A woman wants a better local transit system | Community

ByShannon J. Cortes

Feb 11, 2022

Hilda Ann Brown-Prier, 57, works as a psychotherapist in Temple, lives in Harker Heights.

Munich, Germany. My dad was in the military so I lived in different states and overseas as a kid.

Tell me about your family.

I am the youngest of four siblings. My parents are deceased. My family lives in Kentucky.

I’m divorced. However, I am currently in a relationship. My son is 36 years old and in the Air Force, married with one child. My daughter is 31, engaged and lives in Killeen. they have a blended family that gives me a total of seven grandchildren. I love my grandchildren.

What brought you to the region?

I got married in the military and came to Fort Hood with my ex in 2000. I lived in Texas as a kid and always wanted to come back as an adult. I call Texas my home and have lived there for over 20 years.

Where else have you lived?

I lived in Austin while completing my graduate studies at Texas State University. After getting my Masters in Social Work. I moved back to Kentucky to help someone start a 501(c) nonprofit in 2013. I moved back to Texas in 2016 and lived in San Angelo. I came back to Killeen in 2019 to be closer to my daughter and grandchildren.

What do you like about Harker Heights?

I love seeing Harker Heights grow its industries and businesses to meet the demands of the growing trends of the culturally diverse population that resides in Harker Heights. I think it’s very family friendly. Moderately low crime rate in Harker Heights, compared to Killeen.

What don’t you like about Harker Heights?

I don’t like that Harker Heights has limited places for teens and young adults. Harker Heights needs to provide places where teens can socialize and have things to do rather than being on the streets and messing around is necessary in this area.

Seniors also need a place to meet, connect, and feel safe, which is critical to meeting the needs of people who reside in this community.

What do you think is missing in Harker Heights?

Harker Heights lacks a good public transportation system. Not everyone has the freedom to own a vehicle.

What is your favorite restaurant in Harker Heights?

Where is your favorite place to shop in Harker Heights?

What community work do you do?

I try to reach out to help in my community whenever I see an opportunity to reach out to others.

Last summer my partner and I started feeding the homeless and delivering breakfast and other meals to the homeless, especially in the inner city. I serve on the Board of Directors for Creative Climb Academy (CCA), a 501(c) nonprofit home school program that aims to reduce school dropout rates in the Central Texas region.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I see myself having graduated as a Doctor of Social Work. I want to be called Dr. Ann.