Born in Woodstock, raised in Crystal Lake. I attended North Elementary and NJH (now Bernotas MS) as well as Crystal Lake Central High School. I learned to fly at Lake in the Hills airport when I was 15, and worked backstage at the Woodstock Opera House for several productions. After attending Southern Illinois University, I completed my Business degree at McHenry County College. I live in Algonquin with my rescue cat Ruthie.