Opal was born in Chicago, raised in the western suburbs, moved to Chicago for college in 2008, and has lived in the city ever since then. She grew up in a non-Christian home, and her life transformed when she accepted Christ in 2010. She started attending Church of the Beloved in 2012, where she was baptized, served in various ministries, and met her husband Shane in a small group.

She has a degree in industrial-organizational psychology and studied workplace stress, performance management, and talent development. Her interest in the field was influenced by her experience working at her parents’ restaurant that was in business for 30 years. Before joining COTB staff, she worked in corporate America as her mission field.

Opal enjoys coffee, watching The Office, hiking, and karaoke.