On June 30, 2016, I retired from Trustmark Bank (formerly Bay Bank & Trust) after 54 years of banking and trust experience where I held a management position of Vice President/Senior Trust Officer. I enjoyed my work in the trust division because I dealt mostly with senior citizens. While retiring was not in my plans for another two or three years, I later realized that God had given me a special blessing by retiring me earlier than I had planned. Mom had passed away in 2014; and, Dad was in hospice needing someone to stay with him 24/7. God blessed me with eight (8) months of taking care of Dad before he passed in 2017; and, I am blessed everyday with that memory.
After 54 years of working and having a full day’s schedule, I was a bit lost adjusting to life without a job. Another blessing was on its way. At first, Pat Sabiston, my friend, asked if I would help her with contacting some of the local restaurants requesting donations of food for the volunteers who so graciously gave of their time to build handicap ramps. Next thing I knew, Pat was asking me to serve on the board of CROSSing PATHS, Inc.
My education includes Gulf Coast Community College graduating with an Associate in Science and a graduate of Bay County High School. Additionally, I have attended numerous universities graduating from banking schools which includes Florida School of Banking, Marketing, and Florida Trust School. I have had numerous training classes in Dale Carnegie Sales, Customer Service and Effective Communication just to list a few.
My community service has included Panama City Northside Rotary Club, United Way of Northwest Florida, March of Dimes, Pilot Club International, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and Panhandle Chapter of the American Red Cross.
I found it most awarding to serve on the Public Pension Boards or Lynn Haven Firefighters Pension Board, Lynn Haven Police Pension Board, and Lynn Haven General Employee Pension Board.
As a member of the CROSSing PATHS Board, I am honored to use my career skills and experience to obtain nourishment for the many wonderful volunteers who actually do all the work to design and build handicap ramps for those seniors and our veterans who so generously gave during their lifetime, both to our communities and our country….keeping us safe and free.