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Governor Abbott Appoints Lunceford To Board For Lease Of Texas Department of Criminal Justice Lands Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Erin Lunceford to the Board for Lease of Texas Department of Criminal Justice Lands for a term set to expire on September 1, 2017. Erin Lunceford of Houston is counsel at Norton Rose Fulbright USA LLP. She previously served as

judge of the 61st Judicial District Court in Harris County. She is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a certified medical malpractice specialist with the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. She is a

board member of the Houston Bar Association and an associate member and treasurer/secretary of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Lunceford received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Juris Doctor from the University of Houston.

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Phyllis Darden Caldwell was recently honored as one of the outstanding women who have given back to Prairie View A&M University at the 2nd Annual PV Girls Rock! Awards which celebrated outstanding female students, successful alumnae, faculty and staff. The show was held as a part of the first Prairie View Women's Week on Saturday March 4, 2017! “On behalf of Houston Business Connections Magazine I would like to congratulate Phyllis Darden Caldwell on this recent accolade,� says Aubrey R. Taylor, president and CEO of Aubrey R. Taylor Communications. Phyllis Darden Caldwell graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a Bachelor's in Sociology Education and a Master's in Sociology. She is a Trustee, and corporate secretary of the Prairie View A&M Foundation. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the PVAMU Sports Hall of Fame, the Homecoming Committee and the advisory board of the College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology. She is a very familiar face among Panther Athletics and has dedicated decades of service to the university and its students which also includes serving as a mentor to multiple Prairie View alumnae and current students. We are thrilled to name Phyllis Darden-Caldwell as one of our 2017 Honorees. #PVGirlsRock

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Ivy Lorraine Walls was recently honored as one of the outstanding women who have given back to Prairie View A&M University at the 2nd Annual PV Girls Rock! Awards show which celebrated outstanding female students, successful alumnae, faculty and staff. The show was held as a part of the first Prairie View Women's Week on Saturday March 4, 2017! “On behalf of Houston Business Connections Magazine I would like to congratulate Ivy Lorraine Walls on this recent accolade,� says Aubrey R. Taylor, president and CEO of Aubrey R. Taylor Communications. Ivy Lorraine Walls is a Prairie View A&M University Alumna (Class of 2015, BS in Biology) While serving as Miss Prairie View A&M University 2015-2016, Ivy established her platform L.E.G.A.C.Y (Leaving Everlasting Gifts of Art and Culture For The Years). Through this platform she hosted a number of programs, three of which became annual events that have gone on to benefit the women of Prairie View. Ivy Lorraine Walls founded Little Miss 1876, Letters to My Sister, and is the founder of the PV Girls Rock! Awards Show. She currently continues to uplift and empower Prairie View women as a mentor and has her own business/website The Ivy Files where she sells custom merchandise.

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Coach Barbara Jacket was recently honored as one of the outstanding women who have given back to Prairie View A&M University at the 2nd Annual PV Girls Rock! Awards which celebrated outstanding female students, successful alumnae, faculty and staff. The show was held as a part of the first Prairie View Women's Week on Saturday March 4, 2017! “On behalf of Houston Business Connections Magazine I would like to congratulate Coach Barbara Jacket on this recent accolade,” says Aubrey R. Taylor, president and CEO of Aubrey R. Taylor Communications. Coach Jacket is a legendary Prairie View A&M women’s track coach and Olympic track coach. She ranks as one of the greatest women’s track & field coaches in United States Track & Field history. Coach Jacket’s teams from 1965 to 1991 claimed eight NAIA outdoor titles and two indoor titles; won national titles in the AIAW and the U.S. Track and Field Federation; and won eight SWAC cross country titles, nine indoor titles and five outdoor SWAC titles in track and field. Coach Jacket was named SWAC Coach of the Year on 23 occasions and NAIA Coach of the Year five times. Her teams won 23 SWAC championships, and she tutored 57 All-Americans. In 1990, she became the only women athletic director in the SWAC when she was named to the position at Prairie View. As coach of the 1992 U.S. Women's Olympic Track Team during the Olympics which ran from July 25 to August 9 in Barcelona, Spain, Coach Jacket had the enviable task of coaching such greats as long jumper Jackie JoynerKersee and sprinters Gwen Torrance, Gail Devers, and Evelyn Ashford. The women's team won four gold medals, three silver medals and three bronze medals which was more than any team since 1956 at the time. She was the second African-American female to coach an Olympic team. #PVGirlsRock

