Dana was born and raised in the small desert towns populating Southern California before taking to the greenery of the Pacific Northwest. Dana’s childhood was tumultuous but she turned to reading and various artistic mediums as a form of self-therapy. By age 12, Dana had fallen helplessly in love with photography after borrowing a camera from her aunt one summer. The new world she found at the end of her lens signaled the beginning of the rest of her life.
In California, Dana attended four different high schools before making her own way to Springfield, Oregon where she completed her senior year. In addition to school and work, Dana started taking on freelance photography and videography jobs to fill her time. It was through those freelancing jobs that Danawas able to connect with the Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon design team. In an effort to pursue higher education, Dana applied to University of Oregon with the hopes of one day attending the School of Journalism and Communication.
Today, Dana is working hard at everything she does, whether it’s at UO or with YMO. In her spare time, she continues writing, painting, and making videos. She also enjoys art galleries, networking, and photographing cats on the street.