Bachelor, University Southern California, 1982.
Reporter City News Service, Los Angeles, 1984-1985. Reporter, announcer WNMB Radio Station, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 1985-1986. Reporter, photographer Santa Maria (California) Times, 1987-1990.
County supervisor's executive assistant County of Santa Barbara, Fifth District Office, Santa Maria, 1991—2003. Newspaper columnist Santa Maria Times, since 1999.
Founder, board directors Northern Santa Barbara County Habitat for Humanity, Santa Maria, 1994, Santa Maria Valley Sustainable Garden, since 1994, Northern Santa Barbara County Women's Political Committee, since 1997. Graduate Leadership Santa Maria Valley, 1997. A founder, coord, Livable Communities Group, Santa Maria, 1999-2002.
Board directors Natural History Museum, Santa Maria, 1999-2000, Santa Maria Valley Young Men’s Christian Association, 1992-1999, People for Nonviolence, Santa Maria, 1997-2000, Santa Maria Valley Water Conservation District, since 2002, Santa Maria Valley Beautiful, vice president, president, member, since 1996. Founder, president Winners of Off-leash Freedom, since 2001.