Secretary and Board Member
Judy, a native Texan, married and had three daughters, divorced and subsequently earned a BA in anthropology and an MA in Spanish at the University of Colorado—where she met and married Jerry.
Judy, Jerry and daughters returned to Texas in 1978 for her to pursue a Ph.D. at UT-Austin. Judy taught Spanish and ESL at UT and as adjunct faculty for 20 years at Austin Community College, the last five while working full-time as a university campus organizer for the NEA-affiliated TSTA.
After daughter Kelly was born with Down syndrome, Judy dropped academics to devote her energies to the family and to building Down Home Ranch, by turns working as fundraiser, public speaker, copywriter, web manager, stock wrangler, camp director, case manager, house mother, and program director.
Following retirement Judy trained in spiritual direction through the Austin Catholic Diocese, and serves in that capacity on women’s ACTS retreats, a Catholic apostolate. She is a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, blogs and works part-time for Point Rider while helping to create a L’Arche community for adults with intellectual disabilities.
Her pride and joy is her 45-year marriage to Jerry, and their daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.