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Shannon Mills

Shannon Mills


Interfaith of The Woodlands is pleased to announce Shannon Mills has been promoted to communications and publications manager for the organization. Mills brings more than 16 years of nonprofit experience to her new position where she will oversee all aspects of Interfaith’s communications, publications and resident services, including the award-winning Community and Business Directory.

“Shannon’s leadership is an asset to Interfaith and I know she will take all of Interfaith’s communications and publications to the next level. I am thrilled to have her in this position,” shared Dr. Ann Snyder, president and CEO of Interfaith of the Woodlands.

Shannon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas and has extensive experience in business and marketing, including sales and website development. She is an avid supporter of many community organizations serving as past president of Junior League of The Woodlands, Inc., The Woodlands Advisory Council Member for Texas Children’s Hospital, National Charity League – The Woodlands Chapter, and the HOPE Beyond Batten Disease/Will Herndon Foundation. Shannon is also a past board member of The Montgomery County Women’s Center.


Noemi Gonzalez

Noemi Gonzalez


Market Street – The Woodlands has named Noemi Gonzalez the marketing director for the premier shopping and entertainment destination.

In this position, Gonzalez will be responsible for maintaining and strengthening relationships with retailers and the business community and representing the shopping destination in the media and the local community.

Most recently, Gonzalez served as marketing director at The Woodlands Mall, where she was responsible for overseeing marketing, retailer communications, public relations and event planning. Prior to joining The Woodlands Mall, Gonzalez assisted with public relations efforts at Neiman Marcus in the Galleria.

“Noemi has a proven track record of success in building relationships and greatly enhancing offerings to the local community,” said Market Street General Manager Jenny Taylor. “She will be a great fit for Market Street, and we are looking forward to her joining our team.”

A resident of The Woodlands, Gonzalez serves as a member of Junior League of The Woodlands, The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau Marketing Committee, Interfaith of The Woodlands and Because Art Matters. She holds a bachelor’s degree in consumer science and marketing from the University of Houston.


A member of the Houston SPCA barn team cares for one of the 200 neglected horses that have been turned over to the SPCA.

A member of the Houston SPCA barn team cares for one of the 200 neglected horses that have been turned over to the SPCA.


The story of the “Conroe 200” has prompted many to help these severely neglected horses. Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Sponsor, Charlotte’s Saddlery, has partnered with the Houston SPCA to support the ongoing needs of these recovering horses.

For anyone interested in helping the SPCA care for these animals, Charlotte’s is collecting donations of needed items at their Houston, Tomball and Austin locations. The most requested items are halters, lead ropes, large rubber ground feeders, 8-quart feed buckets, muck bucket carts, muck buckets, “no chew” wood spray, equine
sunscreen (for white horses), manure forks, apple-flavored electrolytes, hoof moisturizer, durasole, keratex hoof products and detangler (Cowboy Magic preferred). Monetary donations, too, are welcome.

Charlotte’s is delivering the donated items multiple times each week to the Houston SPCA. No gift is too small for this great effort.

Drop off your donation at any Charlotte’s Saddlery location. Items from the list are also available for purchase at Charlotte’s with a 20 percent discount. To learn more about Charlotte’s “Conroe 200” efforts, visit charlottes-saddlery.com. Contact csadd@charlottes-saddlery.com or phone 800-231-6530 for more information.



An all-new, three-dimensional animated concept video that immerses viewers in the sights and sounds of Conroe’s Grand Central Park is now available at the community’s new website, GrandCentralParkTX.com.

Viewers will find themselves heading down the tree-lined sidewalks of Grand Central Park’s vibrant Town Center while shoppers browse in quaint shops and boutiques and cars pass by amidst the sounds of pop fountains, festival gatherings and other outdoor activities.

The five-minute video then hovers above the trees of Town Center before heading over to 336 MARKETPLACE, a regional shopping, dining and entertainment destination, and Grand Central Park’s luxury patio homes, town homes and single-family residences on beautiful wooded sites.

The new website also offers a new master-plan map of the 2,046-acre community, information on schools in Conroe ISD and a look at the unique, natural amenities and special lifestyle of Grand Central Park.

