Like a pot of the famous Louisiana gumbo, my life has been richly flavored over the years by both my personal and professional life’s experiences.
I believe the best way to know me is through my personal vision and mission statement, which I authored in January 1996.
For Myself: Using my gift of creativity and imagination, I will continue to invent the future by expressing my visions courageously in words and actions. I will always be a professional – honoring integrity, justice, kindness, and will always be humble and have a sense of humor in everything I do.
For My Family: They are my treasure. I will always promote and take the lead in building healthy and loving relationships that allow each of us to become our best selves.
For My Professional Life: I will always create a learning environment that is fair and honest, which can cultivate and inspire others to greatness and success by acting as a catalyst in a shared vision.
For My Community: I am committed to enriching the lives of all who cross my path by sharing my fellowship, and by respecting their very own unique selves. I will always nurture the development of all life forms in harmony with the laws of nature.
I will always live my life with a Universal Balance, with a smile on my face and a twinkle in my eye, peaceful and confident, always living to learn, to love, and to leave a legacy.
In 2001, I left a successful career as the Chief Operating Officer of a major company to pursue a life-long dream of owning my own business. Today, The Reyna Collection® is a premier multi-resource group located in the Dallas Market Center.
In April 2007, after being inspired, and encouraged by my various “moms,” I began a new project – a book titled, “From My Mama’s Kitchen – food for the soul, recipes for living.” Spiritually driven, I finished writing this heart-felt memories and words of wisdom expressed by my 9 moms, whom I have met at different points of my life over the years, in 9 months. I wrote to honor and pay tribute to moms all over the world for their spiritual and inspirational contributions in making a positive difference in the lives of their loved ones, through the various roles of being a teacher, a coach, and a counselor. I used the kitchen as the backdrop because it is and will always be the heart and soul of every home.
In April of 2009, I launched From My Mama's Kitchen Talk Radio (FMMK Talk Radio). This weekly internet radio show serves as a resource center for women and mothers everywhere by bringing inspirational, spiritual, and motivational stories from our special guests of ordinary people especially mothers doing extraordinary things.
I am a member of the Writers’ Guild of Texas, Speakers Co-op of Dallas, and I am also an accomplished amateur ballroom dancer. I have performed with various dance partners for more than 10 years at various ballroom and charity events in Louisiana and Texas.
I currently reside in Dallas, Texas.
Previous Career: Restaurant Executive – Chief Operation Officer – Miller Properties, Inc. 1983 – 2001
President: Louisiana Restaurant Association Baton Rouge Chapter - 1995
Chairman: Project Baton Rouge 2020 - A Vision of Opportunity with a World of Possibility - 1997
Chairman: Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Committee - 1998
Commissioner: Baton Rouge Sister Cities Commission - 2000
Chairman: Baton Rouge Area Convention & Visitor Bureau – 2001
Owner: Batik World® – 2002 – 2004, The Reyna Collection® – 2003 - present
Motivational & Inspirational Speaker – From My Mama’s Kitchen – December 2008 – present
Author: From My Mama’s Kitchen – “food for the soul, recipes for living” – January 2009
Talk Radio Host – From My Mama’s Kitchen Talk Radio (FMMK Talk Radio) – April 2009 – present
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“From My Mama’s Kitchen”
*Food for the Soul—Recipes for the Living*