Carolyn Harris, Director, Community Network Learning Center
Carolyn is one of those rare residents of Huntsville, Alabamaâ€”one who was actually born here! Born in Huntsville Hospital, she was raised in Northeast Huntsville where she attended Chapman Elementary/ Middle School and Lee High School. Carolyn and her sister were raised by her paternal grandmother. She has one half-brother and three half-sisters.
After graduation from high school, Carolyn obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 1977. While attending college, she met and married husband, Joe. Carolyn and Joe were divorced in 2002.
Carolyn lived in Europe, in the small country of Luxembourg, for about 4 1/2 years, while her husband was working for the Department of Defense and was temporarily assigned to NATO. Luxembourg is located between Belgium, France, and Germany and the entire country is the size of Madison County. It is one of the financial centers of Europe. "It was one of the most wonderful times of my life. While there, Joe and I were able to travel and see some of the most beautiful places in the world. It was quite an experience for someone that had never been out of the Southern United States! We were so fortunate to have had that opportunity. Not only did we get to see and experience other cultures but we also met other Americans who were living in Luxembourg and made life-long friends that I still see today. "
Carolyn has worked in the social service field off and on since graduation from college, including the Huntsville Hospital System, Madison County School System, and the Huntsville-Madison County Senior Center. Although not working while in Europe, Carolyn served on the Board of Directors for the American Women's Club, edited an expatriate newsletter, and completed several desktop publishing jobs for the American Embassy in Luxembourg.
Prior to taking the job with Oxford Properties, Carolyn worked for 1.5 years at Goodtime Travel in Florence, Alabama where she was involved in planning trip itineraries, publishing the annual travel catalog, and as a tour leader.
She has also held numerous volunteer positions with organizations such as the American Red Cross, Senior Friends, and Meals on Wheels.
Carolyn has served as the director of the Community Network Learning Center since May 2000. Carolyn is very dedicated to her job and feels that the services the Community Network Learning Center provides make an important impact on participant's lives. She is especially devoted and attached to the many children and seniors who participate on a daily basis in CNLC activities.
In her rare spare time, Carolyn enjoys reading, ballroom dancing, travel, and college football.