Denise was born into the sales industry. Her family owned a real estate company named after her father-Paul W. Calkins Realty in Plattsburgh, NY. Denise is a graduate of Plattsburgh State University with a degree in Communications. Out of college, Denise worked in Boston setting up sales seminars for a large corporation. Soon after, she returned to the North Country and worked in her family business selling real estate for many years. Denise came to PrimeLink in 1999, just two years after its inception, and played a key role in the business development of the Plattsburgh area. Denise loves being involved in the local community and currently serves as a Board Member for The Foundation of Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital part of the UVM Health Network. She is a former Chairperson for the Go Red For Women event put on by the American Heart Association and volunteers for many local events. Denise lives with her husband Tom, son Mitchell, and standard poodle Bella.