The mission of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce is to enhance the business environment, the economic well-being, and quality of life for the Tyler area. Carrying this mission forward, Mary Elizabeth Jackson will serve as the 2012-2013 board chairman for the Chamber. She has been a member of the organization for many years, recently serving as area development and business development council chair and chair of the governmental affairs and medical committees.
“Tyler is the perfect place to live if you are ready to take a leap of faith to help grow your community and to make a difference by helping others,” Mrs. Jackson said. “Our community has a rich history of volunteer opportunities because, as a community, we have set as a high priority working together to enrich the lives of others.”
As an active community volunteer, Mrs. Jackson believes we must give our time, energy, talents, and gifts, and, that in return, we receive the feeling of joy, fulfillment, and enrichment to our own life. Motivated by this belief, Mrs. Jackson serves on the Tyler Economic Development Council, the Texas Association of Business State Board, and the Texas Nursing Alliance Statewide Advisory Council. She is a member of Leadership Texas, a sustaining member of the Junior League of Tyler, Inc., and has also been involved with Hospice of East Texas and the Smith County Bar Foundation.
“I believe it is our responsibility to show our children how important volunteerism is and to share our volunteer experiences with them,” Mrs. Jackson said. “Whether it is teaching Red Cross swimming lessons, reading to a group of preschool students, working on a mission project, or ringing the bell with the Salvation Army, the more you give, the more you get back each time.”
Born in Bastrop, Texas, Mrs. Jackson has resided in Tyler for 31 years. She and her husband, Alan, have been married for 35 years and are the parents of Austin Reeve and Laura Jackson, and Brent and Ashley Jackson. They are the grandparents of Addison, Katherine, and Tyler. Mrs. Jackson is a graduate of Bastrop High School. She holds her bachelor of science degree from The University of Texas at Austin and earned her master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from The University of Texas at Tyler. Mrs. Jackson has done graduate work at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, and at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma. She has completed mediation training and philanthropy programs. Mrs. Jackson is employed by Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics where she is president of the Trinity Mother Frances Foundation. The Jacksons are members of Marvin United Methodist Church.
“Being able to work alongside individuals and families that you’d never known had you not said yes to a volunteer opportunity makes Tyler a wonderful place to live,” Mrs. Jackson said.