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Governor Abbott Appoints Five To Texas Juvenile Justice Board Governor Greg Abbott has appointed James Castro, Stephanie Moreno, and Allison Palmer and reappointed Pama Hencerling and James Smith to the Texas Juvenile Justice Board for terms set to expire February 1, 2023. The Board is charged to develop and implement rules to govern the department, executive director, and staff and to establish the mission and set goals for the department to emphasize keeping youth in home communities while balancing rehabilitative needs with public safety.

James Castro of Bergheim is the president and CEO of SAMSAT – San Antonio Museum of Science & Technology and former CEO of St. Peter – St. Joseph Children’s Home. He is licensed as a Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist and a Professional Counselor Supervisor. He currently serves on the Task Force on Improving Outcomes for Juveniles Adjudicated of Sexual Offenses. He has supported many organizations including, the Texas Alliance of Child Family Services, Knights of Columbus and Boy Scouts of America. Castro received a Bachelor of Science from Franciscan University and a Master of Arts from St. Mary’s University.

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Stephanie Moreno of Beeville is the county judge of Bee County. She is a vice president of the Coastal Bend Housing Finance Corp and a member of both the Coastal Bend Council of Governments and the State Bar of Texas. Moreno received a Bachelor of Arts from Texas State University and a Juris Doctor from Western New England School of Law.

Allison Palmer of San Angelo is the district attorney for the 51st Judicial District of Texas. She currently serves on the Task Force on Improving Outcomes for Juveniles Adjudicated of Sexual Offenses and is a member of the National District Attorneys’ Association, Texas District and County Attorneys’ Association and the State Bar of Texas. Palmer received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas and a Juris Doctor from St. Mary’s School of Law. Pama Hencerling of Victoria is the chief juvenile probation officer of Victoria and Goliad Counties. She is past president of the Texas Institute on Children and Youth and a member of the Central Texas Chiefs Association, Texas Probation Association and the Juvenile Justice Associate of Texas. Hencerling received a Bachelor of Science from Sam Houston State University.

James Smith of Midland is a commercial realtor and former county commissioner. He chaired the Texas Juvenile Justice Board Trust Committee, was the county representative to the Midland Teen Court, and currently a reserve deputy for the Midland County Sheriff’s Department. Smith was honorably discharged from the United States.


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Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Texas Judicial Council Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Kenneth S. Saks and Evan Young to the Texas Judicial Council for terms set to expire June 30, 2021 and appointed Sonia Clayton for a term set to expire June 30, 2019. The Council studies the court system in Texas and looks for methods to improve while also investigating and reporting on matters referred to the council relating to the court system.

Kenneth S. Saks of San Antonio is a partner at Oliva, Saks, Garcia & Curiel LLP and a fee attorney and escrow officer at Stewart Title Company. He is a member of St. Mary’s University Board of Trustees, St. Mary’s Hispanic Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, and Vice President and Board Member of the Hispanic Sports Foundation for Education Inc. Saks received a Bachelor of Arts from St. Mary’s University and a Juris Doctor and Masters of Law from St. Mary’s Law School. Evan Young of Austin is a partner at the firm of Baker Botts LLP. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and served as Counsel to the Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. He is chair of the Texas Regional Office of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, vice chair of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, a member of the Supreme Court Advisory

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Committee, and an elected member of the American Law Institute. He serves as an adjunct professor at The University of Texas School of Law. Young received a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University and Oxford University, where he was a British Marshall Scholar, and a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.

