Parranto was born and raised in Eagan, Minnesota, and began playing hockey as a mite. She played a majority of her youth in women’s leagues as well as a few seasons with boys’ teams. She finished her youth career at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota.
After graduating high school, Parranto headed out west for college with the intention of leaving the game behind. After a year in Oregon, she found herself returning to Minnesota and unwilling to let the game go. In 2013, she became a member of the ACHA Women’s Division 1 Hockey program at the University of Minnesota, and qualified for the American Collegiate Hockey Association National Tournament in her first season. A year after graduating from the University of Minnesota, her love of the mountains brought her to Utah where she works as a Sales Representative in the outdoor industry.