Originally from Kenilworth, Illinois, Penny Noel graduated from UC Santa Barbara Liberal Studies in Art/English Lit. She continued her studies at California College of the Arts Graphic Design. She is a graphics and web designer and has her own graphic design studio. She recently spent a year taking college classes to learn how to add illustration to her skill set. She lives in Gilroy with her husband, two dogs, and a foster dog. The remainder of the menagerie includes five chickens, one duck, and eight reluctantly rescued pigeons. She is on the Board of Directors for the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center (WERC) and volunteers at the San Martin Animal Shelter. Penny is a returning member who has joined AAUW to meet intelligent, inspiring women.