Glennis grew up in western Kansas, and holds a bachelor's degree in English, with a minor in journalism, from Fort Hays (Kansas) State University and a master's degree in communications from Kansas State University. She is also nationally accredited by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). She has written for the Goodland Daily News, Sherman County Herald, Hays Daily News and the Manhattan Mercury, all Kansas papers.
In Kearney, she was city editor for the Kearney Hub for three years and host of the KGFW Party Line for a year before joining Kearney State College/University of Nebraska at Kearney to establish a news bureau. For a number of years, the position included teaching beginning and advanced reporting, feature writing and beginning photography classes. In recent years, she was editor for the UNK research magazine New Frontiers. In 2013, after a 40-year career at UNK, she retired as director of Media Relations. She looks forward to drawing on these experiences for her work with Habitat.
Among her current activities, she serves on the boards of the Kearney Symphony Orchestra (KSO) and Nebraska Press Women (NPW), volunteers as a docent for the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) and is on the membership committee for Senior College.
She has one daughter, a graduate student in English at the University of Nebraska -- Lincoln.