Certified, Armstrong Business School, 1945; student, Golden Gate College, 1945-1946.
Office manager, Cornwall Warehouse Company, Salt Lake City, 1950-1955; office manager, Hansen's Insurance, Newman, California, 1969-1977; owner, Carlsen Insurance, Gustine, California, 1978-1997.
Member city council City of Newman, 1980-1982, mayor, 1982-1994. Board directors American Red Cross, Stanislaus, California, 1982-1983, Tosca, 1993-1998. Board directors Stanislaus County Area Agency on Aging, 1995-2000, chairperson, 1996-1999.
Board directors California state committee TACC Commission on Aging, 1996-1998. Grand marshal Newman Fall Festival, 1989. Vice president central division League of California Cities, 1989-1990, president 1990, 91.
Board directors Senior Opportunity Service Center, 1993-1996, 97-98, Senior Opportunity Service Program of Stanislaus County, 1995-1996. Chairperson Central Valley Opportunity Center, 1996-1998. Member Stanislaus County Vision Committee, 1997-1999.
Board directors Great Valley Center, 1997-1999. Member Booster Club (Newman) Soroptimist Club, Newman Women's Club, Newman Garden Club.
Married Kenneth M. Carlsen, July 26, 1952. Children: Stephanie L. Chambers, Scott Lyle, Sean Preble, Stacy K., Spencer J.