Born in Birmingham, Alabama, and later raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Rebekah graduated from Appalachian State University in 2014, where she majored in Public Relations and completed a minor in Spanish. While a student, she did volunteer work abroad in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Rebekah also participated in Greek life, two choral ensembles, and co-founded an on-campus support group for family members and friends of those serving in the armed forces. In her post-grad career, Rebekah has organized events, recruited volunteers, registered voters, and knocked on doors to get out the vote in two election cycles. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in College Student Personnel Services from Arkansas State University.

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?

“‘There’s always a sunrise and always a sunset and it’s up to you to choose to be there for it,’ said my mother. ‘Put yourself in the way of beauty.'” – Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been to.

My husband and I went to Hawaii for our honeymoon, and we spent some time visiting the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. It was a place I had read about in school and heard about through other people’s stories over the years, but seeing it up close and personal was a completely different, sobering experience. While we were at the USS Arizona Memorial, I realized while looking at the shrine that some of the surviving crew members had chosen to have their remains buried underwater with their comrades who didn’t make it, some who died as recently as 2017. Coming from a military family, seeing that level of sacrifice and camaraderie firsthand was beyond comprehension, and I encourage anyone who can go to Pearl Harbor to do so.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love spending as much time outside as possible, whether that means hiking, going to a baseball or football game, or hanging out in my backyard while my dogs run around and play. When the weather is unfavorable, however, you’ll usually find me watching Parks and Recreation all the way through for the hundredth time, or doing yoga in my living room.