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The Woodlands Business July 2016

Teresa Robson

Teresa Robson

John Hoye

John Hoye


Michael Maher, Head of School of The John Cooper School, has announced the appointment of two new members to the administrative staff of the PK-12, college preparatory independent school. “I am pleased to be bringing on board two exceptional administrators to join our executive leadership team,” Maher said.

Teresa Robson, who has served as Cooper’s Assistant Head of Lower School since 2010, will begin her tenure as Head of Lower School starting this summer. Robson holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Elementary Education from Ohio State University, and a second master’s degree in Education from the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Education at Columbia University. Her previous experience includes teaching third grade at Stewart Primary School in Cincinnati, Ohio and teaching fourth grade at Durham Academy in North Carolina.

John Hoye will also join the Cooper executive leadership team this summer, as Director of Athletics. A Wisconsin native, Hoye holds a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in Education and a master’s degree from The University of Houston in Educational Leadership. For the past four years, Hoye has been the Director of Athletics at the Awty International School in Houston. He was the head boys’ varsity basketball coach for his first 11 years at Awty and has coached middle school girls’ volleyball, basketball and track & field. Prior to his tenure at Awty, Hoye was an assistant basketball coach for three years at Rice University.

Visit johncooper.org for more information.


Laura Bonds, M.D.

Laura Bonds, M.D.


Laura Bonds, M.D. has joined Houston Methodist Neurological Institute at Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital.

Bonds is board certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She received her medical degree from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu, and served a residency in neurology as well as a fellowship in neurophysiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

She specializes in electromyography (EMG) nerve conduction studies, reading EEG studies, blepharospasm cervical dystonia (eye dystonia) and spasticity, migraines and chronic headaches with trigger point injections and occipital nerve blocks.

“I am excited to join Houston Methodist,” Bonds said. “I am committed to educating my patients about their health and providing a comfortable and relaxed environment when treating them with the many effective options that are available today. Houston Methodist certainly makes that happen by providing the best possible quality of care through the best facilities, doctors and technology.”

To schedule an appointment, call 936-270-3900 or visit houstonmethodist.org/spg


Masha Croshaw

Masha Croshaw


Woodson’s Reserve, a 692-acre master-planned community located in Spring has added a lifestyle director, Masha Croshaw, to create a robust lifestyle program for residents to enjoy.

With the newly opened Woodson’s Club, featuring a 9,000-square-foot clubhouse, Croshaw will bring a full calender of events to the residents. She has has enjoyed past experiences planning team-building activities and fun-filled events.

Originally from Russia, Croshaw fell in love with Texas because of the Southern hospitality, natural beauty and opportunity to spend time outdoors nearly year-round. Croshaw’s previous travel experiences to places such as Spain, Greece, Egypt and many tropical islands provide her with fresh ideas and a unique vision for a lifestyle program to bring neighbors together as lifelong friends.

Croshaw said, “As soon as you move into your new home in Woodson’s Reserve, you immediately get a ‘True Living’ experience complete with access to great fitness facilities, state-of-the-art play areas for kids, and a resort-style pool.”

When Croshaw saw the 24-hour fitness facility, she immediately began planning fitness classes for the community, and with the unique amenities and gathering spaces within the community, her list of ideas has grown to include cookouts at the park, social mixers at Woodson’s clubhouse, pool parties and more. Visit woodsonsreserve.com for more information.



Market Street in The Woodlands recently welcomed two new retailers –– Club Monaco and New Danville Store.

Fash­ion boutique Club Monaco opened its second Houston location June 9 featuring modern, yet timeless clothing and accessories for women. The boutique is located in south Market Street next to J.Crew.

New Danville Store is now open next to Hyatt Centric. The retail store offers products beautifully packaged by adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Hand­crafted gifts for the home and garden are showcased at New Danville Store, including raw honey, vanilla extract, a variety of teas, teapots, embroidered hand towels and seasonal home décor. Bath and body products are available and a gardening department offers birdhouses and fresh flowers.

New Danville is a nonprofit, self-sustaining, community where adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities can live, learn, work and grow emotionally, socially, and spiritually with their non-disabled peers. New Danville is located on 42 acres in Willis, Texas. For more information, visit newdanville.org.


