Rhys was raised in Juneau, Alaska where she cultivated a deep love for the outdoors and a passion for protecting the environment. She graduated from the University of Portland with a degree in Environmental Science, and while there helped found an eco-friendly clothing company called Branching Threads. Before moving to Seattle, Rhys worked in her hometown as an environmental technician at an environmental consulting company. During her time there she collected water samples and performed analyses to help uphold the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Alaska’s water quality standards for wastewater treatment on cruise ships, ferries, and land-based establishments. In her free time, Rhys enjoys knitting mittens, hiking, and skiing.