She is the granddaughter of Judi and Bob Rubin, Laura and Jack Obzrut, and Mark Thaler, all of Tucson.
Elena attends Gridley Middle School, where she is an honor student and a member of student council. She plays softball with Sahuaro Fastpitch, and enjoys reading, writing, dance and cheering for the University of Arizona Wildcats. For her mitzvah project, Elena helped plan and volunteered at a 40th anniversary Sahuaro Bobby Sox/Fastpitch alumni game celebration. Proceeds from the event will be used to create a scholarship fund for the league.