She was born and raised in Turbotville, graduating from Warrior Run then receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Bucknell University. After having worked in the Bertrand Library at Bucknell for several years, she returned to graduate school and received her Master of Science in Library Science degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
From Bucknell, she moved south to the University of Houston where she served as Coordinator, Serials Processing. Her family missed her, so she moved back home and found a position at Lycoming College as Instructional Services Librarian, Coordinator of Web Management and Document Delivery. She served on the disaster teams at both Bucknell and Lycoming.