Ms. Hood was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana. As an undergraduate she attended the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota; St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota; and the University of Great Falls in Great Falls, Montana. Hood received a B.S. Degree in Natural Science from the College of St. Benedict and minored in both Psychology and Secondary Education. Upon her graduation, Hood and her husband taught science and math on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In May 2001, she received her Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Ms. Hood has taken postgraduate classes at Taylor University in Fort Wayne, Indiana; Lewis and Clark College on the North Idaho college campus in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, Washington; Spokane Community College, Spokane, Washington; Washington State University, Pullman, Washington; University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; and Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington. Hood is working on research projects to complete her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.