Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with honors, University California, Davis, 1983. Master of Divinity, Harvard University Division School, 1991. Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, 2005.
Laboratory technician II City of San Jose (California) Water Pollution Control, 1981-1985. Biochemistry research technologist II Neo Rx, Corporation, Seattle, 1986-1988. Student associate minister South Action (Massachusetts) Congressional Church, 1989-1991.
Senior minister Mira Vista United Church of Christ, El Cerrito, California, 1992-1995. Guest preacher Northern California conference United Church of Christ, since 1992. Adjunct professor Pacific School Religion, Berkeley, since 1996.
Poet-in-residence Villa Montalvo Center for Arts, Saratoga, California, 1998. Presenter in field; speaker in field.
Volunteer Habitat for Humanity, Inc., Americus, Georgia, 1978. Commencement speaker Harvard University Division School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1991. Keynote speaker Martin Luther King Junior Celebration, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, El Cerrito, California, 1993, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights, 1993.
Homeless advocate, speaker Greater Richmond Interfaith Program, El Cerrito, 1993-1994. Gerri Skinner/COSROW lecturer St. Mark's U.M.C., Tucson, Arizona, 1996. Member National Organization for Women, Greater Richmond Interfaith Program, Northern California Conference United Church of Christ (committee member since 1993), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, United Church of Christ Friends of Open and Affirming (resident theologian since 1994), Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
Married John Gene Jelesko, July 7, 1984 (divorced 1995).