Dena spent 15 years in the public accounting arena specializing in governmental and nonprofit audits. She has worked with local, regional and national public accounting firms, including Arthur Anderson and Deloitte. In 2017, Dena retired as an Audit Partner with Maxwell Locke & Ritter, the largest locally owned and operated CPA firm in the greater-Austin area, where she led the nonprofit practice. Some of her clients included KLRU, Texas CASA, United Way of Greater Austin, Ballet Austin, and Easter Seals of Central Texas. She has served as a board member of Hays Consolidated Independent School District Education Foundation and on numerous other committees in her community.
Dena earned both a B.B.A. and a Master of Science in Accounting from Texas Tech University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Dena lives in Buda, Texas with her husband and two young children. She is the founder and voice of Dena Speaks, where she dedicates her time as a keynote speaker or facilitator of events with a focus on personal and professional growth. Dena is also currently on the Board of Mission Capital and is a fundraising volunteer for Austin Speech Labs.