The Woodlands Business November 2016
Galatas To Participate In Harvard “New Towns Conference”
Roger Galatas, past president of The Woodlands Development Company and founding member of George’s Coffee Club, was invited by Harvard Graduate School of Design to actively participate in its “Toward Twenty-First Century New Towns Conference” which will publish a book covering New Towns around the world including The Woodlands.
“This is a great opportunity to highlight lessons learned from development of The Woodlands during its 42-year history and how those lessons may be applied to enhance New Town development in the U.S. and around the world,” Galatas said. He will join with other developers, urban planners and architects involved in major developments including Columbia, Reston, Irvine Ranch, Celebration and other notable U.S. communities as well as representatives of New Towns in other countries. The conference, which too place in September, concluded a year-long process of data collection and evaluation in preparation for the book publication by Harvard later this year.
United Way Kicks Off 2016 Montgomery County Campaign
With the help of senior vice president and chief innovation officer at CB&I and Montgomery County Regional Council chair Christi Thoms-Knox, FMC Technologies chairman and 2016 United Way campaign chair John Gremp and United Way of Greater Houston president and CEO Anna M. Babin, the Montgomery County United Way, now part of United Way of Greater Houston, kicked off its 2016 campaign on Sept. 20.
United Way aims to raise $5.2 million in Montgomery County this year to help meet the rising needs of Montgomery County residents. Contributions will fuel United Way’s work to meet basic needs, improve academic success and financial stability, and support the wellbeing of families and individuals in Montgomery County.
United Way improved the lives of 72,000 people in Montgomery County last year. Additionally, United Way’s 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE connected 36,000 Montgomery County residents with help last year. For more information, visit mcuw.org.
Houston Methodist Weight Management Center At The Woodlands Now Open
Residents of The Woodlands and Montgomery County now have comprehensive weight loss options close to home with the opening of Houston Methodist Weight Management Center at The Woodlands.
For more than 30 years, Houston Methodist Weight Management Center has led the way in helping people achieve weight loss with safe, long-term solutions. The center on the The Woodlands campus will provide non-surgical opportunities including moderate and rapid weight loss programs.
“Our moderate weight loss program is offered to people who need to lose five to ten percent of their baseline weight, which is typically 20 to 30 pounds,” said Dr. Peter Jones, medical director of Houston Methodist Weight Management Center. “We use high protein/ low carb meal replacements along with calorie controlled meal selections recommended by our dietitians. We also help the patient incorporate physical activities into the plan.”
Anyone needing to lose more than 10 percent of their baseline weight or has a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 30 is a candidate for the rapid weight loss program. For patients who stay on the program for more than a year, the average weight loss is 86 pounds and 27 percent loss of their body weight. Jones said getting the weight off is easy; keeping it off is more difficult. This is where his team provides an even greater benefit to the patient.
“Patients must figure out how to lead a new lifestyle and develop a new self-care plan. We focus on preparing the person for that long-term exit strategy,” said Jones.
Houston Methodist’s all-encompassing care approach comprises a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, registered dietitians, licensed clinical social workers and exercise physiologists. For your free orientation session, visit houstonmethodist.org/weight-management or call 832-667-LOSE (5673).
Woodforest Kiddie Academy Opens Sept. 26
Kiddie Academy of Woodforest — the master-planned community’s first on-site child care center — opened on Sept. 26.
The 10,500-square-foot facility, located at 740 Fish Creek Thoroughfare, is designed to accommodate 200 children ages six weeks to 12 years. Kiddie Academy will offer full- and part-time child care, before- and after-school care and summer camp programs following a developmentally age-appropriate curriculum based on character education and health and fitness. Music classes also will be offered. The 11 classrooms in the center will be equipped with the latest technology, and parent-teacher communication will be enhanced with electronic daily progress reports and pictures. Parents will be able to see what their children are doing at any time by logging into the Kiddie Academy webcam.
Houston Methodist Breast Care Center At TW Glows Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness
The lights glowed pink during October at Houston Methodist Breast Care Center at The Woodlands, as well as on Houston Methodist’s billboards and Market Street panels, putting a spotlight on the importance of breast cancer detection.
“I cannot stress enough the importance of early detection,” said Debbie Sukin, CEO Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital and regional senior vice president, Houston Methodist. “One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 85 percent of them have no family history of the disease.”
The breast care center opened earlier this year in Medical Office Building 1, located on the Houston Methodist The Woodlands campus. The center offers a spa-like environment and features state-of-the-art imaging equipment, which allows for clearer images and more accurate results, especially when examining women with dense breasts. Women can also expect quicker results, often on the same day as their mammogram.
“We strive to make the experience as easy as possible. Our staff will help patients with appointment scheduling and provide a comforting environment throughout the entire testing process,” said Magda Ghobashy, MD, breast radiologist and medical director, Houston Methodist Breast Care Center at The Woodlands. “We know women don’t look forward to having mammograms, but it is crucial that they not put it off. We hope our all-encompassing approach to breast care and the welcoming atmosphere will encourage them to make breast health a priority.”
