- Position Held: Missouri House, district 138, 2004-present
- Party: Democratic
- Home City: Springfield, MO
- Birth Date and Place: January 5, 1949; Cassville, MO
- Family: Divorced; children: Thomas, William, Michael
- Education: Southwest Missouri State University, B.S. 1971, Elementary Education, and M.S. 1976 Elementary Education and Administration.
- Religion: Christian Church
- Occupation: Teacher/Principal
- Work Experience: Adjunct Professor, Graduate Education Program, Drury University; Director/Principal, Phelps Center for the Gifted, Springfield Public Schools, 1978-2001; Faculty, College of Education, Drury University, 1980-present; Educational Consultant, Sara Lampe and Associates 2000-present.
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