Judy LeUnes continues to fight for animal rights
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) – In retirement, some people choose to slow down and others find a way to stay busy. Judy LeUnes is one of those people who refuses to quit.
The former teacher has a long list of accomplishments and a long history of helping others in the Bryan-College Station community.
“We do it because we are driven by passion and we can’t stop. We must continue. We see a need in the community and we are doing it, ”said LeUnes.
“I’ve known Judy for over a decade,” said Tyra Watts, who nominated Judy for this week’s award. “Judy and I met while teaching and she constantly gives back to BCS. She sits on several boards such as Humane Society of US, Texas Humane Legislative Policy Volunteer, BCS Chamber of Commerce Member and Ambassador, College Station Noon Lions Club Member, Aggieland Pets With a Purpose, and has raised over $ 500,000 for the welfare of animals, children, and health care.
“Judy is currently the founder and president of Wienerspiel. Wienerspiel serves the Brazos Valley by raising funds to help homeless and neglected animals, promote the human-animal bond, and she works hard to promote and implement humane laws. Wienerspiel recently succeeded in putting in place a city ordinance in College Station that bans chain puppy stores from opening in our city, hampering puppy mills, ”Watts said.
Judy LeUnes is an Aggie class of ’76. She taught for 30 years, including 26 years in the College Station school district. She started her own education consulting business and worked with ten school districts for 10 years. During her teaching career at CSISD, she was teacher of the year and president of the CSISD teachers’ organization. Judy has been heavily involved in the service since graduating from college: she co-founded “Brazos Valley Fashion Week” for the Fun for All Playground and the committee raised $ 42,000 which has been presented to the City of College Station and the Fun for All committee.
Judy is currently Ambassador for the Bryan College Station Chamber of Commerce and the BCS Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee, and sits on the Texas Council of the Humane Society of the US in Legislative Policy Judy has served on numerous community committees and nonprofit boards including the College Station Parks Department Board Chairman, Lincoln Center Board, Aggieland Humane Society Board Chairman, Sexual Assault Resource Center Board, College Station Board Noon Lions Club and Health for All, among others.
She is the former president of the Pride Community Center. In 2011, she ran for the Texas House of Representatives, which she said was a great experience. Judy is the founder of three major community fundraising events and tells KBTX that she has helped raise over $ 500,000 for local nonprofits.
She is the 2015-2016 KBTX Jefferson Award winner and has been nominated by the College Station Noon Lions Club and has represented the Brazos Valley in Washington, DC. She was The Eagle’s “Volunteer of the Year” 2015, 2017 and 2018, which is selected by the readership. She won prizes from the Pre-Natal Center (You’re the Tops), Texas A&M University Phillis Frye Diversity Award, Central Texas Girl Scouts, Distinguished Woman Award, Brazos Valley African American Museum Community Award, City of College Station, “Keeping the Dream Alive Award”, in 2018, she was named the namesake of Camp Aggie Fish and was honored in 2018 as a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M University College of Education and Human Development.
She is married to Dr. Arnold LeUnes, who is in his 56th year of teaching at Texas A&M. She has two children and 4 stepchildren. They have 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. They are also the parents of two rescue dogs and a rescue cat.
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