Sonia Clayton of Spring is president and CEO of Virtual Intelligence Providers LLC. She a board member of the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University, Sampoerna University – American College in Jakarta Indonesia and the Sam Houston Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and is a nationally recognized member of InfraGard and FBI-Community partnership. Clayton received a Bachelor of Science from Universidad del Zulia and a Bachelor of Science from Capella University, and she has obtained certificates from London Business School, Stanford University and Harvard Business School.


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Governor Greg Abbott recently hosted a reception recognizing researchers recruited through the Governor’s University Research Initiative program (GURI) and officials from Texas universities at the Texas Governor’s Mansion. The Governor previously announced the recruitment of nine distinguished researchers to Texas A&M University, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston who were honored at today's reception. “Texas universities stand apart as a model for the nation for developing groundbreaking innovations, driving our state’s powerful economy, and improving quality of life around the world,” said Governor Abbott. “Thanks to our nine internationally renowned researchers recruited by the GURI initiative, ideas that begin in Texas will help transform the world. These brilliant minds have put Texas universities on a path to national and international prominence, and we must

continue to ensure Texas is on the cutting edge of research and development.” As one of the Governor's top priorities, GURI was enacted in 2015 by the 84th Legislature with the goal to bring the best and brightest researchers in the world to Texas universities. The program is a matching grant program to assist eligible institutions of higher education in recruiting distinguished researchers. The GURI grant program is operated within the Office of the Governor’s Economic Development and Tourism Division.

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Royal Society in the United Kingdom. His research at Texas A&M University is in theoretical quantum optics, particularly the interaction of laser light with atoms, and in developing applications for this technology. These applications will permit the identification of chemical compounds and will form the basis to detect pathogens and chemicals at a distance. He also is teaching a graduate course on Spectroscopy and will be mentoring graduate students. Texas A&M University has been awarded a GURI grant totaling $4,612,000. Dr. Joan Frances Brennecke will be a professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering and holder of an endowed chair at the University of Texas at Austin starting August 1, 2017. Currently, she is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. As a member of the UT Austin faculty, she will assist in the teaching and training of graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Brennecke’s research will focus on energy and sustainability, including the design of ionic liquid systems for safer, more reliable and longer-lasting batteries. Dr. Brennecke will work closely with the university’s office of technology commercialization to facilitate technology transfer from her lab to the marketplace thus benefiting the university and the state of Texas. The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded a GURI grant totaling $1,800,000. Dr. Richard B. Miles leads a Center of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Optical and Laser Detection Systems for National Security and Safety at Texas A&M University and is a full-time faculty member in the Aerospace Engineering and the Mechanical Engineering Departments. He was a Senior Scholar at Princeton University and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. One such application of his innovative research is the development of state-of-the-art instrumentation for remote detection that will identify hazardous gases and dangerous contaminants such as anthrax or the Ebola virus, hidden explosives such as IEDs, and/or greenhouse gases and pollutants. He also teaches undergraduate and graduate students in optics, spectroscopy and thermodynamics. Texas A&M University has been awarded a GURI grant totaling $5,000,000. Dr. Thomas J. Overbye is a full-time faculty member Texas A&M University. Previously, he was the Fox Family Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. His research interests are in the domains of: Smart Grid Cyber Security, Renewable Electric Energy Systems, Power System Visualization, Power System Analysis by Computer Methods, Power System Stability, and Power Systems Operation and Control. He also teaches in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering on topics related to power distribution and generation. Texas A&M has been awarded a GURI grant totaling $4,500,000.

