Beringia graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in cultural anthropology. While in school she focused her research on two diverse social groups; heroin users and women from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Results of her studies were presented at The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Annual Conference on AIDS Research, NAU's Women's Studies Lecture Series and published in Connections.
After deciding to leave the field of anthropology, Beringia took her late night hobby of computer programming and turned it into a career as a database designer for large scale manufacturing systems. She quit working in 1998 to stay home, full-time, with her newly adopted daughter, Darby Rose.
Beringia is currently the church secretary for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Kern County in Bakersfield, California.