Recently retired from 22 years of service at one of Houston’s largest independent residential real estate brokerages, where she held the title of Creative Director, Phyllis participated in the development of the company’s marketing and advertising strategies, and the creation of its website content, as well as all collateral and promotional materials. She also oversaw public relations and editorial review, wrote the company’s blog, and trained new agents. Also a former banker, Phyllis has a well-rounded background through which she’s developed numerous skill sets and a wide-ranging network of friends and mentors.
More than anything, Phyllis is a passionate volunteer, giving of her time and talents to many non-profit groups. She is a past Board President for the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, where she continues to serve on their Executive Committee and as Development Chair. In addition, she is a Board Member and former volunteer art instructor at KIPP Houston; and an Advisory Board member of the Houston Arts Alliance and Recipe for Success. Former non-profit work includes serving as President of The Hevrdejs Foundation; as a statewide board member of Special Olympics Texas; and as an Advisory Board member of The Honors College at University of Houston.
Phyllis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts and, in her younger days, designed and painted scenery for the theatre, primarily focused on musical productions. An avid cook, she also took a five-year break from more serious career pursuits to own and operate a catering business. Her love of cooking also inspired a self-published cookbook. Other creative pursuits have been her work as a needlepoint canvas designer, decoupage artist, author of short stories, painter, and tinkerer in all forms of craft. More recently, she has created and published a travel journal, a children’s book, and several commissioned books, and taken up high-rise living with her beloved rescue dog, Patsy Cline.