Bachelor in Psychology, California State University, Bakersfield, 1980; Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, California State University, Bakersfield, 1984.
Probation officer II, Kern County Juvenile and Adult Probation, Bakersfield, California, 1982-1987; parole agent, assistant unit supervisor parole and community services, Department Corrections, Bakersfield, California, since 1987. Consultant, practitioner Feng Shui, Bakersfield, California, since 1997.
Member California Correctional and Peace Officer's Association.
Married Steven Robert Pursel, June 6, 1987 (divorced February 1998). Children: Nelson Blake Pursel, Samantha Paige Pursel.