Dr. Chalmers was born and raised in West Texas, the daughter of high school teachers. Her dad taught civics (government and economics) and her mother taught Spanish. Growing up in Eldorado, Texas, she participated in athletics, band, and academic competitions. Yes, she was an uber-nerd who played clarinet and ran track and cross-country!
Originally planning to major in English Literature, Dr. Chalmers discovered her appreciation of economics during her freshman year of college at the University of Evansville. She added economics as a second major while continuing her studies of lit (see the uber-nerd reference above). As an undergrad, she participated in the UE and TCU Economics Clubs (as president of the TCU Econ Club for two years) as well as several fraternal organizations: Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, and Phi Beta Kappa. Her veins bleed purple for her beloved Horned Frogs and she did her best to be an athletic supporter by participating in the TCU Purple Hearts program as well as serving as a tutor for the Athletics Dept.
After graduating from TCU, Dr. Chalmers worked in Washington, DC for Congressman Charles W. Stenholm as a legislative correspondent, answering constituent mail on various legislative issues. The lure of the Rocky Mountains soon brought her to Ft. Collins, Colorado for graduate school where she discovered the joys of differential calculus as well as hiking, cross-country skiing, and camping. While in grad school, she met her future husband, Walter, and adopted her cat, Dido (aka the Miniature Mexican Panther).
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