Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Elena moved to South Bend, Indiana in 2008. She graduated this past May with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Valparaiso University, where she studied violin performance. Some of her interests include popular music from the '50s–'70s. In 2016, she presented her research on rock and roll's impact in politics and society where she analyzed some of the popular songs from the era at Valparaiso University's Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression. As part of her senior lecture-recital, she presented her research on Samuel Barber's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14 where she focused on Barber's American and European influences.