Matina rose to the rank of Major in the Australian Army. She has a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Project Management. She speaks both Arabic and Bahasa Indonesian, and has represented Australia internationally in volleyball. She is the recipient of six Australian Defence Force service medals and of two war decorations from the Lebanese Government.
She is a member of the Federal Commission for the ANZAC Centenary and the Ambassador of the Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemakers Veterans Association. She was born and raised near Byron Bay; today she lives regional Victoria. This is her first book.