Associate of Arts, Central Arizona Junior College, 1977. Bachelor in political science and secondary education, Arizona State University, 1984. Master of Arts in American Indian studies public policy, University Arizona, 1992.
Tutor coordinator University Arizona, Tucson, 1982-1988. Administrative intern Tohono O'odham Nation, Sells, 1984-1985. Clerk Sears, Phoenix, 1984.
Youth coordinator Tekakwitha Conference, Great Falls, Montana, 1985-1986. Program coordinator University Arizona, Tucson, 1989-1990, assistant dean Native American students. Head office intergovernmental relations Salt River-Pima Maricopa Indian community.
Executive assistant to chairman Tohono O'odham Nation. Vice president education Tohono O'odham Community College. Chairwoman Tohono O'odham Nation, since 2003.
President Inter-Tribal Council Arizona, 2004.
Member National Indian Education Association, National Tekakwitha Conference (chair program committee 1991-1992), American Indian Alumni Association (president 1992-1993).
Married Richard Saunders.