Vanessa grew up in San Antonio, TX where she attended Sandra Day O'Connor High School ('03). She then attended the University of Texas at Austin ('07) where she graduated with a degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in Athletic Training. While at Texas, she served as a Student Athletic Trainer with various sports including Track and Field, Football, and Women's Basketball. She also spent a semester as an Athletic Training Intern at Leander High School. After graduation, Vanessa spent two years as a Certified Intern Athletic Trainer at the University of California - Berkeley. While at Cal she provided coverage for the Football and Women's Softball teams. In 2009 she finished up her one year master's program through California University of Pennsylvania where she attained her Masters of Science in Exercise and Health Promotion with a specialization in Rehabilitation Sciences. Vanessa is in her 9th year at Georgetown High School. Her and her husband Jason have one daughter, Maliah (1).