I attended TTU from 1985-1988, but married and finished my BS in Chemistry at the University of South Carolina in 1989. I earned my MS in Chemistry from USC in 1992. After earning my MS, I moved to Houston, TX, where I worked at the Children's Nutrition Research Center-Baylor College of Medicine. In 1994 my husband, Dr. Jeffrey Boles, accepted a faculty position in the Department of Chemistry at TTU, and we were able to move back to Cookeville. I earned my Ph.D. in Environmental Science-Chemistry Concentration in 2009 and accepted the position of Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies in January 2013.