I attended Texas Tech for a year, then transferred to and graduated from the University of Missouri – home of the best journalism school in the world. Like Don Quixote, I dreamed of righting wrongs when I went into journalism.
I am president of Polaris Non-Profit Solutions, a small consulting business that offers communications, marketing, media relations, fundraising and board development services to mostly small to medium nonprofits and a few for-profit clients.
I started off as a newspaper reporter and covered police, civil and criminal courts, school boards, county and city government. Covering police and civil and criminal courts gave me a broad understanding of the justice system.
After leaving the newspaper world I went into nonprofit communications, working in higher education (University of Houston System, UT-Austin, Concordia University) and then moving into social services (Lutheran Social Services and Texas CASA).
In the last two positions I developed and effectively executed two-state and statewide communications and marketing programs for the agencies. My responsibilities also included advising the executive team on crisis communications implementation, including managing responses to the 2001 Central Texas Floods, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and crises that had the potential to adversely impact the mission and operations of the agencies.
In addition to running my small business, I was a columnist writing columns about the great work of nonprofits for the Williamson County Sun. (I’m currently on leave while running for office!)
Meet the Family
My husband and best friend, Tim Kubatzky, is my college sweetheart. We met at The Maneater, the student newspaper at Mizzou. We’ve been married 36 years. We have three adult sons, a fabulous daughter-in-law and the most perfect grandson in the world.
My husband is a professional fundraiser and specializes in higher education. He is working for the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the UT Moody College of Communications. He previously worked for UT Law School, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Southwestern University, Rice University and the University of Houston. He did stints with United Way of Houston and the DePelchin Children’s Home before going into higher ed.
My husband and I moved from Houston to WilCo in September 1995 for his job at Southwestern University. We’ve seen tremendous change in Georgetown and WilCo over the past 22 years as our community has gone from primarily rural to suburban. With such growth comes additional strain on our justice systems that must be carefully and prudently managed.
The joys of our lives are our three sons, all of whom are Eagle Scouts. I was a Cubmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster. (BTW – Scouting runs in the family; I earned First Class as a Girl Scout back in the 1970s when that was the equivalent of the Eagle Scout Award for Girl Scouts. )
Da Boys kept me busy as a soccer, cross country and track and field mom through middle and high school. All three are proud Eagle graduates from Georgetown High School.
Our oldest, Corey, graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and earned an M.Ed. from UC-Colorado Springs where he is the women’s distance running and track and field coach. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Lavenna, a third-grade teacher and former professional marathoner.
They are the parents of the newest addition to our family. Meet our beautiful grandson, Calvin Carlyle Kubatzky. He may be too young to vote and live out of state, but my littlest supporter believes his Gran would make a great Justice of the Peace!
Sons Erin and Lindsay both graduated from the University of Texas (but their grandfather was an Aggie!). Erin lives in Austin and works in marketing for Texas Monthly. Lindsay went on to the Harvard Graduate School of Education and lives in Washington, D.C., where he is a lobbyist for the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Can you tell I’m darned proud of my offspring?
Our two rescue dogs, Stella and Walter, make sure our nest isn’t completely empty on our two-acre patch outside of Walburg. (Note: our dear Walter died in February and beloved Stella passed in March 2018, so our nest is a little emptier.)
Faith and Volunteer Work
I am a lifelong Presbyterian who has taught Sunday School, rung handbells and sang in the choir. I currently serve as deacon on the evangelism committee for First Presbyterian in Georgetown. I also have been ordained and served as an elder and provide home communion to those members who are unable to attend church.
I serve as treasurer for the national board of the Religion Communicators Council, an interfaith professional association of communicators who work for faith-based organizations.
I am a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer for children in the foster care system. I speak up and advocate for children in court and in the child protective services system. So, I’ve interacted with several families in crisis who are involved with the courts.
I’m active in the community, specifically focusing on anti-racism work in Georgetown and the Austin area. I served as communications chair for Courageous Conversations of Georgetown (CCGTX). I am active in interfaith work and have worked for and volunteered with Interfaith Action of Central Texas, the Union of Black Episcopalians One Human Race, and the Austin Community College Office of Equity and Inclusion. In each of these capacities I am working to bring people together to respectfully and responsibly address difficult and divisive issues.
I have completed the Georgetown Police Department’s Citizen Academy and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Academy as part of my commitment to learning more about the justice system in our community.
Why am I Running?
I’m interested in JP #3 because the justice of the peace courts are “gateways” to the criminal justice system for many people. Unlike some other elected offices which focus primarily on developing policy, this is an “in-the-trenches” position. I like the idea of being able to work directly with people and having a positive impact on the lives of those who come before the court.
There are several innovative programs being used in Williamson County courts that seek to divert people from prison and jail and address underlying issues such as mental health, drug and alcohol addiction and PTSD suffered by veterans. I will build on those creative approaches to foster a safe and healthy community in Williamson County.
I would be honored to earn your vote.