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Around Town February 2016

The four new members of The Woodlands Arts Council’s Board of Directors are (l-r): Dr. Maria Holmes, Mary Anne Whitney, Heather Dickens and Sue Burke Harrington.

The four new members of The Woodlands Arts Council’s Board of Directors are (l-r): Dr. Maria Holmes, Mary Anne Whitney, Heather Dickens and Sue Burke Harrington.


The Woodlands Arts Council (TWAC), a nonprofit organization, has appointed four new members to its board – Heather Dickens, Sue Burke Harrington, Dr. Maria Holmes and Mary Anne Whitney. The Council’s mission is to provide regional cultural and educational enrichment opportunities that encourage, support and promote the visual and performing arts. The 19-member board is comprised of artists, teachers and community leaders who all share a passion for the arts and culture in our community.

Dickens has combined a successful professional career in telecommunications and finance with years of volunteer work in The Woodlands. She has assisted with finance for The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival and served as co-president of the Fine Arts Council at The John Cooper School where she has been active since 2000. Dickens has also volunteered with the Montgomery County Women’s Center.

Harrington has been an artist since childhood and has shared her passion for art through teaching, both on the college and secondary level. She also teaches smaller classes at her art studio and at Archway Gallery in Houston. She works primarily in acrylics and mixed media on canvas. Her art has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums across the country and abroad.

Holmes is the associate dean of the Honors College at Sam Houston State University. For the past 13 years, she has been a devoted volunteer for numerous organizations in The Woodlands and Huntsville. At SHSU, she continues her commitment to service, particularly to college students, through teaching, counseling and fundraising.

Whitney is vice president of finance for Waste Connections in The Woodlands in addition to being an avid volunteer. She served as treasurer of the Fine Arts Council for The John Cooper School in The Woodlands, and also served on several school and church boards in Sacramento, CA for many years.

“We are thrilled to add these brilliant and dedicated women to our board,” said Amy Lecocq, president of The Woodlands Arts Council. “They bring tremendous talent to our team and will help us expand our reach in the corporate, educational and art circles in the region.”

The Woodlands Arts Council’s primary goal is to establish and support meaningful programs in the performing and visual arts to create a strong and vital arts presence in Montgomery County and the neighboring region. TWAC produces the annual The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, ranked among the top three juried fine arts festivals nationwide. Because Art Matters, the year-round community and educational outreach arm of TWAC enhances the emotional, academic, physical and cultural well-being of youth, seniors and those with special needs by using the power of the visual and performing arts. For more information, visit woodlandswaterwayartscouncil.org.


Dr. Ann Snyder

Dr. Ann Snyder


Interfaith of The Woodlands and Interfaith Community Clinic have announced that Dr. Ann Snyder will be leaving her position as President & CEO effective April 1, 2016. Snyder has been with Interfaith of The Woodlands since 2004 and she shared with the Board of Directors that she is proud of all that Interfaith of The Woodlands and Interfaith Community Clinic have accomplished and wants to focus her energy on other endeavors in the community as well as her family.

“Interfaith is operationally very sound and positioned for continued success and the Board of Directors and Senior Leadership team have laid out a vision for the company that will guide Interfaith for many years to come, and this gives me great confidence about Interfaith’s future success,” she said.

“Dr. Ann Snyder has been instrumental in carrying out Interfaith’s mission of building a more loving and caring community through service. She will leave behind a legacy of dedication and excellence,” said Interfaith of The Woodlands Board Chair Ray Sanders.

Interfaith’s Executive Committee is conducting a search for a new President & CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands and Interfaith Community Clinic. Interested applicants may apply online at woodlandsinterfaith.org under Careers. Interfaith of The Woodlands is a nonprofit social service agency providing numerous programs and services to meet the needs of The Woodlands and the surrounding area.

Interfaith Community Clinic opened its doors in 1996 to meet the medical needs of the uninsured population. As the needs of the community have grown, so have the services offered at the clinic. Today, the clinic continues to provide quality basic medical and dental care, counseling and patient services to individuals in need. A volunteer staff of licensed physicians, nurses, medical providers, dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, as well as translators and support personnel work together to provide patient care. Programs are provided free of charge and are funded by the generous financial support of grants, faith-based organizations, businesses, civic groups, and individuals.For more information, please view interfaithcommunityclinic.org or call 281-364-7889

For more information on Interfaith’s programs and services, or to become a volunteer, visit woodlandsinterfaith.org or call 281-367-1230.



