Growing up in Waynesville as a daughter of a Dayco Engineer, she rode motorcycles with her Golden Retriever Duke running by her side. She graduated from Tuscola and then High Point University. Her desire to be a prosecutor took her to law school in Michigan, and that dream came true when she prosecuted for the State of NC for eight years after law school. She married a Highway Patrolman she met in the courtroom and brought him back home with her. After their wedding he surprised her with a Golden Retriever puppy, Jake. She left the DA’s office after they had her first child and entered private practice in Waynesville. She left the stress of a solo practice in 2017 and is now the director of the Paralegal Program at Southwestern Community College and teaches the law courses. She lives in Waynesville with her husband who is now a retired Sergeant of the Highway Patrol, their 15-year-old son [who plays Tuscola soccer], their 13-year-old daughter [who wants to be a Veterinarian], a Boxer [Tank], a Golden Retriever puppy [Chief, another surprise from her husband] and a cat named Trooper.