Bonnie has always been passionate for the plight of those whose voices fall on deaf ears. A native Virginian, she was born the last of nine children to parents who lived and worked in the Blue Ridge foothills of Virginia for 6 generations. Growing up in the country brought a keen sense of belonging in a faith community and part of a “village” whose nurture was dramatically simple and profoundly influential. She yearned to learn more about the world outside small town Boones Mill and became one of the only two of her siblings that went to college and moved away.
After visiting her Aunt Evelyn in Washington during summers of her teen years, Bonnie eventually lived and worked there. Among other interests cultivated by her experiences there, she was fatally bitten by the political bug and began an active interest in local and national politics by voting age. Continuing in the family tradition of a strong work ethic, marrying and raising children, Bonnie achieved a long career in the legal field in major law firms in Washington, and afterward in Atlanta, while being mom, step-mom, God-mom, pet-mom and Nana B to four daughters and 7 grandchildren. Bonnie spent nearly 10 of those years also volunteering in a faith-based program for at-risk children and adults of which she became volunteer director, recruiting and training volunteers to facilitate support groups, teaching parenting classes and conducting play therapy for kids.
Bonnie studied accounting and business management at what is now American National University in Roanoke, and came back to Virginia to care for her elderly parents in 2001. After their deaths in 2006, she worked for Liberty Counsel in Lynchburg, and will soon earn a degree in Inter-Disciplinary Studies from Liberty University.
Today she has assumed another important role. Her first love -- working with volunteers who are also passionate about helping those most vulnerable in our society – is now being augmented by becoming a leader in her community. While she is the Recruiting and Training Coordinator for CASA of Central Virginia, she is also an active volunteer in her own right within her neighborhood, in her church, in local politics, and for local foundations dedicated to the protection of children, animals and the elderly.
Bonnie is also now “mom” to the Best Rescue Dog in America, Bowser who just turned 17, and to 4 beautiful outdoor rescue cat kidders (Bailey, Biggs, Suri, and Phoebe) who found their way onto her street and into her heart.