- Dana Lee Ling was born in Evanston, Illinois, in 1959.
- He graduated from the University of Illinois with a master's degree in science education in 1990.
- He has taught at the Community College of Micronesia and the College of Micronesia-FSM since 1992.
- At present, he is the chair of the division of natural sciences and mathematics and the accreditation liaison officer for the college.
- He is married and has three children.
- Because his first name sounds like a common Kosraen word, he is known around the Palikir campus by students and staff as "Lee Ling."