I went to school at the University of San Diego for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I have lived in Mendocino County since 1987. I worked for the County of Mendocino from 1987-2008, and for a division of the Sonoma County Office of Education from 2008-2018, where I still do occasional contract work. I also have been an adjunct faculty member at Mendocino College since 1999. I formally retired, via Cal-STRS, in 2018, but continue to work part-time for the College.