Kingwood Area Republican Women 

 


 

KARW 2019 Slate of officers

  

 

 

M'Liss Painter Nominated for President 2019

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.

 

 

 

Marilyn (Mimi) Harkrider Nomitated for 1st VP Programs/Reservations 2019

With majors in English and Spanish with a minor in History, Marilyn has taught in three states in both public and private schools in Spanish and English. She has created programs for several schools in Elementary School Spanish, and created a ten week program for Carolina’s Medical in Spanish which she taught for eight years at night. She taught AP Writing and Composition, and Honors English, judged Odyssey of the Mind for four years and participated for her department on committees for the creation of the IB program in one school. She later worked for Lone Star Community College in the communications and student services departments. A lover of the performing arts, she has appeared on stage in professional theater in Charlotte, NC and was the Kid’s Club Host for the PBS station there. Her acting was expressed in television commercials as she was principal in forty local regional and national commercials. She is the author of nine children’s books both fiction and non-fiction.

Her positions in KARW include Recording Secretary for two years and various committes. She has worked on many projects over the years ex. Mardi Gras, Fourth of July, Block Walking, etc

 

 

Colleen Rose Nominated for 2nd VP Membership

Colleen Rose has lived in her Atascocita Shores home for 20+ years.  She and her family are Hurricane Harvey survivors and have been rebuilding their home for the past year.  She is married, has 3 adult children, the youngest is a recent Texas State University graduate.  She has two grandkids.  Colleen enjoys traveling with her husband on his business trips.  She has belonged to other organizations, serving on board positions.  She has attended over 100 active duty funerals and enjoys helping others.  Her favorite hobby is walking daily with her dogs.

 

 

 

Rebekah Curran Nominated for Treasurer 2019

Rebekah Curran has lived in the Kingwood since June 2015.  She is married to Jeff Curran and they have been blessed with two beautiful children, Devin and Conner.  She is a seasoned Sales & Marketing professional with 15 years’ experience in the Hospitality Industry.  She worked for Marriott International, Hilton, and Hyatt hotels where she received world class training.  In 2012 she felt led to forge a new career in fundraising and politics.  She thanks God for the honor of working for The Family Foundation in Virginia, Amanda Chase for Virginia State Senate and Ben Carson’s Presidential Super PAC.  She’s had the great pleasure of helping to advance causes like the Holocaust Garden & March of Remembrance. She is currently working for Clarity Consulting where she helps political campaigns and non-profits reach their fundraising goals.  She is an active member of Association for Fundraising Professionals, serves on the KARW Campaign Activities Committee and volunteers with the One Church Initiative to work with the local community leaders, gathering the Governmental Sphere bi-monthly prayer requests.  Rebekah looks forward to leaving a legacy of positive change in this world through her fundraising efforts and political involvement.

 

 

Patricia Morlen Nominated for Recording Secretary 2019

Patricia lives with her husband of 39 years and her dog Buddy in Huffman Texas. She has a son and daughter in law who live in Conroe Texas. Patricia spent 30 years as a Military Spouse prior to her husband’s retirement in 2007.

Patricia received the Texas Federated Republican Women Tribute to Women Award in 2016. She was selected as a Women of Achievement Community Activist in 2017 and is active with the Women of Achievement Purple Ribbon Luncheon on the Publicity Committee.

Patricia was  1st Vice President of the Kingwood Area Republican Women 2015-2017. She oversees the Kingwood Area Republicans Women’s National and State-wide Award-Winning Website and Twitter Account. She coordinates with the Houston VA on the Littlest Patriot Program for KARW and is working on a Fund Raiser being run by KARW for Family Time as of this writing. She produces the KARW Yearbook and the KARW Legislative Updates.

 Patricia is a member of the Commons Ladies Club in Huffman and coordinated the collection and distribution of cleaning items as well as preparing and procuring meals for those affected by Harvey in her Neighborhood.

Patricia Morlen was elected as a Board of Director in 2018 to MUD 415 and is  serving as the Secretary for the Board. She was elected twice as the Precinct Chair for City of Houston GOP Precinct 98. She has developed a Website for Precinct 98.  It has over 500 visitors a month, a Twitter Account and a Facebook Page that all relate to the website. Patricia was elected at the Harris County GOP Convention to serve as representative for Senate District 4 on the Harris County GOP Ballot Security Committee for 2016-2020. She is serving her second term.

 

 

 Mary Brown Nominated for Corressponding Secretary 2019

Mary Brown grew up in Arkansas, attended College at Ouachita Baptist University and worked in Little Rock for several years in state government.   She and her husband and two children came to Dallas in 1985 and moved to Kingwood in 1995.  She returned to work as a Community Property Manager in an HOA management firm where she retired after seventeen years.   Her position required that she worked closely with the community residents and Board members in negotiating, developing and enforcing policies for the Associations.  She recommended, oversaw and reported on monthly budgets so that the boards were well informed regarding their financial position.

Mary joined KARW in 2016 and has served as Corresponding Secretary, Assistant Treasurer and on the phone committee.  She is a member of Kingwood United Methodist Church and has three grandchildren.    

 

 

 

2018 Officers

 

M'Lis Painter

 President 

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

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.

 

 

       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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