Born and raised in Houston, Texas. I am a third generation Houstonian. Lived most of my life in Houston. I grew up in the episcopal church, Christ Church Cathedral, with my two sisters Mother and Father.
I am a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture. Upon graduating returned to Houston to work. I also married Mark Stites and have two children, a son and daughter.
In the mid 80’s left Houston and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina as a job transfer. Five years later, another job transfer took us to Maryland/DC area. After relocating, decided to pursue a career change and applied to the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) in Hydepark, NY. I received a Certification as a Chef. Returned to Maryland to pursue my new career in the Hotel Restaurant Industry.
Lived in Maryland for some 20 years with my family, loving cooking and raising and training and showing American Saddlebred Horses.
Upon my husband’s retirement from Sherwin Williams Paint Co. and my retirement from the University of Maryland Medical Center, Food Service Department, we decided to move back to Texas to be close to our son and daughter and our eight grandchildren.
We found ourselves in the Round Rock / Georgetown area. We have a beautiful 112 acre ranch where we have our horses and have started raising Black Angus cattle.
Upon moving back to Texas we looked around to find an Episcopal church. The red doors drew us in and we found a wonderful church family. I love being a part of the church as a member of the Alter Guild and in serving my Lord in preparing wonderful food in the parish kitchen for the Parish.