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 Kennedys then moved to Greenwood, a small town near Lee’s Summit.
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.
Renee’s 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.
Recently Renee sold the magazine she created in Sedalia, Showcase Sedalia, which she started in 2011, to concentrate full time on her campaign for the US Congress. 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 the board for four years. Currently, she is a member of the Sedalia Rotary Club where she has served 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 behavioral health organization for children.
Renee is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia where she has served as a wedding coordinator and communion minister.
Renee, a single mother, has three children born in Columbia. Alicia is starting her masters in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Missouri, Eric is in his first year at the University of Missouri and Jenna is at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia.