Bachelor in Political Science, University of California at Los Angeles, 1986. Master of Social Work, University Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1993.
Clinical social worker Children's Hospital Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, 1993—2000. Assistant professor, field coordinator California University Pennsylvania, since 1994. Executive assistant Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Washington, 1987—1991.
Secretary American Red Cross-Westmoreland County, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, 2002—2009. Member of National Association of Social Workers.
Married John W. Boyle, June 19, 1993. Children: Ellen Mariko, Harrison Hamamoto, Julia Sachiko, John Wade.