Ed.D. Vocational Technical Education, University of Illinois M.S. Ed, Home Economics Education, University of Central Missouri (formally Central Missouri State University) B.S. Ed. Home Economics Education, University of Central Missouri (formally Central Missouri State University)
Currently teaching courses in the retail merchandising curriculum, including fashion merchandising, visual merchandising, apparel product development & analysis, advanced clothing construction, pattern making, fashion designers, the practicum seminar, and others. Also team teaches the EHS course, Professionalism Across Cultures.
Current research interests include service learning and community connections in the areas of family and consumer sciences. An additional and ongoing area of interest is the collection of oral histories related to clothing and textiles. Projects on other topics are developed through work with undergraduate research.
Service activities related to research interests involve working with the OSF Pediatric Diabetic Resource Center and with representatives of Johnson & Johnson, Inc. to develop insulin pump packs and apparel for area children and teens. Begun in 2006, this project is ongoing.
President, Home Economics Foundation of the Peoria Area
Advisor for local chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu, national honor association
President’s Committee for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Fall 2009 to present. Bradley University