Persinger has a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Central Michigan University. She has worked for such diverse publications as the Ogemaw County Herald (West Branch, Mich.) and The Michigan Catholic Newspaper, based in Detroit.
Persinger went back to school for certification in early childhood development and taught preschool for 10 years. Additionally, she was director of the childcare center where she taught. Previously, she worked at the Tanger Outlet Center in West Branch, Mich. where she was the assistant manager and manager.
Persinger has three children; the oldest is a 2017 LTU graduate – Go Blue Devils!