graduated in 1994 in the field of Developmental Psychology at Tilburg University. After her studies she started her own company, aimed at developing assessment tools for staff selection and recruitment and personnel management.  From 2001 she made a career shift: from working for commercial organizations to being involved in social and educational activities. Entrepreneurship and education, international activities and special needs students are her fields of expertise. From 2015 she works parttime for the Lava Legato foundation. For 32 hours per week she is  active in the Dutch Caribbean as school psychologist.