- Graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies & Human Development and Psychology
- Worked for the University of Arizona College of Public Health for 13 years, in smoking cessation and cancer prevention, as a smoking cessation counselor/coach. Assisted and counseled Arizona residents overcome nicotine addiction.
- Worked at La Frontera-Community Mental/Public Health for 5 years as a Crisis Coordinator. Coordinated care for all clients admitted to a level 1 psychiatric unit.