I began my educational career at UW-Oshkosh when I graduated high school. I didn't do very well and dropped out of college, got married, had 2 daughters and then decided I was ready to return to school. Luckily for me UW-Washington County was here. I came here and earned my Associates degree. I then went back to UW-Oshkosh and finished my Bachelors degree with a major in Sociology. With all of the encouragement I received at UW-WC and UW-O, I went to Marquette and earned my M.S. in Sociology. Finally, I pursued and earned my PhD in Sociology at Purdue University in 1997. I have worked at UW-Milwaukee, Carroll University, and UW-Waukesha before coming here in 1999.
When I am not teaching, I spend most of my time with my family: my husband, two daughters and their husbands, five grandchildren, two dogs, and a cat. We enjoy hiking, gardening, traveling to natural areas, bird-watching, and kayaking.