Longtime resident and friend to the community Carol Kyer has been named Flower Mound’s 2020 Outstanding Citizen of the Year!
Many Flower Mound residents know Carol as a woman who wears many hats. Her list of involvement with local non-profit organizations is impressive and commendable. As all three of her children attended Lewisville Independent School District schools, Carol has served on the PTA at Forest Vista Elementary, Forestwood Middle School, and Flower Mound High School. She served as a board member and volunteer for various groups, including the Lewisville Education Foundation, Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton County, LISD Board of Trustees, Girl Scouts of America, Youth and Family Counseling, United Way of Denton County, and Women of Flower Mound. More recently,Carol served as the executive director of Habitat for Humanity from 2015 to 2018 and as the ED for RISE Adaptive sports from 2018 to 2019. She currently serves as the Board President for Communities in School of North Texas, where she was also a member/advisory member since 2002.
“Communities in Schools of North Texas (CISNT) would be my favorite,” Carol says. “I loved being on the LISD School Board, but the impact that CISNT makes in the school districts across North Texas is substantial. They help students stay and succeed in school, which in turn benefits our communities.”
Clearly, Carol loves this community. She and her husband, Mark, have been Flower Mound residents since 1992. “I have seen this area grow from a population of 18,000 to over 76,000,” Carol states.
When asked about what she thinks makes Flower Mound special in comparison to our neighboring cities, Carol said, “Flower Mound’s location is ideal because we have the small-town feeling but are located close to major metropolitan centers and Lake Grapevine. It’s the best of both worlds—visit the big cities and then go home to a small town.”
The Outstanding Citizenship Award was created by the Town of Flower Mound in 2014. Past recipients were Doug Graves, Kathy O’Keefe, Marilyn Lawson, Don McDaniel, and Angie Cox. According to the Town’s website, a nominee must be a Flower Mound resident or group located within the Town and should meet at least two of the following criteria: strive to make a positive impact in the community, enhance the Flower Mound community and the lives of its citizens, and address or fulfill a community need or concern.
As this year’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year, Carol will receive an engraved plaque, a wall plaque displayed at Town Hall, an engraved brick at the library, a spotlight on the Town’s website, a one-year membership to the Community Activity Center, a VIP pass at Independence Fest, and an exclusive invitation to select Town events.
“I am honored to be included in the group of former Citizen of the Year recipients such as Angie Cox, Don McDaniel, and Kathy O’Keefe. While it is an honor to be recognized by the Town, I know that there are many other people that are deserving of this award. It has made 2020 a much better year!”
Nominations for Outstanding Citizenship of the Year are accepted throughout the year, and for 2020, officials considered 11 applications. The selection committee — consisting of six Flower Mound residents appointed by the Mayor and Town Council as well as two non-profit representatives — reviews the applications before notifying each nominator to inform them of the status of their nominee.
When Carol is not volunteering her time with local non-profit organizations, she enjoys traveling, reading, making wreaths, visiting friends, and spending quality time with her husband of 34 years.
photo courtesy of The Town of Flower Mound social media page