Dr. George M. Pharr IV is a full-time faculty member Texas A&M University. Previously, he served as the Chancellor’s Professor and McKamey Professor of Engineering at the University of Tennessee and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. His research will be in the creation and testing of nanomaterials. Dr. Pharr teaches in the Material Sciences and Engineering Department at both graduate and undergraduate levels on nanomaterials and properties of materials. Texas A&M University has been awarded a GURI grant totaling $5,000,000. Dr. Andrea Prosperetti joined the University of Houston as a Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Cullen College of Engineering. He previously served as the Charles A. Miller, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Prosperetti will also lead the multi-disciplinary Center for Advanced Computing and Data Systems. This center represents efforts in high performance computing as it applies to important applications that will have significant impact on the State of Texas including energy, infrastructure, aerospace, health and national security. Dr. Prosperetti’s research is focused on multiphase flows and high performance computing. The University of Houston has been awarded a GURI grant totaling $3,060,500. Dr. John Suppe joined University of Houston as a Distinguished Professor of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. He was previously a Distinguished Chair and Research Professor at National Taiwan University, and he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Suppe will establish and lead the multi-disciplinary Center for Tectonics and Tomography the (CTT) at the University of Houston. This center will yield fundamentally new insights into the interaction of past plate motions and the global circulation of Earth's mantle. Dr. Suppe’s research is focused on seismic tomography as well as generation of new tomographic models. The University of Houston has been awarded a GURI grant totaling $2,427,700. Dr. Ganesh Thakur joined the University of Houston as a Distinguished Professor of Petroleum Engineering in the Cullen College of Engineering. He is President and Global Advisor at Thakur Services, Inc. and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Thakur also serves as the Director for Energy Industrial Partnerships at the University of Houston. This center represents efforts in upstream and midstream as it applies to important applications, and will have immense impact on the State of Texas in the field of energy. Dr. Thakur’s research is focused on waterflood management as applied to secondary recovery of oil. The University of Houston has been awarded a GURI grant totaling $3,044,350.


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Highlights from the Houston, Texas Pillars of the Community Awards

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GREAT PEOPLE TO KNOW SERIES: Nicole West (2017 Pillar of the Community Awards Recipient), Joseph Washington (2017 Pillars of the Community Awards Recipient), Sandra Massie-Hines (2017 Pillars of the Community Awards Recipient), Isiah Carey (Master of Ceremonies - Fox 26 News), Mrs. Shad Bogany (Receiving 2017 Pillars of the Community Awards for her husband Shad Bogany), Ora Boxie (2017 Pillars of the Community Awards Recipient), Holly Gibson (2017 Pillar of the Community Awards Recipient), Dr. Albert Lemons (2017 Pillars of the Community Awards Recipient), Dr. Carolyn Evans-Shabazz (HCC District IV Trustee and Guest Speaker for the 2017 Pillars of the Community Awards) and Wretha Rawls-Thomas (Founder/President of the Pilliars of the Community Awards).

2017 Pillars of the Community Recognized at Beechnut Academy By Wretha Rawls Thomas, Founder, HESP Union For over 27 years community, leaders, business professionals and educators have been recognized as distinguished “Pillars of the Community” by Wretha Rawls-Thomas, founder/president of the HESP Union which represents custodians, kitchen workers and bus drivers employed by (HISD) the Houston Independent School District. This year’s event was held at Beechnut Academy located 7055 Beechnut St, in Houston, Texas. A few of the distinguished recipients of the “2017 Pillars of the Community Award” were: Dr. Albert Lemons, Shad Bogany, Sadra Massey Hines, Holly Gibson, Ora Boxie, Nicole West and Joseph Washington. MASTER OF CEREMONY

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Isiah Carey, a well-known television reporter for (KRIVTV) Fox 26 served as the master of ceremonies for the 10th year in a row. “I would like to thank Isiah for his commitment and dedication to making this ceremony a huge success year -after-year,” said Wretha Rawls-


Thomas. Isiah Carey (second from left) is pictured above with Denetris Jones, Wretha Rawls-Thomas and Dr. Carolyn EvansShabazz. GUEST SPEAKER

Dr. Caroyln Evans-Shabazz, the (HCC) Houston Community College Trustee for District IV served as the guest speaker at the “2017 Pillars of the Community” awards ceremony. “Dr. Carolyn Evans-Shabazz did a fantastic job at this year’s event. I would like to thank her for taking time out of her very busy schedule to come out and celebrate these distinguished individuals,” continued Rawls-Thomas. PLATINUM SPONSORS

The key sponsors for the “2017 Pillars of the Community” awards ceremony were: Central Care Health Network, Kennedy Benefits and Beechnut Academy. “What we do to honor our recipients each year would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. I am so grateful for everyone who plays a role in making what we do possible,” says Rawls-Thomas.

