I was born in Paterson, NJ on June 21, 1958 at 12:26 AM at Barnert Memorial Hospital, Paterson, Passaic, New Jersey, to Peter R. Cannella and Caroline F. (Gennaro) Cannella. I am their only child and I was approximately three months premature I weighing 3 lbs 9 oz at birth. I received Last Rights twice as an infant and I did not go home from the hospital (Barnett) until September 1958. I attended St. Anne's School in Fair Lawn, NJ and graduated second in my class in 1972, I then attended Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ and graduated with First Honors in 1976. I triple majored at The University of Tampa graduating Cum Laude in 1980, earned my Master of Arts degree with distinction from Drew University in 1981, and ultimately earned my Ph.D. with distinction from Vanderbilt University in 1989. I am currently in branch banking management with Truist Bank.
In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, doing genealogical research, swimming, and art. Am an avid Don Bosco Prep Ironmen and NY Yankees fan!