Bachelor in English, South Dakota State University, Brookings, 1986. Master of Arts in Theatre, University South Dakota, Vermillion, 1998. Master of Fine Arts in Directing, University South Dakota, Vermillion, 2004.
English, speech teacher Arlington High School, South Dakota, 1986—1989. English teacher Brookings High School, 1989—1990, Brandon Valley High School, 1990—1991. English and theatre teacher O'Gorman High School, Sioux Falls, 1992—1998.
Assistant professor communications studies and theatre University Sioux Falls, since 1998. Communications and team building consultant Sanford Health, Sioux Falls.
Stage manager (women's project) I Want What You Have. Director(oral interpretation coach): (theatre and speech activities) (NFISDA Outstand Speech, Debate and Theatre Educator award, 2002, SCASD Outstanding Young Speech Teacher, 1991). Assistant director (women's project) Wapato.
Director: (Sioux empire community theatre) Steel Magnolias, (choreographer, playwright, designer) (over 75 plays and musicals). Editor: The History of Independent Baseball Leagues 1993-2003.
Past president Orpheum Theater Advisory Board Directors, Sioux Falls, since 2003. Member of Speech Communications Association South Dakota (past president since 2000).
Married Richard Earl Bartling, August 16, 1986. Children: Tyler Thad, Teake Lawrence.