Coast Monthly cover model Rachel Gresham-Bean, 25, is a registered nurse who lives in League City with her husband, Dallas Bean, financial controller for The Bryan Museum in Galveston.
Tell us about your family.
I’m originally from Lake Jackson in Brazoria County. My family lived there for 40-plus years until they moved to Magnolia, Texas, last year. I’m an only child and am very close to my parents. My husband, Dallas, and I met in eighth grade. I’m one of the few that can say they married their high school sweetheart. We’ve been together for almost nine years and married for four. We make the best team.
I’ve been a labor and delivery RN at Clear Lake Regional for almost three years and love it.
What’s your idea of perfect happiness?
Perfect happiness is a relative term and would have to be what you make of it in a given situation. For me, it would have to include a nice balance between work, family and friends. I‘m very much a caretaker. I love people and learning about others’ needs. I also enjoy a nice pint of Blue Bell every now and then.
If you were to have coffee with someone in Galveston’s far or recent past, who would it be?
Having been a University of Texas Medical Branch alumni, I would love to have the honor of meeting the Sealy family. It’s really inspiring to see how a family legacy has such an impact on where the hospital stands today.
What time period, in your opinion, produced the best fashions?
The fashions from the Victorian Era are fabulous! So intricate, unique and detailed.
Aside from this era, what time period would you love to live in and why?
Of all decades to live in, I actually would choose the mid-1980s. I like the idea of having modern-day technology and medicine, but would love to do without the dependence on social media that we have now. Social interaction is important!
What’s your most treasured possession?
My James Avery charm bracelet. I got it when I was 5 years old, and have added a charm for each milestone or important event in my life. I love how each charm tells a story.
If you were alive at the time, would you have frequented the Balinese Room in its heyday?
Although it would have been fascinating to witness some of the entertainment and A-list celebrities who frequented the Balinese Room — I mean, Frank Sinatra, so cool! — I’m not an individual that you will find in a nightclub or gambling environment often. Its architecture was exquisite, but probably would’ve just been something I would like to see from the outside.
What person in history inspires you most and why?
Florence Nightingale is the founder of modern nursing, which is why I find her to be so inspirational. She established the first nursing school in the world, the importance of infection control and countless social reforms. We actually celebrate Nurses Day on her birthday each year.
Who are your living heroes?
I’ve had many modern-day heroes in my life, so it is difficult to narrow it down to just one. I take a lot of inspiration from co-workers and other nurse friends, though. I always strive to be the best nurse I can be.
What do you most value about living on the upper Texas coast?
My absolute favorite thing about living on the Texas coast is the community. It doesn’t matter how many times it gets knocked down from hurricanes or tropical storms, the people are always willing to come together to rebuild our towns and homes again. There’s just so much volunteer involvement and support.