Bachelor in Social Work, St. Louis University, Missouri, 1975. Master of Social Work, St. Louis University, Missouri, 1977. Juris Doctor, St. Louis University, Missouri, 1988.
Social worker, Wisconsin, Missouri Department Social Services. Private practice attorney. Member District 73 Missouri House of Representatives, 2002—2008.
Director Missouri Department Health & Senior Services, since 2009.
Member Ferguson-Florissant School Board, 1986—1992. Delegate Democratic National Convention, 1996. Board directors Beyond Housing, 1981—1984.
Chair Commission Abused Women and Children, 1991—1992. Member METRO Board Commissioners, 1999—2002. Board directors Family Support Network, since 2003.
Member of Women Lawyers Association, Missouri Bar (member, family law section), Bar Association Metropolitan St. Louis, Richmond Heights History Society, Families Of Children Under Stress, Family & Domestic Violence Council St. Louis County.
Married David Riedel. Children: Julia Riedel, Adam Riedel.