Born and raised in Mississippi, I currently reside in Vardaman, the Sweet Potato Capital of the World. My greatest joy and accomplishments are my family. I am blessed to have married my high school sweet heart, Kyle Kendall and we have three children. I am privileged to be a pseudo mom to over 650 kids as the one and only Vardaman School Nurse. I am active with service projects in my church and local community as well and blessed to be a member of the New Century Club of Calhoun City and New Providence Baptist Church. Growing up in a single parent household riddled with drug addiction, my mission is to support, educate, and empower the children that live in similar situations. “Better Choices, Brighter Futures,” is my platform motto.
My mother’s addiction left us relying on local support agencies, including food pantries and even homeless shelters. I was adopted at the age of 13 by my biological father whom I had never met and life had stability from that moment on. Two years ago, the Vardaman Support Group was created to support recovering addicts, educate the general public, and mentor the children that it affects. By telling my story, my personal goal was to encourage the children to make better choices and create a brighter future for themselves.
As a first-generation college graduate on both sides of my family, I went on to graduate from Holmes Community College in 2012 with my Associates Degree in Nursing. I was proud to have graduated as a class officer, in the Hall of Fame, and on the President’s list. I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from the Mississippi University for Women in 2014. In 2016 I was nationally acknowledged through the Daisy Award foundation for my work as a Registered Nurse.