Emma is originally from a rural suburb of Rochester, NY.  She moved to New Jersey in 2002 after marrying her husband, Ronald Mammano, Jr., a New Jersey native, who grew up in Toms River and Westfield.  She and Ron have lived in Brick for 15 years.  They have three children, Gianna (10), Santino (8), and Lia (6), who attend Brick public schools.

Emma attended Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Dance.  Emma went on to study Clinical Child Psychology at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, and earn a Master's degree.  She later returned to graduate school to earn a second Master's degree in Professional Counseling from Monmouth University.

Emma has worked as a mental health counselor with numerous populations, including youth in residential treatment and with adults in an outpatient substance abuse setting.  She also ran a substance abuse prevention program in the Township of Brick for several years.  In this capacity, she facilitated a prescription take-back program for senior citizens.  Emma is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with Yoga Alliance and teaches at yoga studios throughout the area.