She and her husband Corky have two children and four grandchildren.
Willa Jo began her career with the Board of Education in 1975 after spending several years in the classroom herself. She has served as a committee member for numerous organizations including Success by Six, the Industrial Development Task Force and the Enid Community Foundation for Excellence. She is a member of the Metropolitan Area Human Services Commission and the St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Board of Directors. Willa Jo was selected for the Phillips University Distinguished Alumni Award and has been inducted into the Enid Public School Foundation Hall of Fame. She is a member of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association Board of Directors and OSSBA past president. She is also an active member of Central Christian Church, serving as an elder.
She believes that every child deserves a good education and that there are many ways to keep improving and providing better opportunities.