Renee Tavares earned her Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University. She provided historic preservation expertise to cities and counties in West Tennessee for ten years. Ms. Tavares was involved in the 10 in Tennessee for the Tennessee Preservation Trust. Some of her other past projects in Tennessee include the National Register nominations for the B’nai Israel synagogue and the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, along with increasing the boundaries for the Savannah Historic District in Hardin County and the National Register-listed Robertson Family Farm, a working African-American farm located in Whiteville. In addition, she has worked with local cemetery groups cataloging family plots and African-American burial areas and has volunteered with a non-profit group in Altamura, Italy, on a variety of preservation projects.