Bachelor of Fine Arts, South Oregon State College, 1978. Master of Fine Arts, University Portland, 1984.
Public relations administrator Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, Portland, 1983-1984. Orchestra manager Millbrook Center Chamber Orchestra, Sheperdstown, West Virginia, 1984-1985. Executive director Community Theatre of Greensboro, North Carolina, 1985-1988.
General manager, artistic director Woodland (California) Opera House, 1988-1996. Writer, performer dinner theatre, Houston. Public relations, publicity and advertising The Public Theatre, Portland, 1980-1981, drama coach, 1980-1982.
Drama coach Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, 1984.
Lieutenant United States Navy, 1953-1959. Member Screen Actors Guild, Theater Communications Group,Order Eastern Star.
Daughter of Merritt Gordon and Dorothy Mildred (Smythe) Ongman. Widowed; 1 child, Nicole Leinaala Edstrom-Sparks.