Although Nancy just joined HWC last year, she has much experience in supporting charitable endeavors which will serve her well in her new role as Co-Chair of the Ways and Means Committee. She grew up in Lexington, KY, surrounded by a bevy of close-knit kin. Early on, her parents regularly supported efforts to provide for the needy. Through their church, her parents often delivered food and clothing to people in need. Her father (a firefighter who was an also an electrician) did handy-man type activities for a local orphanage. Nancy and her brother were often in tow for these activities.
Nancy did one year of college in Kentucky, then married and had two sons. They moved around a good bit—to Tallahassee, Las Vegas, Chicago, Pensacola, and finally Orlando. She has always been an avid reader and lover of books. One of her early jobs was with the Publisher for the Florida Bar Association, proofreading legal books for attorneys. She then spent 14 years with IBM in customer support roles and developed her love for technology while there. Afterward, she spent 23 years with AAA. Her first position involved working with AAA clubs around the country to modernize their computer systems to better serve their travel sales needs. Over the years, she was a travel data analyst, travel call center manager, product manager for travel guides and travel related products, managed editorial staff, and ended her career as the Director of Travel Information Development. Whew!
And, if that wasn’t enough, while working at AAA she launched a freelance writing career. Over the years, she contributed to a Blue Grass Music Magazine (CD and book reviews), wrote “How To” articles for a web company and launched her own website – appsforgrownups.com. As happens in our fast-changing world, all of those sites are now closed. But, she says, “It was fun while it lasted.”
She postponed retirement and worked for a year with Junior Achievement of Central Florida, a wonderful charity that focuses on teaching children financial literacy. While it was not her primary responsibility, one of the things she says was the most fun was going into the classroom and teaching children. Her favorite topic was “how to pay for college.” Speaking of which, Nancy went back to college at SCC/UCF and earned her BA in English in 2008.
Nancy has delivered Meals on Wheels for more than 10 years, as she enjoys interaction with the clients and knowing that she is helping. She has also helped with a few Habitat for Humanity builds, which she did this as a way to help her boys find charitable activities that suited their interests. And, for several years, she has worked with New Hope for Kids (a group which focuses on children who have lost a parent). Through them, she primarily supported events – Yoga in the Park, Back to School booth at Seminole Mall, and their annual fund-raising event, “Art of the Vine.”
Nancy relates that HWC has been very valuable to her because of all the friends she has made. She says, “The women of the group are amazing. Combining this with knowledge that we are helping our community makes it perfect for me.” I, for one, can’t wait to see what new energy she brings to our Ways and Means fundraising endeavors!
By: Lee Granger