Kingwood Area Republican Women 




2018 Officers

 The slated officers were approved by the KARW membership at the October 28, 2015 meeting.


M'Lis Painter


M’Liss Ann Painter graduated from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, in 1976. She earned a BA in Communications and English. She later returned to LMU to earn a California Teacher’s Credential. She had spent thirty-three years teaching grades 2 through 12 throughout her career. 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 last year, she decided to return to her profession and is current teaching Art at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School in Humble, Texas. M’Liss and her husband Charles, married while he was serving as a lieutenant in the United States Navy. They recently celebrated thirty-three 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 and also became a Voter Registrar. M’Liss has a background in fund raising and chairing committees to support school, church, and community events. She is passionate in her support of the Republican Party and its ideals and values. M’Liss is dedicated in her support of Republican office holders and candidates. She has wholeheartedly embraced Texas as her new home.


Betty Newton

1st VicePresident


After graduating from Epsom High School in Henderson, North Carolina, Betty attended Louisburg Junior College where she received a degree in Business Administration. She was employed by Exxon Corporation in Charlotte, North Carolina and retired as a Marketing Specialist after 34 years of service. In 2004, Betty joined the Kingwood Area Republican Women's Club where she served as an officer beginning in 2005. She served as Corresponding Secretary, and VP-Programs before becoming President in 2010 and 2011. She has remained on the board for 13 consecutive years. Presently she serves as the Bylaws Chairman and Parliamentarian. Betty believes in giving back to her community and has been actively involved with activities at the Lone Star College-Kingwood Academy. She serves on the Advisory Board and Curriculum Committee for the Academy. In 2010, Betty was named Woman of Achievement by the Family Time Crisis & Counseling Center. Betty has been a long time Republican and believes in grassroots campaigning. She is dedicated to promote an informed electorate through political education



Mardi Long

2nd Vice President

Mardi Long received a BS degree from Walla Walla College and an MBA from Oregon State University. After ten years working in hospital laboratories as a Medical Technologist, she spent 30 years working with computer systems in hospitals as an analyst and a Project Manager. This includes 13 years for McKesson and as an independent contractor since 2008. She is currently semi-retired.
Mardi and her husband, Ray Long, were married in a ceremony at the KCC in January of 2016. Ray served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War and his son, Andrew, was in the Navy for 6 years. Between them they have 4 children and 6 grandchildren ages 9 yrs. to three months. All live in Kingwood. Church, family and country are their main focus. Which is why Mardi got involved with KARW.
Mardi has been a member of KARW since 2016 and worked in the Harris County Republican office making phone calls during the 2016 election cycle. She also attended the Abbott University Training and is a Voter Registrar. She is deeply concerned for the future of our country and looks forward to helping KARW grow over the next year so we can make a much needed impact.



Luz Rebollar

Recording Secretary

Luz is the owner of The Scuttlebutt, LLC which is the only free local publication that serves veterans and their supporters in the Houston and surrounding areas. She is also a Financial Services Professional and a licensed agent for New York Life Insurance company. She is both a National Service Officer and Regional Service Director for AMVETS.
She has used her interests in the welfare of American veterans to being a new level of meaning to the Americanism efforts of KARW. Her attendance at the KARW meetings has inspired many and she has now agreed to extend her skills to this new role as well.



Regina Thompson


Gina has lived in Kingwood since 1980.  She is a widow and has a son, daughter-in-law, 2 grandchildren, and a stepson who live in Kingwood. She also has a stepdaughter, son-in-law, and 2 grandchildren who live in Oregon.  Gina was in education for 41 years as a teacher, math department chairman, and district coordinator for the intermediate and middle schools’ math contest.  She also ran fund raisers for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for 15 years.  Gina was teacher of the year twice for her school and a finalist for the district in 1998.  Since retiring she served on the KARW phone committee.  Gina has volunteered at Deerwood Elementary spending most of that time in the library and has been a volunteer for The American Cancer Society.



       Mary Brown

Corressponding Secretary

 Mary Brown grew up in a small town in Arkansas, attended college at Ouachita University, and then moved to Little Rock. While working for the state government there, she met her husband, Lee. After living in Nebraska for a few years they moved to Texas to enjoy the amenities of the Kingwood community. Their two children graduated from Kingwood High School and both went on to graduate from Texas State University. While her children were young, Mary chose to be a stay at home mom.
Later she returned to work as a community manager in an HOA management firm where she was a valued employee for seventeen years. Her position required that she work closely with community board members in negotiating, developing, maintaining and enforcing policies for the associations. Additionally, she recommended, oversaw, and reported on monthly budgets for as many as 15 associations to assure that the boards were well informed regarding their financial position. Last year, she retired to enjoy outdoor activities, traveling and spending time with her husband and their three grandchildren.
Mary joined KARW in 2016 and has served this last year as Assistant Treasurer. As members of the Kingwood United Methodist Church, Mary and her husband are active in the Sunday School program and the many outreach functions of the Church.



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