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Core Values

  • Integrity

  • Honesty

  • Authenticity

  • Faith & Family

  • Friendship 

Why I'm running for City Council

Over 24 years as a resident I have seen many changes come to Burleson. There has been so much growth and big thinking, and with that comes growing pains. I’ve witnessed good and bad decisions from city officials and participated in conversations of disappointment as well as pride in being a Burleson resident.


It’s easy to sit on the sideline and comment. It takes courage to jump in and use one’s voice for good through critical decisions that affect the entire city. That is exactly what I am doing. Running for any office is not for the lighthearted. I made this decision with careful consideration and prayer.


My goal is to effect positive change for the city of Burleson, to make my hometown the best place in which to live, eat, work, and play.

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  • Married to Robbie Payne 25 years in September 2020.

  • Robbie has been a firefighter and paramedic with the City of Irving for 28 years and is a graduate of Joshua High School.

  • Mother to twin daughters, Carlen & Callie who grew up in Burleson. They Graduated from Burleson High School in 2018.

  • Extended family on both sides that live and work in Burleson.

Additional Background

  • Member of Calvary Fort Worth for nine years.

  • Born and raised in New Jersey but got to Texas as quickly as I could. I've been here for 30 years this August.

  • 1 of 7 children and I was the oldest girl in the household growing up and therefore, had a lot of responsibility. 

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  • Bachelor of Science, Texas A&M Commerce

    • Major: Communications

    • Minor: Business

Extracurricular Activities

  • Gamma Phi Beta Sorority Member

  • Alpha Epsilon Rho Member

  • Elected as Governor in government class during my junior year

  • Worked multiple jobs all four years while working hard to acquire my degree. 

  • Coached BISA girls soccer for 3 years

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Bringing "Unity" to the Community

Professional Experience

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Founder / CEO​

Ensemble Coworking, Ft. Worth, Texas

2014 - Present

Business Consultant / Strategic Advisor

CORE Enterprise, Ft. Worth, Texas

January 2020 - Present

President / Marketing Consultant

Payne Free Marketing, Burleson, Texas

January 2001 - January 2020

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