Tana received her Juris Doctor degree from The University of South Dakota in 2009. While attending law school, Tana was a member of the Client Counseling & Negotiation/Alternative Dispute Resolution Board, where she competed in national arbitration and negotiation competitions, as well as won an intra-school negotiation competition. Tana also served as secretary/treasurer for her law school class, and was involved in Delta Theta Phi, a legal honor society. Tana earned high grades in the following courses while in law school: Remedies, Federal Jurisdiction, Conflict of Laws, Immigration Law, and Contracts I & II.
Tana also received a Master of Public Administration degree from The University of South Dakota in 2009. Tana earned a 4.0 grade point average in her master's program, and was awarded membership in the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society. While in the master's program, Tana performed research and wrote her professional report on Qualified Expert Witnesses Under the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Tana received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from The University of South Dakota in 2006. While an undergraduate, Tana was in the Honors Program and graduated as a University Scholar, was on the Dean's List and graduated Cum Laude, served in several leadership positions in the Student Government Association, was Involved in her sorority--Alpha Xi Delta, and performed in the University Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. She also received several scholarships and awards from the Farber Center, the Political Science Department, Music Department, and the University. Tana wrote her Honors Thesis on the topic of Gender Bias in the Eight Circuit Courts.
Tana is from the Black Hills of South Dakota, but now lives on the prairie in Holdrege, Nebraska. She enjoys playing the cello, drag racing with her family, reading, travelling, and spending time with her fiance.