Tonje has since 2009 held a Masters degree in Food Science (Food Technology) from the Norwegian University of life sciences with focus on food and health in addition to product development. Parts of the thesis were conducted in South Africa and she also had a half year as an exchange student at the University of Copenhagen. From 2009 to 2012 she worked as a section head at the microbiological laboratory at Weifa in Kragerø. The tasks consisted of analysis approval, microbiological analysis, trending, risk assessments, method validation, equipment classification, change control etc. Tonje's work consists of powder characterization, laboratory analyzes, data collection, HSEQ and project management. Tonje is interested in food, friends and family, travel, training and Liverpool FC.