Renee grew up in the Chicago area and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology from Southern Illinois University. She then moved to Hawaii to work for the National Park Service as an interpretive guide, as well as a Dolphin trainer for Dolphin Quest. Feeling a little bit of Island fever, she moved to Southern California to gain over eleven years experience at a small animal veterinary clinic. Renee and her husband decided to moved to Steamboat for a better quality of life for themselves, as well as their little girl. In her spare time she enjoys skiing, horseback riding, and hanging out with her favorite companion, Cosmo.