I received my undergraduate, Doctor of Medicine, and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and then worked in the Los Angeles and San Diego health departments.  When my husband took a staff position with the Peace Corps, we moved to Ethiopia for two years.

After returning from Africa, I began an extended career in epidemiology, public health administration, and teaching.   First, I spent 10 years at the Arizona Department of Health Services, the last five years as the Executive Director, followed by four years as Professor of Health Administration at Arizona State University.

We moved to Utah in 1985 where I served as Executive Director of the Utah Department of Health, a member of Governor Bangerter’s Cabinet, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah.   I was one of the founders of the Utah Women’s Forum, became its first president, and participated on local, statewide, and university committees.  I left Utah for Virginia when Governor Bangerter’s second term ended.

In Virginia I became Professor and Founding Director of the Graduate Program in Public Health at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Nationally I have served as President of the American College of Preventive Medicine, President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the first Chairperson of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, and a member of the National Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. My professional interests include epidemiology, with a focus on vaccine-preventable diseases, and the delivery of public health services in communities.

I returned to Utah in 2007 and live half the year in St. George and half in Salt Lake City. In both cities I am a member of the Medical Reserve Corps and involved in volunteer community activities.