Whether participating in events designed to raise awareness of women’s rights or fundraising for a children’s advocacy program, it is clear that Lois Collins is committed to speaking out for those who cannot speak for themselves.
A longtime Longview resident, Mrs. Collins is a former board member for the Zonta Club of Longview. She also serves as the chairperson for the organization’s 5K Fun Run event committee. Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. Zonta members volunteer their time, talents, and support to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship programs aimed at fulfilling the club’s mission and objectives, such as ensuring equal rights and opportunities, and launching a campaign to end violence against women worldwide.
In addition to her work with Zonta, Mrs. Collins also participates in the CASA Superhero Fun Run Committee, which is a primary fundraising opportunity for the East Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) organization. CASA volunteers work alongside state agencies, such as Child Protective Services, to meet with children in the foster care system and advocate for the child’s best interests until the child finds a safe, permanent home. Mrs. Collins previously served on the board of directors for CASA for six years before rotating off of the board and to the Fun Run committee.
Mrs. Collins also serves on the board of directors for the City of Longview’s Parks and Recreation Department and is a member of the administrative team at New Beginnings Baptist Church. She believes volunteerism is a way she can emulate the love shown by Jesus Christ.
“Volunteering takes me outside of myself and helps me to appreciate all the ways God has blessed me and my family,” she said. “It keeps me grounded and hopefully makes a difference in someone else’s life, too. As a Christian, Jesus is my example and He lived a life of ultimate service.”
Born in Houston, Texas, Mrs. Collins graduated from Kilgore College with her associate’s degree in management. She also earned her Certified Associate in Project Management certification from the Project Management Institute, her advanced banking operations diploma from the Center for Financial Training, and her supervisor certificate from the American Bankers Association. She now works as an assistant vice president and enterprise content manager for Texas Bank and Trust.
Mrs. Collins has lived in Longview for more than 35 years. She and her husband, Steven, are the proud parents of 7-year-old Kila. She enjoys living in East Texas because it allows her to create a generational legacy of service in her hometown.
“I love being able to bring up my daughter in my hometown and share special memories with her here,” Mrs. Collins said. “It is also important for me to give back to the community, to do a small part to keep it a great place to live a raise a family. My daughter sees my husband and I giving and serving, and we set the example for her. “