Mansfield ISD Magazine Fall 2016 - Page 20

School Board Trustee Profile - Karen Marcucci Give us a brief bio of your career. What schools did you attend? I grew up in Clinton, MS and attended public schools from kindergarten until 11th grade. I attended the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus, MS for my junior and senior year. After graduation, I attended Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA where I majored in chemistry. During the summer before my junior year, I had the chance to do research at Texas A&M University. It led me to pursue chemical engineering, so I transferred to Texas A&M. I ended up graduating with my B.S. in Chemical Engineering and my B.A. in Chemistry. While working, I decided to improve my business acumen and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with my MBA. What would be a perfect afternoon for you? My first job out of college was with Schlumberger performing wireline logging in West Texas working on oil rigs. It was an adventure! After that, I moved back to Mississippi and worked as a process engineer in a chemical plant. When I got married, I moved back to Texas and became a process engineer making semiconductors and had the opportunity to become a Six Sigma Black Belt and start my MBA. That led to a career at Bell Helicopter in the purchasing department where I worked until I had my twin daughters. After starting a family and staying home a few years, I decided to look for work a little closer to Mansfield and was given an opportunity to work in communications at First Methodist Mansfield where I am currently the director of facilities and technology. What makes you so passionate about MISD? I am passionate about MISD because our district truly works to inspire and educate students to be productive citizens. Every student in our community deserves the opportunity to succeed, and MISD provides that opportunity. My high school experience has shown me how a quality education can change the future. My classmates from high school are doing research to cure diseases, practicing law, starting new businesses and changing the world in real ways. Many of us are achieving things we never thought we could because of the quality education we received. I am passionate about MISD because MISD is passionate about the future! A perfect afternoon begins with a walk or hike to somewhere new, a meal at a fantastic restaurant, and ends with reading a good book that turns into a nap. Who was your role model as a kid? I was fortunate to grow up with many great role models at home, in my church and in the community; but if I had to pick one, I would pick my grandmother. She was an amazing lady that worked hard to get a nursing degree so she could support herself and move off the farm. After becoming a nurse, she went on an adventure and moved to the Panama Canal Zone where she met my grandfather and started her family. She was smart, beautiful, resourceful and fun. I’ve always wanted to be like her when I grew up! The Marcuccis had a “perfect weekend” by attending Austin’s Circuit of the Americas. 18 Mansfield School & Family