The P.E.O. Record July-August 2022 (public)

GALLERYOF presidents

Betsy Grimes Texas Remarkably P.E.O. Born and raised in Ohio, Betsy Grimes was given the gift of P.E.O. in 1982 when initiated into Chapter EH, Chillicothe, Ohio. A first- generation P.E.O., Betsy now enjoys the Sisterhood with her sister, Judy Trusler, and her two daughters-in- law, Rachel Grimes and Erin Grimes; all four are members of Chapter FV, Plano, Texas. Betsy graduated from Ohio University with a B.S. in education in 1972 and 1986 with an M.S. in educational administration. She has retired from a 32-year career in public education. Supporting P.E.O. projects dovetails with her lifelong devotion to education. Betsy, her husband, Doug, and their sons, John and Bradley, moved from Ohio to Texas in 1992. Betsy is the proud gigi to seven grandchildren, Will, Sawyer, Weston, John David, Emma, Laurel and Corinne. Betsy pledged to live her retirement years outside her comfort zone, where life is more thrilling and remarkable adventures add depth to the most productive years of life. Stepping up to board service was a giant leap outside her comfort zone but abiding faith in and love of the Sisterhood propelled her forward. Betsy is profoundly grateful for the remarkable rewards sprinkled so generously throughout P.E.O. service. Betsy thanks Chapter, EH, Chillicothe, Ohio; FV, Plano, Texas, and the Sisterhood for enriching her life.

Alice Stephenson Utah Threads that Bind Alice Stephenson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and grew up in Littleton and Greeley, Colorado. She graduated with a B.S. in economics from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, and is a member of Delta Zeta Sorority. After graduation, she started working for the Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior, (BLM). With her husband, another BLM employee, she moved from Wyoming to Alaska, to the D.C./ Virginia area, and then to Utah. Alice retired after 30 years with BLM as an environmental specialist/planner. The next year, Alice received an invitation to P.E.O. from good friends and attended her first state convention as a chapter delegate shortly after initiating into Chapter V, Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2005. Alice has two sons, Pat in Montana and Ted III in North Carolina, with her three young grandchildren. She spent many years as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader. She has continued her association with the Delta Zeta Sorority through the Salt Lake Alumnae Chapter. As a long-time member of the First Congregational Church, Alice served on many committees as well as serving as the church moderator. Alice enjoys swimming, reading and traveling, especially to visit family. She started sewing at a young age, learning from her mother, and continues to enjoy hand and machine embroidery, sewing and creating quilts, from piecing to quilting.

Judy Dierker Virginia Our Star Illuminates the Future Judy Dierker was elected president of the Virginia State Chapter on May 22, 2022. She is a member of Chapter P, Roanoke, Virginia. A third- generation P.E.O., she was initiated into her mother’s chapter, MR, La Jolla, California, in 1965. Judy has been a member of Virginia chapters O, AN, AI and P. She has served in many offices and has been president of O, AN and P. Judy is married to Dick and they are both retired. They have three

children. Kelly is a member of Chapter AS in Richmond, and

she has three children. Katie has a daughter and lives in Richmond. Rick lives in New Jersey with his wife, Jennifer, and their two children. Judy graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. She later received a Master of Education in reading from Old Dominion University and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from Virginia Tech in curriculum and instruction. Judy was a Title 1 reading teacher for over 28 years. During that time, in addition to P.E.O., she was active in the local Roanoke Valley Reading Council and served on the Virginia State Reading Association Board of Directors for 11 years. Judy enjoys travel, reading and spending time with her children and grandchildren.


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