Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Oklahoma Baptist University, 1956. Master of Science in Nursing, University Minnesota, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, University Texas, 1983.
Associate director nursing, St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center, l970-76; assistant administrator, Bexar County Hospital District, San Antonio, l976-79; assistant professor nursing, University Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, l979-87; divisional dean, Incarnate Word College, San Antonio, l987-88; associate administrator nursing, S.W. Texas Methodist Hospital, San Antonio, l988-.
Member American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, Texas Nurses Association, Texas Organization Nurse Executives (board directors), Sigma Theta Tau (research grantee 1984), Phi Kappa Phi.
Married Kenneth O. Hillestad, October 31, 1970. Children: Curtis, Keith, Craig.