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.
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.
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.