I graduated from St. Xavier University in Chicago, and have worked outside the home since earning my high school diploma at 16; including stints with two federal government agencies, University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service, a small farm-seed company, a now-defunct worldwide accounting firm, and a large nonprofit conservation organization.  

A Hero on Mount St. Helens: The Life and Legacy of David A. Johnston comes out from University of Illinois Press (UIP) in May 2019. The book seeks to honor many heroes; a “hero among heroes” is a central theme.

The Female Assumption earned a 2014 Global Media Award from the Population Institute (PI) for its message of equality and education for females. PI was founded by a Methodist minister with the goal of educating legislatures about reproductive health; it is humbling to have my book on a long list of amazing writers. 

I've freelanced for various venues; please see my Media Page or click on my Facebook link for articles/interviews.