Originally from this area, Brenda returned to WNY in 2014 and most recently has been employed at Ed Young’s True Value Hardware. A graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and a certified church business administrator, Brenda has wanted to return to church work. She has served as executive administrator at Christ United Methodist Church in Fairfax Station, Va., and as director of administrative services and conference treasurer in Springfield, Ill.

During her 17 years of active duty with the U.S. Army, Brenda became the first woman commissioned in a combat arms branch. She was the president and founder of Forever Home Feline Ranch, a feline sanctuary and animal support organization in Central Ill., and has six cats of her own.

Brenda is married to Bill Everett, a high school classmate with whom she reconnected at a class reunion. Brenda has two sons, one living in Springfield, Va., with his wife and son; the other in Springfield, Ill.