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December 1, 2012
By MIKE DONAHEY - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican


Resides: North of Toledo with Ron, my husband of 38 years.

Hometown: I was born in Cedar Rapids, but raised in Marshalltown from the beginning. I attended St. Mary's school and graduated from the former Lenihan Catholic High School, followed by Marshalltown Community College and University of Northern Iowa.

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Family: My parents were Bob and Agnes Brush and I have a sister Linae Brush, U.S. Army (Ret.) Children: Jennifer Brown of Bedford and Jamie Busch-Upah of Toledo. I have one granddaughter, Brycelyn. and expecting a second in March.

Pets: One cat now; Boots a rather persnickety feline who hates the outdoors, but loves to watch from the window.

Hobbies and interests: I'm an avid reader; challenged by crosswords. I love all kinds of music Sirius XM is a wonderful toy!


Occupation: After more than 30 years in banking; now business manager for the Central Iowa Art Association in Marshalltown's Fisher Community Center.

What that means: The CIAA is a membership and grant supported advocate for education into and understanding of the world of fine art. We help train and provide docents (tour guides) for the Fisher Impressionist Art Gallery in the FCC a collection of 19 late 19th century original art works - Jill of all trades for the organization: press releases, ads, write newsletters, keep the books, schedule teachers and classes, sell art supplies and provide customer service to our members, our artists, teachers and guests.

Tenure: Three years with CIAA.

If I could change jobs: I would go back to banking. I loved the challenge of serving each particular market.


Book: "A Strong West Wind," by Gail Caldwell.

Movies: I love old Hollywood musicals with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly!

Foods: Pizza; Taylor's Maid Rites, and homemade pork tenderloins.

Sports: I enjoy watching daughter Jamie play softball on a Marshalltown city league team.


Best part of living here: I love the people I meet every day.

Most influential person: Karl Conley - my high school English teacher. I have great respect for Bill Flowers, an Emerson engineer and former CIAA president.

Local involvement: I was one of four RAGBRAI XL co-chairs. In the past, I have served as president of the Leon Chamber of Commerce, the Reinbeck Miracle on Main Street committee and was involved in Decatur County Rotary. Back in the day, I was very active in Jaycees and Jaycee-Ettes .

Advice on life: Don't be impatient for time to pass, it goes so quickly. Keep a journal.



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