HOLLY CELESTE TATUM-GIBSON IS A FEATURED 2017 PILLARS OF THE COMMUNITY AWARDS RECIPIENT

In 2002, Ms. Gibson accepted the position of Dean of Instruction (first administrative assignment) at Pearl C. Anderson Middle School in the Dallas ISD. Upon her completion of the Bridge Academy (Principal’s Academy) in 2007, Ms. Gibson accepted a position at Lamar High School in the fall of 2008, as the Dean of Students. As the chief disciplinarian, she was a major contributor to Lamar’s Bridge Program, a program that would allow first time drug offenders an alternative rather than referring to the district’s alternative educational program. Ms. Gibson also focused on Lamar’s Success Center. This center placed emphasis on providing services for students’ academic, emotional, mental, psycho-social, socioeconomic and psychological needs. As a result of having the LSC on campus, Lamar’s out of school suspensions decreased significantly by more than 75%. Currently as the Dean of Instruction at Lamar High School, Ms. Gibson oversees Lamar’s master schedule, course schedule planning, faculty evaluation, professional development, fiscal monitoring, and other related administrative activities with and for the assigned program areas (including – International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Special Education and Magnet), in addition to being the High School collaborative coordinator. Her current direct reports include: Assistant Principals, Academic Advisors, Counselors, Instructional coordinators, Department Chairs, and Clerical Staff. Holly Gibson believes in servant leadership. She supports teachers, students, and parents by listening, giving feedback as needed and being straightforward, but tactful. She enjoys working with others and is truly the “Hidden Figure” at Mirabeau B. Lamar High School.

REVEREND ORA BOXIE IS A FEATURED 2017 PILLARS OF THE COMMUNITY AWARDS RECIPIENT

MEET HOLLY GIBSON

Holly Celeste Tatum-Gibson is the Dean of Instruction (Associate Principal) at Mirabeau B. Lamar High School Ms. Gibson was born in Marshall, Texas, on July 2, 1967 to Oscar and June Tatum. Holly graduated as an honor roll student from Marshall High School and received an athletic scholarship in basketball from (TSU) Texas Southern University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at Texas Southern University in 1991; and received her Master of Education from Texas A & M University in Commerce, Texas in 2000. Ms. Gibson has over 25 years of experience in education as a classroom teacher and administrator. She is very passionate about education as she comes from a family where 3 of her 7 siblings are educators and her mother being a previous educator for a number of years. In 1991, Ms. Gibson started her career in the Houston Independent School District at Jane Long Middle School as a Math teacher. She also taught at Middle College High School as a Math teacher/Department Chair while simultaneously serving as an adjunct Math instructor for El Centro Community College, Metropolitan High School, and the Learning Alternative Center for Expelled Youth in the Dallas Independent School District.

MEET REV. ORA BOXIE

Reverend Ora Boxie graduated from Lamar University in 1980 and 1988 as LVN and RN respectively. Reverend Boxie began working in the emergency room in a local hospital 1986. She has an extensive background in critical care from the emergency to open heart intensive care, therefore, is very capable of managing cardiac arrest (code) situations. Certifications include BLS (basic life support, ACLS (advance cardiac life support), and PALS (pediatric advance life support).

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2017 Pillars of the Community Recognized at Beechnut Academy By Wretha Rawls Thomas, Founder, HESP Union She specializes in IV insertions including Midlines, PICC lines as well as peripheral IVs. In 1987 she answered the call to ministry while a member of New Bethel MBC in Beaumont, Texas – and was ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church as an Itinerant Elder in 1995. In 2004 Rev. Boxie graduated from the Houston Graduate School of Theology with a Master’s degree and is a Certified Christian Counselor. And also serves as one of the Associate Pastors at Evangelist Chapel AME Church where Rev. Vincent Hightower is the Senior Pastor. She has also volunteered with multiple charitable organizations over the years, including but not limited to: The Star of Hope and Sjodren’s Syndrome march. Reverend Boxie has also volunteered her time at many healthcare fairs, and currently serves with the Evangelist Chapel AME Healthcare Organization. Rev. Boxie is proud to be a member of the Board of Advisory for The College of Healthcare Professionals, teaches in the classroom and is a clinical instructor with the Texas Health School. She has experience working as a Staff Nurse, Nursing Supervisor, Operative Administrative Nurse, and Director of Nursing and is currently employed with GasDoc, Incorporated as the Executive Administrator.

