WAXAHACHIE — Stephanie Parker will serve as the guest speaker when the Ellis County Republican Women and guests convene at 7 p.m. at the Woodmen of the World facility, located at 610 Water St in Waxahachie, on Tuesday, Aug. 15,

Parker is the coordinator and the administrative planner for the Ellis County Office of Emergency Management.

She previously was the Emergency Coordinator of Johnson County for two years and attended the University of North Texas where she received endorsements for Disaster Response, Public Safely and Homeland Security.

The mission of the Ellis County Office of Emergency Management is to "Provide proactive emergency management for the citizens, employers and visitors that enhances their safety before, during and following a disaster, minimizing property loss, damages and economic hardship, and facilitates the return to normalcy both in the short term and long term recovery,"

This is accomplished by building and fostering relationships with all the departments and city official throughout the county, as well with regional partners that will be mutually beneficial for everyone involved without infringing upon the autonomy of each entity.

At present, the county office has partnerships with volunteer agencies such as American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, VOAD, RACES and colleagues throughout the region.

Refreshments provided by Billie Kitchens and Tommie Worthy