In 1999, after losing her father to cancer, Alaina earns her Bachelor’s in Journalism from Ohio University. She graduates in 2001 and starts full-time as a reporter and news anchor for 610 WTVN. Soon after she becomes a co-host on the WNCI Morning Zoo with Dave & Jimmy. She loves her days in radio but ultimately makes a switch to marketing and advertising after realizing there are very few paths in radio for women.

In 2006, Alaina’s first son is born. Four months later, Alaina puts an end to her abusive marriage and chooses to leave her husband. Without a safety net (all of her savings had been depleted by paying for her unpaid maternity leave), Alaina moves in with her mother in Southeast Ohio.