Bachelor in Journalism/English, University Iowa, 1985.
Field manager Illinois Public Action Council, Rock Island, 1985-1986. Union representative Iowa United Professionals, Des Moines, 1987-1989. Editorial assistant The Town Journal, Saddle River, New Jersey, 1989.
Organizer Local 32B-32J Service Employees International Union, New York City, 1989-1990. Research assistant Labor Coalition on Public Utilities, Chicago, 1991. Communications director Local 73 Service Employees International Union, 1993-2000.
Member advisory committee University Illinois Labor Education Program, Chicago, 1999.
Field organizer Jesse Jackson for President, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1988. Founding member Rainbow Coalition of Iowa, Des Moines, 1989. Area coordinator Jesus Garcia for Sen., Chicago, 1992.
Steering committee member Oak Park Community Action, Oak Park, Illinois, 1991-1993. Delegate Chicago Federation of Labour, 1993-2000. Co-chair National Writers Union Local 12, 1999, national delegate, 1999, 2001.
Member Illinois State Labor Press Association (vice president 1998-1999).
Married Robert Timothy Yeager, April 25, 1987 (divorced December 1997). 1 child, Ayshe Rezan.