As a hobbyist game developer, she designed the gameplay, levels, and narrative for Ultra Hat Dimension from Kitsune Games, and served as producer for her three companions on the project.
Lena was BitSummit‘s first ever volunteer and has helped with on-site event management since year one. In addition to helping curate BitSummit’s selections, she has helped in similar capacity with Indie MEGABOOTH and been a judge for the IGF. She wrote for IndieGames.com (now IndieGamesPlus) for more than three years, starting a tradition of weekly trailer roundups that continues to this day.
Before joining the video game industry, Lena spent five years teaching English in Japan as part of the JET Program. During that time, she helped run HEC Camp, an annual summer camp reward for junior high and high school students who do well in the Hokkaido English Challenge. She is fluent in business-level Japanese, including reading and writing, with Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N2 certification.
Lena also enjoys fiber arts such as needlepoint and quilting, as well as weight lifting. Her favorite food is pumpkin.