Dutchess grew up in Oak Ridge and attended Oak Ridge High School. She earned her undergraduate degree from East Tennessee State University and a graduate degree from the University of Tennessee.
She has worked in multicultural student services and as an adjunct professor.
Dutchess is a member of Crossway Bible Church, and she serves as a volunteer biblical counselor at Knox Area Rescue Ministries. In her free time, she enjoys reading, walking, cycling, watching classic movies and playing board games.
She spent the last several years in a variety of ministry positions and has always had a strong desire to serve in an urban context. She is excited to work at Emerald Youth and help raise up Godly young leaders in Knoxville.