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The Woodlands Business June 2017


CISD PRINCIPALS NAMED AT BOARD MEETING

The Conroe ISD Board of Trustees approved the naming of two new principals at its meeting on April 18. San Jacinto Elementary and Caney Creek High School will both have new leadership for the 2017-18 academic year.

Krista McWilliams

Krista McWilliams

Krista McWilliams, assistant principal at Reaves Elementary, was named principal of San Jacinto Elementary. Krista has served in Conroe ISD since 2002 in the roles of special education paraprofessional, special education teacher, special education district coach, district literacy coach, campus literacy coach and assistant principal.

In her remarks to the Board, she stated, “I want to begin this evening by saying how excited and honored I am to stand before you tonight. This is my 15th year in Conroe ISD, and I’m proud to say that I have truly worked my way up. I believe that all of the positions I have held have prepared me to become a principal.” Krista concluded by saying, “I promise to work hard, ask questions, laugh a lot, and most importantly strive to impact the lives of the students, staff, parents and community of San Jacinto Elementary.”

Dr. Jeff Stichler

Dr. Jeff Stichler

Dr. Jeff Stichler, currently principal of Moorhead Junior High, was named principal of Caney Creek High School. Dr. Stichler has served in Conroe ISD since 1999. He began in the district as a math teacher and coach and has been an assistant principal, associate principal, and the principal of Conroe High School Ninth Grade Campus.

“When I came to Caney Creek High School as a coach 18 years ago, I knew I’d found a special place. Working there for seven years made me realize that this school is my home. Now having the opportunity to serve the students, parents, and faculty as principal is a dream come true,” shared Dr. Stichler as he addressed the Board. “I’m excited to think of the great things in store for Caney Creek in the years to come, and I’m honored that you’ve entrusted me to be a part of it.”

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LAURA BONDS, M.D. MOVES OFFICE TO HOUSTON METHODIST THE WOODLANDS HOSPITAL

Laura Bonds, M.D.

Laura Bonds, M.D.

Board certified neurologist Laura Bonds, M.D. of Houston Methodist Neurological Institute at Houston Methodist The Wood­lands Hospital, is now seeing patients in Medical Office Building 1 on the hospital campus, located on the southeast corner of I-45 and Highway 242 in the Woodlands. She joined Houston Methodist The Woodlands in May 2016 and practiced at a primary care office in Spring for the past year.

Bonds’ services include treating migraines and chronic headaches with trigger point injections and occipital nerve blocks, diagnosing carpal tunnel and sciatica. She specializes in electromyography (EMG) nerve conduction studies, reading EEG studies, Parkinson’s disease, Alz­heimer’s disease and memory loss, epilep­sy, neuropathy (numbness or tingling), and blepharospasm cervical dystonia (eye dystonia) and spasticity.

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

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ENDOCRINOLOGIST SHIVANI TOMA, M.D. JOINS HOUSTON METHODIST THE WOODLANDS HOSPITAL

Shivani Toma, M.D.

Shivani Toma, M.D.

Shivani Toma, M.D. has joined Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital as a board-certified endocrinologist. She has a special interest in diabetes, thyroid disorders, adrenal and pituitary issues, osteoporosis, and other bone/calcium disorders.

Toma joins The Woodlands from Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. She earned her medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, where she also completed her residency in internal medicine. Toma completed her fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism from Baylor College of Medicine / UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. She is board certified in endocrinology and is fluent in English and Spanish.

“I am proud to work with Houston Methodist as we are committed to researching the latest advancements and implementing those into clinical practice,” Toma said. “Houston Methodist strives to provide the newest technologies for the treatment of diabetes. We also experience improved patient satisfaction and overall health of the community because we are known for excellence in patient education, communication between providers, and outreach programs within the community.”

In describing her approach to care, Toma said, “I believe patient education is key so that patients understand the management choices we’ve made together for their diagnosis. I focus a lot more on small changes made day to day that patients can stick to long term, rather than drastic measures that they can only stick to for a few months.”

Call 936-270-3849 to schedule an appointment, or visit houstonmethodist.org/spg

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CISD Coordinator of Fine Arts Dr. Robert Horton (center) with CISD music teachers and Superintendent Dr. Don Stockton (right) at the Board of Trustees’ meeting.

CISD Coordinator of Fine Arts Dr. Robert Horton (center) with CISD music teachers and Superintendent Dr. Don Stockton (right) at the Board of Trustees’ meeting.

CONROE ISD NAMED BEST COMMUNITIES FOR MUSIC EDUCATION FOR SIXTH YEAR IN A ROW

The Conroe Independent School District was honored at the April 18 Board meeting for receiving the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) Award for the sixth year in a row. The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing music education through active participation.

