Whitney graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs/Spanish from the University of Maryland College Park in 1996. She was Co-Chair of F.I.D.O., the citizens committee that helped build the Lakewood Dog Park, and until recently served as Vice President of CCLAS (Citizens Committee for a Lakewood Animal Shelter). Her family bred and showed Champion Chocolate Labrador Retrievers and Whitney has whelped over 40 puppies. Whitney is certified in Pet First Aid from the American Red Cross. Her heart now belongs to her husband, Mark, sons, Brendan and Wyatt, and her fur children: a Bullmastiff named “Sookie” and two rescue cats, “Bogart” and “Bacall”.