Kingwood Area Republican Women 

2017 Officers

The 2016 slating committee members were: Alice Rekeweg (chair), Pat Morlen, Mary De Sha,  Karen Cambio, and Halene Crossman. These women were voted to be members of the slating committee at our general meeting on August 26, 2015. The slated officers were approved by the KARW membership at the October 28, 2015 meeting.


 

Dr. Janie Branham

  President

 

Dr. Janie Branham has devoted thousands of volunteer hours to the Republican Party and its candidates.  During elections she is active in GOP politics –serving as Precinct 659 Chair, working election polls, attending county meetings, running fundraisers, and representing her constituency as a delegate to the Senate District 4 and State conventions. She has been active in many campaigns.  In 2012 and 2013, she ran campaigns for two candidates, one for the U.S. Congress and another for Lone Star College Board, and has served as a volunteer for other Republican candidates.

As a member of KARW, she has served as President, First Vice-President in charge of Programs, Legislative Chair, and Recording Secretary.  She writes legislative updates and columns to inform voters on important issues, and was instrumental in the planning of KARW’s 35th Anniversary celebration. She also organized the Harris County GOP’s Kingwood Satellite office grand opening in September 2016. The Satellite office’s phone bank, block walking, and voter registration activities are at an all-time high, reaching weekly goals of 13,000 calls a week, and visiting 125 homes a day.  Branham also serves the Harris County GOP on the Local Government committee, and is the voter registration chair of TFRW. 

 

 

Patricia Morlen

First Vice President

Patricia Ann Morlen graduated from Georgian Court College, in Lakewood NJ, in 1978 with a BA Major in Special Education and a Minor in Early Child Hood Education, she attained a Master in Education in 2003 from Walden University in Minneapolis Minnesota.

As an officer’s wife to husband Rick for 28 years, (married now for 36 years) they have one married son. During Rick’s deployments she was a Readiness Group Leader making sure all was well, and holding hands when it wasn’t. Involved in the Army Community Club she planned numerous base activities while teaching full time. She gained volunteer work experience on the presidential campaigns of Reagan, HW Bush, Dole and W Bush.

Awards • In 2005 the Dept. Army Commanders Award for Public Service. • 2004 Volunteer Service to the Community Achievement Award, Fort Leonard Wood. • 2004 teacher of the year, Fort Leonard Wood School District • Baumholder Germany’s American School Teacher of Excellence 1997. • Bosnia Family Readiness Gold Medal in 1997 • St Louis MO Teacher of the Year 1994

When her husband retired military duty in 2007 they moved to Albuquerque NM., where Pat became a Precinct Chairmen and 1st Vice Chair of the Sandoval County Republican Party, as well as a member of the San-Bern FRW. Pat and Rick were elected to the New Mexico Delegation to the 2012 Republican National Convention. They moved to the Houston area in 2013.

Present Organizations A member of The Commons Ladies Community Club Harris County

Precinct 98 Chairperson, she developed a Website for Precinct 98, a Twitter Account and a Facebook Page, taught elections clerks and serves as the election Judge for the precinct.

Kingwood Area Republican Women This organization increases the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government through active political participation. An executive Board member, she wrote the 2014 History for the KARW Year Book, Legislative Articles, kept track of State and National legislature’s actions and has written numerous articles on bills and activities. She published pieces on the Harris County Republican Party and on the Houston City Council and Harris County, and submitted monthly articles for the Houston FRW, Texas FRW and the National FRW. As the liaison between the GOP Headquarters in Kingwood and the Board, she coordinates the two calendars.   

 

Pamela McEver

2nd Vice President

Pamela McEver, was born in Ventura, California she is the daughter of Jim and Mozelle McEver. As a resident of Kingwood, and a member of First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood, she was the chair for the tearoom at the Festival of Angels for five years. She took the event from sack lunches to a large varied three course meal, featuring dishes like Boeuf Bourguignon and Polenta Tamale Pie.

After her parent’s passing, Pam traveled internationally sometimes spending a hundred days a year on a cruise ship. When home she enjoys gardening, gourmet cooking, reading, entertaining and designing clothing. She is also involved with the Hi Neighbor group and their subgroups. She is a member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and serves on the Tour Committee.

She is an eighteen year survivor of stage three breast cancer. Pam remembers that her mother was one of the first founding members of the Kingwood Area Republican Women. She remembers helping her parents when they were active in the group. Jack Fields had invited them to D.C. to meet the President, Vice President and Senators from Texas. Her goal is to build the membership to give Kingwood the power for better representation for their taxation. 

 

 

Regina Thompson

Treasurer

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.

 

             Daniela Sumbera            

 Corresponding Secretary

 

 Daniela has resided in Humble, Texas since 2006. She received her BA from the Bauer School of Business at the University of Houston. She heads the Sumbera Team at Keller Williams Northeast, a team founded on the principle of a relationship business model (she just happens to be in the business of helping people buy and sell homes). She also serves on the HAR Lake Houston Board. The Board is in charge of hosting four quarterly meetings, but it takes year round work to pull off each event. We are in charge of booking speakers, sponsorships, bookkeeping and reservations. She also serves on a committee for her community in Eagle Springs. The committee is in charge with efficiently spending their Holiday budget on community events. Daniela loves to stay active in her community and is looking forward to serving the Kingwood Area Republican Women’s Club.

 

      Tracy Hobson        

Recording Secretary

 

My name is Tracy Hobson and I have been involved in Republican politics far longer than I can even remember. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas and have made my home base Harris County Precinct 4. However, in the past five years or so, my involvement has grown exponentially. I have been involved as a member in everything from the Houston Young Republicans, Magic Circle Republican Women and TFRW, am currently in my second term as Secretary of the Texas Young Republican Federation and a proud member of KARW! I have worked in the political field for a while as well- from non profits to the Texas Senate, to statewide campaigns and working for HCRP under Chairman Paul Simpson during his first year and a half as chairman. I am now happily working for Judge Korduba as Chief of Staff, serving the Kingwood and surrounding communities of Precinct 4. I am happy to do whatever I can to further the cause of electing Republicans all across our great community, county and state.

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