ADS cum laude, Massasoit Community College, 1976. Bachelor of science in nursing magne cum laude, University Massachusetts, Boston, 1985. Postgraduate, University Massachusetts, Boston.
Staff nurse Master of Surgery S. Shore Hospital, South Weymouth, Massachusetts. Clinical instructor Quincy (Massachusetts) Junior College, Massasoit Community College, Brockton, Massachusetts. Teacher childbirth and infant care classes.
Married Robert H. Counihan, October 14, 1961. Children: Robert J., Timothy C., Laura A.