Deshna grew up in an amazing Progressive Christian church, IUCC, in Irvine California as a PK (pastor's kid) and so was blessed to be involved in a community that was open, educated, innovative, and inclusive. She was involved in the church at many different levels, as a representative for youth at National UCC Conferences, as a youth group leader, and a camp counselor for many years.
She went to the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she graduated with honors as a Religious Studies major and a Global Peace and Security minor. This led her to be a part of the Global Reconciliation Service in New York doing some work with the United Nations. She also was chosen to be a presenter at the National Youth Conference in Washington DC, and then won a scholarship to attend the Hague Appeal for Peace in Amsterdam, Holland in 1999. She studied abroad in England during her Junior Year.
She has worked in Administration for the UC Education Abroad Program, as an Infant Specialist for a non-profit organization, as a Spanish Teacher for elementary children, and as a Yoga Instructor.
She is a certificated post-partum doula and a yoga instructor.
Deshna co-wrote a book, Missing Mothers with her mama. During her free time, she continues to write, do yoga, hike, and enjoy her life in Portland with her wonderful family.