Monica is a 1985 graduate of Emory & Henry College, finishing with a B.A. in English and a concentration in Religion. She has served as the Alumni Director for the College since 1991. 

Her community activities have included serving as chair of the Washington County Va. Relay For Life event and serving as president of the Virginia Highlands Festival. She is currently serving as a board member and spring training class coordinator for the Holston Rivers Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalist.