Brenda is a native of Mahnomen, Minnesota. She graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor's degree in education. Brenda spent twenty-two years at the University of North Dakota's Human Nutrition Research Center and twelve years at the school of Graduate Studies before retiring from the University of North Dakota after thirty-four years. She joined Vaaler Insurance in 2017.
Brenda's hobbies include sewing, arts and crafts, camping, reading, and spending time with her grandchildren and dog Berkley.