Betsy joined the Zehren team and moved to the mountains from the “Live Music Capitol of the World” Austin, Texas. She grew up in the Gulf Coast town of Port Lavaca, Texas. She spent much of her childhood exploring her family’s cattle ranch, helping clean coastal wetlands, and kayaking in the waterways of the Texas “Golden Crescent”. As an adult, she studied fine arts extensively, then went on to earn both her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture while studying at the University of Texas at San Antonio. While pursuing her graduate degree, Betsy worked for a non-profit university-affiliated community planning research center on a project that would go on to win an APA Gold Award for a Grassroots Initiative. Prior to pursuing a career in architecture, Betsy spent 10 years as a veterinary technician, exotic animal trainer, and has worked professionally as a portrait artist. Betsy’s greatest passions are art and embracing the natural world. While not pursuing architectural design, Betsy spends her time enjoying nature with her two dogs, long distance hiking in the desert, volunteering at a local horse rescue, caring for her large houseplant collection, and creating portraits of women.

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