Before coming to Springfield, Betty and her husband, Bob owned and operated Ennis Oil Company Inc. for 25 years in St. Clair, MO. The past 10 years, her career focus has been in education and counseling. Before receiving her Missouri State Licensure, she was a classroom teacher and provided professional development for multiple Missouri school districts. She continues to work closely with schools regarding behavior issues and bully prevention. Betty has experience with both individual and marriage counseling, also children- all ages. Betty and Bob have two children, one granddaughter and a granddog.

What is one thing that most people don’t know about you? I like to weave baskets. However, my schedule has not allowed me to do so in the past couple of years. The woman that taught me to weave baskets told the story that no two hand woven baskets are the same. Each one is unique. For mine, it is a missed row or skipped loop- but this reminds me that what looks like a mistake in our eyes is a unique feature in God’s. When we are weak, He is strong.

Best book you have read in the past year? This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti. I have made a habit of reading them every couple of years since they came out in the late 80’s. They are fiction, but their story reminds of spiritual warfare which is reality.

What is one of your proudest moments? I have two- my children.

What is your favorite word? Serendipity – I like to say it. One definition is ‘an unexpected happy accident’. I would like to reword that definition to say, ‘God’s happy surprise’.

What is your idea of a perfect day? It starts with good coffee on the front porch while sitting in my yellow rocker. In the evening, there is iced tea on the front porch while sitting in my yellow rocker.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a weather lady on TV. I would draw, color and cut out clouds, sunshine and lightening bolts. I put tape on the back so they would stick to the wall and forecast the weather for my dog. I still am a huge fan of tracking weather. No wonder, one of my favorite scriptures is “ To everything there is a season” Ecclesiastes 3:1