I retired in 2011, after 30 years of working for the Lubbock Independent School District as a teacher, administrator, and Executive Director of Human Resources. I knew I still wanted to be involved in something but didn’t know exactly what until an invitation to join the Lubbock South Plains RTA and TRTA came my way. I have never looked back! I have always been involved with professional organizations. It is in my “nature” to want to be a leader, and I enjoy being around people, making friends, and helping in any way I can. TRTA allows me to do that! I think other TRS retirees should join TRTA because we need them! It is a great organization that fosters friendships, relationships, and most importantly, a belief that we can make a difference, whether that be advocating for a COLA, protecting the defined benefit plan, maintaining quality and affordable healthcare, or ensuring that these things will be around for our current public-school employees when they retire. Prior to my current position, I served as District Presidents Council Chair (2020-2022), District 17 President (2018-2022), Lubbock South Plains RTA President (2021-2022, 2017-2019, 2013-2015), and Lubbock South Plains RTA First Vice-President (2015-2017). I also served on the State Standing Committee for Public Relations (2014-2018) and currently serve as the Senior Tutor Recruitment and Partnership Advisor for the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation Tutor Program.