Fan Benno Caris, last year's Ms Texas Senior America, represented Texas well. She began the year as the first runner-up. The Board of Directors of the Ms Texas Senior America, Fan Benno-Caris, and the Cameo Club wish Joanie Carey well. Fan Benno-Caris was a wonderful 2005 Queen, representing the MTSA organiation with honor and grace. She was an outstanding supporter of the MTSA 2006 pageant as a board member. Thank you, Fan for a great year!
CITY OF ADDISON HONORED FAN BENNO-CARIS
On 06/13/06, the Cameo ladies swarmed into the Addison Council Meeting to honor their Queen Fan. Mayor Joe Chow, of Addison City Council, read the proclamation and claimed June 13th Fan Benno-Caris Day, then presented it to Fan. She also received a dozen red roses from John Dornheim and Mary Virginia sang “God Bless America”. Fan’s Granddaughter Kimberly Benno was there to honor her as well as her husband, John Caris , who video taped her special moment. Roger Mellow, a council member, is very proud of Fan for he is her cousin. The Cameo members present to honor Fan were: Beth Pirtle, Joyce King, Mary Virginia Tuinstra, Wanda Jones, Lauretta Jensen and John Dornheim.
Patricia Madden Housel’s roots are in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Born 3 months after her father was killed in WWII, Pat’s mother, a professional woman, supermom and roll model formed the foundation for all that Pat was to become. When she was 13 her mother married the wonderful man who became Pat’s father-for-life. With this event, Pat suddenly became an Army Brat and her life changed forever. That year she was off to Germany with her newly expanded family to her new home and new school, Mannheim American High School. While at Mannheim AHS she was a cheerleader, editor of the yearbook, and a National Honor Society honor graduate. Pat began her college career at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY and went on to earn a Batchelor of Science degree from the University of Texas Dallas. The Dallas Fort Worth area has been Pat’s home for the last 43 years.
Pat and her husband Allen have 2 grown children, Patty & John, and 2 handsome and brilliant grandsons, Matthew and Jason. Pat is a proud Texan and proud to be Ms. Texas Senior America 2006.
For most of Pat’s working career she has been a Project Management Professional (PMP). She is currently employed at Electronic Data Systems (EDS). Dance has always been an important part of Pat’s life, and in 1997 she joined the Dallas Tap Dazzlers, an award-winning senior women’s dance company. With the Dazzlers Pat has done many fun and exciting things including performing down New York City’s Broadway in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2000.
Philosophy of Life Statement:
As a 9-year breast cancer survivor I have learned to count my blessings every day. Among them I count my husband Allen, my best friend, my companion, my support and the father of our children, Patty and John who have given us 2 handsome and brilliant grandsons – the stars who light up our lives; my Mother and stepfather who raised me and my father who gave his life in the service of our Country. I have so many things to be grateful for in my life and I would say to those who ask, my philosophy is: “Live simply, Love generously, Care deeply, Speak kindly and Leave the rest to God.”
Dr. Syntha West, Ms Texas Senior America 2008 received her Ph.D in counseling from Texas A & M University. She enjoys the gift of relating to people of all ages, and for over thirty years helped public school young people solve personal and family problems of all kinds. Following her thiry-six years in public school eduction, she was invited to join a private psychological counseling firm in Tyler, Texas where she spent one year in therapeutic pratice traveling to several East Texas counties. This experience led her to move into the public sector working with youth-at-risk and allowing her the freedom of going into homes using her own holistic philosophy of working with entire families in crisis servicing not only "the client," but also families in conflict and trauma as well. Her "glass half-full rather than half-empty" theme exemplifies her person-prson pattern of enormous energy expended in service to others. Dr. West is the author of "Today's Dreams, Tomorow's Realities."
Cetifications and Licenses:
Texas Licensed Professional Counselor LPC #601
Texas Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist LMFT #374
National Certified Counselor NCC #2654
Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress Board Certified in Bereavement Trauma