Verlan retired from public school education in 2002. With a Bachelor's degree in Education - K through 8 and Masters in Education with an emphasis on Reading, K-12 (both from NMSU), she enjoyed teaching students, ranging from third graders to adults. She has lived in Las Cruces since 2003. Some of her favorite past-times are reading, especially historical fiction, exercising in a tap class, traveling, learning Spanish, painting, visiting museums, spending time with family and friends, attending live music theatre, and watching good movies with her husband, Jeff Schwehn. A member of Soroptimist International of Las Cruces since 2016, Verlan enjoys the friendships she's made and the opportunities to work with like-minded women who are interested in improving the lives of women in her community and across the world.