Diploma, Broadlawns School of Nursing, Des Moines, 1958. Bachelor with honors, Drake University, 1973. Postgraduate, Iowa State University, 1973—1975.
Assistant head nurse maternity department, Broadlawns Medical Center, Des Moines, 1958-1959; weekend supervisor nursing services, Broadlawns Medical Center, Des Moines, 1960-1961; supervisor maternity department, Broadlawns Medical Center, Des Moines, 1966-1968; instructor maternity nursing, Broadlawns School Nursing, 1968-1971; health planner, community relations associate, Iowa Health Systems Agency, Des Moines, 1978-1982; member, Iowa House Representatives, 1982-1986; lieutenant governor, president of Senate,, State of Iowa, 1987-1991; consultant health services, grant writing and continuing education, Zimmerman & Associations, Des Moines, since 1991; director patient care services, Nursing Superior vena cava syndrome Iowa, 1996-1998; nurse case manager, Olsten Health Superior vena cava syndrome, since 1998. Operations director Medlink Superior vena cava syndrome, Inc., Des Moines, 1992-1996.
Member advanced registered nurse practioner task force on certified nurse mid-wives Iowa Board Nursing, 1980-1981, Waukee, Polk County, Iowa Health Education Coordinator Council, Iowa Women's Political Caucus, Dallas County Women's Political Caucus. Chairman Des Moines Area Maternity Nursing Conference Group. 1969-1970, task force on school health services Iowa Department Health, 1982, task force health education Iowa Department Public Instruction, 1979, advisory committee health education assessment tool, 1980-1981, National Lieutenant Governors, chair committee on Agricultural and Rural Development, 1989.
Dallas County Democratic Central Committee, 1972-1984, 98—. Board directors Waukee Community School Board, 1976-1979, president 1978-1979. Board directors Iowa Parent-Teachers Association, 1979-1983, chair Health Committee, 1980-1984.
Member steering committee European Research Area, Iowa, 1991-1992. Founder Democratic Activist Women's Network (DAWN), 1992. Member Disciples of Christ Mission Group to El Salvadore, 2003, 04.
Founder health ministry First Christian Church, Des Moines, Iowa, 2004. Member American Nurses Association, League of Women Voters (health chairman metropolitan Des Moines chapter), Iowa Nurses Association, Iowa League for Nursing (board directors 1979-1983), Family Centered Childbirth Education Association (childbirth instructor, advisor), Iowa Cattleman's Association, American Lung Association (board directors Iowa 1988-1992), Democratic Activist Women's Network (founder 1992), State History Society Iowa (board member since 2007), First Christian Church Des Moines (president elect 2008, president 2009), Dallas County Master Gardeners (president 2008-2010).
Married A. Tom Zimmerman, August 26, 1956. Children: Andrew, Lisa, Don and Ron (twins), Beth.