Rhys is a North Carolina native, where her best childhood memories were formed on trips to the mountains. She received a chemistry degree from Warren Wilson College but took perhaps more pride in serving as the shepherd on the school farm. Rhys fell in love with western North Carolina long ago, but she is now thrilled to discover even more of it while returning for a second term as the Forest Keeper Coordinator for MountainTrue. In her free time, Rhys loves cooking, dancing, and hanging out with farm animals. She is also writing this biography from the road on her third cross-country road trip.