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The Woodlands Celebration of Excellence Announces 2017 Hometown Heroes


Missy Herndon (6th from right), president/CEO, Interfaith of The Woodlands, announces Cassidy Joined for Hope a 2017 Hometown Hero to Kim and Jud Hess (middle), pictured with board member Tracey Bieser (4th from right); Shannon Mills, director of communications and publications, Interfaith of The Woodlands (5th from right); Meagan Jamaluddin, director of development, Interfaith of The Woodlands (far right); along with founding members.

Missy Herndon (6th from right), president/CEO, Interfaith of The Woodlands, announces Cassidy Joined for Hope a 2017 Hometown Hero to Kim and Jud Hess (middle), pictured with board member Tracey Bieser (4th from right); Shannon Mills, director of communications and publications, Interfaith of The Woodlands (5th from right); Meagan Jamaluddin, director of development, Interfaith of The Woodlands (far right); along with founding members.

Group Also Debuts The Hometown Heroes Giving Circle

This year, The Woodlands Celebra­tion of Excellence Gala Committee is excited to debut the Hometown Heroes Giving Circle – an opportunity for individuals and businesses to make a donation in honor and/or in memory of a past or current Hometown Hero as a way to pay tribute to their incredible commitments to serving our community.

Donations to the Hometown Heroes Circle will go directly to help individuals and families in crisis through financial assistance for rent, mortgage, utilities, gasoline, prescription drug assistance, emergency shelter, food, clothing, senior programs and offers counseling, job training, and child care. Interfaith of The Wood­lands exists to build a more loving and caring community through service. That mission is also the essence of the Hometown Heroes – the individuals, businesses and nonprofits who have devoted their time, talents and treasures to make The Woodlands a loving and caring community we know and love! Donations made in honor and/or in memory of a Hometown Hero can be made by phone at 832-615-8225.

The following individuals and organizations are the 2017 Hometown Heroes:

Amy Lecocq and her husband Richard Shapiro, moved to The Woodlands in 1994 and have two sons, Ben and John. Form­erly a federal prosecutor for almost 20 years, Lecocq now enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering with various organizations in the community. Lecocq has devoted thousands of hours to ensure the success of many events and organizations including The Woodlands Arts Council, where she recently served as president and remains on the Board of Directors. The Woodlands Arts Council organizes and operates the annual Water­way Arts Festival – a nationally leading three-day outdoor arts festival that has brought more than 200 juried artists to the community. Lecocq also helped start The John Cooper Signatures Author Series and was chair of John Cooper Fine Arts Council and numerous other programs and events. For many years, she has been the driving force behind the success of the performing and visual arts in The Woodlands.

Lecocq served as past president of the Indian Springs Village Association and was instrumental in helping start The Voter Awareness Council, a bipartisan organization aimed at increasing voter participation. She currently is the group’s vice president. She also has been a tutor for Literacy Volunteers of America, Mont­gomery County for many years.

Bob Milner and his wife Teresa reside in The Woodlands and have four adult children, two grandchildren and five dogs. He is co-owner of Mercedes-Benz of The Wood­lands. Milner serves on several boards such as Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Montgomery County Crime­stoppers, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, The Woodlands Economic Development Partnership, #21 Strong Foundation and The Woodlands Arts Foundation.

Milner has supported and volunteered with many causes in The Woodlands including Johnny Mac Soldier Fund, Montgomery County Animal Shelter, Montgomery County Youth Services, Angel Flight, Hope’s Path, Interfaith of The Woodlands, Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health, Texas Children’s The Woodlands Hospital, The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council, Habitat for Humanity, local schools and numerous dog rescue groups. He was recognized by Ernst and Young as a Gulf Coast Regional Finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year for 2016 and also was awarded the prestigious Mercedes-Benz USA Best of the Best Award.

Milner enjoys playing golf and spending time with Teresa along with their five rescue dogs. He is passionate about victims of cancer and animal rescue.

