I am originally from Itasca, Illinois, a small northwest suburb of Chicago. I attended Washington Elementary School and Peacock Junior High School, followed by Lake Park High School in Roselle, Illinois. While growing up I swam on the Itasca Dolphins Swim Team every summer, and in high school I played bass clarinet in the LPHS Marching Band. I also played the piano, the oboe, won spelling bees and math contests, and was named a National Merit Finalist.
I attended the Center for Talent Development (CTD) summer programs for four summers and my experiences there had a profound effect on me. In college at Northwestern I served as a CTD residential counselor for the Spectrum program for three summers.
I currently reside in Bexley, Ohio, with my brilliant statistician husband, Jason, who competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee at age 13, and our equally talented mini-mathematician daughter, Charlotte.
We have three cats: Persephone, Ginny, and Clarice. My hobbies include karaoke, crochet, cross stitch, and shopping. I also love books and TV shows about forensic science and air crash investigation. In my free time I fantasize that it is still the 1980s.