Carol was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and as a child studied piano with Harry Franklin, pianist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. She graduated from Brandeis University, where she played violin in the university orchestra under the direction of Robert Koff, and received her masters and doctoral degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health. After completing her doctoral degree, Carol fulfilled a long-standing dream and began studying oboe. She has since performed with community orchestras throughout the area and recently has performed with Lowell House Orchestra, Boston Opera Collaborative, and Metrowest Opera. An avid chamber music performer, Carol participates annually in chamber music ensembles at the Vermont Music and Arts Center in Lyndonville, VT where she was recently appointed to the Board of Directors.
In addition to her musical activities, Carol is an epidemiologist at the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University and a faculty member of the Boston University School of Public Health, where the major focus of her work is environmental causes of human birth defects.