Sally has been involved in various aspects of environmental education and conservation for almost as long as she can remember. She grew up in western New York State spending much of her time roaming in the nearby creek and woodlands. She received a BA from Hiram College and an MS from Miami University of Ohio in Zoology with research on orientation in amphibians and bird dominance behavior. She did additional graduate research at Ohio State on aspects of plant pollination. For over a decade, she worked as a naturalist teaching both children and adults. Later she taught zoology at Ohio Wesleyan University. During that time her research focused on surveying wetlands for breeding salamanders and frogs. Many students were involved in this field research and many have careers in related fields today. After 20 years of college teaching, she retired and moved to Colorado in 2013.
Sally is a founding member of the Amphibian and Reptile Trust International.