Gross is a 2000 graduate of Jackson High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Southeast Missouri State University in 2004, and expects to receive a master's degree from William Woods in December. She is a fifth grade teacher and assistant cross country coach with Oak Ridge School District.
Roethemeyer is a 2002 graduate of Jackson High School. He received a bachelor of science degree in physical education and health from Southeast in 2008, and is pursuing a master's degree from William Woods. He is employed by Chaffee School District teaching weightlifting and fitness, coaching junior high football, and is assistant basketball coach.
A June 20, 2009, wedding is planned at Emanuel United Church of Christ in Jackson.