Edrena was born in Washington State. She enlisted in the Army Reserve as a Religious Affairs Specialist in April 2001 and was released to Active Duty in June 2004. She has served in multiple assignments in Texas, Alaska, South Carolina, and Japan and was deployed twice to Iraq in 2005 and 2011. Edrena graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, summa cum laude, from American Military University in June 2019. She is now pursuing a Master’s in Applied Intelligence at Georgetown University. Upon retirement from the Army, Edrena plans to use her degree to begin a career with the FBI.