Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, Harrisburg Area Community College, Pennsylvania, 1983—1985. Bachelor in Communication, University Pittsburgh, 1985—1987. Master of Arts in Speech Communication, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1987—1991.
Instructor Alabama State University, Montgomery. Assistant professor, chair St. Joseph's College, Rensselaer, Indiana, 1994—1999. Assistant professor Saint Cloud State University, Minnesota, 1999—2001.
Lecturer Indiana U.-Purdue University Indianapolis, since 2001.
Member of Center for the Study of the Presidency, National Communications Association, Lambda Pi Eta (honorary).
Married Michael Joseph Minielli, December 21, 1996. 1 child Lauren Elizabeth.