Abby is a United States Coast Guard Veteran, enlisting in 2008 and becoming a Boatswain’s Mate. Her duty assignments included: USCG Training Center - Cape May, NJ (2008-2009), Patrol Forces Southwest Asia – Manama, Bahrain (2009-2010), USCGC JOSHUA APPLEBY – St. Petersburg, FL (2010-2012), USCGC PAUL CLARK – Miami, FL (2012-2015), and CG Station Islamorada, FL (2015-2017). She is also a 2001 graduate of the inaugural class of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities where she majored in music (flute). She attended the University of South Carolina, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts (music) with a cognate in education in 2007. She currently resides in Wagener, SC on a small farm and is pursuing a second Bachelor’s degree in Marketing.