Vandeven attended high school in Santa Rosa, California. After graduating high school at age 17, Vandeven joined the Army for two and a half years, where she worked in food inspection. She has a degree in Education from Southern Illinois University.
She was named Penthouse Pet of the Month for January 2006, and then Pet of the Year for 2007. In August 2007, Vandeven appeared on the FOX reality show On the Lot in the short film Army Guy, playing "Kandee".