“Let me begin by thanking you, our CISD Board of Trustees, for your support of the Fine Arts that allows opportunities like this to be possible,” stated Dr. Robert Horton, Conroe ISD coordinator of fine arts. “Of the 14,000 potential applicants and over 2,000 school districts that applied, Conroe ISD was selected as one of the 476 in the nation to earn this designation.”

Board member John Husband remarked, “We want to say thank you to you and your staff and all of the teachers that make such a difference and are so committed to the education of our children.”

Established in 1999, the BCME survey is a nationwide search for communities who provide access to music education as an essential part of a complete education and exemplify commitment and support for music education. The 18th annual survey measured a variety of factors, including budgetary commitment to music, opportunities to learn music, the presence of highly qualified, certified music teachers, adherence to state and national standards, types of musical experiences offered and opportunities for performance and competition, among others. A community had to show that they are committed to access and high standards for music education in all areas to be named a Best Community.

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Amy Robach

Amy Robach

GOOD MORNING AMERICA ANCHOR AMY ROBACH TO HEADLINE MEMORIAL HERMANN IN THE PINK OF HEALTH LUNCHEON

Amy Robach – American television journalist, news anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America, best-selling author, mother of two, stepmom of three, wife, and breast cancer survivor – will take the stage as the keynote speaker at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital’s annual In the Pink of Health Luncheon on Sept. 29.

Nearly four years ago, Robach underwent her first-ever mammogram live on Good Morning America in recognition of breast cancer awareness month. Weeks later, in November 2013, Robach announced to viewers that she had breast cancer. She ultimately underwent a double mastectomy and eight rounds of chemotherapy.

In the years since, she’s been an advocate for early detection and education, even sharing details of her unexpected journey with breast cancer in her New York Times best-selling book: Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held On To Hope, and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour.

“Amy’s very public story has already prompted women into action,” said Tiffany McClung, co-chair of the 2017 luncheon.

Founded in 2001, Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health has raised nearly $5 million through the annual luncheon and ancillary programs like Pink Pals, a community fundraising program that enables individuals or groups to join the fight against breast and ovarian cancer in their own way. The money has been reinvested into the greater Montgomery County area to fund cutting-edge technology, programs and services for breast and ovarian cancer patients and survivors, and most recently to open Canopy, a free survivorship center for all cancer survivors.

Visit inthepinkofhealth.org or call 713-897-PINK (7465) for more information.

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 Grand Central Park's grand opening attracted more than 2,000 prospective homebuyers.


Grand Central Park’s grand opening attracted more than 2,000 prospective homebuyers.

GRAND CENTRAL PARK GRAND OPENING ATTRACTS IMPRESSIVE CROWDS

More than 2,000 prospective homebuyers came to experience the grand opening of Grand Central Park, Montgomery County’s newest community of homes.

As expected, the grand opening crowds were largely made up of working couples and active empty nesters seeking to learn more about Grand Central Park’s urban living experience within the wooded, natural setting.

Krista Glasscock, sales counselor for Coventry Homes, even prepared a sales contract at the grand opening for a couple touring Grand Central Park for the first time in preparation for their relocation to Houston to work at the nearby ExxonMobil corporate campus.

Heading into the community grand opening, 14 percent of Grand Central Park’s 550 phase-one homesites were sold or under construction for move-in ready homes.

The carefully planned community by Johnson Development Corp. presents new luxury patio homes, lifestyle townhomes and larger, single-family homes by Coventry Homes, Darling Homes, David Weekley Homes, Drees Custom Homes, Jaeger Homes, Perry Homes and Village Builders.

Its nine luxury model homes, each fully furnished and professionally decorated, are open daily.

Grand Central Park is located minutes from The Woodlands, the ExxonMobil corporate campus, George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Conroe North-Houston Regional Airport. Residents enjoy the convenience of nearby world-class healthcare and the on-site 336 MARKETPLACE, a 700,000-square-foot regional shopping, dining and entertainment destination opening in early 2018 at the southwest corner of Loop 336 and I-45. For more information, go to GrandCentralParkTX.com

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The rehabilitation clinic is equipped with an anti-gravity treadmill and an indoor batting cage and golf net.

The rehabilitation clinic is equipped with an anti-gravity treadmill and an indoor batting cage and golf net.

HOUSTON METHODIST ORTHOPEDICS & SPORTS MEDICINE OPENS ON THE WOODLANDS CAMPUS

Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has moved to its new location on the second floor of Medical Office Building 1 on the Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital campus, located on the southeast corner of Interstate 45 and Highway 242 in The Woodlands.

The new facility comprises the expertise of six leaders in orthopedics and sports medicine, providing the all-encompassing care people have come to expect from Houston Methodist.

“As a team we provide progressive, individualized, nonsurgical and surgical care for a variety of sports medicine and orthopedic problems,” said Marc Labbe’, M.D., orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. “Whether you need to be seen for neck or back pain, shoulder replacement, a concussion or simply a wellness checkup, we have the expertise in one facility to take care of your needs.”

