Deena Ortiz is the mother of six children and has 12 grandchildren (so far). She is the owner and director of Etiwanda Academy and is a certified teacher in the state of California. Deena has played a large role for the past eleven years as a community leader in the arena of family, adult, and community education. She has a B.A. in history and a master's degree in Holistic and Integrative Education from California State University, San Bernardino. She is currently enrolled in the Master's of Music in Choral Conducting program at CSULA. She and her husband Pete reside in Rancho Cucamonga, California.