How long have you been a League City resident?
34 years. We lived up Clear Creek and were thrilled when we were able to design and build our home on Clear Lake. We’ve watched League City grow up around us.
What is your background?
My husband Larry and I are both native Houstonians. We moved to Clear Lake in 1976. I sold real estate for 13 years before returning to the mortgage industry where I felt I had a more positive profound impact on the customers I served.
What do you do?
My paid job is with PrimeLending, making mortgage loans when people buy, build, renovate, or refinance their home. My reputation allows me to be 100% referral. This allows me time for my unpaid job of fostering mother cats and kittens for the animal shelter and managing the nonprofit.
You are very involved in the community. Are there certain organizations you actively support?
League City has tons of great organizations I financially support, but my time and effort have gone to the League City Animal Shelter. I knew I could bring about positive changes starting with the City Ordinances pertaining to the Advisory Board, the disposition of the animals, and ultimately becoming no-kill.
How long have you supported the League City Animal Shelter/ why did you get involved?
I started fostering cats in 2007 when the shelter was still a high-kill shelter, less than half of the animals made it out alive. I formed a nonprofit to raise funds for medications and vaccinations which the city didn’t yet provide. In 2013 when Kim Schoolcraft became the Animal Services Manager, we set a goal to become “NO KILL.” We achieved that goal in 2017 because our citizens chose life over death for the abandoned animals. Now we must continue to grow our efforts and volunteer base if we are to maintain that status. We’ve come a long way in the last 12 years.
How do you feel about the new Adoption Center under construction?
EXCITED because more space is being devoted to PEOPLE. The space gives us the ability to attract, and train, compassionate volunteers and foster homes. It’s not about warehousing the animals, it’s about moving them in and out of the shelter as quickly as possible. The amazing generosity of our community enables us to treat animals that most shelters would just kill. We do whatever we can afford, to make the animals adoptable and place them in loving homes. Our hope is they are never homeless again.
Why do you find it important to be involved in your community/city government?
Because I believe my life is not about me, it’s about what I can do to change the world for the better. I have a servant's heart and have always been a catalyst for positive change. I was involved with St. John Hospital, Bay Area Turning Point, and now Friends of League City Animal Shelter a.k.a. League City Pets Alive.
Hobbies or interests?
Scuba diving, off-shore fishing and anything water-related. Although, with both of our moms in their 90s, we don’t travel much.
What do you love about League City?
The ever-present small-town attitude as we grow into a big city. People know each other and care about their neighbors. I love the water and the habitats for nature all around us. With intentional growth, we will diversify and become an even better city.
Favorite place to go or thing to do in League City?
My backyard overlooking Clear Lake with monarch butterflies, hummingbirds, purple martins, herons, egrets, pelicans, and seagulls. At night, I enjoy the lights on the lake and am fascinated watching the sky as planes fly over and planets move. Our underwater green lights bring in an abundance and variety of fish to watch.
Favorite restaurant in League City?
Main Street Bistro, but I love going to OPUS Grill by boat.