Beverly Ellen Schoonmaker Alfeld has a B.A. and M.F.A. in art and an M.A. in theoretical design. Raised in a commercial-nursery/greenhouse family, she has completed the school of instruction in food processing prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration and has completed advanced coursework in the fields of education, administration, and school law. Ms. Alfeld is an academic performance specialist with twenty-three years’ experience in K-12, university, and junior-college classrooms; a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution; and the founder of the Donald L. Schoonmaker Scholarship Fund. She also works as an advocate for special-needs children.