Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Ohio University, 1976. Master of Business Administration, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, 1984.
Vice president The Bill Heim Company, Granville, Ohio, 1980-1995, president, 1995-1996. Director development American Council International Education, Washington, 1996-1997. President Charitable and Philanthropic Management Council, Boston, since 1997.
Trustee Ohio 4-H Foundation, 1992—1995. Member of CIVICUS, National Center for Nonprofit Enterprise, Association Fundraising Professionals (board directors Massachusetts chapter 1998—2001, chair government relations 1998—2005), Organization Women in International Trade, National Society Fundraising Executives (president 1993-1995, trustee Hills of Ohio chapter 1993-1996, governor relations committee 1995, certified, Fuerst outstanding Community Leader award named in her honor 1996).
Married Richard M. Adams, March 10, 2000.