, California, since 1997; owner, ADR Collaborative, since 1997.
Past president National Charity League, Riverside. Member San Luis Obispo Medical Auxiliary, 1986-1993, San Luis Obispo Arts Council, since 1986. President board directors San Luis Obispo Children's Museum, 1990-1991, Chief Financial Officer, 1993.
Mediator in Newton (Massachusetts) Courts, 1996, San Luis Obispo, 1997. President Underwood Elementary PTO, 2000-2001. Chairman traffic council, City of Newton, 2002-2007.
Member comprehensive plan advisory committee City of Newton. Member task force Newton (Massachusetts) Center, since 2004. Member of American Association of University Women, Institute Transportation Engineers, Massachusetts Association Mediation Professionals and Practitioners, American Planning Association, American Institute Certified Planners, Association Conflict Resolution, Toastmasters (secretary 1986-1987, vice president 1987-1988, president 1989-1990, treasurer 1991-1992).
Married Bruce Curtis Mercier, February 22, 1975 (divorced April 1982). 1 child, Rachel; married James Arthur Renning, October 26, 1986. Children: Kelsey, Sarah.