Associate of Arts, Joliet Junior College, 1978. Bachelor of Music, American Conservatory Music, Chicago, 1982. Master of Music, American Conservatory Music, 1993.
D Music, American Conservatory Music, 2007. Bachelor, Governors State University, 1985. Master of Arts, University Chicago, 1985.
Music teacher, Mokena, Illinois, since 1965; international patent administrator, Brinks, Hofer, Gilson & Lione, Chicago, since 1988.
Member Children's Book Council, Joliet Amateur Radio Society (president 1981).
Married Cornelius Leo Vander Zanden, July 6, 1957. Children: Sandra, Linda, William, Mark.