Graduated from Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY in May 1984 with Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and Adelphi University, Garden City, NY in 2006 with Master of Science in Nursing Administration. Started nursing career in the Burn Center at Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY in July 1984 and worked with burn patients, their families, and firefighters within the community for 33 years. During these years, also served as the Nurse Manager of the Surgical ICU, Cardiac ICU, Medical ICU and Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Treatment Center. In the Burn Center as an Assistant Nurse Manager and then Nurse Manager was a clinical resource to the nursing community developing educational programs on burn care, lectured at regional nursing conferences and senior nursing seminars and was the Burn Center liaison with the Nassau County Firefighters’ Burn Center Foundation. In 2012 collaborated with a family member of a burn survivor and the Phoenix Society to launch a SOAR Program at NUMC. Currently retired and is a Board Member of the Nassau County Firefighter’s Burn Center Foundation.