Local artisans breathe new life into outdated projects. by Brandon Hoops, photos by Keith Borgmeyer CRUZ CHAVEZ At age 22, Cruz Chavez walked away...
ORIGINAL HOMETOWN: New Melle, Missouri
YEARS LIVED IN COLUMBIA: Since I graduated from Mizzou in 1969 with the exception of one year when I moved to Oklahoma
FAMILY: I grew up in a small farm town with my older brother and younger sister. All three of us went the University of Missouri, which made us the first generation of our family to attend college. After school, all of us ended up working in the medical field. My husband and I met through a mutual friend and are celebrating 30 years of marriage this year. Together, we have a daughter that just graduated Mizzou Law School (Go Tigers). My stepson is a minister in Las Vegas and my stepdaughter manages a retail shop in Portland, Oregon.
ON A TYPICAL WEEKDAY NIGHT I AM: Working my Mary Kay business scheduling makeovers and helping clients. Once a week I do a bible study and often attend community fundraising and networking events.
WHAT I DO FOR FUN: My husband and I go to Mizzou football games, basketball games, and we love to tailgate. We go to at least one out of town game each year. I love promoting the University of Missouri School of Health Professions, so I make sure I bring their banner to each game. I’d say we’re pretty good fans.
THE MOST REWARDING PART ABOUT MY JOB: Before starting my Mary Kay business, I had little to no self-esteem and self-confidence. Since this career change, Mary Kay has helped me become more confident and has made my life more meaningful. I think that it’s important for young women to have a healthy self-esteem, and it’s true that confident mothers raise confident daughters because my daughter has a lot of self-esteem.
As a member of the School of Health Professions Alumni Board, I mentor and encourage students in an industry I’ve had more than 30 years of experience in.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: I love volunteering. I’m involved with the alumni organization for the School of Health Professions, Tiger Quarter Back Club, Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, sunday school at Forum Christian Church and the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.
FAVORITE RESTAURANT TO FREQUENT IN COLUMBIA: You can’t beat sitting outside on the patio at Flat Branch in the summertime. Sophia’s is good too.
IN A SINGLE WORD, I AM: Dependable
FAVORITE FLOWER: Gardenias
FAVORITE ACCESSORY: The most meaningful is the diamond ring I earned from Mary Kay Cosmetics when I was in the National Queens Court of Sales.
GUILTY PLEASURE: Shopping
FAVORITE COCKTAIL: Gin and tonic