Horticulture and floral design have always been a major part of Nancy's life, as she grew up in eastern Virginia on her family’s vegetable plant farm and in her grandmother's florist business. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a B. S. in Nutrition and a M.S. in Food Service Management. After a professional career in school and university food service management and teaching food science courses at the community college level, her experience moved to the volunteer sector as President of the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. where she initiated the current grant program for club projects that worked with youth. She was President of the Board of Trustees of a youth camp, Nature Camp, Inc.; a member of the Jamestown 2007 Beautification Task Force; a member of the America's Anniversary Garden Committee; and is a current member of the Board of Directors of the American Horticultural Society.
Nancy is the incoming President of National Garden Clubs, Inc. (2017-2019), a not-for-profit educational organization founded in 1929 and headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, adjacent to the Missouri Botanical Gardens. This organization of 166,000 members within the United States and nearly 330 international affiliated organizations provides education, resources and national networking opportunities for its members to promote the love of gardening, horticulture, floral design, civic beautification and environmental stewardship. National Garden Clubs provides educational opportunities for youth at the pre-school, elementary, middle and high school levels to introduce gardening, conservation, protection of wildlife and a love and appreciation of nature. NGC's College Scholarship Program gives forty scholarships of approximately $4,000 each to college juniors, seniors and graduate students majoring in fields of study related to horticulture and the environment.