I was born and raised in rural Minnesota. After high school I joined the Air Force and served for over 5 years as a Jet Engine Mechanic. I spent one year at Cannon AFB, New Mexico where I worked on F-111's and the rest of my career at Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan working on F-15"s. After the Air Force, I completed my B.S. in Psychology at North Dakota State University. During this time, I met and married my husband who was in the Army. We have two children and have lived in Georgia, Hawaii and Washington State.