Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cleveland Institute Art, 1975. Postgraduate, Kent State University, 1981. Postgraduate, University Akron, 1981.
Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art, Vermont College, 1999.
Instructor Cleveland Museum Art, 1965-1968, 72-78, Cooper School Art, Cleveland, 1974-1978, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, 1977, University Akron, 1978-1981. Instructor Faculty School Art Institute Fort Lauderdale, Florida, since 1981. Docent Boca Raton Museum Art & Fort Lauderdale Museum Art.
Member advisory board Multimedia over Coax Alliance. Artist-in-residence traveling summer program Akron Museum Art, 1978.
Substitute teacher school and workshops Cuyahoga County Board Mental Retardation, Cleveland. Active swim program for special education students, West Shore Young Men’s Christian Association, 1971-1974. Coordinator vols. for George McGovern, Fairview Park, 1972.
Vice president 23rd District Caucus, Cleveland, 1973. Campaign chairperson Robert Weller for Ohio Senate, Cleveland, 1973-1974. Board member Women's Political Caucus, Cleveland, 1973-1975.
Den mother Cub Scouts, 1979, assistant to den mother, 1980. Member Metropolitan Museum Art, Museum Art Fort Lauderdale, Museum Art Boca Raton., Whitney Museum American Art, Art & Culture Center Hollywood College Art Association, Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, The Museum Museum of Women in Arts.
Daughter of Howard Donaldson and Elizabeth Minerva (Slater) Sample. D. Virginia W. (stepmother) Sample. Married Jerry Michael Gillam, September 14, 1962 (divorced May 1974).
Children: Thea Elizabeth, Chad Michael. Married James W. Butler, August 1, 1981 (divorced May 1986).