Helena received her associate's degree and paralegal certification from Tulane in 2001. She went on to receive her bachelor's degree in 2003 with a second associate's degree in applied business. Helena is a Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honors Society member and a former vice president and president of TUPAA (Tulane University Paralegal Alumni Association). She has been on the advisory committee since 2008. Helena is a practicing paralegal in civil and commercial litigation. She volunteers the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and for several local festivals.