Melissa Young has had roots in The Woodlands since 1990. Young and her husband Jeff have two young sons. As president of a very successful company, Corporate Incentives, Young gives of her time and resources to many local organizations in the community.

Young was recently selected to be vice chair of Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) and has mentored many LMC class members on class projects during the past two years. She is chair of Montgomery County Regional Council of the United Way of Greater Houston, United Way of Greater Houston Board of Directors and a member on Thrive Council, a committee of United Way of Greater Houston. Young was instrumental in providing support for Mont­gomery County United Way with its recent reorganization. She serves on the Executive Leadership Council for The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce and supports the Leukemia and Lymph­oma Society. Young was also honored this past year with Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. Young enjoys spending time with friends and family, along with travel, food and wine.

Rob Johnson and his wife Christine have lived in The Woodlands for more than 20 years and have two sons, Matt and Dan.  Johnson is Assistant General Counsel of Legal Services at Exxon Mobil Cor­poration. He is an outstanding community citizen who is deeply involved in several organizations in The Woodlands. Johnson serves as vice chair for Interfaith of The Woodlands Board of Directors and was instrumental in starting the Develop­ment Committee at Interfaith. He is an Interfaith Community Clinic Board member and supports CASA of Mont­gomery County as well.

Johnson is chair of the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee of Christ Church United Methodist and also serves on Christ Church’s Church Council. From 2003 until 2016, he served as an assistant scout master and merit badge counselor for Boy Scout Troop 889, chartered by Christ Church United Methodist in The Wood­lands. He serves on the board of Houston Volunteer Lawyers, which is the pro bono arm of the Houston Bar Asso­ciation. He is a Life Fellow of the Houston Bar Foun­dation. Johnson is also executive vice president of the American University Alumni Board and a member of the American University School of Public Affairs Dean’s Council.

Johnson is an active pro bono volunteer and currently is representing two U.S. military veterans in efforts to obtain benefits they are due as a result of their service to our country. The Houston Business Journal named Johnson Best Assistant General Counsel in September 2006. Johnson enjoys golf, travel, military history and spending time on Cape Cod with his family.

Cassidy Joined for Hope is a nonprofit foundation focusing on teen suicide and prevention and has made a significant impact in The Woodlands community. After the suicide of their beautiful teenage daughter, Cassidy, Kim and Jud Hess created the nonprofit in her honor. Less than five months later, Kim was compelled to share her daughter’s story to 1,500 people at an event in partnership with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and The Woodlands Develop­ment Company.

With an overwhelming response and encouragement from others, Kim found the strength to continue her mission. The group began with Cassidy’s closest friends, who were determined to bring awareness to the topic of suicide and prevent the loss of any more teens in the community. They established a club at The Woodlands College Park High School (Cavs Joined for Hope) and hosted several education events throughout the school year. As a result, Concordia Lutheran’s Saders Joined for Hope and Lone Star College’s Mavs Joined for Hope will start this fall. Cassidy Joined for Hope will continue to seed and support any Joined for Hope school club. Cassidy Joined for Hope was able to award six scholarships through the Cassidy Hess Memorial Scholarship to Cavs Joined for Hope Club members. Cassidy Joined for Hope was recently the recipient of The Woodlands Art League’s “Hearts for Hope” project.

The Woodlands Christian Academy is an independent, Christ-centered college preparatory school that integrates learning with biblical faith and challenges students to reach their highest potential – spiritually, academically, physically and socially – for the glory of Jesus Christ.

Julie Ambler, Head of School, has assembled an exceptional team of administrators who manage the academic, financial, development, marketing, technical, facilities and admissions operations of the school. The Woodlands Christian Academy serves approximately 650 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The school is an active member of The Wood­lands Area Chamber of Commerce and The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership. The Academy is also an Apple Distinguished School, recognized for its integration of technology into the classroom. Woodlands Christian is one of only 11 schools in Texas to earn this honor. The Woodlands Christian Academy has been certified as a Best Christian Workplace based on meeting the exacting standards set by the international, research-based organization, the Best Christian Work­places Institute.

