Diane graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor of arts degree in history and a minor in music. She received a Master's Degree in special education with a focus on deaf and hard of hearing. After spending a year teaching at one of the residential schools for the deaf in California, she began working at the Jean Weingarten Penninsula Oral School for the Deaf in Redwood City. She was one of three teachers who began the extended program for older deaf children at the San Francisco Hearing and Speech Center. She worked there for 8 years. When the CCHAT Center opened in Sacramento in 1996, she was one of two teachers to start the school. She taught at CCHAT for 17 years. Since retiring from the classroom, she dedicates her time on the Board raising money for CCHAT. She is passionate about the mission of CCHAT having seen the life changing results for families during her teaching career.