Bachelor in Russian Studies with honors, Washington and Jefferson College, l985.
Assistant library, Washington County Courthouse Law Library., Washington, Pennsylvania, l982-83; executive assistant Russian and history departments, Washington and Jefferson College, l983-86; teacher, Bad Nauheim (Federal Republic Germany) Elementary School, l988-89; manager transportation office, Department Army Directorate Logistics, Friedberg, Federal Republic Germany, 1989-1990.
Chairman class of 1985, Washington and Jefferson College, since 1985. Member Elizabethtown Kennel Club (vice president publicity chairman), First of Twelfth Cavalry Regiment Wives' Group, Kappa Kappa Gamma.
Married John Clark Van Aken III, April 4, l987. 1 child, Tucker Petrone.