Born and raised in Fort Smith, Arkansas, I am an avid Razorback fan and thoroughly enjoy God's creation of beautiful mountains and lakes! I have spent many hours fishing and skiing on Beaver, Ouachita, and Tenkiller Lakes in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Golf is also a sport I have enjoyed since my teen years, playing on our high school team and with women's groups in Arkansas and Texas. I enjoy playing the piano and listening to music, mostly contemporary Christian and 50's, 60's, 70's! Over the years I have worn "lots of hats" from being a stay-at-home mom to enjoying a variety of career opportunities that utilized my gifts and talents given to me by God. Our family moved to Arlington in June 1977, and the first thing we did was join Grace Lutheran Church! I was asked to work in the Mother's Day Out program and served for six years before starting Celebration Station, a party store and an event planning and decorating business, from 1985 - 2017. After closing the store part of our business, I was asked to return to the staff at Grace as Director of Parish Education and Wedding Coordinator. A few years later I was lured away for the opportunity to work for Marvel Comics, then American Airlines. In 1996 I felt God calling me to a career with Mary Kay Cosmetics and have had a very successful 21 year career as a consultant and Sr. Sales Director. In 2004 God made it clear that He was calling me back to Grace as the Director of Ministry Involvement to assimilate members and to work closely with them to develop the Women's, Men's, Greeter, and Stephen Ministries. It has been my pleasure to work on two Capital Campaign teams at Grace where the members have stepped out in faith to give above and beyond to provide funds for needed improvements to our church facilities and starting "God's Grip on Grace" Scholarship Golf Tournament in 2008, which has provided thousands of dollars to help children have a quality education in a Christian environment. In 2009 I was asked to be the Office Manager and Pastor's "right arm", which is my current position at Grace.