• Born and raised in New Jersey
  • Moved to South Dakota in 1991
  • Three daughters


  • Undergraduate degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado'
  • M.S. in Genetics, University of Arizona
  • Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, University of Arizona
  • Post-doctoral training in Neurology, Yale University
  • Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Fellowship,  2007 to 2008

Career Highlights

  • Research Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina
  • Assistant, Associate, Full Professor, University of South Dakota
  • Research funding from NIH, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Research interests in myelin development

Service Highlights

  • Member South Dakota 4-H Foundation board, 1995 to 2001
  • Member SESDAC board, 2006 to 2013
  • Member National Organization of Research Development

Honor Highlights

  • Board of Regents award for Research Excellence, 1999
  • Chester McVay award for Faculty Teaching and Research Excellence, 2007