Dr. Ferguson is a past Olympic Gold medalist and has coached swimming at all levels including Olympic Trial level. She held five World Records during her swimming tenure and was nominated for the Sullivan Award. She has been elected to the International Swimming Hall of Fame, California State University, Long Beach Hall of Fame, Glendale College Hall of Fame, Helms Hall of Fame and Burbank High School Hall of Fame.
As a past University Professor Dr. Ferguson has an extensive background in education administration and teacher preparation. Upon completion of over 20 years in the university system (College of Great Falls, Great Falls, Montana and California State University, Long Beach), Dr. Ferguson left traditional education to work in several community benefit organizational settings including Executive Director of Girls Incorporated of Delaware, Chief Resource Development Officer of the Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula, National Chief Marketing Officer of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), Director of Development for Disney GOALS, and Director of Sports Medicine at Anaheim Memorial Hospital.
In October of 2010, Dr. Ferguson was named one of the Top Ten Professional Women of Fresno. Dr. Ferguson is the past President of the Southern California Olympians and past Vice President of the United States Olympians. She is currently the Past President of the Koroibus Foundation that supports prospective Olympic Athletes in their quest for the Olympics. She served on the Preliminary Disciplinary Review Board appointed by the Delaware Supreme Court during her tenure in Delaware. She is a mother of three girls and a Grandma of four granddaughters and a grandson. She and her husband Greg Panten reside in Clovis, CA and are active in their church. Dr. Ferguson is on the Board of 9-5 for Christ and is Past President of the Fresno Women’s Network. She is also a Rotarian and served on the Board of the Rotary Club of Fresno for two years. Dr. Ferguson has published a book and several juried articles as well as created the infant-preschool water awareness program for the National Red Cross.