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The Woodlands Business October 2017

(L-R): Sondra Richardson, Sandra Vaughn, Patricia Morais, Sandy Facemire, Doug Holland and Trustee Scott Kidd.

(L-R): Sondra Richardson, Sandra Vaughn, Patricia Morais, Sandy Facemire, Doug Holland and Trustee Scott Kidd.


The Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees gave special recognition to outstanding employees in the district support departments at the July meeting.

The Trustees present Ambassador Awards to individuals for their positive contributions to the district. Various departments work hard to help support our schools and the Board honored five of CISD’s outstanding employees who exemplify excellence and provide exceptional service to the district. Each of these employees is an ambassador for the district by performing their daily tasks with an unwavering commitment to the children, parents, and employees of Conroe ISD.

The ambassador for the Athletics Department is Sondra Richardson. Sondra has been a CISD Athletic Administrative Assistant for five years. With duties ranging from paying officials to supervising stadium workers at Moorhead Stadium, Sondra handles each task with her infectious positive personality, always a smile on her face, and goes above and beyond in all her endeavors.

Sandra Vaughn was selected as the Curriculum and Instruction Department ambassador and has worked for CISD for eight years. Sandra has been a mentor to new administrative assistants, works collaboratively with staff from all departments, and provides guidance to others to help all of CISD. She is always ready to step up and take on any new task.

Patricia Morais represented the Finance Department and has been an asset in various positions during her 10 years with the district. Patricia currently works as an accounts payable clerk and always does her job with a positive attitude and a smile on her face.

Sandy Facemire was selected as the ambassador for the Human Resources Department. Sandy joined the team when the department was going paperless with employee records and was instrumental in that transition. She comes to work with a smile on her face every day and exemplifies the work ethic and positive attitude of an outstanding Conroe ISD employee.

Doug Holland is the ambassador for the Technology Department and has been with Conroe ISD since 2002. During that time, he has held a variety of positions within the Technology Department. In 2014, Doug accepted a position as a full-time media and security supervisor and is currently handling all day-to-day activity with security systems, cameras and media within the district.

Dr. Chris Hines, Deputy Superintendent of Operations, presented the recipients to the board. After presenting each with their award, Trustee Scott Kidd remarked, “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, individually and collectively, we want to tell each and every one of you just how proud we are of everything that you do to make this district great.”



Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility, and the only Magnet recognition hospital in Montgomery County, announces another prestigious achievement: it has received official designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) as the first designated Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Montgomery County.

“Memorial Hermann The Woodlands is honored to be designated an official Level III NICU,” said Josh Urban, senior vice president and CEO of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands. “Receiving this designation confirms our hospital’s commitment to providing exceptional care to the babies and families throughout Montgomery County.”

The Level III designation reiterates Memorial Hermann The Woodlands’ ability to care for and address the needs of critically ill neonatal babies experiencing complex and congenital conditions. The NICU provides specialized treatment in a patient and family-centered care environment with an open visitation policy. The designation is the second highest ranking on the scale of I to IV, IV being the highest. As a Level III NICU, the hospital meets the strict quality and safety recommendations and guidelines for perinatal care established by the DSHS.

“The NICU has the ability to manage babies at all gestational ages, even the smallest that can possibly survive,” said Dr. David L. Weisoly, NICU medical director at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands and physician with Pediatrix Medical Group. “This state designation further acknowledges that we have all of the available resources. We have dedicated teams of specialists in the areas of neonatology, high risk maternal-fetal medicine, pediatric ophthalmology, pediatric cardiology, pediatric endocrinology, pediatric gastroenterology and liver disease, and pediatric neurology in order to provide the highest level of care for the sickest and tiniest babies right here in The Woodlands, servicing the entirety of Montgomery County. Expectant parents and those who have delivered these precious babies can rest assured they are in the very best of hands from the beginning of their pregnancy until their baby goes home, even if they are born ill or up to four months premature.”


