Bachelor in Journalism, University Texas, 1981; postgraduate, St. Mary's U., 1982; Master of Arts in Engish, U. Oklahoma, 1997.
News assistant The Daily Texan, Austin, 1979-1980. Public information specialist Austin Parks and Recording, 1980-1981. Freelance writer Norman, Oklahoma, since 1981.
Media coordinator Catholic Diocese of Austin, 1983-1984. Managing editor The Forum Magazine, Austin, 1983-1986. State correspondent Texas Catholic Press, 1990-1994.
Senior correspondent Our Sunday Visitor, 1997-2000. Columnist Catholic Parent, 1998-2006, Catholic Digest en Español, 2003-2006, Catholic Practice Ezine, 1998-2000.
Member of International Women's Writing Guild, Society Professional Journalists (Excellence in Public Service Journalism 2d place award 2000), American Society Journalists and Authors, Catholic Press Association (Best News Report on International Event 2nd Place 1994, Best Personality Profile 3rd Place 1996, Best Reporting on Local or State Matter 3rd Place 1996, 3rd Place 1996, Best Feature 2nd Place 1996, Best Campaign inthe Public Interest 2nd Place 1996, Best Reporting on Local or State Matter 3rd Place 1997, Best Campaign in Public Interest Honorary Mention 1997, Best Feature Honorary Mention 1997, Best Personality Profile 3rd Place 1998, Best Body of Work 1st Place 1999, Best Regular Column 1st Place 2001, Best Personality Profile 2d place in Magazine 2001, Best Personality Profile 2 place in National Newspaper 2001, History/Biography Honorary Mention Book award 2002, Best Feature Writing award 2003, Best Regular Column honorable mention 2004, Best Personality Profile 1st place award 2004, 3d place Best Regular Column 2005, honorable mention individual excellence 2005, General E. Sheny award 2008, Best News Writing award 2008).
Married Michael Anthony Scaperlanda, December 27, 1981. Children: Christopher, Anamaría, Rebekah, Michelle.