• 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