Public Relations Director, Newsletter Editor
Brenda has served Unity of Delray Beach in the role of public relations director and newsletter editor for many years. She has been a member of the church since 1993, and was co-founder of the Blessing of the Animals event here, and its organizer for several years. She is an original member of the legendary Thursday morning 7 a.m. Prosperity Coffee.
Brenda hosted Entertaining Your Spirit for 7 years, screening more than 70 spirit based films at the church. During the summers of 2010 and 2011, she organized Old Time Rock ‘n Roll Concerts with professional entertainers (including several church members) for high-spirited events with dancing and listening to nostalgic tunes from the 50s – 80s.
She is an avid Toastmaster, and won a “Toastmaster of the Year” award from her club, Bill Gove Golden Gavel, which is dedicated to strengthening public speaking skills.
Brenda is a founding member and served for a time on the board of trustees of Bob Carter’s Actors Workshop and Repertory Co. (AWRC) in West Palm Beach. It is a training ground for actors, plus a repertory theatre. There she performed as an actress and studied method acting. She developed and organized a children’s and teens acting day camp for AWRC in 1982 – the first program of that type ever available in South Florida.
In the 1980s, Brenda was a puppeteer with The Kids on the Block Troupe. Sponsored by the ARC of Palm Beach County, a non-profit agency benefiting developmentally disabled children and adults, the troupe toured Florida elementary and middle schools with life-sized puppets, teaching the school children about disabilities.
In the 1990s, she was a U.S. Water Fitness Assn. certified water aerobics instructor, teaching classes at condominiums, private pools, retirement complexes, and world-class resorts.
After graduating from Garland Junior College in Boston with a fashion design degree in 1967, Brenda worked in Detroit as a reporter for Fairchild Publications, writing articles for Women’s Wear Daily, Footwear News, Supermarket News, and Drug News Weekly. She later joined Saks Fifth Avenue, Troy (Mich.) where she was office assistant for the men’s department and designer salon and wrote a column for the monthly national in-house magazine, Saks Fifth Avenews.
In 1987 she became assistant manager of Pavo Real, an animal sculpture gallery in Boca Raton.
Today, in addition to her work for Unity of Delray Beach, Brenda runs an editing and writing business, Potent Pen, specializing in editing nonfiction and fiction books, ghostwriting speeches, articles, and books, and website copywriting. In addition, she creates decorative ink and watercolor illustrations for children’s rooms and the bath.
Brenda and her journalist/copywriter husband Dick have one married daughter, Kelly, an editor/writer in Seattle, and a granddog, Mister Mocha, who calls Brenda “Granddogma.”