I have lived in Round Rock, Texas since 1991 and before that lived in Florida, Saudi Arabia and Pennsylvania. Born and raised in a small town in western PA, I am an avid football fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers but also loves the Pirates and the Penguins(also the Oregon Ducks). I also have a degree in Consumer Services with a minor in Business.
I am the proud wife of almost 38 years to my wonderful husband Joe and an even prouder Mom of 2 beautiful children. My daughter Kristiana graduated from TX State (summa cum laude!) in May and my son Erick volunteers with the Round Rock Serving Center, Heroes Night Out and with the Round Rock 4th of July parade. My husband and I have owned and operated a family entertainment center in Round Rock for 14 years and now I work for a publishing company.
In the fall of 2000 our world changed forever when our son ended up in jail for threatening to commit suicide. We soon learned, after many painful months, that our son was diagnosed with Bi-Polar disorder. I joined the Williamson County Mental Health Task Force where I served for several years and advocated for our loved ones living with Mental Health Issues since that time. Watching our son struggle with this illness made me realize that I will forever be his advocate and that is why joining this Board means so much to me. I want a place where my son and others can find friendship and learn from each other the special gifts that all those living with Mental health Issues and Substance Abuse issues can share not only with each other but with the world.
Pavilion will bring that and so much more to our Community as well as help take the stigma away from those working towards recovery and wellness. This Clubhouse can change everything and offer a place for friendship, pathways to employment, continued wellness, and the resources to live a life of hope.