Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 1951. Graduated with BA in English literature and political science and minor in philosophy from Morningside College in 1974. Employed by the Northwest Iowa Crime Commission from 1974-1979 as criminal justice planner and by the Christian Home Association from 1980-1986 as president of Youth, Inc. Incorporated CJ Futures, Inc., with husband in 1986. Serves as president and CEO of CJ Futures, Inc., a full service lawn service company, a landscape design company and a retail lawn and garden center located in Missouri Valley, Iowa. Certified as an Iowa landscape design professional and garden center professional with Iowa Nursery and Landscape Association in 2004.Served as trustee for Iowa Western Community College since 1995. Appointed as Iowa Western Community Colleges representative to Iowa Association of Community College Trustees in 2004. Appointed as IACCT representative to MHEC in 2005.Married to Jim Hornbeck, retired educator and co-owner of CJ Futures, Inc. Four grown children, Shelly, Shad and Jessica are married and working in their chosen professions, and Phoebe Jo is a 2005 freshman in college.Resides in rural Logan, Iowa, and enjoys gardening, horses, and reading.