Visitors to the website can go to the Find A Home page to join the community’s VIP e-mail list for up-to-date information including Grand Central Park builder selections planned for the end of summer 2015.

Construction of new homes will begin in early 2016 in the village to be known as Grand Central Park West at the northwest corner of the master-planned community, whereresidents will enjoy immediate access to
Loop 336 and nearby I-45.


Outside the Neonatal ICU, in the area where Wolf Park will be located, are John and Paige Wolf (center) with staff from Memorial Hermann The Woodlands, including COO Justin Kendrick; Neonatal ICU and Pediatric Medical Director David Weisoly, D.O.; and Elizabeth Kutchback.

Outside the Neonatal ICU, in the area where Wolf Park will be located, are John and Paige Wolf (center) with staff from Memorial Hermann The Woodlands, including COO Justin Kendrick; Neonatal ICU and Pediatric Medical Director David Weisoly, D.O.; and Elizabeth Kutchback.


The new Wolf Park at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital is in the planning stages to be located in a courtyard off Medical Plaza Drive in front of Medical Plaza 1, near the Neonatal ICU and Family Birth Center. Wolf Park will be secure and fenced with access through the hospital. The park, that was part of the 2014 Employee Campaign, will feature a playground, picnic tables, lighting and more over time.

“The Wolf Park is named after the Wolf family in honor of all their donations and support,” shared Director of Children’s Services Elizabeth Kutchback, RN, BSN. “The park would be open to pediatric patients and other children, but also a place for Neonatal ICU parents to take a break nearby and for staff and visitors as well.”

Since 2012, the Wolf family has presented the hospital with $37,000 toward the Wolf Park project, and this year their seventh annual Jack Wolf IV Memorial Golf Tournament raised an additional $20,000 for the Wolf Park. Since the golf tournament’s inception, more than $107,000 has been raised for the hospital’s Neonatal ICU and related projects. John and Paige Wolf’s son, Jack, was born prematurely on May 5, 2005, with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). The tournament is held in memoriam of Jack who passed away from OI, and funds raised each year benefit other families with babies in the NICU. The couple has since had two children at MHTW, Max and Remi.


EDP Partners take a firsthand look at The Port of Houston on a recent bus tour.

EDP Partners take a firsthand look at The Port of Houston on a recent bus tour.


The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership (EDP) toured the Port of Houston on Friday, July 10, as one of its many industry tour events. As one of the world’s busiest ports, the Port of Houston is an economic engine that produces jobs and economic prosperity for the local and state economy.

The Port of Houston’s economic activity helps keep Texas the nation’s top exporting state. For the past 13 consecutive years, Texas has outpaced the rest of the country in exports. In 2014, Texas exports totaled more than $289 billion, up from nearly $280 billion in 2013, according to annual trade data from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The state’s exports out-performed overall U.S. exports, which only grew by 2.4 percent to $1.62 trillion in 2014 from $1.58 trillion in 2013

EDP CEO Gil Staley says, “It was a terrific opportunity for our partners to experience a behind-the-scenes tour of this incredible asset in the Houston region. We recognize that regional growth and success contributes to our success and the success of Texas.”

EDP partners represented in this tour were Bayside Printing, U.S. Representative Kevin Brady’s office, The City of Oak Ridge North, The City of Shenandoah, Community Impact Newspaper, Efficient Wealth Management, Fidelity Investment, Gallagher Benefit Services, Houston Methodist Hospital, Integrity Bank, Jones Walker, Texas State Representative Mark Keough, Linscomb & Williams, LJF Marketing and Waste Connections.


Tom Cox Sr. and his wife Marion, who lost her battle wiht breast cancer three years ago.

Tom Cox Sr. and his wife Marion, who lost her battle wiht breast cancer three years ago.


The Gracepoint Homes’ development of Marion is much more than one of the firm’s best-selling communities, it’s a loving tribute to the mother of Gracepoint Homes president Tom Cox Jr., where every facet of the development – from streets to the names of floor plans – has a meaningful family connection.

