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Deena Renée Dillard (née Tougaw) (born December 3, 1985) is the first child and first daughter of Michael Tougaw and Cindy Tougaw.

She is the sister of Kayla Prouty, David Tougaw, and Kanon Tougaw.

She is the wife of Daniel Dillard and the mother of their two children, Jaxon and Brady.

Early life

Deena Renée Tougaw was born on December 3, 1985, in Harrison, Arkansas, to Michael Tougaw and Cindy Tougaw. She was the couple's first child, and they went on to have three more children after her.

Deena grew up in Harrison, Arkansas.

Growing up, Deena participated in soccer and theater.

Along with her siblings, Deena attended Harrison Senior High School. She graduated in 2004.

Her father died from a heart attack on May 13, 2005, when she was 19 years old.

Personal life

Relationship with Daniel

On December 12, 2015, Deena officially began a relationship with Daniel Dillard.


On July 12, 2016, Deena got engaged to Daniel Dillard at Cayucos Pier in Cayucos, California.


On November 12, 2016, Deena married Daniel David Dillard at Eagle Heights Baptist Church in Harrison, Arkansas.


The couple has 2 children.

Their first child, son Jaxon Michael, was born on September 5, 2018.

The couple suffered a miscarriage on May 5, 2020.

Their second child, son Brady Richard, was born on February 12, 2021.


On January 18, 2021, Daniel revealed that Deena tested positive for COVID-19 during her pregnancy with Brady.



In 2008, Deena graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Journalism with specialization in Public Relations and Marketing at the University of Arkansas.


From May 2007 to July 2007, Deena interned for Arkansas State Representative John Boozman at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C..

Pierce Arrow Theater

From 2009 to 2010, Deena worked in Public Relations and Marketing at Pierce Arrow Theater in Branson, Missouri.


From September 2010 to May 2011, Deena taught English to teens and adults at the Arizona School of English in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.

North Arkansas College

In June 2011, Deena began working as the Program Coordinator of THRIVE: Circle of Life at North Arkansas College in Harrison, Arkansas. It is a grant-funded program for teen pregnancy and young mothers.


Deena appeared on the TLC show Counting On as the sister-in-law of Derick Dillard and Jill Dillard.

Wedding involvement

Deena was a bridesmaid at her brother Kanon's wedding to Kayla Burkes on August 5, 2017.

She was a bridesmaid at her brother David's wedding to Arielle Crawford on June 23, 2018.

She was a bridesmaid at her sister Kayla's wedding to Jason Prouty on October 26, 2019.