Meagen Korenek

Meagen Korenek


The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the appointment of Meagen Korenek to the role of director of special events. In this role, Korenek is charged with directing chamber annual events including Taste of the Town, Health, Wellness & Fitness Expo, Community Job Fair, Chairman’s Ball, Golf Championship and Cards & Cocktails. Korenek will work directly with chamber volunteers to produce these events annually.

“I am thrilled to be part of The Chamber team and use my special events background in a way that will build and foster relationships within The Woodlands Community,” she said. “I look forward to joining such a strong and dedicated staff in the efforts of providing quality services to ensure the economic advancement of South Montgomery County.”

Korenek holds a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from Sam Houston State University. Korenek previously served as the coordinator for alumni events & event marketing at Sam Houston State University and as an associate producer at KPRC Channel 2 News.

“The Chamber’s special events have created a strong reputation in The Woodlands Area,” says J.J. Hollie, to keep a high standard of excellence in our special events as well as incorporating new creativities.”

Contact Korenek at 281-363-8113 or- meagen.korenek@woodlandschamber.org.



In the wake of the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey, Market Street is rallying The Woodlands community to support storm relief efforts by donating to Interfaith of The Woodlands.

The fundraising is part of a company-wide effort by Market Street developer Trademark Property Co. to activate its mixed-use properties nationwide, bringing together tenants, financial partners, and the community to help those impacted by the storm.

As a part of Trademark’s Make a Difference initiative, they have committed to match up to $150,000 in donations across participating properties. In addition, our financial partner, Miller Capital, will match local donations made to Market Street up to $50,000.

The Woodlands community is encouraged to donate by texting the word “local” to 832-925-3144. In addition to the online donations that can be made online from a link on the Market Street homepage and text donation collection, Market Street hosted a “Shop, Dine, Give Local” campaign during September. Select stores and restaurants donated a percentage of sales to the relief efforts for one week.

Three of Trademark’s properties are located within Hurricane Harvey’s path: La Palmera in Corpus Christi, Market Street – The Woodlands and Rice Village in Houston. The company also has countless family, friends, employees and tenants who have been impacted by the storm.

Market Street and Trademark are partnering with Interfaith of The Woodlands, to administer the fundraising campaign. Donated funds will be distributed directly to South Montgomery County community. One hundred percent of individual donations will go toward on-the-ground efforts.

The fundraiser is part of Trademark’s Make a Difference initiative, which encourages community service at all levels of the company. Trademark’s employees and properties serve through volunteerism, Conscious Place initiatives, and property-level efforts to raise awareness, funds and partnerships with community organizations.


Houston Methodist Emergency Care Center in The Woodlands is located at 3759 FM 1488, Suite 500.

Houston Methodist Emergency Care Center in The Woodlands is located at 3759 FM 1488, Suite 500.


Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital has opened an emergency care center at the corner of FM 1488 and Kuykendahl in The Woodlands on Sept. 11. The new facility is one of eight community emergency care centers in the Houston Methodist system.

The new facility will provide an efficient emergency care experience, serving immediate and surrounding communities.

“At the new emergency care center, patients will be able to receive the same high quality, personalized emergency care that they receive at any other Houston Methodist hospital,” said Dr. Jason Knight, medical director of the emergency care center. “We have a dedicated CT scanner, full X-ray capability and ultrasound, as well as access to top notch consultants in The Woodlands area.”

Board-certified emergency medicine doctors, who work alongside specially trained nurses and staff, will treat patients of all ages for minor emergencies to life threatening ones. The 24-hour, full-service emergency center features eight large, private rooms; a designated ambulance entrance; quick admissions and free parking. Should patients need extended care, the emergency center’s affiliation with Houston Methodist The Woodlands provides expedited admissions and transfers to the hospital, as well as additional diagnostic testing and procedures, if needed.

“We are very excited about opening this new facility as it will combine convenience with unparalleled safety, quality, service and innovation for many families in The Woodlands and Montgomery County,” added Debbie Sukin, regional senior vice president of Houston Methodist and CEO of Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital.


Ani Boyajian

Ani Boyajian


Ani Boyajian has begun her appointment as director of the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts. She is an internationally-recognized curator and scholar specializing in modern and contemporary art.

