Nancy and her husband Phil have lived in the GCISD area for 25 years. They lived in Grapevine for 11 years before moving to Colleyville in 2001. They both grew up in California and moved several times with Phil's career at IBM before finally settling in Texas in 1990. Nancy has stayed busy by getting involved in every community she has lived in while raising their five children.
In her spare time, Nancy freelances in landscape design which includes projects such as the outdoor classroom at Heritage Middle School in 1993 and the Panther Plaza at CHHS in 1999.
During her tenure as a GCISD Board Trustee, the tax rate went from 1.617 to 1.29. The fund balance was taken from a shaky low level to a substantial amount that allowed the board to release tax refunding bonds, saving the taxpayers 14. 5 million during her tenure. She and the board also implemented zero based budgeting that tightened inefficiencies in the budget.
Nancy has been involved in the political process for decades. She went back to school in 2007 and earned her M.A. in Political Science in 2012. She relishes in research, solving problems and the processes for a check and balance governmental system. Her convictions for the republic form of government is unwavering. She graduated among the top in her class making many lifelong friends.
Recognizing that charity and giving back to the community are integral parts of a city's success, Nancy has spear headed the implementation of the JustServe.org program in the area. JustServe is a nation wide web based clearing house to join those that have a desire to serve with organizations that need service. Nancy has signed up many organizations including Grace and 6Stones and hundreds of volunteers to the site to increase the effectiveness in mstvhing volunteers to appropriate service opportunities.
Past Elected Position: GCISD Board of Trustees June 2001-2010, President 2006-2007
School District Committees- District Improvement Plan, Attendance Area Revision,Partners in Education
President of the Colleyville Heritage PTSA 1999-2001
Keep Colleyville Beautiful Committee Member 2005-2014 Executive Board 2012- 2014
Colleyville City Boards/Committees Library Board 2007-2010, Parks and Recreation 2001-2007, 2014-present, Historical Preservation 2012-present, Tree Committee 2014
Colleyville Chamber of Commerce- 2001-present, Advisory Member 2003-2008, Youth Leadership Advisor 2011-2012
Colleyville CEO 2015
Woodland Hills HOA Board- City Liaison 2013-present
Colleyville Woman’s Club- 2001-present, Several Exec. Board postisions, Youth Recognition Chair several years
Colleyville Garden Club- 2005-presant, Several Board positions
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints- Director of Public Affairs 2013- present, former Sunday School teacher, Children's President
Grapevine Chamber of Commerce - Women's Division- 2001-present, Chair 2015
Boy Scouts of America- 28 years, various positions
Volunteer for the 2002 Winter Olympics
Texas PTA Life Membership and Extended Life Membership
Nominated for Colleyville Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the year, 2014
Partners in Education, Texas State Adult Volunteer for 2005.
Hall of Honor Recipient for Colleyville Heritage High School 2006
2012 Texas Senate District 10 GOP Volunteer of the Year
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, BS Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design 1977
University of Texas at Arlington, Masters in Political Science 2012
Family: Married 38 years, Phil Coplen, five children/spouses, Barbara and Russell Taylor, John and Carrie Coplen, Phillip and Megan Coplen, Tom and Brittany Coplen, Sarah and Josh Scheel , fourteen grandchildren
Past Employment: Draftsman PacBell Subcontractor, Freelance Landscape Designer, Substitute Teacher GCISD, High School Tennis Coach