Bachelor of Science in Communications, Psychology, Education, Murray State University, 1970. Master of Science in Communications, Murray State University, 1971. Postgraduate, Center Connecticut State University, New Britain, 1972.
Teacher, teaching assistant Murray (Kentucky) State University, Murray, Kentucky, 1970-1971. Instructor adult education Wincester Board of Education, Winsted, Connecticut, 1973-1976. Special lecturer Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, 1975-1985.
Lecturer communications department Tunxis Community College, Farmington, since 1986. Communications lecturer University Connecticut, Waterbury, 1986, Torrington, since 1986. English educator Wincester Board of Education, Connecticut, 1971—2006.
Consultant, lecturer Veterans Hospital Nursing Staff, Meridan, 1981, Business and Professional Women, 1982. Faculty consultant Connecticut State Conference Emergency Medical Technologies, Hartford, 1988-1996. Consultant Private Individuals Public Speaking Coach, since 1976.
Communications lecturer gender communications and sexual harassment United Technologies, E. Hartford, Connecticut, 1995. Presenter in field.
Member American Association of University Professors, National Education Association, Connecticut Education Association, Winsted Education Association, National Council Teachers English, New England League Middle Schools, Litchfield County Women's Network, Connecticut Association Publications and Authors.
Married Dennis John, June 23, 1973 (divorced July 1985). 1 child, Elaine Marie. Married Robert L. DiRusso, August 17, 2002.