SANDRA MASSIE HINES IS A FEATURED 2017 PILLARS OF THE COMMUNITY AWARDS RECIPIENT

MEET SANDRA MASSIE-HINES

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Sandra Massie Hines is the executive director of Junior Achievers, a nonprofit organization that works with schools, churches, business & the private sector to pro-

mote jobs, peer mediation and healthy, drug-free living among youth. She is a also a proud Christian, Humanitarian, civic leader, peace maker, notable Worthing High School Alumni and volunteer for the indigent and the underserved in the Houston area. She is the Co-Founder of the Atlanta Library of Peace, Ist Black Graduate of the City of Houston Citizens Fire Academy, the Honorary Mayor of the Sunnyside community in Houston, where her activism on behalf of people with substance abuse problems is well known. Sandra Massie Hines, a single mother of five children (all grown), is longtime activist and civil rights leader, advocates for the elderly, poor, homeless, and women with children. While continuing on her regular mission of feeding the elderly, homeless and the hungry through a program she founded, called: “End Hunger Sunnyside- End Hunger Houston”, she partners with the Houston Food Bank to provide the food outreach. A few years ago, “Mayor” Hines took a bold stand for dozens of residents of Crestmont Apartments, who were living in deplorable and unsanitary conditions. She spent numerous days and nights at the apartment site gathering the people’s concerns to ensure action was taken to bring them relief. Her hard work made a remarkable impression upon the Mayor of Houston (at the time) Annise Parker to move them from this soon-to-be condemned complex, to a new location in which the city covered the first month rent and all associated fees. Sandra Massie Hines spends most of her days busy fighting for others to live with integrity and a peaceable life. She advocates for citizens with many concerns, such as for one who had a large sink hole in her back yard, invoking a hasty response from city officials to resolve the issue. However, in the end, the issue was resolved. She has organized, along with many other community leaders a clothes drive for Houston & Louisiana flood victims. And due to her tireless efforts to serve all of humanity, she was selected by former President, George W. Bush for the Presidential Points of Lights and was called on by former President Bill Clinton for prayer. Sandra Massie Hines has also been called on to consult with mayors, congressional leaders, kings and presidents of other countries because of her extensive knowledge of how to empower people dealing with oppression. And she’s not afraid to stand on the front-lines either, and regularly marches against crime. She is continuously on the battlefield for senior citizens who have been victimized, insuring law enforcement is aware of the criminal activity surrounding the residences of senior citizens. She also orchestrates meetings that inform the community of crime prevention and victim assistance endeavors. Sandra Massie Hines is known as the “Mayor of Sunnyside” in Houston, Texas, and gives selflessly to the betterment of others.


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Highlights from the Jasper, Texas Pillars of the Community Awards

State Rep. Harold DUtton Jr. was the guest speaker at the 2017 Pillars of the Community Awards Ceremony recently held in Jasper, Texas. The topic of this year’s ceremony was: “Making your Own History”. This year’s event marked the 9th consecutive year the event has been held in Jasper, Texas. The Pillars of the Community Awards celebrated African Americans from all walks of life and highlighted, 92-year old J.P. Collins, an old pillar of the community in Jasper, Texas. Collins shared a little history and sweet memories dating back to 1935. Other pillars of the community highlighted at the event were: Delorie McGill, Elroy Kenbew, Harold Cauley, Willie King, The Kyle’s family and Frist Lady McBright. The Master of Ceremony for the 2017 Pillars of the Community Awards held in Jasper Texas was Dr. Larry Brown. A few of the key sponsors for the event were: Nehemiah Youth Center, KJAS-Radio Lucy Mae Rawls Foundation, and The Pillars of the Community Committee. If you would like to learn more information about the “Pillars of the Community Awards” for Jasper, Texas, or support the HESP Union, please call (713) 660-8435 and ask for Wretha Rawls-Thomas.

