Bachelor, Transylvania University, 1976. Juris Doctor, University Kentucky, 1979.
Private practice, Lexington, Kentucky, since 1979. Vice mayor City of Lexington, 1993-1999, mayor, 2003—2007. Assistant attorney Fayette County Prosecutors Office, Lexington, 1986-1988.
Judge University Kentucky Trial Advisory Competition, Lexington, 1981. Associate professor department government and law Eastern Kentucky University, 1983-1988. Acting director Eastern Kentucky University Paralegal Program, Richmond, 1985.
Legal counsel Kentucky Women's Heritage Museum, Inc., 1986, vice president, 1987. Selected as one of six Arab-American elected officials to monitor the first Palestinian elections, 1996. Economics and government professor Lexington Community College, 1996-1997.
Member building committee Fayette County Justice Center, 1997.
Member Lexington Human Resources Advisory Board, 1982-1985, Kentucky Displaced Homemaker Advisory Board, Lexington, 1982-1984, National Collegiate Athletic Association Final Four Host Committee, Lexington, 1985. Chairman Kentucky Women's Suffrage Day Celebration, since 1986. Project director Sports Equity Program-Model for South, Kentucky, since 1986.
Member Philmarm. Guild, since 1986. Chairman Kentucky National Women in Sports Day Celebration, 1988. Member-at-large Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council, since 1990.
Board directors Kentucky World Trade Center, 1993-1997, Housing Foundation, 1993-1997. Board control Kentucky High School Athletic Association, 1993-1997. Member advisory board Ladies Professional Golf Association Junior Girls Golf Club, 1993-1997.
Member Criminal Justice Commission, 1993-1997. Member national advisory board Democrats 2000, 1993-1997. Member Military Support Committee, 1997.
Executive director Lexington Fair Housing Council, since 1999. Member American Bar Association (executive committee delivery of legal services to women, chair 1987-1988, special committee on housing and urban development law, recipient Silver Key award 1979, Athena award, 2008), American Association of University Women (secretary 1986, state board directors 1987-1988) Federal Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association (board of editors 1983-1985, member Task Force on Gender Bias in Courts since 1987), Kentucky Academy Trial Lawyers Association, American Society for Public Administration, American Association for Paralegal Education, National Association Women Lawyers (brief bank coordinator since 1985), American Civil Liberties Union (chairperson legal panel since 1983), League of Women Voters (voter service committee since 1985), Kentucky Women Advisers (treasurer since 1987, vice president 1988), Leadership American, Kentucky Women's Political Caucus (president 1992-1993), Lexington Chamber of Commerce, Phi Mi (legal advisor since 1985, Kahlil Gibran Spirit Humanity award, 2007).
Children: Jacob, Alicyn.