Margaret Sennett was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, the sixth of nine children. She attended the State University of New York at Buffalo for her undergraduate and master’s degrees in nursing and was certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner.
She has worked in pediatrics her entire career, as a floor RN at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo for 10 years and then in the hospital’s pediatric hematology/oncology division for three years. In 1997, she moved to Virginia for her current position in pediatric hematology/oncology at UVA, where she is the senior nurse practitioner and the supervisor/mentor to the other nurse practitioners in the division.
Ms. Sennett has been married since the age of 19 to her husband, Tim. They have three adult children — two graduated from UVA and one from Virginia Tech. Ms. Sennett is involved with the children’s ministry at her church, and she enjoys hiking and snowboarding.