Effie is originally from Tennessee and grew up hiking and camping in the Appalachian Mountains. She studied Business and Communications at the University of Florida. When visiting friends in Steamboat Springs, she immediately fell in love with the gorgeous mountain scenery, recreational activities, and small-town charm. She worked in event planning for many years and traveled extensively but was drawn to Colorado. She knew that Steamboat Springs was a special place and decided to make it home with her husband and daughter.