Remembering my mom on Mother’s Day

I wanted to share a bit on the personal side - about my mother. She was an inspiration for me and many others, a true trail blazer. I’m sure you have your own stories of how your mother inspired you, and I hope you will share them - it help bring humanity to our community.

RoseMary Decker Bernstein was born in difficult circumstances - two blind parents, in the midst of the depression, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Life was not easy. Her parents met through the Lighthouse for the Blind, a non-profit organization that provided work opportunities for the blind. They had been told they should not have children, and she was an only child, but extended family was abundant. She was born and raised in a shotgun house: as she explained it, a series of rooms, that if you opened all the doors, you could fire a shotgun from the front door through the back door and not hit anything!

When she graduated high school, she did what many young women do, she attended a secretarial school, and started working at GE. She saw men getting paid much more than her, who she felt weren’t working as hard - and she wanted to do better. She enrolled at Tulane University in Electrical Engineering. You can only imagine how hard it was for her, not having the STEM courses that would have prepared her for the education needed for a technical degree.

After graduating - the first woman to graduate in Electrical Engineering from Tulane, she worked as an electrical engineer for a number of years before making the choice to devote herself to raising her family full time. She was a leader in the Society of Women Engineers, and while cleaning out her house recently I came across her speaking at a Vocations Day event in 1961. Maybe it was then I realized the sacrifice she made for her husband and family. That did not, however, stop her from pursuing issues she felt passionately about and learning with the same commitment that she pursued her degree. She was always collecting data (everything from plotting her contractions before giving birth to analyzing real estate values to maximizing returns on investments). She valued education, both formal and they kind that that results from hard knocks.

She died a few years ago, surviving my father, seeing 5 grandchildren, and after suffering from dementia for almost 10 years. She became what she had sought her entire life: a successful, independent woman who had the financial resources to control her destiny, enjoy her family, become a value driven philanthropist, and making a positive difference to many people around her, as well as her community.

Why am I sharing this? Because she inspired me to not leave things as they were, but to strive to make them better. She was never at rest, she was constantly working on issues she cared passionately about, whether it was helping incorporate the city she lived in, helping candidates she felt would be the best for city council, or issues at the state and even national level.

From her I learned:

  • Articulate a position and defend it with data - but be willing to grow if you find new information that changes the equation

  • It takes a team to create success, everyone has something to contribute

  • If it’s not happening, and no one else is speaking up, it is time to get off your duff and do something about it

  • Never be afraid of the truth. Some things need to be said, even if they are uncomfortable for some - because people gravitate to the truth.

This is just some of the wit and wisdom of my trailblazer mom. She inspired me to make my community a better place by speaking up to represent people whose voices weren’t being heard. In fact, I see so much potential with our city, and so much that still needs to be said, that I truly felt compelled to run for city council.

The run-off is just one more step, one more hill to climb, for the opportunity to serve the residents of Coppell - the ones that need to be listened to in the city so we can truly realize our potential as a diverse community.

Committed.

Davin has been involved with the city since attending Leadership Coppell over 10 years ago. Since that time, he has promoted better decision-making on numerous issues being considered by the city, and been involved in:

  • Allies in Community, 2020

  • Leadership Coppell Class of 2011

  • Election Judge and Precinct Chair 2008-2018

  • Vision 2040 Participant, multiple phases

  • Chair, Architectural Review Committee for Lakes of Coppell, the largest HOA in Coppell 2016-18

 

Involved.

Davin is an active servant leader and volunteer

  • Founder & Committee Chair of Cub Scout Pack 820

  • Supporter with time and money to Metrocrest Services

  • Assistant Scout Leader and Leadership Training Coordinator for Troop 842, First United Methodist Church Coppell

  • Active Member of St. Ann’s Church in Coppell since 1994;

    • Youth ministry

    • Knights of Columbus

    • Lector

  • Board Member, Our Daily Bread (non-profit food pantry)

  • Navy Veteran – 7 years as an officer

 

Ready to Lead.

Davin has lead by encouraging the city to communicate in more effective ways with citizens what is going on.

Davin has promoted tax reduction through increasing the homestead exemption from the current 5%, to an amount more in line with cities around us.

As we face new opportunities as we exit the pandemic, don’t we need his leadership to ensure we remain one of the best communities in the Metroplex?

 

Please support

Davin Bernstein,

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His background, service, and expertise will help lead Coppell into the future!

  • BA, Government, Cornell University

  • MBA, Yale School of Management

  • Navy Veteran

  • Married to Angela, with three children