Virjinia, or Jina, as most know her, grew up in Bulgaria and is fluent in Bulgarian and Russian. She was the first person from her Bulgarian high school to be accepted to college in the United States. She went on to study law at the University of Denver.
She now practices business, real estate and estate planning law with Alpern, Myers, Stuart, Sheuerman & Hickey.
She is the president of the New Lawyers Section of the El Paso County Bar Association and the 2007 recipient of the Brian S. Gardner Award, given annually to outstanding young attorneys.
She is married to Ken Atencio.