As a native of Texas, Brenda earned her BBA at Baylor University-Hankamer School of Business with a degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship. For most of her career she worked for Electronic Data Systems in the finance sector supporting executives via sales reporting, budgeting and the financial operations to benchmark profitability against revenue projections.
A life lesson Brenda has learned is there is no “I “in team. Without information and input from other team members, there may be advantages lost or limitations in whatever is trying to be accomplished. She encourages everyone to be curious and listen to other people’s ideas.
Brenda also encourages people to celebrate small wins because she knows they lead to big accomplishments. She says, “Do what you love and love what you do!”
After leaving Electronic Data Systems, Brenda went on to serve with many volunteer and non-profit organizations including:
• River Eves Elementary PTA Board Member and Special Needs Volunteer
• PEO (Philanthropic Education Organization) Member – providing educational opportunities for female students worldwide.
• National Charity League, served with her daughters for nine years and served as the Grade Level Advisor for three of those years.
• Bashing Boundaries Volunteer – an organization that teaches fun dance movements to children with physical disabilities.
• World Mission Partners participant to Costa Rica for three summers leading Vacation Bible School for program church’s youth; organized soup kitchens and assisted with various church maintenance activities.
• Angels Among Us Volunteer and Foster – pet rescue
• Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Volunteer and Supporter
Special Pops Tennis
After joining the board in August 2023, Brenda is excited to pull from her experiences of various volunteer positions she has held and supported. She will use successful fundraising ideas from other non-profits like Children’s Development Academy and Champions Place to recommend ways to secure new sponsors and bring in more opportunities to raise funds to support the efforts of SPT.
Brenda has always had a special place in her heart for individuals with special needs. Through her experiences with a sister-in-law of mine with special needs, she knows firsthand how challenging it can be for the families of these individuals as well. She finds so much joy in spending time with the Athletes and their families. She is so impressed with the sportsmanship they have been taught and how they encourage one another.
Brenda began playing tennis in her early 40’s and remains active in ALTA, USTA, and club tennis.
Marcy Hirshberg, whose daughter is the same age as Brenda’s, introduced her to SPT. She has enjoyed participating in Special Olympics, SPUD League and ongoing practices at the training academies.