Saunders earned a degree in Psychology from Lipscomb in 1979. Before coming to Lipscomb College of Pharmacy, she worked as an Executive Assistant for Youth Encouragement Services. While at YES, she helped coordinate several annual events that benefit the children of Nashville. Prior to her work there, Saunders worked in various roles for a Savings & Loan. She has served the Lipscomb community in many ways over the years.