The community, located in Shenandoah less than a mile from Interstate 45, is named after Marion Cox, who lost her eight-year battle with breast cancer three years ago. Cox had purchased the land for the development shortly before his mother’s death.“We buried my mother in a cemetery near the land I had purchased, and when I saw the fleur-de-lis on her memorial, it came to me that developing a community in her honor would be agreat way to memorialize my mother,” he said.

Cox not only named the community Marion, but he also gave the development and architecture a New Orleans theme, in honor of his mother’s birthplace. Streets in Marion – McGoey Circle, Marion Place and Lily Landry Court – also have family ties.

“McGoey is my mother’s maiden name and Lily Landry is my grandmother’s name before she married,” Cox said. “We even named the floor plans offered in Marion after my mother’s two daughters and four granddaughters.”

A huge magnolia tree sits in the center of Lily Landry Court and bears a plaque at its base that is a tribute to Marion written by Cox’s father, Tom Cox Sr., a longtime resident and custom builder in The Woodlands.

Even the community’s park, Reed Park, is named after a son of one of Marion’s favorite nieces who died of cancer as a child. “Mom’s whole purpose was her family,” Cox said. “It’s been therapeutic for me to build this community in her honor.”

Father Tom says he is proud his son has created such a long-lasting tribute. “What he has done is outstanding,” he said. “I get emotionally charged every time I drive into the community and see the Marion logo, which is her signature. My wife would have been so proud of him.”

Another tributeto Marion Cox can be found in all Gracepoint model homes — framed artwork from the Craft Circle, a fundraising group in The Woodlands. “My mother was a member of the group for more than 20 years,” Cox said. “Each year, I purchase a piece for one of my models at the group’s annual auction in memory of my mother and to create awareness for the organization.”

Fittingly, the grand opening of Marion was held Nov. 6, which is Marion Cox’ birthday. More than half of the community’s 44 homes have sold since then.“Sales in Marion are doing very well,” Cox said. “It’s gratifying that so many people want to live in surroundings that my mother would have loved and want to nurture their families in a community inspired by family.”

Gracepoint Homes is the developer of Marion and also the exclusive builder. Prices are from the $650,000s. For more information, visit gracepointhomes.com.


The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Director Chris Nunes at the Riva Row Boat House in The Woodlands.

The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Director Chris Nunes at the Riva Row Boat House in The Woodlands.


The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) recently selected The Woodlands Township Director of Parks and Recreation Chris Nunes to receive the National Distinguished Professional Award. The NRPA will publicly present the award during a special reception at its 2015 annual conference in Las Vegas on Sept. 17.

Each year, NRPA national awards are presented to individuals and agencies across the U.S. to honor their efforts – both professional and personal – in the field of parks and recreation. Recipients are chosen for 10 excellence awards in a variety of topics, including professional and voluntary service, programming, leadership, research and public outreach.

The National Distinguished Professional Award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field through their leadership, research, advocacy, community outreach and program development.

“This is well deserved and a credit to the entire Parks Department operation,” said Don Norrell, president and general manager of The Woodlands Township.

The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department coordinates thousands of recreation programs and manages more than 130 parks, 205 miles of pathways and 14 aquatic facilities.



Few David Weekley Homes remain in The Woodlands-area community of The Reserve at Grogan’s Mill. This gated community offers luxurious homes priced from the high $600s and a low 2.2 percent tax rate, with square footage ranging from 1,800 to more than 4,700. Two homes are ready for immediate move-in and several homes are ready for move-in soon. Lawn maintenance is included.

Located adjacent to The Woodlands in nearby Shenandoah, The Reserve at Grogan’s Mill’s convenient location just off I-45 provides immediate access to shopping, The Woodlands Medical Center, major employers and the future Grand Parkway.

While enjoying outdoor activities at the private park within the community, as well as hiking and biking access to The Woodlands Waterway and the nearby The Woodlands Club Championship Golf Course, homeowners also enjoy energy-efficient EnergySaver Homes backed by the Environments For Living Program’s heating and cooling energy usage guarantee.

In The Reserve at Grogan’s Mill, homebuyers are near fine dining and entertainment venues in The Woodlands Market Street and The Woodlands Mall. Students attend Conroe ISD schools.

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