After college, Lacina moved to Cedar Rapids and became a police officer. Her mother, who has worked in law enforcement and has managed the Muscatine County Joint Communications Center, served as her inspiration to become a cop. Lacina once worked as a resource officer at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids. Afterwards, she joined the Cedar Rapids Police Department as a police investigator. There, she met an officer who inspired her to take up mixed martial arts. In 2010, she competed in her first professional MMA fight, a first-round victory by submission.