MaryKay Childress bio
Until my sophomore year of high school, I lived in Marinette, Wisconsin just 50 miles north of Green Bay – – Packer country. To say I was born into an enthusiastic Packer-backer family is a bit of an understatement. For as long as I can remember Sundays from August to December were game days. My family had season tickets in section C9 of Lambeau Field, we tailgated in the coldest of weather, and my dad was on a first name basis with Vince Lombardi. In fact, in 1961 my dad, working with Vince Lombardi and Bishop Stanislaus Bona, was instrumental in founding the first Bishop’s Charities Game, the preseason game that raises money to fund the charities of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. Over the past 56 years, the games have raised more than $3.9 million for the charities of the Diocese. To know my dad was a part of that makes me green and gold proud.
In my late teens, I moved to California with my family and later graduated from American River College in Sacramento with a degree in computer science and a minor in accounting and management. I worked for 10 years as a chief administrator/office manager for a Tax and Accounting Corporation in Davis, CA.
I married my husband Tom in Clearwater, FL in 1990. He was a licensing engineer in the nuclear power energy industry, which moved him around quite a bit. Like they say “if you can’t beat them, join them”, so I reinvented myself as a nuclear technical consultant and traveled with him working in more than 20 different nuclear power plants over 15 years. At that time, we had 103 operating nuclear power plants in the United States; sadly, I think they are now down to 65 working reactors.
After all that traveling from place to place, I just wanted a place to call home. We decided on The Villages, and moved to the Village of Largo, on Feb. 3, 2007, which was the day of the tornado! I worked as a recruiter for the nuclear industry from home but I traveled extensively from plant to plant. Two years ago, I felt a need to pursue a different avenue and took a big leap starting my own property management company exclusive to The Villages. From computer science to office administration and accounting to a nuclear technical consultant to property management…. that’s not so different, is it? The thing is, I’m pretty good at it and truly love it.
Tom, recently retired from the nuclear industry and is trying to adjust to The Villages time. We plan to grow “At Ease Property Management & Services LLC” together. I figure since he converted to being a Packer fan and now sports the green and gold colors with enthusiasm as a mutual Packer stockholder, converting him from a nuclear engineer to property management should be do-able.
Aside from our business ventures, we have a daughter, son-in-law and 4 amazing Grand-Dudes in Texas and two 2 awesome Grand-Dudes in Tennessee. We are also the proud parents of our dog, a Keeshond named Bogie (who won first place for his breed in the puppy category at the 2015 AKC//Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando). We are though “a house divided”, as Bogie has 2 feline sisters.
Although you will usually find me busy building my property management company, I do find time to play the Easter Bunny in The Villages. You might remember the Easter Bunny at our WI Club meeting in 2016 (but don’t tell anyone). I also make Pierogi’s every year at Easter, a Polish family tradition I brought from Wisconsin.