Raised in the New York Hudson Valley and was awarded a BS in Nursing from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. In 1996, earned a Masters of Science degree in Community Health Care Administration/Wellness Promotion from the California College of Health Sciences. Served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force as a Behavioral Health Nurse, Director of Case Management/Utilization Management, Substance Abuse Counseling, Chief of the Suicide Awareness/Prevention Task Force, Chief of the Combat Behavioral Health Team/ Khobar Towers/ Operation Southern Watch, Director of Human Resources and Chief Nurse Executive. Retired as Deputy Command Nurse of Air Education and Training Command at Randolph AFB, Texas in 2001. Obtained certification as a Legal Nurse Consultant and received additional training in Forensic Nursing. In 2008, worked for the prestigious consulting firm of Booz, Allen, Hamilton as a Health Care Analyst. In 2010 was hired by the Department of the Army to serve as the Child and Family Deputy Director/Project Manager for the Army design, develop and implement a Behavioral Health Care System for Army Children and Families establishing Army wide School Behavioral Health Programs, Behavioral Health Outreach/Coordination Services, Regional Tele-Behavioral Health Consultation Services and Training/Education Programs for Primary Health Care Managers in the delivery of evidence-based practices in treating common behavioral health disorders.
Serves as a co-founder and advisor of Military Families for Justice. Co-author with Cilla McCain of a forthcoming book telling the personal story behind the murder investigation of her husband Colonel Philip Shue. The case received national media attention from 48 Hours, People Magazine, Air Force Times and in "From Crime Scene to Courtroom" by renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht.