Bachelor of Fine Arts, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa, 1983—1987. Bachelor in Art Education K-12, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa, 2001—2002. Master of Arts in Special Education, St. Ambrose University, 2008.
Teacher Davenport Museum Art, 2002. Special education teacher Quad City Arts, Davenport, 2004. Presenter Eastern Iowa Writing Project workshop.
Volunteer Midcoast Fine Arts, Rock I., Illinois, 1995—2003. Volunteer Friends of Catich St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa, since 2003. Leader Girl Scouts (Mississippi Valley council), 1997—2003.
Volunteer First Presbyterian Church. Member of Eastern Iowa Writing Project Advisory Committee, National Association Special Educators Teachers (associate), Midcoast Fine Arts (life. Volunteer various jobs 1996—2003).
Married Kelvin Leroy Townsend, September 26, 1989. Children: Stephanie Allisson, Elliott Russell.