Carlene was born and raised in New Mexico. Her father was sheriff of DeBaca County, NM, and provided her with a compassionate outlook and first experience with the law and legal issues. However, it was after many years in engineering, marketing and corporate management before she finally fulfilled her dream of studying law.Carlene studied engineering at New Mexico State University and began a career of plumbing, HVAC and high-pressure piping design in Dallas, TX. She worked on many recognizable buildings in the Dallas skyline as well as DFW Airport. She joined The Southland Corp. (7-Eleven Stores, Dairies, Ice plants, Food Distribution, etc) where she was named Stores Planning Manager for world-wide design and development of 7-Eleven Stores.After several years in that position she was asked to form a liaison department between marketing, construction and equipment suppliers. The resulting position of Stores Equipment Manager allowed her to use her acquired skills in engineering and her knowledge of marketing and customer needs to propose and develop equipment that is used in retail food stores throughout the world.