Rena grew up in southern Anne Arundel County and worked in parish ministry for 12 years prior to joining the Institute for Evangelization staff.
She is an alumna of Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, where she has served as adjunct faculty. She received her Master of Arts in Theology from Villanova University, and served in many Archdiocesan programs during her time in parish work.
Rena lives in Catonsville with her husband and children. They are parishioners at the Christ the King-St. Bernadette Pastorate in Severn and Glen Bernie, where she previously served as Director of Youth Ministry.