She earned her degrees from Purdue University, University of Georgia, and obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. Directly out of school, she work in private industry as a field scientist in the urban pest management field. Responsibilities included providing technical support, collaborated with government organizations, universities, and customers. In 2004, she became Principal Research Entomologist for the City of New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board. In 2006, she became Assistant Director, and in 2010 she was promoted to Director of the department. At the City, she provides technical support for the City of New Orleans and the pest control industry, conducts independent research, collaborates with industry for enhancements of existing products and testing of new products, and collaborates with government organizations and universities on a variety of research projects involving rodents, mosquitoes, termites, and a variety of other urban pests.
She participates in several professional societies at the national and local level, she has authored articles and training modules. She speaks at pest control and public health meetings around the country.