Bachelor of science in nursing, University Wisconsin, Madison, 1976. Master of Science in Psychiatric Nursing, University Rochester, New York, 1981. Master of Arts in Bioethics, Medical College Wisconsin, 1999.
Former assistant professor Columbia College Nursing, New York City. Member District 22 Wisconsin General Asembly, since 2009. Past president National Alliance Mental Illness.
Member steering committee Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force.
Member of American Red Cross, American Public Health Association, American Society Bioethics & Humanities, Wisconsin Nurses Association.
Married; 3 children.