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How did you arrive at volunteering for the Lincoln County Food Bank?
• I had the wonderful opportunity of retiring in 2005. After a year of vacation”, I began volunteering with various Ruidoso organizations. However, just recently, I felt a need to do more. When I was approached by a Board Member to consider volunteering as the Treasurer, I jumped at the chance.

What are you known for professionally?
My career has been diverse: Legal Secretary, Administrator of Large Commercial Real Estate Firm, Portfolio Creator for Large Investment Firm, Business Owner/Operator, Executive Director of Housing Authority, and Director of Administration for Accredited School/Rehab Facility for Troubled Youth. The last of which, brought me to this wonderful community in the mountains. While in that position, I was honored with letters of recognition from Gov. Gary Johnson, Sen. Pete Domenici, and the State of New Mexico Quality Assurance Pinon Award.

What are you passionate about personally?
Bridge!! I belong to 2 local clubs. Love the “brain work” and the opportunity to socialize with intelligent, witty, charming, and compassionate women. In addition, I am moved emotionally and spiritually by the Pacific Coast from Big Sur to Pacific Grove and visit there as often as possible.

Where can we find you when you’re not working or volunteering at LCFB?
Playing Bridge (of course), job coaching with my daughter at Schlotzsky’s , Coaching Ruidoso Special Olympics, or enjoying the great outdoors of Ruidoso.

What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?

Home is a wonderful place to be. I am usually there enjoying time with my daughter.

Any other nonprofits you love, & why?
Special Olympics Ruidoso Head of Delegation and Coach.

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How did you arrive at volunteering for the Lincoln County Food Bank?
• Several years ago I was invited to serve on the LCFB Board. In 2012 I accepted the position of Treasurer and served for 3 and a half years.
I was raised in a family that believed every person is called to social awareness and community outreach. As a child, teen, in college and throughout my life I have been active in service organizations.

What are you known for professionally?
I graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education in 1964 and taught off and on during my husband’s Navy career. I was Director of Religious Education for my church and earned a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry in 1988. I have coordinated education programs for my church as a volunteer for the past 20 years and directed the retreat office at a Ministry Center in Arizona for 3 years.

What are you passionate about personally?

Living my life gracefully is my goal and I try to continually grow spiritually through outreach and education with others. I love to travel and combine travel with spiritual renewal by participating in religious pilgrimages that go to holy sites in many foreign countries and in the United States.

Where can we find you when you’re not working or volunteering at LCFB?

If not at home, I usually am volunteering at my church or playing bridge. As of 2015 I now spend winters in Nevada where 2 of my 3 sons and their families live.

What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?
I usually plan some sort of activity with friends and often play bridge with homebound friends.

Any other nonprofits you love, & why?

I contribute to several national charities, some of which I have volunteered for in the past.

Anything else you’d like to tell people about yourself?

I have lived in a number of States and several foreign countries and have always enjoyed getting involved in outreach as a way to become involved the community.

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How did you arrive at volunteering for the Lincoln County Food Bank?
• I moved to Ruidoso from Abilene, Texas in 2012. There I had volunteered for many years with two feeding programs -- a soup kitchen and a ministry providing home-cooked meals to people with AIDS. After moving here, I saw a notice in the First Baptist Ruidoso church bulletin that the Lincoln County Food Bank was in need of volunteers. I began as a Monday shift volunteer, then became purchaser and a member of the board of directors. I enjoy working with a group of like-minded people to accomplish the task of feeding people in need.

What path brought you here?
• I have been married to Dennis for 38 years. He is retired from UPS and now works part time at the Ruidoso Athletic Club. We have two daughters. Chrissy is single and lives here and owns Mountain Life Coffee Roasters. Tracy is married to Lander and they live in Santa Fe and just blessed us with our first grandchildren -- twin girls!

What are you known for professionally?
While my degree is in social work and psychology, I have been a bookkeeper for over 30 years -- full time in Texas for a family-owned business and now part time for Prestige Cabinets.

Where can we find you when you’re not working or volunteering at LCFB?
When I’m not working or volunteering, you might find me hiking in the Lincoln National Forest, perusing a flea market, or in Santa Fe visiting the new granddaughters.

Anything else you’d like to tell people about yourself?
I am grateful to have learned years ago that, in the words of Albert Schweitzer, “the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”

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Lincoln County Food Bank
138 Service Rd.
Ruidoso, NM 88355

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 7432
Ruidoso, NM 88355
Phone. 575-257-0682
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
NOON to 4:00 PM
For residents in need from Lincoln County and Mescalero.
Weather closures follow the Ruidoso Public School's schedules.
For holiday closures check with the food bank or our LCFB Facebook.  

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