Four Montgomery County charities will benefit from the thousands of dollars in change inserted in Market Street’s voluntary parking meters throughout 2016 as the beneficiaries of the Change for Charity program held by the shopping, dining and entertainment destination.

Every three months, a new Montgomery County nonprofit organization will benefit from the program, which collects the coins deposited into Market Street’s 68 voluntary curbside parking meters.

“We are proud to continue to partner with local charities that make a difference in our community,” says Noemi Gonzalez, marketing director at Market Street. “Our shoppers have contributed more than $100,000 to the Change for Charity program since its inception.”

The program’s first-quarter beneficiary, Lone Star Animal Welfare League, specializes in Labrador Retriever rescue and adoption in Texas.

United States Veterans Initiative, the program’s second-quarter recipient, is a private nonprofit organization providing housing, employment and counseling services to our nation’s veterans.

Market Street’s Change for Charity third-quarter beneficiary, Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.), works in conjunction with local and state officials who are in place to create a safer environment for abused children.

The fourth-quarter beneficiary, The Will Herndon Research Fund, raises awareness and funds to accelerate the research to find a cure for Juvenile Batten Disease.


(L-R): John Bracken, Montgomery County Youth Services; Rob Koester and Gil Staley.

(L-R): John Bracken, Montgomery County Youth Services; Rob Koester and Gil Staley.


In an effort to show appreciation for the early morning commute, Montgomery County United Way recently hosted its leadership donors to free coffee and pastries at The Coffeeshop Company on I-45 just south of Woodlands Parkway.

Warming up a cold, January morning, attendees enjoyed delicious morning brew and an array of sweet muffins and danishes in the eclectic and warm coffee shop environment. For those that wanted to linger a bit, some great networking opportunities presented themselves. The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership CEO, Gil Staley stopped by to mingle among the crowd, as well as MCUW Board of Directors members Peggy Colsman of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company and Rob Koester with Consolidated Communications.

Montgomery County United Way President Julie Martineau, Vice President of Investor Strategies Nicole Robinson Gauthier and several other key staff members were also on hand to greet the leaders and thank them for their support. The Coffeeshop Company provided the venue and donated the coffee and pastries.

MCUW Lone Star Leaders are donors that give $1,000 or more each year. To learn more about Montgomery County United Way or how to become a Lone Star Leader, contact Nicole Robinson Gauthier at Nicole@mcuw.org or visit mcuw.org.


(Back row, l-r): Barbara Feigin, Steele Herndon, Missy Herndon, Will Herndon, Wayne Herndon and Mike Feigin. In front is Magnus Herndon.

(Back row, l-r): Barbara Feigin, Steele Herndon, Missy Herndon, Will Herndon, Wayne Herndon and Mike Feigin. In front is Magnus Herndon.


The votes are in for the first-ever Lights of Hope outdoor lighting décor event in which 11 participating charities competed for $10,000, including Interfaith Ministries of the Woodlands, Helping A Hero, Susan G. Komen, Bread of Life Ministries, Houston SPCA, New Danville, Bridgewood Farms, Relay for Life, Hope (Beyond Batten’s Disease), American Heart Association and Friends of Texas Wildlife.

Each of the 12 showcase homes were decorated in a theme reflective of the charities’ mission. Visitors to MainStreet America voted by donating a $1 or more. All donations are given directly to each of the participating charities.

The winning charity was HOPE – The Will Herndon Fund (Beyond Batten’s Disease), which collected $30,625 in votes and donations. Second place was Bridgewood Farms and third was Friends of Texas Wildlife. The 2015 Lights of HOPE campaign raised more than $78,000 for area charities.

Mike and Barbara Feigin presented a $10,000 check to Missy Herndon, which will support Will Herndon’s fight to find a cure for Batten disease. Batten disease is a rare, fatal, inherited disorder of the nervous system that usually begins in childhood.


(L-R): Dana Pritchard, The Woodlands Car Club; Maris Blair, Conroe ISD Foundation; and Noemi Gonzalez, Market Street.

(L-R): Dana Pritchard, The Woodlands Car Club; Maris Blair, Conroe ISD Foundation; and Noemi Gonzalez, Market Street.


As part of its Change for Charity initiative, Market Street recently donated more than $4,000 to the Conroe ISD Foundation. The funds were raised by Market Street patrons during the third quarter of 2015 and will assist graduating seniors pursuing a career in teaching with college tuition, fees and book expenses.

Since the program’s inception, Market Street patrons have raised more than $100,000 for local charities. Four Mont­gomery County organizations are selected each year to receive a percentage of the funds collected from Market Street’s 68 parking meters during a three-month period.

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