Hemmis grew up in Chatsworth, California, with aspirations ranging from teacher to doctor to world traveler to wedding planner to homebuilder. During college she taught first aid and CPR to the University of California Santa Barbara student population, became a licensed Emergency Medical Technician and pursued a medical internship in Virginia, after graduating with her Theology and Psychology degrees from UCSB. Realizing the medical profession was not for her, she accepted an International Sales Manager position for Iwerks Entertainment and moved to Hong Kong.
Imbued with an entrepreneurial spirit, Hemmis pursued substitute teaching while developing contacts in the wedding industry. She launched Simply Elegant Weddings in 2001 and the natural progression of helping couples led to helping families secure their first homes. Without deep pockets, she used her tenacity and resourcefulness to learn all aspects of construction, including drywall, cabinetry, electrical and plumbing. She auditioned for Monster House to win tools so she could fix more homes, and appeared on its Christmas episode, where she was discovered by the producers of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. When producers invited her to audition, Hemmis' response was what do I win?
Hemmis considers her role on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition a blessing and feels extremely fortunate to make her living helping others. In between extreme makeovers, she lends her time and celebrity as a spokesperson for Habitat for Humanity. She will continue her mission of giving through her Tuff Chix Company, dedicating a portion of proceeds to support Habitat's efforts around the world. Tuff Chix debuts in December 2006 with the release of The Tuff Chix Guide to Easy Home Improvement (Plume/Penguin), and pink gloves, boots and toolbelts will be in stores soon after.
Hemmis rarely slows down even when she has time off. These days she spends most her free time on the racetrack. Her father was a drag racer and, ever since participating in the Toyota
Pro Celebrity Race in 2005, she has been pursuing her next career move - as a racecar driver. When she is not building homes or racing cars, she enjoys dining out, hiking, rock climbing and curling up with a good mystery book.
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|Birthday||March 17, 1972 (50)|