She graduated from Rye Country Day School, Union College (Schenectady, NY) with a BS, Washington University (St. Louis, MO) with a MSW and UVM with a CAS in Administration and Planning. Previously employed by the Baird Center for Children and Families (HowardCenter), Trinity College and State of Vermont, she now is a full time faculty member in the Department of Social Work at UVM. She has a step daughter, Jennie Hayes.
She has long been an active volunteer in the community serving on agency, city and state boards including the ReSource-VT, Vermont Child Poverty Council, South Burlington Planning Commission, Governor’s Commission on Women, Vermont Children’s Forum, Vermont Association for Mental Health, NASW-VT and Champlain Drug and Alcohol Services. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Civil Authority and an advisory board member of the Chittenden County Hunger Council.
A Democrat, she has been a member of the House since 1993 and is the chair of House Committee on Human Services.