- M.P.A., Public Administration, Wayne State University, Detroit, 1994
- B.S., Criminal Justice, Wayne State University, Detroit, 1990
- Special Recognition, Strengthening Community Organizations to Promote Effectiveness, as Executive Director of Women ARISE, Grant Recipient, 2005
- Special Recognition, Women In Community Service, Volunteer Award, 2002
- Social Research Fellowship, ICPSR Summer Training Program in Quantitative Methods, 1999
- Selected as a Women and Public Policy Fellow, SUNY at Albany, Center for Women in Government, 1996
- Graduate Teaching Assistant Scholarship, Wayne State University, 1991-94
- Outstanding Service Award, Women’s Alumni Association, Wayne State University, 1993
- Women of Wayne Staff/Faculty Recognition Award, 1993
- "Obstacles to Strategic Choices for Domestic Violence Movement Organizations in Post-Communist States." Project Harmony Domestic Violence Community Partnership Program for professionals in the former Soviet Union and Ukraine, Buffalo, NY, 2000.
- "Potential Obstacles for Organizations Addressing Domestic Violence in Changing Political Climates.” Paper presented at the Domestic Violence Conference, University of Buffalo Law School, New York, 2001.
- "Testing Political Opportunity Models: Potential Barriers to Domestic Violence Movement Organizations in Post-Communist States.” Paper presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Washington, D.C., 2001.
- "Organizations Addressing Violence Against Women in Eastern Europe: New Approaches or Replications of a Western Model? Innovation and Opportunity in the Transition to Democracy.” Received scholarship to present paper at the Sixth Annual Conference on Family Violence, New Hampshire, 1999.
- "The Effects of Maternal Incarceration on Youth.” Presentation to Social Service Providers in Wayne County, Skillman Center for Children, Detroit, Mi., 2005.
- "Public Broadcast Systems’ Re-Entry Series." Presenter at Panel Sessions in conjunction with series, various locations in Southeast Michigan, 2003-2005.
- "Understanding Women’s Pathway to Crime and the Criminal Justice System.” Presentation at the Catholic Charities Conference, Detroit, Michigan. 2003.
- "Minority Women in Prison: Throwaways in American Society.” Presentation at Racialized Identities and the City Conference, Wayne State University, 2001.
- College of Urban, Labor, and Metropolitan Affairs; Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Research Associate. Compiled statistical reports, ‘best practices’ reports, developed questionnaires, conducted evaluations on non-profits that received Community Development Block Grants and reported to Detroit City Council, conducted training on outcome and process evaluation for non-profits. 1999–2000.
- Bureau of Municipal Police, State of New York Division of Criminal Justice Services, Albany, NY
Researcher. Conducted research for DARE Unit, compiled statistical reports, ‘best practices’ reports, evaluated training program for police. 1994–95.
- American Civil Liberties Union. Board member, Detroit Chapter, 2004-2005
- Michigan’s Prisoner Re-entry Advisory Council, Office of the Governor and the Michigan Department of Corrections, 2003-present
- Re-entry Task Force. Committee member, Lansing, Michigan, 2003-present
- Corrections to Work Task Force. Committee member, Detroit, Michigan, 2003-present
- Women in Community Service Alliance. Board member, Detroit, Michigan, 2003-2005
- Women ARISE. Board member, Detroit, Michigan, 1999-2002
- Presenter, King/Chavez/Parks College Day Program for inner city youth, “Employment Opportunities in the Criminal Justice System”, Detroit, Michigan, 1999 and 2001
- Trainer, “How to Approach and Interview Sexual Assault Survivors” for University Cultural Center Association, Thirteenth Precinct, Third Precinct, Wayne State Police and Public Safety, and Medical Center Security Department, Detroit, Michigan. 1998.