Kharlen was born in the Philippines, immigrated to Jamaica when she was 5 and grew up all over California. She received her Bachelor of Sciences in Biology with emphasis in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, at the University of California, Davis. She then went on to pursue a medical degree at De La Salle University Health Sciences Campus in the Philippines. In June of 2015, she joined the Learning ARTS team in Sacramento as a Registered Behavior technician and later promoted to Behavior Specialist in 2016. She finished her ABA class sequence through the Florida Institute of Technology in December 2019 and passed her Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) exam in February 2020. Kharlen is currently working towards her BCBA. During her free time, she enjoys being a mom to her two kids and loves to cook and bake.