Bachelor of science in nursing, University of Virginia, 1979; MSN, Vanderbilt University, 1981.
Family planning nurse, Smyth County Health Department, Marion, Virginia staff nurse, Smyth County Community Hospital, Marion coordinator hypertension unit, Mount Rogers Health District, Marion family nurse practitioner, Smyth County Health Department, Marion, Virginia.
Member American Nurses Association (certified family nurse practitioner), Virginia Nurses Association, Virginia Council Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau.
Married Donny J. Tilson, October 24, 1981. 2 children.