Asheville, North Carolina
Growing up in Pennsylvania, Renée spent many days outside with cousins, playing in creeks and on the family farms. Those days cultivated within her a love of the outdoors that has followed her throughout her life. With both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology, she often sees the world through the eyes, and on the timescales of, earth processes.
Renée has lived in multiple locations across the United States, including Idaho and Montana where she fell in love with rivers and glacial landscapes, backpacking often in these settings with her husband. She currently lives in Asheville, NC. For over ten years, Renée taught college-level geology and environmental science at several colleges and universities in Western North Carolina. She also served on the City of Asheville’s Sustainable Advisory Committee on Energy and Environment.
Renée started working with River Network for the Urban Waters Learning Network (UWLN)— a nationwide peer-to-peer network of people and organizations working to conserve, restore, and revitalize America’s urban waterways. For the learning network, she performs project research and communicates with project leaders to write impact stories, blogs, member highlights, story maps, and coordinate webinars. She also supports the UWLN Equitable Development Collaborative and helps manage the Urban Waters online community and member map. As the Resilient Communities Manager for River Network, Renée is committed to uplifting equitable restoration and resiliency of river environments with the communities that live near them.
In her spare time, you can find Renée at her kids’ soccer games, band competitions, and theater performances. She also leads hikes, backpacking trips, and practices yoga with Asheville’s Ful Flow Yoga Outdoors.