I am so humbled by this honor and would like to thank all moms for what they do and the legacies they leave behind.
Born and raised in a small town on the Colorado/Kansas border; Burlington, Colorado may not be famous but it’s my hometown. After my primary education in the Burlington public schools, I accepted a scholarship to the University of Northern Colorado (UNC), where I attained a B.S. in 1988.
I began my professional career as a Surety Underwriter for the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. After some reorganization, Chubb moved me to Kansas City in July of 1989. After four years I moved to Fireman’s Fund.
In 1993 I met the love of my life, David. We married in 1994. In 1997 we were blessed by the arrival of an intelligent, independent and beautiful daughter Nicole. In 1998 we decided I become a stay-at-home mom. The beginning of the new century brought us our handsome, talented, humorous and smart son Joe. Now, with the “nuclear family” in place it became my primary job.
As our kids grew and became more independent, I began volunteering; trying to “pay it forward.” I enjoyed serving on the board of the Northland Community Foundation “Feed Northland Kids” as well as PBS station, KCPT. I have also been an active member of Platte Woods United Methodist Church since 1993.
I have two true passions in life. First, being a mother. Second, being a partner, friend and sounding board for David’s new business opportunities. Living with a highly successful serial entrepreneur presents many opportunities assessing risks and potential. We truly make a great team. We are both sincere about making the world better. We’ve worked with many charities and institutions, both currently and in the past. We have been blessed in so many ways and we don’t take it for granted.
THOUGHTS ON MOTHERHOOD
Thanks to my mom, Jeri Troyer, and my mother-in-law, Judy Cummings, for being the greatest role models.
A mother’s legacy: To instill in her child(ren) the ability to be independent and critical thinkers. To make good choices realizing each choice has consequences and love unconditionally even when not pleased with the choices that are made. Treat everyone the way you would like to be treated. Manners are important. Do good in all your works. Give back whenever you can. Live life with no regrets.
3 important decisions in everyone’s life:
1) Faith (choosing Jesus Christ).
2) Education, career, pursuit of your best.
3) Partner in life/who you marry.