Gretchen Magee moved to Northwest Arkansas fin 2008 and lives with her husband Les and their three boys in Bella Vista. They are expecting a daughter in October 2017. When not serving the League, Gretchen can be found attending her kids baseball games, swimming lessons, etc. She has a purple belt in Taekwondo which she earned alongside her sons. Their family also has two house dogs, Buster and Roxy.
Gretchen grew up within a tiny town of 300 in southeast Kansas. She is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK, and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She has a Doctorate in Audiology. Gretchen is licensed to practice in Arkansas and Missouri. Gretchen is an audiologist in the area and owns the private practice Better Hearing and Balance Connection. She and her husband also manage BHBC properties with commercial and residential locations. Gretchen started her own practice over seven years ago in NWA bur prior to this venture, she worked in an ENT physician setting and also in operating rooms in Washington, D.C., with intraoperative monitoring on orthopedic and neurologic case surgeries.
Gretchen Magee joined the Junior League of Northwest Arkansas as a Provisional Member in 2013. She served on the Advisory and Planning Committee as Vice-Chair and Chair. Last year she served as Corresponding Secretary under the Membership Council with management of member accounts and transfer advisement. She currently serves as part of a two year placement as Finance Manager on the Management team and will join the Board as Treasurer for the 2018-2019 League Year. In June of 2017, she attended ODI in representation of JLNWA and was excited to demonstrate the progress our League has made in the NWA community.
Gretchen is actively involved in her children’s schools and extracurricular activities. She has also been active in local business events in the Bella Vista/Bentonville community as a member of the Bella Vista Business Association. Gretchen is an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and holds several leadership positions on the local, state, and national levels. She is a former Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow. Gretchen is also active in her church and a member of their Finance Committee.
The Junior League has been a great connection point to young professionals in the Northwest Arkansas area. Gretchen is fueled by the friendships she has made in the League and looks forward to continued service in her new leadership role.