AB, Smith College, 1974; Master of Science, Columbia University, 1978; Master of Arts, College William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1981.
Curator manuscripts, New England History Genealogical Society, Boston, 1975-1977; assistant director development, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, 1977-1981; development officer for foundations, New York Public Library., New York City, 1981-1982; reference library, Springfield (Missouri)-Greene County Library., 1984-1985; assistant professor library science, reference library, Drury College, Springfield, 1985-1991; library, director library services, assistant dean learning resources center, Ozarks Technology Community College, Springfield, since 1991.
Board of directors Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Springfield, since 1995, Missouri Coalition of Alliances for the Mentally Ill, since 1995. Member Missouri Library. Association, League of Women Voters, Smith College Alumnae Association (life).
Married Charles Sylvester Allen, June 27, 1989 (divorced May 23, 1994).