A Chicago native, Renee first discovered Ohio on a college visit, falling in love with the idyllic college town of Athens, as well as her future husband, Jim, while at Ohio University. Without much of a hard sell, Renee convinced then boyfriend and a few fellow Bobcat friends to head back to the Windy City after graduation.
Over ten years, Renee built a successful career in advertising, working at such agencies as Leo Burnett, DraftFCB and Wunderman, among others. After relocating back to Ohio in 2014, Renee’s passion for writing, fueled by a love of travel and exploring cultures through food, came to the forefront through The Columbus Food Truck Cookbook, co-authored with friend, mentor and cosmically aligned birthday twin, Tiffany Harelik.
Subsequently, Harelik gave over the reigns to allow Renee to compile the series to date in a Best of Trailer Food Diaries, featuring Austin, Dallas and Houston, Texas alongside Portland, Oregon and Columbus, Ohio.
After having her first daughter (who was a very helpful sidekick allowing Renee to "research for two" while incubating), Renee switched gears to debut Meet Maddie in the children's literature genre. Subsequently, Renee welcomed twin girls, officially completing the female overwhelm of proud girl dad Jim.
The whole family got in on the action of taste testing various ice cream establishments throughout Ohio for Renee's May 2022 release.
She also freelances as a copywriter and editor for clients in the food & beverage and retail spaces as well as agencies, publishers and magazines.