Brenda is a freelance theatre set designer and lecturer who lives in Beatrice. She grew up in Lincoln and went Lincoln Southeast before attending Loyola University, Chicago where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Theatre. While at Loyola, she won the American College Theatre Festival national award for best college level set design at the Kennedy Center. Brenda went on to earn a M.F.A. in Theatre Design from the Yale School of Drama. She has been adjunct faculty at Doane University and the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Brenda is an active volunteer with several organizations in Beatrice that assist economically disadvantaged families. She and her husband Jeffery are parents to three daughters who are involved in Suzuki violin and piano.