After graduating from Belmont University, my career path included serving as an editor at Lifeway and as a magazine editor and director of educational services for the Department of Conservation. I also enjoyed my time as a high school English teacher in Bardstown, Kentucky, and in Hendersonville. It was such fun to teach adjunct in the Mass Communications Department at MTSU. And I have found time to do some writing and editing through the years. In 1983, I began my career in sales and marketing.
Community involvement was instilled in me at an early age by family and other mentors who helped me to grow and learn to serve both my hometown of Nashville and the broader community. Joining my first Brownie Troop and being involved with church launched me on the right path.
It has been my honor to serve on the national boards of several nonprofits including Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the Arthritis Foundation. With assistance from wonderful board members, I have chaired the boards of Belmont University Alumni, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, both the Tennessee and Southeast Boards of the Arthritis Foundation, Tennessee Outdoor Writers Association and Cable.
Locally I also completed eight years on the board of Mental Health America where I was awarded the Business Partner of the year. I also chaired the first Jammin’ to Beat the Blues for depression awareness and served on the board development committee. As suicide rates continue to rise, the mission of this organization is more important than ever. Unfortunately most of us have been personally touched by mental health issues among our family and friends.
As a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, I was nominated for the Catherine Strobel Award. In addition I was recognized as Volunteer of the Year and was named both the local and regional Big Sister of the Year. I learned much while mentoring two young girls. As a member of the national board for 12 years, I chaired the Nationwide Leadership Council made up of members from all 50 states. For many years, I also served on the local Advisory Board.
Cable presented me the Spirit of Leadership and Networking Awards. In addition I have chaired numerous committees since joining in 1993, later serving as Board President and as a member of the Advisory Council. While president, Cable celebrated its’ 25th Anniversary. And we met outside of hotel spaces during that year. The new downtown library and the Blair School of Music were fun.
At Belmont, I have served on the Undergraduate School of Business and the National Alumni Advancement Boards. I am currently serving on the Auxiliary Partners Board which raises scholarship monies for young women.