Elena Ferrarin has been a journalist and freelance writer for two decades. She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brown University. She freelances for a variety of publications and was on staff at the Daily Herald, Reflejos and The Regional News. She currently works as a communications specialist for VNA Health Care in suburban Chicago. She speaks fluent Spanish and Italian.