Kristi Galligan is thankful to reside in the supportive community of Wilson County.
Galligan, who was born in Nashville and grew up in Owensboro, Kentucky, was pregnant with her second son when she moved her family to Lebanon. "My husband, Devin, was living with a terminal cancer diagnosis. We knew we wanted a house that I could afford after he died," she said. "We also wanted a small community with good schools for our kids. We fell in love with our house and Lebanon upon first viewing."
Her sons, Zak and Alex, are 19 and 14, respectively. Zak attends East Tennessee State University and Alex attends McClain Christian Academy.
Galligan earned her Bachelor's Degree in English from Cumberland University, with a minor in history and education. She also has a Masters in English from Belmont University.
Galligan is a teacher at the Wilson County Adult High School and also serves as an adjunct English professor at Cumberland University.
Although she doesn't have much spare time - she enjoys reading, napping and running.
Galligan is also active in the Wilson County Black History Committee, secretary of Wilson ONE and sits on the City of Lebanon Visioning Committee.
"Because of my research on segregation, I am also a community presenter for various fields of interest in African-American history. I have spoken at the Lebanon Clowns Reunion, the annual Wine and Cheese event for the Wilson County Black History Committee and various schools and churches about segregation in Wilson County," she said. "I am donating my thesis, 'That's Just the Way it Was: Segregation in Wilson County,' to the Wilson County archives at the September County Commission meeting."
Galligan admires numerous ladies in her life.
"My aunt, Shirley Hall, is the epitome of a Southern woman. She is my rock. Aunt Shirley has held me while I cried, told me truths I didn't want to hear and stood by me through dark times," she said.
"My mother, Nancy Moore, is the definition of Christian grace. And my "Marys" - Mary Ashby and Mary Harris, have mentored me as I become more involved in the community. I am blessed to be surrounded by strong women that surround me with nurturing and love. Without them, I would be nothing."
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