A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Jena began dancing at the age of three and continued her dance training in Utah, California, New York and France. At the age of 19, Jena enrolled as a dance major at the University of Utah and at the same time founded her own dance company, which toured throughout Utah for two years. She completed her B.A. at the University in Communications.
In 1986 Jena became the Marketing and Education Director for the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and during that time developed an educational outreach program that continues to be one of the Company’s most important contributions to schools in Utah. Upon moving to Portland in 1993 Jena became the Associate General Manager for Imago Theater, whose innovative works have delighted audiences around the world for over twenty years. During that time she was also an admissions panellist for the School of Arts and Academics in Vancouver, WA. In 1998 Jena was hired by Do Jump Movement Theater in Portland to be the Touring Director for their new endeavour to tour their performances. From 2000 to 2003, she was Booking/Tour Manager for the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and Company Manager for Marcel Marceau’s North American and Asian tours.
Since 2004, Jena has been the Associate Managing Director/Touring Director of the Ririe- Woodbury Dance Company and assumed the position as Managing Director in 2011. Along with a fantastic staff, Directors, dancers and board members, Jena looks forward ushering Ririe- Woodbury into the future.