Gretchen was born in Memphis, TN, and is a graduate of Messick High School. She attended Methodist School of Nursing and pursued a nursing career at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and worked for a dermatological surgeon. She has been married to her husband, Joe, for 28 years. Gretchen moved to Olive Branch, MS, 23 years ago to raise her two sons, Joseph and Michael. She volunteered as a teacher’s assistant at her sons’ schools, was actively involved in the PTA, and was a huge supporter of Olive Branch Athletics. Upon graduation of her oldest child, Gretchen re-entered the workforce at McAdams Group, LLC in 2006.