Bachelor, George Washington University, 1974. Master of Arts, George Washington University, 1978. Doctor of Philosophy, American University, 1988.
Archeologist, anthropologist Smithsonian Institution, George Washington University, Dobe, Botswana, 1976. Archeologist Bureau Reclamation, Washington, 1977, National Park Service, Washington, 1977-1979, associate anthropologist, 1979-1980. National cultural resources specialist Soil Conservation Services, 1980-1988, assistant director economic and social science division, 1988-1991, national research coordinator, 1991-1992, associate deputy chief for programs, 1992-1995.
Regional conservationist for East Natural Resources Conservation Services, Beltsville, Maryland, 1995-1998. Director ecological science division Natural Resources Conservation Service, Washington, 1998—2007. Director OPS Management, since 2007.
Co-chairman White House Interagy. Ecosys. Initiative, 1994—1996. Chairman executive resources board United States Department of Agriculture, 2004—2007, federal designated official agricultural air quality taskforce, 2005—2007.
CPR instructor American Red Cross, Arlington, Virginia, 1983-1986. Member steering committee Federal Preservation Forum, 1989-1990. Mentor fellowship program Council for Basic Education, 1991-1993.
Member American Society Conservation Archeology (executive committee 1988-1990), American Anthropological Association, American Women in Science, George Wright Society (local chapter treasurer 1982), Soil and Water Conservation Society (program committee 1992, vice chairman human resources division 1985-1986, chairman 1986-1987, local chapter secretary 1984, vice president 1985, president 1987), Society of America Archeology (executive committee federal archaeology 1979-1984, public education committee 1990-1993, save the past for the future 1988-1991, professional relations committee 1990-1993, associate editor book reviews American Antiquity 1989-1993), Executive Women Government (treasurer 1998-1999, president 1999-2000), Senior Executive Association (board directors 2002-2008, treas, 2006-2008), Phi Kappa Phi.
Married Stephen Robert Potter, June 22, 1980.