Mrs. Dolen grew up in Detroit, Michigan where she attended Evergreen Lutheran School from Kindergarten through 4th grade. She then went to Hosanna Tabor Lutheran School for 5th-8th grades. She graduated from Dearborn High School and got her Bachelor's Degree at Concordia University, Ann Arbor. Her favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."