Bachelor of Science in Education, with honors, Southern Illinois University, 1980. Master in Public Health, St. Louis University, 1982. Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services Research, St. Louis University, 1987.
Associate in Agriculture, Lincolnland Community College, Springfield, Illinois, 1992.
Former member teaching faculty health services administration & women’s studies programs University Illinois. Member District 31 Wisconsin State Senate, since 2007. Member Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission, since 2004.
Past board directors Buffalo County Agricultural Fair Association. Past treasurer, Local 4100 American Federation Teachers. Member of Democratic Party Buffalo County, Alma Chamber of Commerce, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Wisconsin Farmers Union, Andrew Blackfoot American Legion.