Born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, Diana Deverell graduated from Stanford in the mid-60's. Marriage diverted her from a session at Harvard Law School and for a few years she and her husband were truck drivers for a major van lines.
Settling for a time in Maine, she earned a Masters and worked for a while at a youth counceling facility. When her marriage ended, she left Maine and joined the Foreign Service.
Read her Bio on her webpage. Hers is one of the most interesting I've found.