Bachelor in Literature, Santo Tomas University, Manila, 1976. Master of Arts in English, DePaul University, Chicago, 1979. Doctor of Arts in Language and Literature, De La Salle University, Manila, 1986.
Lecturer DePaul University, 1979. Instructor De La Salle University, 1980-1983, assistant professor, 1983-1987, associate professor, 1987-1994, director Center for English for Specific Purposes, 1983-1984, chair languages department, 1986-1991. Research scientist bilingual program evaluation The George Washington University, Washington, 1993-1994.
Lecturer language education University Würzburg.I., Jamaica, 1995-1996. Academy program specialist in English as Second Language, College Education Ohio State University, Columbus, 1996—2002, assistant director, 2002—2003, acting director, since 2003.
Member American Association of University Women, Teachers English to Speakers Other Languages (representative to executive board English for Specific Purposes Interests secretary 1993-1996), American Association Applied Linguistics, National Council Teachers English.
Married J. Michael Houlahan, July 23, 1994.