Rachel is a native to Brevard, North Carolina, riding and biking in DuPont long before it was popular (riding with her family well before she could even walk). She attended Appalachian State University and Clemson University, obtaining a BS in Political Science and an MBA in International Business, respectively. She is the marketing and business development manager for a local luxury real estate firm. She returned to Brevard in 2018 eager to be involved in the sustainable growth of her community, and she consciously looked to become an active member with DuPont State Forest in an effort to help protect and preserve the area that has provided her and her family comfort and joy over many years.