The new clinic offers onsite imaging, durable medical equipment and casting, all under one roof.

Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and Houston Methodist Outpatient Rehabilitation Services are located at 17183 I-45 South, Suite 210. Both offices are open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, call 936-321-8000.

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Ruben Campos

Ruben Campos

NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF AT JASPER’S THE WOODLANDS

Jasper’s announced that Ruben Campos has been named executive chef of The Woodlands location. Campos will be leading the kitchen operations, from development of staff to overseeing quality control. He is looking forward to creating nightly specials and seasonal dishes to enhance the award-winning gourmet backyard menu.

Campos has worked for Jasper’s since 2008 as operations manager and executive Sous Chef. Prior to that he was a chef for Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Zea Woodfire Grill and Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen in Dallas.

“Ruben is a creative chef and willing to try new things,” noted Frank Santos, Jasper’s The Woodlands general manager. “He is not afraid to push culinary boundaries with wine and specialty dinners and I am looking forward to new and exciting menu additions to entice our guests to try something new.”

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(L to R): LMC Vice Chairman and Session Director Phillip Moore of The Ark Church, LMC Executive Director Sarah Rhea, LMC Chairman of the Board Julie Ambler of The Woodlands Christian Academy, Michele Kooken of Strike, LLC, and Ky Bishop of Strike, LLC.

(L to R): LMC Vice Chairman and Session Director Phillip Moore of The Ark Church, LMC Executive Director Sarah Rhea, LMC Chairman of the Board Julie Ambler of The Woodlands Christian Academy, Michele Kooken of Strike, LLC, and Ky Bishop of Strike, LLC.

LMC HOSTS SERVING OUR COMMUNITY SESSION

Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) recently hosted its Serving Our Community Session for the Class of 2017, sponsored by Strike, LLC. The session, held at The Ark Church in Conroe and introduced to the LMC program in 2015, is designed to allow class members to learn about needs in the community, the organizations filling those needs, and how they can help as leaders in the community.

Session director and LMC board vice chairman Phillip Moore of The Ark Church welcomed the class to the session and gave an overview of the day’s events before kicking off the day with the class leadership series facilitated by Chad Patterson and LMC alumni.

After the leadership series, Sally Copley of the Heritage Museum of Montgomery County spoke on the history of Montgomery County and its nonprofits. The class spent the rest of the morning participating in a poverty simulation facilitated by Paula Odom of Entergy Texas. More than 20 LMC graduates and supporters participated in the simulation with the class.

After lunch, Ky Bishop of Strike, LLC spoke to the class about Strike’s community advocacy initiative called Campaign for Change. United Way of Greater Houston CEO Anna Babin then spoke to the class about the United Way and how it is addressing needs in the community.

Nancy Heintz of Montgomery County Homeless Coalition, Chad Patterson of Crisis Assistance Center and Darlene Underwood of the Montgomery County Food Bank each spoke about their organization and how their organizations work together to benefit the community.

Missy Herndon, president and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands, spoke to the class on the many ways Interfaith is filling needs in the area with its programs and services, child development center, and workforce solutions.

A faith-based panel that included Luke Redus of Compassion United, LaToya Carter of Family Promise of Montgomery County and Chris Follet of Innerfaith Disciple House followed, before class members attended a nonprofit volunteer/board fair, which featured more than 30 nonprofits from throughout Montgomery County. Class members were given the opportunity to speak to each nonprofit representative and explore how they could become more involved in the community.

The Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce, the Greater East Montgomery County Chamber, and the Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber are all partner Chambers in the LMC program. Participants are chosen by application process in June of each year.

For more information, visit LMCTX.org

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Ronald Parker, P.A.

Ronald Parker, P.A.

HOTZE HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER NAMES NEW DIRECTOR OF ALLERGY

Hotze Health & Wellness Center (HHWC), is excited to announce Ronald Parker, P.A. as its new Director of Allergy.

Parker is a provider who specializes in allergy and will be providing one-on-one care and customized treatment for HHWC’s expanding allergy practice. He attended the U.S. Navy Medical Corpsman School and graduated from the Navy Field Medical School in 1967. In 1973, he graduated from the Baylor College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program.

Parker worked at the Barnett Allergy Clinic from 1983-1988, then at Rosewood ENT from 1988-2017. He worked at Texas ENT from January to April of 2017 and then joined the team at HHWC. Parker is a member of the Pan American Allergy Society and on faculty for training on allergy testing. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

A native Houstonian, Parker has been married to his wife Patti for 22 years. He is proud of his new 4-month-old grandson. He is a car enthusiast who enjoys working on cars and he also likes to cook.

For more information, call 281-698-8698.


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