Gretchen grew up in Michigan and was in middle school when the tragedy happened. After graduating from college Gretchen was able to work with student's full time. Two years ago she moved to Denver, Colorado and became familiar with the work of Rachel's Challenge. She loves sharing Rachel's story with students, so that other teens can be inspired by her life. She believes that students have the power to positively influence their surroundings and have unique dreams of making this world a better place.