Born & raised in Hawthorne, Fl and graduated from Eastside High School in 1993. She earned her BS in Cardiopulmonary Science from Florida A & M University in 1998 after which she worked for six years at UF Health Shands Hospital as a Registered Respiratory Therapist specialized in adult & pediatric critical care, and pulmonary function testing. In 2006 she became a professor in the Respiratory Care program @ Santa Fe College. During her seven years at Santa Fe, she also earned her MBA from Saint Leo University which she completed in 2011. She currently works as Coordinator/Manager of Pulmonary Diagnostics at UF Health, Gainesville, Fl. She is a proud wife and mother of 3 children.