Renee has over 20 years of leadership experience in the mental health field at the national, state, and provider levels. Renee is nationally recognized for her expertise in behavioral heath policy, system design, policy and financial analysis, and strategic consulting. She also served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2009-2012.
As a licensed mental health therapist, Renee has worked in many levels of care including psychiatric hospital, child welfare, and therapeutic foster care. Prior to her election to public office, Renee served on the National Violence Against Women task force in the Bush administration.
As a consultant, Renee has worked with multiple states creating strategic plans, legislation and regulations. She has also used her expertise and unique background in government relations and consulting for both non-profit and for-profit providers of healthcare services.
Renee has taught at multiple colleges and universities in the psychology department, encouraging the next generation to join in this important work. She and her husband, Brent, reside in Urbandale, Iowa.