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FBISD Superintendent receives Department of Defense Patriot Award

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FORT BEND ISD – Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Dupre was recently awarded the National Guard and Reserve Patriot Award in recognition of his continuous support of FBISD employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) representatives Wyvette McLendon and Tom Samson presented the Patriot Award to Dr. Dupre at the FBISD Administration Building. The award is granted based on a nomination by a Guard or Reserve member.

“I feel exceptionally honored that Capt. Holliday nominated me for the Patriot Award,” Dupre said. “I feel privileged to lead an organization that is known for supporting our members of the Guard and Reserves as they serve to protect our freedoms and preserve a bright future for our nation.” Capt. Jeanene Holliday nominated Dr. Dupre for supporting her as she simultaneously serves as a Judge Advocate General in the United States Army Reserve (USAR) and works full-time as the Teen Leadership, Student Council and PALS instructor at


FBISD’s Missouri City Middle School.

“Dr. Dupre is an inspirational leader who not only believes in the professional development and training of all FBISD employees, but he also understands the value and complexity of the Army Reserve Soldier as an FBISD employee,” Holliday expressed. “As a district leader, his support of the U.S. military is an invaluable contribution to our community and society.” Wyvette McLendon, Texas ESGR Area 2 Chair, expressed what an honor it is - and a happy part of their job - to be able to present the Patriot award. “We are grateful that your District supports our Reservists and has their backs when they are deployed for service,” McLendon said. The ESGR representatives also presented a Statement of Support to signify FBISD’s commitment to supporting military personnel.

By signing a Statement of Support, the District pledges that: We fully recognize, honor and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. We will provide our managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.

We appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills Service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans.

We will continually recognize and support our country’s Service members and their families, in peace, in crisis, and in war.

ESGR, a Department of Defense program, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.

Tracey Rich named Associate Principal at Christa McAuliffe Middle School

FORT BEND ISD – The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved Tracey Rich as Associate Principal at Christa McAuliffe Middle School (CMMS) during the March 6, 2017, Board Meeting. Rich previously served as Assistant Principal at CMMS for this school year, and as assistant principal at First Colony Middle School for three years. Prior to coming to Fort Bend ISD, she worked in Lamar ISD for five years. Rich received her Master’s of Education from the University of Houston-Sugar Land, and her Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science from Western Washington University. She is working toward her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction.

FBISD Board approves Sheri Maston as Director of Special Education

FORT BEND ISD ― Sheri Maston was named Director of Special Education at the March 6, 2017 Board Meeting. Maston is an experienced education professional whose career spans more than 19 years. Most recently, Maston served as a Special Education Instructional Specialist for Pasadena ISD. Prior to that role, she was a special education teacher, as well as a general education teacher for various grade levels. Maston received her Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix and her Administrator Certification from Lamar University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University.

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“With your input, together, we can make Houston work for “ALL” of Us!” Council Member Mike Knox

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Mike Knox (center), R.W. Bray, and Freddie Oliver discuss employment and contract opportunities for minority businesses in Houston.

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Meet Mike Knox

Mike Knox is a native Houstonian. He married his high school sweetheart in 1977 and they have raised one son; who now serves the city as a Houston Police Officer. Mike Knox obtained an Associate of Arts degree from the Houston Community College and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston – Downtown while working as a

