Renee joined the Rotary Club of Fountain Inn in 2005 and later the Rotary Club of Newberry. She was president of the Newberry Rotary Club for 2015-16 and served on the board of directors from 2011-2017. During her time as membership chair, she helped develop the Discover Rotary, Red Badge, and Orientation programs for new members of the club.
Renee was Assistant District Governor, Area 10 from 2016-2019, and is the Rotary Leadership Institute district chair. She is an RLI graduate, faculty member, and helped write the Faculty Training Guide for RLI Faculty, as well as assisted with the RLI online curriculum development. Renee is a member of the Paul Harris Society, a Major Donor, and a Benefactor.
Renee worked in the Greenville County School system for 28 years as a secondary mathematics teacher and Instructional Coach. After retiring, she accepted a faculty position at Newberry College as the Teaching Fellows Director and an Associate Professor of Education, and later, Associate Professor of Mathematics. She has been an invited speaker at local, national, and international conferences on best practices for instruction.
Renee is a member of the Newberry Opera House Guild, served on the board of directors, and chaired several fundraising events. She also serves on the Grace Lutheran Church Preschool school board.
Renee is proud to be the daughter of Warren Cousins who was a Rotarian for 60 years.