Bachelor, University Southwest Louisiana, 1986. Master of Arts, University Southwest Louisiana, 1992.
Program assistant Department Education (Louisiana)/Codofil, Lafayette, 1988-1991. Instructor French Episcopal School of Acadiana, Cade, Louisiana, 1991-1994. Fellow University Southwest Louisiana, Lafayette, since 1994.
Republican Graduate School Organization, Lafayette, 1994-1995, representative to graduate council and graduate appeals, since 1996. Member American Association of Teachers of French, Women in French, Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones D'Amérique (summer scholar 1995), Modern Language Association, Pi Delta Phi (president 1989-1990), Phi Kappa Phi.
Married François Havel-Gentil, May 10, 1992. Children: Leyla, Guillaume.