I attended St. Pius X High School and graduated in 1995. I began running track & field in the 3rd grade. Although I was offered track scholarships at the University of New Mexico and other universities on the West coast, my Dad told me about how he saw a beautiful University while visiting his friend in Coral Gables, Florida. Something called me to that University. By the time I expressed interest, the deadlines had passed on obtaining any scholarship money, and I knew it was very unlikely a Division 1 school like Miami would ever offer me any money to compete for them. I knew running at this level would be extremely challenging, but something was calling me to take on the challenge, and so I headed off, an 18 year old kid, across the country from Albuquerque New Mexico to The University of Miami, Florida. I walked on the track team my freshman year, and I managed through hard work, perseverance and passion to earn an athletic scholarship for the next 3 years. I competed in the Women’s heptathlon comprised of 7 events: the 100m hurdles, long jump, high jump, javelin, 200m dash, shotput and 800m. In 1997, the NCAA integrated women’s pole vault as an event. My coach explained I had no choice—I had to learn how to pole vault. It was college track that I learned the true lessons of hard work, discipline, teamwork, perseverance and overcoming our biggest obstacle, ourselves.
We were two-time Big East Conference Champions during my tenure. My senior year I was voted co-Captain of the Women’s track & field team. My teammates became more than friends, they became family. I graduated with honors in English with minors in philosophy and broadcast journalism
After graduating from The University of Miami in 1999, I drove to my grandmother’s house in St. Cajetan where I lived with her as I attended The John Marshall Law School.
I met my husband, Peter M. Kramer on the first day of law school where we were assigned to the same L1 class.
I graduated from John Marshall in 2.5 years. I took the New Mexico Bar exam in February of 2002, where I was soon thereafter sworn in as an Assistant District Attorney in Albuquerque New Mexico.