Manuela was born in East-Germany as the oldest of five children to an Adventist pastor couple. She worked in the field of Education for over 20 years in various positions from educating children, being the Director of Great Kids Academy an Adventist early childhood institution to being the Office Coordinator at the Union College PA Program. She managed employees, students, lecturers, records, websites, and social media accounts. She also created curricula and coordinated different projects. Following God’s calling for her and her family, has brought her to many interesting locations all over the world and now to ASTR.