Rachel has a Master's of Business Administration in Leadership from the University of Liverpool and an undergraduate degree in Business and Education from Dakota Wesleyan University. She went directly into teaching after college, and after 7 years, moved from the classroom into educational administration doing Admissions and Marketing for Higher Education at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. 
Rachel grew up in Denver, Colorado and has lived in Santa Fe for 14 years. She is married and has three children ages 20, 18, and 13. Rachel's youngest daughter attends St. Michael's High School, her son attend Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, and her oldest daughter, Erin, attends the University of Georgia.   Rachel enjoys running and has competed in more than 50 races over the last 10 years, including the Boston Marathon.