Renee is a native Missourian. As a child, her family moved to Warrensburg where her father attended what is now the University of Central Missouri after serving in the army during Vietnam. The Kennedyʼs then moved to Greenwood, a small town near Leeʼs Summit. In the late seventies, the family returned to the St. Louis area where Renee graduated from Francis Howell High School in Weldon Springs. 

At 18, Renee moved to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She continues to make her home in Columbia.

Reneeʼs professional expertise is in small business marketing and development. After a career including work in radio, television and newspaper, Renee created Columbia Marketplace Magazine and Jefferson City Marketplace Magazine in 2003 and 2004 respectively. 

She created additional niche marketing products to contribute to the
growth and success of small business owners. Currently, she is working on a magazine she created in Sedalia, Showcase Sedalia, which she started in 2011. Renee understands that business is ultimately people, people working hard to build something of value for others, create jobs and be successful.

Renee believes in the value of service to others as a principle of a happy life. She seeks to understand the plight of others and to create community. She is proud to be a Rotarian, an organization focused on service. Renee joined Columbia Metro Rotary in 2003 and served on their board for four years. Currently she is a member of the Sedalia Rotary Club where she serves as a board member. She served on the board of the Phoenix Programs for many years. She has been active in fundraising events for Great Circle, a behavior health organization for children.

Renee is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia where she serves as a wedding coordinator and as a communion minister.

Renee, a single mother, has three children born in Columbia. Alicia, currently in the Biomedical Engineering program at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Eric and Jenna, both at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia.




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