Mrs. Atkins is a homeschooling mother who teaches the youngest of her three sons at home. Mrs. Atkins received a B.A. in Biology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University. Her past work has included teaching the quality improvement methods of Dr. W. Edwards Deming and Dr. Joseph Juran at Tamko Building Products. Mrs. Atkins is currently on the Board of Directors at Tamko, the J.P. Humphreys Foundation, and the Free to Choose Network. Mrs. Atkins has previously served on the boards of Citizens for a Sound Economy, the Future of Freedom Foundation, and Atlas Network.