Dena graduated from Central Missouri State University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She later earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2001. Dena has several years of experience working as a social worker in the hospital setting. She has always been interested in adoption and joined A Gift of Hope Adoptions in August 2009.
Dena and her husband relocated from Reno, Nevada back to their home state of Missouri in 2009. They now reside in Columbia with their son. Dena enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working with families through A Gift of Hope Adoptions.