"I love my community. This is where I was born; where I was raised.  Helping McLennan County is why I am running!"
Katherine Turner-Pearson

Katherine Turner-Pearson’s father, Donald Turner, was a registered Landscape Architect who owned Waco Nursery for years and was the first park director for the City of Woodway.  He created Whitehall, Poage, and Woodway City Parks.  He was also a local Scout Master for 30 years.


Her mother, Edra Turner, was an Occupational Therapist for the Waco VA Hospital her entire adult life, devoting herself to the care of our nation's veterans.  Turner-Pearson’s grandparents were Fred B. and Katherine Turner, owners of Turner Drug Store, which was located at 13th and Austin in Waco for 50 years.

Always a trailblazer, during high school, Katherine was one of the first young women allowed to become an Explorer Scout within the Boy Scouts of America system.  As a college student, she was an area supervisor for the Explorer Scouts in the Heart of Texas District.


Immediately after high school she worked as a police dispatcher for the Woodway Public Safety Department while attending Baylor University, and is still a strong supporter of the Police and Fire Departments.   Katherine and her husband Warren are alumni of the Woodway Citizens’ Police Academy.  After leaving the police department she worked at several radio stations in the Waco area, including stations WACO/KHOO, KRZI, and KNFO.

Katherine and her father, Donald Turner at Texas A&M while she was in graduate school there, during the Texas Archaeo-logical Society Banquet, 2004

Katherine is currently a Registered Professional Archaeologist and owner of Central Texas Archaeological Resources.   She has also been teaching over the past few years as an adjunct professor for Central Texas College at the Gatesville Women’s Correctional Facility, teaching college classes to incarcerated women.

Katherine's husband Warren is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked for the Waco Veterans Affairs Hospital in Waco for over twenty years.   The two rescued an abandoned hunting and fishing cottage that once belong to her grandparents, saving the historic structure and creating an unusual home. 

Always an advocate for pitching in and volunteering in the community, Katherine has served on many boards of local organizations through the years, including:

At the Freedom Ball, 2015

  • McLennan County Tax Appraisal Review Board, 2014-2017

  • Community Race Relations Coalition Board, 2016-Present

  • Woodway Public Safety Department Citizens Police Academy Alumni

  • Waco Cultural Arts Festival Board (Vice-President)

  • Central Texas Archaeological Society (President and Vice-President)

  • Wine Festival Committee, for Heart of Texas Humane Society Fund Raiser

  • Rainbow Lake, Inc. (Board, Treasurer)

  • Texas Archaeological Society Board

  • Explorer Scouts, Boy Scouts of America 

  • The Central Texas Heart Association Board

  • Waco Citizens for a Vietnam Memorial Board 2019-Present

 Professional Organizations:

  • Register of Professional Archaeologists

  • Society of American Archaeologists

  • Council of Texas Archaeologists  

  • Texas Archaeological Society

  • Central Texas Archaeological Society