Mayor Steadman's family moved to Mulvane a few months after her birth, and she has considered Mulvane home ever since. She is a graduate of Mulvane High School, Newman University (formerly Kansas Newman College), Wichita State University, and the University of Strathclyde. In 1997, she began her career as a Forensic Scientist at the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center, and she has provided expert witness testimony in the area of Forensic Biology/DNA analysis to the United States District Court, Kansas District Courts, the Florida Judicial Circuit, and the United States Air Force. Dr. Steadman is currently working as Sedgwick County's DNA Technical Leader/Manager. Dr.Steadman joined with her brother to form Partyline Liquor, LLC and opened a Mulvane retail storefront in 2007. Owning and operating the hometown store is the basis for her strong interest in the economy and development of local business. Dr. Steadman was elected mayor in April, 2015, after serving a four year term on the City Council.