Originally from Fairlawn, Ohio, she received her BSN from the University of Akron. After working at Akron City Hospital and Parma Community Hospital as a staff nurse, she and her husband Mark moved to Memphis, TN. She then earned a MPA from the University of Memphis, and taught at Baptist School of Nursing for seven years. Her career led her to an administrative position as an Assistant Director of Nursing at a local Psychiatric Hospital followed by a Director of Nursing at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital Neurosciences Unit. 

With increasing family demands her career transitioned to part time nursing at a Cancer Center where she was a chemo nurse and part time band mom, helping their two sons Paul and Erik till the youngest graduated from High School. At that point, she reentered the full time job market as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Methodist University Hospital where she was the Training Center Coordinator for the American Heart Association.  While at Methodist she was also involved with simulation, which soon became her specialty. She then took a teaching position at UTHSC where she was the Nursing Simulation Coordinator, assisting with interprofessional educational activities and nursing education.

In 2016, she became full-time faculty at CBU where her primary responsibilities are in teaching PA skills, simulation activities, and interdisciplinary education. She has recently attained her certification as a Simulation Educator from the Society of Simulation in Healthcare, a MSN in Case Management, and is writing her dissertation for a doctorate in education from the University of Alabama.


  • BSN, University of Akron
  • MPA, University of Memphis