AB, Wheaton College, 1965; Master of Education, Fitchburg (Massachusetts) State College, 1977; Master of Social Work, Simmons School of Social Work, Boston, 1987.
Staff psychologist, Ayer (Massachusetts) Guidance Center, 1978-1981; substance abuse specialist, Family Counseling and Guidance Centers, Danvers, Massachusetts, 1990-1991. Private practice psychotherapy Boston North Shore Associations, Salem, 1985-1990, NEPA, Salem, 1990-1994.
Mediator Lynn (Massachusetts) Youth Resource Bureau, 1986-1987, Marblehead Community Counseling Center, 1994-1996. Member National Association Social Workers, Massachusetts Academy Clinical Social Work, Inc., American Society Clinical Hypnosis, International Society Clinical Hypnosis.
Married John Joseph Guinan Junior (divorced 1975). Children: Ashley, Lindsey Guinan, John Jeffrey, Daniel Plakans. Married John Plakans.