September 20, 2018 | TFA Communications |
I attended 3rd grade the year TFA opened and graduated from TFA as part of the Class of 1997. In high school at TFA, I was on the Varsity Basketball Team and Student Body President. I went on to Vanderbilt University and Graduated in 2000 with a Degree in Communications and Japanese. Directly out of college, I worked in the convention and event planning industry for a couple of years. I eventually went to the Crummer School of Business and got my Masters and went to work with my Dad in our family commercial construction business. I have now been with Kelsey Construction, Inc. for over 15 years and serve as Vice President. I hold my General Contractors License for both the State of Florida & Georgia and am a LEED Accredited Professional.
My husband, Allen, also grew up in Orlando. We have been married 14 years and have two boys- Sam, who is 8 and in 3rd grade at TFA and Wyatt who is 3 years old. We have a busy and fun house, I love being a boy mom! It is special to have a child now attending TFA and see the school through the eyes of a parent. We have been so grateful for the teachers and staff that have influenced Sam already so much and made an impact on his life.
Our family attends First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. I am involved in leading a small group in the high school girls ministry as well as in a moms’ in prayer ministry. Allen and I are also actively involved with World Help, an international humanitarian organization, and their ministry in Guatemala. I go on trips to Guatemala at least once a year as part of this ministry and it has become special to our family as we have developed relationships with the people there and have been able to have an ongoing ministry.
My time at TFA prepared me for many aspects of life by giving me a confidence and ownership of my faith, the necessary academic foundation for my future pursuits, and providing me leadership opportunities to develop the gifts God gave me. Susan Kelly, Scott Toenges, and Dr. Walton are teachers and administrators that greatly influenced and challenged me. Mrs. Kelly & Dr. Toenges brought learning to life in high school in ways that prepared me for college and academic challenges and Dr. Walton was a wonderful encouragement in many ways.