Born to Arthur and Ellen McCarthy in Phoenix, Arizona. No siblings. Always interested in computers and information networks. Joined Starfleet Academy as soon as she was able to, with her parent's support.
Majored in Communications and Analysis, graduated from Academy with honors. Spent a short time training for work as an Analysis before being assigned to the USS Bonaventure shortly before its departure from Earth's orbit after repairing from an incident involving the Breen.