Dena is a 9 year member of the Raleigh Fire Department. She also serves with Wake County EMS and was a police officer for 5 years before moving to the fire department. She has personally experienced the benefits of peer support and recognizes how critical it is to simply be heard and understood. Dena is also a graduate student and has spent the last couple of years researching firefighter behavioral health and learning methods to prevent firefighter suicides. Outside of work, Dena loves cycling both on the road and on trails. She is also a advocate for 555 fitness and enjoys crossfit. Dena is excited to be a founding member of the North Carolina Triangle Peer Support.