 

Missy Herndon, president/CEO, Interfaith of The Woodlands congratulates Melissa Young (center), a 2017 Hometown Hero. Also present were Jeff Young and their sons (middle); Bev Earl, Corporate Incentives staff (6th from left); Meagan Jamaluddin, director of development, Interfaith of The Woodlands (3rd from the right); Lorrie Parise, manager, PR/community relations, TWDC,(2nd from right); and Shannon Mills, director of communications and publications, Interfaith of The Woodlands (far right).

Missy Herndon, president/CEO, Interfaith of The Woodlands congratulates Melissa Young (center), a 2017 Hometown Hero. Also present were Jeff Young and their sons (middle); Bev Earl, Corporate Incentives staff (6th from left); Meagan Jamaluddin, director of development, Interfaith of The Woodlands (3rd from the right); Lorrie Parise, manager, PR/community relations, TWDC,(2nd from right); and Shannon Mills, director of communications and publications, Interfaith of The Woodlands (far right).

 

(L-R): Missy Herndon, president/CEO, Interfaith of The Woodlands, congratulates Amy Lecocq for being named a 2017 Hometown Hero. Also present were Richard Shapiro; Shannon Mills, director of communications and publications, Interfaith of The Woodlands; and Meagan Jamaluddin, director of development, Interfaith of The Woodlands.

(L-R): Missy Herndon, president/CEO, Interfaith of The Woodlands, congratulates Amy Lecocq for being named a 2017 Hometown Hero. Also present were Richard Shapiro; Shannon Mills, director of communications and publications, Interfaith of The Woodlands; and Meagan Jamaluddin, director of development, Interfaith of The Woodlands.

 

Missy Herndon (left), president/CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands, congratulates Rob Johnson (3rd from left) for being named a 2017 Hometown Hero. Also present were Matt Johnson (2nd from left); Dr. Daniel T. Hannon, 2008 Hometown Hero (3rd from right); Meagan Jamaluddin, director of development, Interfaith of The Woodlands (2nd from right); and Shannon Mills, director of communications and publications, Interfaith of The Woodlands (far right).

Missy Herndon (left), president/CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands, congratulates Rob Johnson (3rd from left) for being named a 2017 Hometown Hero. Also present were Matt Johnson (2nd from left); Dr. Daniel T. Hannon, 2008 Hometown Hero (3rd from right); Meagan Jamaluddin, director of development, Interfaith of The Woodlands (2nd from right); and Shannon Mills, director of communications and publications, Interfaith of The Woodlands (far right).

 

(L-R): Meagan Jamaluddin, director of development, Interfaith of The Woodlands, and Missy Herndon, president/CEO, Interfaith of The Woodlands, congratulate Bob Milner, 2017 Hometown Hero, Teresa Milner and Terry Larson.

(L-R): Meagan Jamaluddin, director of development, Interfaith of The Woodlands, and Missy Herndon, president/CEO, Interfaith of The Woodlands, congratulate Bob Milner, 2017 Hometown Hero, Teresa Milner and Terry Larson.

 

Missy Herndon (back row, 5th from right), president/CEO, Interfaith of The Woodlands, announces The Woodlands Christian Academy a 2017 Hometown Hero to Julie Ambler (middle), Head of School, with staff of the Academy and Meagan Jamaluddin, director of development, Interfaith of The Woodlands (3rd from left).

Missy Herndon (back row, 5th from right), president/CEO, Interfaith of The Woodlands, announces The Woodlands Christian Academy a 2017 Hometown Hero to Julie Ambler (middle), Head of School, with staff of the Academy and Meagan Jamaluddin, director of development, Interfaith of The Woodlands (3rd from left).

 


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