In late July, Hair Balls reported on the impending divorce of Houston ISD's school board president Greg Meyers and Houston Community College Board member Sandie Meyers (who has now resumed her maiden name of Mullins.)
Post-divorce, Mullins sat down with Hair Balls with a different perspective on some of the information in the earlier article. (Hair Balls had tried to reach her when we interviewed Meyers, but was unsuccessful).
"We had a great, fun marriage for 21 years. This came out of the blue," she said. "We were high school sweethearts. We both graduated from A&M."
While saying that "the boys [the couple has two sons] and I are still in shock a little," Mullins said she was planning to continue as an HCC trustee (she was elected for the first time last January) because she believes in community service.
Around the start of the year, she said, Meyers began spending less time at home. At first she wrote that off to all the changes happening with the new HISD superintendent and excused that. But she still felt the balance between home and work had been lost.
Meyers left their home in the spring, returned briefly and left again, Mullins said. She saw marriage counselors; Meyers went along one time but really only wanted to talk about the boys, she said. At the end of spring, he told her "he needed to move on," she said. He left the divorce papers on her kitchen counter one morning.
As it turned out, that wasn't as much of a shock as it could have been, she said. On the advice of friends and relatives -- including one of Meyers' relatives -- she'd hired a private investigator from K. Griff Investigations. She already knew that her husband had visited an attorney and had been spending time with a 47-year-old HISD employee.
"They were running errands together," Mullins said. In a June 29 deposition given in the case, the HISD employee (who is also the music director at St. Michael Catholic Church) admits to staying overnight in a hotel one time with Meyers, going to restaurants together and having him over to her house but insists that nothing ever happened beyond kissing.
What surprised her about the deposition, Mullins said, was that her husband had started seeing the woman in December or January, not more recently in the spring as she'd thought. Meyers, who converted from Judaism to Presbyterianism five years ago, began attending St. Michael in the spring. The woman stated she was just trying to help Meyers, who was troubled.
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Mullins said she wouldn't have alleged "cruelty" in her countersuit of divorce unless there was a good reason and referred further questions about that to her attorney Ellen Yarrell's office. There, Hair Balls was told only that there were reasons to state "cruelty," but no further details would be available.
Mullins and Meyers have operated a dental supply business together; she says she gave it all to him in the divorce. She has other personal assets, she said.
"I really don't care what happened behind closed doors. It was still untruths," Mullins said.
As to whether her former husband has a political future, Mullins said, "That's up to the constituents. The personal side is mine."