Kingwood Area Republican Women 

 


KARW 2020 Officers

 

 

Chris Parker Nominated for President 2020

Chris Parker is a lifelong Christian, Republican. She is a wife and mother of two beautiful school age girls. Chris is a devoted community volunteer.  She is a Past President of Kingwood Area Republican Women, Past Greater Houston Council of Federated Republican Women Board Member and Immediate Past President of The Lake Houston Pachyderm Club. She has been active in the Republican Party since her College Republican days and truly enjoys working on campaigns. She is active in her church, Second Baptist Church North Campus. Chris serves on The Board of Governors of The Clubs of Kingwood. She also currently serves on The Board of Mothers Against Cancer. Chris is an active volunteer for FamilyTime, she received the Woman of Achievement Award and The Evelyn Walters Award for Excellence in 2018. She has completed The Leadership Lake Houston Program, Harris County Precinct 4 Citizens Police Academy and Leadership Humble ISD. She has her hand on the pulse of the issues our community faces. Chris is a graduate of Kingwood High School and Stephen F. Austin State University and has been a licensed Insurance Agent in Texas for over 22 years. Professionally, she currently is an Instructor in her industry

 

 

Jen Sitton Nominated for 1st VP 2020

Jen Sitton has been a resident of the Lake Houston area since 2005 and currently resides in Eagle Springs of Atascocita. She joined KARW in 2011. She is a dedicated wife, mother, business owner, volunteer and strong, conservative supporter. She is married to Humble ISD Trustee and Board Vice President, Robert Sitton. She successfully ran his 2011, 2013 & 2017 election and re-election campaigns. They recently celebrated fourteen years of marriage. Jen and Robert have a his/hers/ours family. Children include: Jon (32), Cody (27), Keanen (18) and Kaitlyn (13). Jon is married to Katherina, a second-grade teacher in New Caney ISD. They have two children: Robert John (RJ) age 11 and Avery age 5. Cody is an active member of the U.S. Navy, stationed at Fort Mead, Md., and works at the NSA as a Russian linguist. Keanen is a senior at Kingwood Park High School, while Kaitlyn is in the seventh grade at West Lake Middle School. Jen is the proud owner of Flip Flop Travel since 2007. She specializes in turning dreams into reality through individualized, specialty travel. Weather it’s Europe, the Caribbean, Hawaii or something off the beaten path, she is sure to find the right vacation to make your dreams come true. As a volunteer, Jen has served on the Humble ISD Education Foundation Board since 2012. She led the organization as Chairman of the Board from 2016 – 2018. She also chaired the annual Gala from 2012- 2016, raising more than $500,000 for innovative education grants for Humble ISD teachers. She also has served as PTA President at Pine Forest Elementary 2017-2018 and currently PTO President at West Lake Middle School. For her volunteerism and philanthropy, she was honored in 2016 with the prestigious Women of Achievement Award.

 

 

Colleen Rose Nominated for 2nd VP Membership 2020

Colleen Rose has lived in her Atascocita Shores home for 20+ years.  She and her family are Hurricane Harvey survivors. She is married, has 3 adult children. 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.

 

 

Shannon Walker Nominated for Treasurer 2020

Shannon Walker is a farmer's daughter from South Texas who, after graduating with a Master's Degree in Accounting, came to the big city of Houston in 2004 to pursue a career in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has been married to her college sweetheart, Rick Walker, for 17 years. After her first daughter was born, Shannon put her career aside to raise children and create a loving home. Rick and Shannon were immediately drawn to the community of Kingwood to raise their 3 daughters and a golden doodle named Cooper.

Shannon utilizes her accounting knowledge by serving multiple non-profit organizations as Treasurer. She serves on the Stewardship Committee at Kingwood First Baptist Church where she has been a member for the past 13 years. Shannon was one of the 2018 recipients of the FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center's Women of Achievement award. When she's not running around the community, you can find Shannon curled up reading a good book with a hot cup of tea in hand.   

After Hurricane Harvey devastated their community and destroyed their home, Rick and Shannon decided to enter the political arena with Rick's Congressional Campaign and advocate for federal funding for their flooded community. Shannon spent her time block walking, fundraising and organizing volunteers for the campaign all while living on the 2nd floor and being the general contractor for their flooded home. Shannon joined KARW in 2017 and has been involved in campaign activities for multiple Republican candidates and strives to keep her beloved State of Texas RED!

 

Patricia Morlen Nominated for Recording Secretary 2020

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.

 

 

Heather Broderson Nominated for Corresponding Secretary 2020

Heather “Hedy” Brodersen grew up in Iowa.  She joined the Marine Corps at 17 years old and served worldwide from 1987-2017.  27 of her 30 years of service were in the computer field, one year was serving in a protocol capacity and her 2 final years were in the Command Inspector General office.  She graduated summa cum laude from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a degree in Technical Management and a minor in Security and Intelligence.  Heather is now a certified Health Coach with a certificate from the Villanova School of Nursing.

Heather is married to Emanuel “Manny” Pierson and lives in Walden on Lake Houston.  They have a daughter, Theresa and two dogs.  Heather and Manny love to travel in their free time.  She is a life member of various veteran organizations and spends time volunteering in veteran outreach and patriotic events in and around Houston.  She is a member of Second Baptist Church in Kingwood and volunteers there as well.

 

 

 

 

KARW 2019 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 Corresponding 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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