Throughout her life and career, Rachel Chimera has maintained involvement in a vast array of educational, professional, personal, and community-based endeavors, promoting self-development and fulfillment in each of her pursuits. Raised in the greater St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area, Rachel Chimera attended Webster Groves High School, where she excelled both academically and as a member of her high school basketball team. Named one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Scholar Athletes, she received a combined athletic and academic scholarship to attend the University of Missouri—St. Louis and subsequently delved into a number of worthwhile educational disciplines. Over her years in college, Ms. Chimera pursued topics in women’s studies, English literature, psychology, dance, and drama, attending classes on campus at UMSL and during terms abroad at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and Saint Louis University’s Madrid Campus. In addition, Rachel Chimera enriched her academic coursework through such positions as a Research Assistant for Professor Suzanna Rose, in which she worked on the Anti-Violence Project. Graduating magna cum laude from UMSL with her B.A. in Psychology, she entered the professional world, with stints as a high school tutor and bartender. In the film and television industries, Rachel Chimera has served as an assistant casting director on various commercials; performed as Personal Assistant to Lynne Breedlove on the short film Godspeed; was Assistant Director on Jesse’s Reasons; and acted in several short pieces. In addition, Ms. Chimera interviewed and filmed participants for a documentary on Kings of Spade, a rock band based in Honolulu, Hawaii.Recognized for her long history of community service, Rachel Chimera has donated her time, energy, and resources to a wide range of worthwhile causes. Over the years, she has volunteered at hotlines for the LGBT community and victims of domestic violence, given to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and helped set up a popular music festival in Michigan. In her free time, Rachel Chimera enjoys all manner of recreational activities; she works out, practices yoga, goes dancing, watches movies, listens to music, and travels whenever possible. An avid reader as well, Rachel Chimera counts J.D. Salinger, Norman Rush, Alice Walker, Isabel Allende, Lynda Barry, David Sedaris, and Jeanette Winterson among her favorite authors.