Tag Archives: Corpus Christi

Member Spotlight: Kaye Eichler


I am from Corpus Christi, Texas and have lived in Austin twice! The first time while at UT, then moved away but came back and have been here 21 years.

Family Life:
I have been married to Paul for 25 years, and we have two kids. Jared is 22 and a senior at Austin College majoring in Business and Economics. Anne Marie is 20 and a sophomore at Texas State majoring in Communications.

Current Occupation:
I work part time for Central Texas Orthopedic Products. It is a medical device company Paul and I started 21 years ago and we distribute hip, knee and shoulder implants to hospitals.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned from my iGnite experience…
The biggest lesson I have learned through iGnite is that we are all striving for the same things in life. Being happy, staying healthy and trying to balance it all. What a great group of women from diverse backgrounds to support one another through the challenges in life.

The best advice I’ve even gotten…
The best advice I have been given was from my mother. She always said to be yourself, be happy with who you are and don’t compare yourself to others.

Something people may not know about me…
I enjoy hunting and fishing. Growing up with just girls in my family, my dad always took us hunting and fishing with him so it was something I grew up doing.

My guilty pleasure…
I love to bake so my guilty pleasure is eating chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven.

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Member Spotlight: Martha Lynn Mangum

I grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas and moved to Austin in 1986 to attend UT. I’ve lived here since with the exception of a few years in Dallas.

Basic Family Stats:
I’m married to Greg Mangum. I have two kids, Jackson, who is a sophomore at Texas Tech, and Madelynn, who is a Junior at Westlake. I also have two step-sons, Mark (recently graduated from TCU–woohoo!) and Kyle who is at Blinn College Station.

Current/Previous Occupation:
I am a business coach, and I’ve been working with Momentum Consulting since 2003.

iGnite - Martha Lynn MangumBiggest lesson learned through iGnite experience:
The biggest lesson I’ve learned through my iGnite experience is that everyone has an amazing life story. iGnite has provided me with a great reminder to deepen and open up my perspectives and be curious.

Best advice given and from who:
The best advice I’ve been given and continue to work on daily is from my 20 year old son, Jackson. He is one of my best teachers and reminds me to LISTEN before I judge, respond or react.

I am looking forward to:
I am learning that all we have to do here on planet Earth is to love and be loved. I’m looking forward to practicing this everyday with all the challenges, ups and downs I encounter. So far, it’s a lot easier said than done, and I’m playing the game!

If I were a pair of shoes, I would be:
My fluffy UGG slippers! They are cozy, warm and comfy and bring me joy! (I am more of a barefoot gal though.)

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Member Spotlight: Barbara McTee

iGnite - Barbara McTee

I was born in Corpus Christi, and this is my third time back to Austin – once in college, then again 1994-1997, and now since 2002.

Family Life:
My great significant other is Ford McTee, and we have three kids, a wonderful son-in-law and a precious granddaughter: Taylor, Rob and Zella, Cliff and Blake.

Current/Previous Occupation:
My current occupation is being a grandmother – after wife, mom, sister, aunt, daughter, mother-in-law, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law and niece.

Biggest lesson learned through iGnite experience:
Through iGnite I have learned that life is so great. Enjoy every moment, stay healthy, lean on others and be there for others.

Best advice given and from who:
I am sure that my grandmother gave me the best advice. She was 101 when she died a few years ago. I can’t think of anything specific that she said, but she always said the most wonderful things. She would also be who inspired me the most. She was truly an amazing person that immigrated here from Italy when she was 9 years old.

I am looking forward to:
Other than looking forward to daily events, I most look forward to going to heaven and seeing everyone that I love there!

My favorite color is:
Yellow. It is so bright!

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