Bachelor in Sociology, Goucher College, 1974. Graduate, Officer Candidate School, 1975. Master of Arts in Public Administrator, Harvard University.
Master of Science in National Security Strategy, National War College. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Goucher College, 2002.
Joined United States Coast Guard, 1975, advanced through ranks to vice admiral, 2010, Commander Fifth Coast Guard District, 2003—2005, director reserve & training, 2005—2008, deputy commandant for operations, 2008—2010, vice commandant Washington, since 2010.
Married Bob Brice-O'Hara. 2 children.