Denise has been an Extension educator for 30 years, with experience in the Kansas and Texas Extension systems. Her Bachelor's and Master's degrees are both from Kansas State University. She earned a Coaching Healthy Behaviors certificate from The Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas in 2008 and graduated from the Kansas Public Health Leadership Institute in 2011. Also in 2011, she completed requirements as a Certified Wellness Practitioner through the National Wellness Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. In 2018, she completed the exam requirements as a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Educator through the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences."