Teri was born and raised in San Antonio, where she graduated from MacArthur High School. She attended the University of Texas in Austin, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and a Master's degree in multi-handicapped education with an emphasis on deaf and autistic children. She later completed her Master of Business Administration in the Executive Program at the University of Houston. From 1982 to 1984, she worked as a field consultant for the University of Texas Ex-Students' Association, was relocated to Houston and traveled through south Texas. The work involved coordinating events with Texas Alumni to recruit athletes and scholars, raise funds for scholarships and share the successes of the university. From 1985 to 1996, Teri worked with Luby's Cafeterias, a business started by her late Uncle Bob Luby and her late father, George Wenglein. For five years, she traveled the country training teams of service personnel for new locations, and the following six years was a member of Luby’s marketing and public relations team. Teri has served on numerous volunteer boards in Houston, Los Angeles and Galveston. She served as chairman of the Celebrating Women: Mind, Body, Spirit Conference, where more than 600 women gathered for a day of learning, inspiration, education, laughter and fun. Teri has a son, Kerry, who is a sophomore in high school. A favorite quote of Teri's is, "At the end of this life, the legacy you leave is about the relationships you have made. Make them extraordinary." Teri's life continues to be blessed by people and she says “It is the relationships with people that provide the support, friendship and encouragement to succeed.” Teri’s service with GSSWT includes being the co-chair of Trefoil 2011, where she helped raise more than $280,000 for the council.