A native of Marietta, Jena was employed by Ohio Showboat Drama, Inc. as Executive of the Showboat Becky Thatcher from 1998 to 2003. Then from 2004-09 she was employed by Fenton Gift Shop in Tour Group Marketing. Most recently she worked for Fenton Art Glass as their Glass Bead Designer for the Fenton Jewelry Company from 2009-16. She has been active as a board member, director, designer and actor for Marietta’s community theatre, Mid-Ohio Valley Players, for 44 years. She is the devoted mother of four grown children and nine grandchildren.