(L-R) Wanda Murphy, The Woodlands Country Club; Annemarie Apligian, The Woodlands Country Club; Amber Sickafoose, The Woodlands Country Club; Michelle O'Rourke, Montgomery County Youth Services and Co-Team Leader for Business After Hours; Kathy Rifaat, Interfaith of The Woodlands and Incoming Co-Team Leader for Business After Hours.

(L-R) Wanda Murphy, The Woodlands Country Club; Annemarie Apligian, The Woodlands Country Club; Amber Sickafoose, The Woodlands Country Club; Michelle O’Rourke, Montgomery County Youth Services and Co-Team Leader for Business After Hours; Kathy Rifaat, Interfaith of The Woodlands and Incoming Co-Team Leader for Business After Hours.


The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce held its monthly Business After Hours event on June 7 at The Woodlands Country Club–Palmer Course in the newly constructed, Legacy Ballroom at 100 Grand Fairway Drive in The Woodlands.

This monthly event is complimentary and attracted 191 chamber members and guests. Attendees had the opportunity to network, tour the new venue at The Woodlands Coun­try Club and raffle off door prizes. “Business After Hours is a great opportunity to showcase your business and make valuable relationships.” says Cyndi Alvarado, vice president of membership for The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Woodlands Country Club also shared information on a new Social Membership that includes access to the resort-style pool, fitness facilities, Legends Bar & Dining Room, access to the ClubCorp Network and more. For more information on Social Memberships, call 281- 863-1400.

The next Business After Hours will be held on Tuesday July 12 at Consolidated Communications on 350 S. Loop 336 West in Conroe. Hosts for Business After Hours are selected by lottery twice a year. For more information on hosting contact the Chamber Membership Department at 281-367-5777. See WoodlandsChamber.org for a full calendar of Chamber Events.


(L-R): Emilie Harris and Alie Broussard.

(L-R): Emilie Harris and Alie Broussard.


The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau has named Alie Broussard as Convention Development Manager and Emilie Harris as Brand Development Manager for The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau. Both Harris and Broussard have served the Convention and Visitors Bureau in different capacities prior to their new roles.

Broussard will now promote The Wood­lands to businesses, associations, and various groups for meetings and events in The Woodlands. She also assists with the coordination of meeting details and services before, during and after a meeting/convention while acting as a lead contact for both the meeting planner and the local hotels.

“Alie is well-versed in the tourism industry and has a background working with convention business in hotels,” says Nick Wolda, president of The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau.


The Woodson’s Wheels program gives each family that moves into the community one personalized cruiser bicycle from Bike Barn when they close on their house.

The Woodson’s Wheels program gives each family that moves into the community one personalized cruiser bicycle from Bike Barn when they close on their house.


Woodson’s Reserve is encouraging residents to enjoy the outdoors and live active, healthy lifestyles through the community’s Woodson’s Wheels program. The program gives each family who moves into the community one personalized Woodson’s Reserve cruiser bicycle from Bike Barn, a local well-known bike shop, upon closing their home.

The Woodson’s Wheels program was introduced in the Fall of 2015 to the first 10 homeowners. Today over 30 families are exploring the community’s biking trails, over 115 acres of open space and preserved nature areas on their new wheels.

The Woodson’s Reserve “True Living” promise values the importance of staying active and spending time with friends and family outdoors. The Woodson’s Wheels program motivates residents to spend time outside, disconnect and enjoy the natural beauty of the community they call home. The community will also host fun family events such as Bike Delivery Days, an annual Bike Parade, a Riders Club and Bike Barn Tune-Up Days.

“We are thrilled to have a program in place that encourages residents to explore the great outdoors and stay active.” says Jim Jenkins, Toll Brothers’ vice president of Master-Planned Communities.

“In addition to exercise and transportation, the bike program at Woodson’s Reserve is also intended to inspire our residents to ‘Think Outside,’ and to create more opportunities for neighbors to connect and build lifelong friendships,” says Margarita Flores, Toll Brothers’ Houston marketing specialist of Master-Planned Communities. For more information, visit woodsonsreserve.com.

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