Dale was an IT Director at a hospital for 22 years. In May of 2011, Dale made her first piece of jewelry and within 4 months, she had taken metalsmithing, enameling, clay and wire wrapping classes. She resigned from her IT position and opened her bead store, Bead Bistro, in Killeen, TX in April 2012. Dale taught jewelry making of all kinds, including metalsmithing (her true love), every Saturday since April 2012. She also taught private classes during the week.