A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Professor Willey received her MFA from the UCLA film school and her MBA from UCLAs Anderson School of Management. A filmmaker who was presented at the Directors Guild Young Filmmaker program, she has gone on to specialize in screenwriting and is a member of the Writers Guild of America, West.
Recently, her story, Little John, was presented by Hallmark Hall of Fame and aired on CBS. In 2003, Professor Willeys screenwriting won the CSUN Faculty Award for Outstanding Creative Work.
Also, Professor Willey lectures and writes on diverse popular culture topics, including a catalogue essay on Von Dutch for the Kustom Kulture exhibit at the Laguna Museum of art and a lecture presentation at Cambridge University, England for the Popular Culture Association, titled The Automobile - From Artifact to Art."
Professor Willey has taught all aspects of film production. Currently, she is specializing in film directing and advising students on their projects.