Visit houstonmethodist.org/thewoodlands for more information.
Colleen Ziegler And John Trent Join United Capital In The Woodlands
The financial advisory firm of United Capital in The Woodlands (formerly Ellis & Ellis) has recently added Colleen Ziegler as senior relationship manager and John Trent as relationship manager.
Ziegler and Trent work directly with the managing director and wealth advisers to help develop customized financial plans that identify clients’ goals and provide guidance for help achieving those goals. They are also responsible for the analysis and monitoring of sound investment strategies.
Prior to joining United Capital, Ziegler served as vice president of trading and analytics with a registered investment adviser. She also possesses 19 years of experience with global investment manager Invesco where she served as a product manager, portfolio manager and senior analyst. Ziegler earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing from the University of Iowa. She has obtained her professional Series 65 and Series 7 licenses.
Trent is a graduate of Texas State University where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in economics and international business.
“Adding the talents of Colleen and John enhances our mission to help our clients discover and live their best financial life,” said Byron W. Ellis, CFP, CLU, ChFC, CRPC, managing director and wealth adviser. “We are proud to have them join our team of talented professionals.”
The United Capital Woodlands office is located in the Town Center One building at 1450 Lake Robbins Drive. For more information, call 281-907-5100, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit unitedcp.com/tx6.
HGI Counseling Opening New Offices In The Woodlands
Houston Galveston Institute, better known as HGI Counseling, has expanded its counseling services, workshops and programs to The Woodlands. The nonprofit has been serving the Greater Houston Area for over 38 years, and has recently added the fourth office to meet community needs.
“The Woodlands is a growing area, and is centrally located in the tri-county area, where there continues to be a need for counseling services. Moreover, HGI works with clients regarding the fee. We do not turn anyone away,” said Sue Levin, Ph.D., the executive director of HGI Counseling.
One of the first workshops HGI will be offering is Restoring Relationship Resiliency, a conversation for parents after fertility issues. This couples group will meet every other week in HGI’s The Woodland’s office.
“In this workshop, we will explore how couples’ fertility and pregnancy journey impacted the relationship with partners, the ways those experiences shaped couples’ perspectives on Life After Baby Arrived and ideas to restore the resiliency and connection in couples’ relationships,” said Tracy Morris, therapist, HGI Counseling, The Woodlands.
Other workshops and group meetings will be announced at a later date.
HGI’s The Woodlands office is located at 26411 Oak Ridge Dr., Spring. For more information, visit, talkhgi.org or call 713-526-8390.
Two Local Companies Offer Holiday Support To Deployed Soldiers
Sterling Ridge Orthopaedics (SRO) of Spring and The Woodlands, have coordinated their efforts with local author PM Franks to support deployed military troops this holiday season. SRO purchased 500 copies of The Magic Gingerbread House, which will be sent to United Through Reading who will in turn forward to military troops overseas. Service members will be able to video record themselves reading the story, and the book and DVD will be sent to their children at home. This program helps provide hundreds of magical bedtime story hours for the military child who is missing his or her mom and dad.
United Through Reading not only unites military families, but encourages early language and litieracy skills, strengthen family bonds, and ease the stress of separation for families who are separated, all while sharing the magic of the Christmas season. The Magic Gingerbread House pulls at the heartstrings of the military parents, who leave children in the love and care of their spouse, family and friends that support and surround our military children in times of hard separation.
The cooperation of SRO and PM Franks demonstrates that local companies can have a big impact in supporting military troops overseas worldwide.
Four Conroe Isd Campuses Earn All Possible Tea Distinctions
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has announced that four Conroe ISD campuses are among the 400 campuses statewide to achieve a Met Standard rating in the 2016 state accountability ratings, along with earning all distinction designations applicable to their individual school.
Forty-one of Conroe ISD’s campuses earned one or more applicable distinctions. The Conroe ISD campuses recognized for receiving all applicable distinctions are Anderson Elementary, Buckalew Elementary, Collins Intermediate, and Deretchin Elementary.
Depending on campus grade levels and type, the number of potential distinction designations can vary. Up to seven distinction designations can be earned for Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading; Academic Achievement in Mathematics; Academic Achievement in Science; Academic Achievement in Social Studies; Top 25 Percent: Student Progress; Top 25 Percent: Closing Performance Gaps; and Postsecondary Readiness.
“Earning one or more campus distinctions is noteworthy and should be a source of pride in a community,” said Commissioner of Education Mike Morath. “Earning all possible distinctions is a significant accomplishment and should signal to parents that there is extraordinary work taking place on that campus.”
To view the 2016 state accountability ratings and distinction designations, visit tea.texas.gov/2016Accountability.aspx.