Originally from Ohio in the American Midwest, with Anabaptist, Quaker, Scot-Irish and Finnish roots she has her BA in geology from George Washington University. She subsequently trained in film production at New York University and became one of the first, if not the first, women film producers in Washington, D.C. She has combined a professional career in media management, marketing, advertising and public relations with an academic career. Since the early nineties she has worked internationally becoming one of the first Western educators to teach in the former Soviet Union. She has been a media educator in Lithuania, Estonia, Kazakhstan, the Middle East, the Western Pacific, Malaysia and the South Pacific. Her American faculty appointments include the University of Guam, the University of Kansas, Chadron State College and Jersey City State College. She holds a master’s degree in film from the University of Southern California Cinema School, USA, and a PhD in Film from the University of Exeter, UK, entitled Genre and Globalization: Working Title Films, the British Romantic Comedy and the Global Film Market, https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/12826623.pdf. She also has a Graduate Certification in International Marketing from Boston University Brussels and Post Graduate Certification in Higher Education from Middlesex University London. In addition, she develops distance education and conducts diversity training. Outside of work she is a food enthusiast and a romance novel writer.
Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK;
Member, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS), New York Women in Film and Video; News Design Society; Romance Writers of America; Writers Guild of America, East; World Communication Association, (WCA).