Boyajian is an award-winning author of three catalogues raisonnés on American artists Stuart Davis, Manierre Dawson and Hans Hofmann. She innovated this genre which documents artists’ complete oeuvres. In her iterations, she created the definitive, yet elegant, resources for ongoing, in-depth study of these important artists and for the curation of complex exhibitions. Such exhibitions include the current touring retrospective, Stuart Davis: In Full Swing, co-organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the National Gallery of Art. Her catalogue raisonné on Stuart Davis is acknowledged as the gold standard for such publications in American art.

Boyajian grew up in Spring and returns to the Houston area after her years of accomplishment in New York City. She is a graduate of the Plan II Honors Program of the University of Texas at Austin. Her formal art education continued with studies in France and Italy, and she received a Master of Fine Arts in contemporary art criticism and painting at Pratt Institute in New York. She began her museum career at the Whitney Museum of American Art. There she was involved in curating, organizing, and presenting 27 exhibitions and honed a keen knowledge in American art and museum leadership. She has distinguished herself in her work with numerous museums including Yale University Art Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Peggy Guggen­heim Collection in Venice, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Boyajian will lead the Pearl as it prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2018.


Goode Company Restaurants is doubling down in The Woodlands with debut of Goode Company Kitchen & Cantina.

Goode Company Restaurants is doubling down in The Woodlands with debut of Goode Company Kitchen & Cantina.


Just weeks after launching its first-ever restaurant outside Houston’s city limits, Goode Company Restaurants has even loftier aspirations in mind for The Woodlands with the opening of Goode Company Kitchen & Cantina, the Goode family’s first new concept since the 2004 launch of its restaurant, bar, and honky-tonk, Goode Company Armadillo Palace on Kirby Drive. The 7,400-square-foot Kitchen & Cantina opened Sept. 5 next door to the just-opened Goode Company Barbeque on the axis of Six Pines Drive and Research Forest Drive in The Woodlands.

Reflecting on his goals for the new restaurant concept, Jim Goode has set the bar high. Says Goode, “I aspire for Kitchen & Cantina to be this country’s best Tex-Mex restaurant. That would be the highest tribute to my grandmother and the indelible role she ultimately played in our family’s restaurant success.”




Modern classic American sportswear and accessories brand J.McLaughlin recently debuted at Market Street in The Woodlands.

Known for their iconic, classic lines with a distinctive flair and signature portfolio of cheeky prints, J.McLaughlin opened their first store in Manhattan’s Upper East Side in 1977. Their collections for men and women include beautiful silks and cashmeres alongside sporty cottons and versatile

Located in 27 states, boutiques have a regional sensibility, with each shop reflecting that town’s color, character and architecture.   The Market Street location is the third in the greater Houston area, following recent openings in Town & Country Village and the River Oaks Shopping Center.

For additional details, visit jmclaughlin.com or call 832-562-3349.


Dr. Peter Morgan and Dr. Priya Ramshesh answer questions about advancements in cancer care

Dr. Peter Morgan and Dr. Priya Ramshesh answer questions about advancements in cancer care


Houston Methodist Cancer Center at The Woodlands opened its doors to the community on Wednesday, Sept. 6, providing tours of the state-of-the-art facility. Guests also visited the infusion center and learned about advances in cancer treatments and the availability of clinical trials in The Woodlands.

Dr. Peter Morgan, radiation oncology, and Dr. Priya Ramshesh, hematology/oncology, discussed multiple services available to families in Montgomery County, including screening, diagnostics, genetic testing, advanced technology and patient support.

To learn more about free, educational events at Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital, visit houstonmethodist.org/events.

Houston Methodist Cancer Center provides patient-centered services to address the full spectrum of cancer care – from prevention and screenings for early detection, to advanced treatment and survivorship. Nation­ally recognized physicians and scientists collaborate to research, diagnose, and treat the most common types of cancer using the most sophisticated techniques and therapies available. At the center’s six locations throughout the Greater Houston area, specialists use a multidisciplinary team approach to create customized treatment plans for each patient, and highly skilled support staff help patients recover physically, psycho-emotionally, and spiritually.

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