Meet Our Officers
Our 2022 Officers
Born in Mountain Home, Arkansas (in the Ozarks), Joyce’s family moved to Houston during Joyce`s junior year and she graduated from Galena Park H.S. She attended the University of Houston and majored in Business. She started working at the Scott, Clawater, & Houston law firm, where she started as a Legal Admin. Assistant and quickly moved up to became the firm`s Office Manager. She worked there and at other law firms for 30 years.
Joyce has always been a runner, and—even in retirement–jogs every day. In 2019 and 2020, Joyce worked on Dan Crenshaw’s campaign. She and her husband Bill were delegates to the Texas GOP convention in Houston this year.
The Chambers are members of Second Baptist Church, Houston North and are active in several ministries in the church. They travel extensively, run, hike, and climb mountains throughout the world. They return to the Ozarks (Branson, Missouri) every summer.
Joyce also belongs to Trees for Kingwood, managed by the Kingwood Parks Committee. They work to revitalize Kingwood’s forested trails, parks, and open spaces. And she is on the board of the Bear Branch Trail Association and belongs to several local social clubs.
Joyce says, “KARW has enriched my life, through friendships and informative speakers.”
1st VP PROGRAMS
Kathleen moved to Kingwood with her three siblings from Buffalo, New York in 1978. She met her future husband, Todd, in sixth grade at Kingwood Middle School. Their son, Luke, attends St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.
She earned her B.S. Degree from the University of Houston, then took a job at Administaff/Insperity, where she learned all aspects of running a successful small business. She explained benefits plans, processed payroll, and eventually became one of the company`s Strategic Alliance Specialists. In that role, she saw firsthand the adverse impact government restraints and requirements have on a small-business.
Retired from the corporate world, Kathleen served as KARW`s Treasurer, Awards & Scholarships Chair, and is now our 1 st V.P. and Programs Chair. She comes by her commitment to volunteering from both her mother and mother-in-law. Her mother cared for new mothers and infants for thirty years at Northeast Memorial Medical Center. Her mother-in-law, with a group of friends, started our Republican Women Chapter in Kingwood in 1979. For St. Martha`s Catholic church, Kathleen taught Sunday school and serves as Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Kathleen handily won KARWs Outstanding Member award this year.
M’Liss Painter graduated from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, and earned a BA in Communications and English. She later returned to LMU to earn a California Teacher’s Credential. Throughout her thirty-eight year teaching career, she has taught grades 2 through 12. As a teacher at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, she earned the distinction of Teacher of the Year. After retiring and moving to Houston, Texas four years ago, she decided to return to her profession and teaches Art at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School in Humble. M’Liss and her husband Charles married while he was serving as a lieutenant in the United States Navy. They recently celebrated thirty-six years of marriage and have three adult children, Matthew, Travis, and Shelley. M’Liss joined Kingwood Area Republican Women in July 2016 and accepted the position of Historian. She attended Abbott University Training, became a Voter Registrar, and has served as Delegate to the State Convention twice. She received the Family Time Women of Achievement Award for Human Services and was a Texas Federation of Republican Women Tribute to Women Honoree. M’Liss was nominated and served for two years as KARW President in 2018 and 2019. She currently serves on the KARW Board as Americanism Chair. She is passionate in her support of the Republican Party and its ideals and values. M’Liss is dedicated in her support of Republican candidates and elected officials. She has wholeheartedly embraced Texas as her new home.
2nd VP MEMBERSHIP
Neil’s father was a U.S. Air Force Officer for 30 years. After retiring, he worked in the Aerospace industry. When Neil was 17, the family moved to Taylor Lake Village (Timber Cove), where the original seven astronauts lived.
Marilyn Lovell, wife of Jim Lovell–who flew on Apollo 13–hosted Neil`s bridal shower. Her husband Jim Lovell named a crater on the moon after Neil’s father, who worked in Mission Control.
Neil got a degree in Education from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, got married, and taught 8 th grade, English, and Journalism at Creekwood Middle School. She served as the Department Chair at Creekwood for 22 years, and later worked as a Substitute Teacher there. After divorcing, Neil hung wallpaper professionally, sold Lincoln cars, industrial chemicals, and got her real estate license.
Neil works hard, plays hard, and is always willing to lend a helping hand. She became a conservative because she believes in the American dream: that anyone can do anything they choose to pursue if they work hard, do the best possible job they can, and have pride in what they do.
Neil has three great children, four grandsons, and one great grandson.
Stacy was born into a family of heroic veterans who proudly served our great country fighting in WW2 and Vietnam. After graduating from Lakeview Centennial H.S. in Garland, TX, she followed in her big brother’s footsteps and enlisted in the United States Air Force. She served as an Airman 1 st
Class/Medical Service Specialist at Lackland AFB, Sheppard AFB, and Bergstrom AFB in Texas, and Maxwell AFB in Alabama. She was Honorably Discharged in March of 1991.
After moving to Kingwood in 2001, Stacy worked as an active volunteer at her children’s schools: Greentree Elementary, Creekwood Middle, and Kingwood H.S. She filled the roles of “room mom,” Advisor to the Chess Club, Yearbook Advisor, and worked on Project Graduation. She was the inaugural KHS Annual-Fund Photographer, an NJROTC Booster Board member, and now NJROTC’s current President. She has been a volunteer photographer for Sunshine Kids since 2010, does fundraising for Wreaths Across America, and participates in the annual Walk With Me fundraising event for the Houston Zoo and Easter Seals of Greater Houston.
Stacy currently works as a licensed Real Estate Agent. She is affiliated with Commercial Property Management in River Oaks, New Home Sales in NE Houston (for K. Hovnanian Builders), and works as a commercial and residential real estate agent in Kingwood. She is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®; Texas Association of REALTORS®; and the Houston Association of REALTORS®.
There`s an old adage that says, if you want to get something done, give it to a very busy person. That would be Cheryl Austin.
She and her son, Ryan, manage the Kingwood Farmer`s Market every Thursday afternoon and two weekend markets a month. She is also the Secretary for the Humble Noon Lions Club. They have been Lions Club International members since the late 1970s.
The Austin family emigrated to the U.S. from Johannesburg, South Africa in 1998. When the Austins received their U.S. Citizenship in 2007, Congressman Poe acknowledged this event in a speech on the House floor. Cheryl started working at the Call Center for Continental Airlines and became an Executive Assistant at Corporate headquarters in downtown Houston. Later, as Manager of University Relations, Cheryl hired interns from colleges around the USA.
After Continental`s merger with United, she became Manager of Global Recruiting and travelled internationally to Europe, Brazil, and India to support hiring efforts. Later she did domestic recruiting for United until the department was closed in Houston due to Covid in 2020, when she retired. Cheryl has two children and four grandchildren.