Life Outside of AP

A glimpse into some of the amazingness that goes on outside the office in the lives of AP employees.

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Her storybook relationship with her beau has been long, steady and strong, and to top it all off, Karese Jenkins is finally getting her ring.

“I can hardly wait,” says the bride to be, AP’s executive director of healthcare for Lamar University. “I like to think
of me and my fiancé’s story as the classic fairytale romance.”

The couple will tie the knot next March in downtown Houston at the Rice Hotel’s historic Crystal Ballroom, built in 1916. Gearing up for her big day, Karese was beaming with joy in her May engagement photo shoot.

The dashing groom, a Saints fan, and his lovely bride, a Texans fan, have known each other for 15 years. She says they’re excited to spend the rest of their lives together. “I’m sure March will be here sooner than you know and I’m looking forward to marriage!” said Karese, to the AP Times.

But through the joyous planning and preparation leading up to their big day next spring when they walk down the aisle together, there’s one day that might create a little friction: that being Nov. 29 when New Orleans takes on Houston this NFL season. Here’s hoping for a tie.

photo 1AP Employee Starts Nonprofit in North Carolina

Erica Green, healthcare executive director, University of North Carolina Wilmington, started Sisters Lifting Sisters in 2015, a charitable nonprofit focused on empowering women and girls, ages 9-18. The group raises funds through focused empowerment events and programs.

Thus far, her nonprofit has offered support to more than 5,000 women – Women’s Shelters, Women Behind Bars, Women in Africa, Jamaica and the Dominican and local women groups and endeavors. SLS also been able to provide prayer and support to more than 80,000 women around the world! In May, Erica’s organization staged an empowerment event with more than 100 attendees.

Her passion is giving back and SLS is helping her to do it in a huge way.

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There’s an AP marketing team member out there that’s probably getting a little less sleep these days — but it’s all good.

Welcoming home his first-born child, Manny Gonzalez is the proud new father of a handsome baby boy. Entering the world at 7.88 pounds and measuring 20 inches long, Manuel Oliver Gonzalez was born May 29.

Congratulations, Manny! And remember: the coffee is always free at AP in case you’re a little drowsy after one of those all night changing sessions.

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Johnlyn Mitchell poses for a photo in historical Kusadasi, Turkey.

AP Employee Takes 18-Day Dream Cruise

Some people really know how to travel in style.

Take for instance AP’s Johnlyn Mitchell, who recently returned from an 18-day vacation. With ports of call in seven countries along the Mediterranean, including Spain, France, Italy, Montenegro, Greece, Turkey, and a final visit to jolly ole’ London, it’s safe to say her trip was of Biblical proportions.

The highlight of the adventure was the day spent at the Ephesus archaeological site, outside of Kusadasi, in Turkey. “It was a surreal experience,” said Johnlyn, AP’s senior education executive director for Lamar University.

“Although I had been on a Mediterranean cruise several years ago, I had never been to Greece or Turkey so this was an exceptional experience.”

The brilliant images witnessed in Greece, with its “bluest of blue” waters and white domed cathedral buildings, will be etched in her mind forever, she recalled.

Exceptional might be an understatement describing the Princess Cruise Line excursions in Italy and Arles & Les Baux de Provence in Marseille, France.

“Arles is an area where Van Gogh spent a great deal of time, and I enjoyed seeing much of his work that I had not seen in Amsterdam,” says Johnlynn.  “Although I had been to Italy before, I enjoyed revisiting Florence, Pisa, and the Borghese Galleria in Rome.”

Although it was a wonderful opportunity and her longest journey ever, Johnlyn admits she’s thrilled to be back at AP and ready for a new school year.

AP Mom Works Hard To Ensure Special Wedding For Daughter

It’s been a busy month for Becky Berry. That’s because her daughter, Anna Kay, married Andrew Tucker on June 13 in a lovely ceremony in Arlington, Texas. Becky says she’s been working nights and weekends to make sure it was a special and memorable event. Congratulations, Becky! And stay tuned, we’ll have wedding pictures in July’s riveting issue of the AP Times.

AlexBailey Girl To Become A Razorback, Parents Proud

Alexandra, the youngest daughter of Steven Bailey, AP’s national vice president of education, graduated from Hebron High School in Carollton, Texas, on June 6.

The new graduate will be heading to the University of Arkansas in the fall. Her parents say they are “very proud.”



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AP kids, Ava and Tripp, celebrate the last day of school. (Click to enlarge)

School’s Out For Summer!

With summer just a day away, the last day of school is always exciting for most kids and their families.

But the day seemed extra special for Becky Richardson, AP’s education executive director for the University of West Florida, who captured the moment in a fantastic picture of her children.

Seen in the family photo is soon-to-be second second-grader Ava, 7, and pre-K grad Tripp, 4, celebrating their last day of school.

Cute kids! And thanks for sharing, Becky!


Special thanks to Steven Bailey, Becky Berry, Becky Richardson, Karese Jenkins, Erica Green, Manny Gonzalez and Johnlyn Mitchell for sharing.  

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