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Houston Police Officer. Mike has a long history of honorable public service. Mike Knox is a veteran who served in the United States Air Force and served over 15 years as a Houston Police Officer. Mike was one of two officers responsible for the creation of the Houston Police Department’s first divisional gang unit in 1988 and helped create and served on the original board of directors for the Texas Gang Investigators Association. Mike authored a book entitled Gangsta in the House; Understanding Gang Culture, which was published in 1995. This book added to the knowledge base on gang culture and was recognized in 2001 by the National Gang Research Center who awarded it the prestigious “Thrasher” award. Mike served his fellow officers as a Board Member of the Houston Police Patrolmen’s Union and chaired the HPPU Political Action Committee. In addition, he served as editor of the “Sentinel” (HPPU) monthly newsletter. Shortly after publishing his book in 1995, Mike began a consulting business

focused on helping law enforcement, schools districts, and communities understand and deal with street gangs and violent youthful offenders. Mike Knox has served his community as a board member of the Spring Branch Education Foundation and was among the original funders of the Spring Branch ISD “Fund for the Future” endowment. He contributed to the creation of the Spring Branch Good Neighbor program. Mike was recruited in 2007 to help the Spring Branch Management District develop the Public Safety component of its service plan and worked as their Director of Community Service for three years. For the past seven years Mike Knox has served as the President of the Yupon Estates Homeowners Association. Mike has a deep interest and investment in Houston and believes Houston City Council deserves a dedicated servant. ---------------------------------------------------------

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Council Member Mike Knox attending the installation of the memorial wall honoring the sacrifice of officers killed in the line of duty while assigned to the HPD Westside Command Station.

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Judge Kelli Johnson is the presiding judge for the 178th Criminal District Court in Harris County.

State Senator Borris Miles represents Senate District 13 in the Texas Legislature.

State Rep. Valoree Swanson, Gov. Greg Abbott and Erin Swanson. State Rep. Swanson currently represents House District 150 in the Texas Legislature.

Judge Michael Gomez is the presiding judge for the 129th Civil District Court in Harris County.

Judge Elaine H. Palmer is the presiding judge for the 215th Civil District Court in Harris County.

State Rep. Briscoe Cain currently represents House District 128 in the Texas Legislature.

Judge Kyle Carter is the presiding judge for the 125th Civil District Court in Harris County.

Dr. Kendall Baker is a local pastor, entrepreneur, and community leader. Dr. Baker is pictured above with his wife Esther Iyoha Baker and thier daughter.

PHOTO: Richard Schechter, Lillie Schechter, and Sue Schecther. Sue is a former Harris County Democratic Party Chair.

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Lillie Schechter Wins 2017 Race for Harris County Democratic Party Chair


Judge Michael Engelhart is the presiding judge for the 151st Civil District Court in Harris County.

Constable May Walker is currently serving the people of Harris County as the Precinct 7 Harris County Constable.

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State Rep. Shawn Thierry currently represents House District 146 in the Texas Legislature. She’s pictured above with her Daughter Klaire Bijou.

Commissioner Rodney Ellis is currently serving the people of Harris County as the Precinct 1 Harris County Commissioner.

Judge Ramona Franklin is the presiding judge for the 338th Criminal District Court in Harris County.

Judge Larry Weiman is the presiding judge for the 80th Civil District Court in Harris County.

The Russians are Coming to Houston in September 2017

“Congratulation to Carmen Cuneo for being selected to serve Rotary International 5890 as a District Governor in the Rotary Year 2018-2019” -- AUBREY R. TAYLOR

While our politicians are challenged to reach across the aisle, there is a group of people who do not even see the aisle; they see a much larger picture of the world. The Rotary Club of the University Area-Houston, is hosting an “Open World” team in Houston in September of 2017. “Open World” is a program sponsored by the Department of State to reach out to young professionals in Russia and the former Soviet Union states to introduce rising leaders of emerging countries to the importance of legislative functions in creating and sustaining democracies. The Rotary Club of the University Area will partner with the Rotary Club of Ivanovo, Russia, to bring a team of young professionals to Houston to study “Best Practices in Media”. The team will explore television, radio, print, and online media. They will also meet with elected officials to learn how they use media for imaging and branding, transparency issues, and crisis and emergency management. Carmen Evelyn Cuneo is a member of the Rotary Club of the University Area and has been selected to serve Rotary International District 5890 as District Governor in the Rotary year 2018-2019. She is also the treasure of the Russia - United States Intercountry Committee of Rotary International and a member of the Rotarian Action Group for Peace.


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