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Women answer call to ministry

Janice Jones and the Rev. Tamara Clothier merged a love of God with a love of serving the community. By Valerie L. Valdez



Four local women define success on their own terms

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Success is not defined by a career, education, title or wealth. Intangible and fluid, it cannot be confined or denied by any boundaries. Like physical traits, success is unique to everyone and comes in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes. By TERESA K. HERNANDEZ 



It’s the city of offbeat places, colorful politicians, jaw-dropping history and mouth-watering food making it the perfect getaway for curious Texans bored with the ordinary. Just take a stroll next door to the east, give or take 450 miles, to see sights worth seeing and doing stuff worth bragging about when you get home. By Valerie L. Valdez





TexTalk Neighbors Rebecca Marsh helps local youth


TexTalk FLAVOURs chef Matt Cranfill of The Mark


TexTalk BEAUTY Regina L. Knox shares what’s in her bag


TexTalk SCENE Paint the Ranch Red in Salado


TexTalk SPOTLIGHT Maxflight


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Luvina Sabree, Jenna McDaniel and Melissa Tyroch Bragg define success on their own terms. 33 Photograph by Bryan Correira 


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Contributors Valerie L. Valdez

has taught theater arts and film classes at Central Texas College in Killeen since 2009. An accomplished writer of stage plays and screenplays, she earned her M.A. in theater arts from Texas State University in 1991. Val served as a marketing director for architecture firms in Austin for a decade. From 1981 to 1991, she worked as a producer and director of training films for the U.S. Army at Fort Hood and was also a program director at NBC and PBS affiliates for eight years.

Wendy Sledd

published her first article in a national magazine at the age of 19. She has served as reporter, writer, researcher, editor, producer, anchor and news director for print and electronic media for nearly 30 years. She has earned numerous awards for journalism, including a regional “Edward R. Murrow” award for investigative reporting for a story that later aired on CNN and the BBC and was carried in newspapers across the country. Wendy also appeared on “Good Morning, America” and the “Today” show. She is married to an active-duty soldier with 30 years of service, and they are stationed at Fort Hood.

Jodi Perry

lived in Saudi Arabia prior to her Texas residency and has traveled the world extensively. Her love of photography began when her children were younger and has grown into a professional skill that continues to open new doors for her. Her photos can be seen gracing the walls of homes in Central Texas and in KDH Media Group publications and websites. She lives in Harker Heights with her husband and two children.

Gail Dillon

is a journalist and a former Air Force Public Affairs officer. She also writes a weekly blog, “Married To It,” about life as a military wife and mother, for the Killeen Daily Herald. She and her family are currently stationed at Fort Hood.

Mary B. McDaniel

is originally from Indianapolis, Ind. While serving in the U.S. Army and stationed at Fort Hood, she continued her education in communications with a concentration in radio and television production at Central Texas College. From there, she transferred to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, where she graduated with a degree in speech communication with a minor in multimedia and technology. She has worked as a public affairs specialist for the Texas National Guard and as a freelance writer, photographer and videographer for MTV Tr3, Rise Media Group and the Killeen Daily Herald. 10



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hat happens when a professional life coach gets involved with a team of young athletes? They start winning — not just games

but in life. It all started when the Copperas Cove High School football coach asked the team’s physician, Dr. William Marsh, if his wife would be willing to talk to a few of the players. Rebecca Marsh, a clinical psychologist, mother of two, and former commissioned medical officer in the Army, agreed to speak to the boys but wasn’t sure what to expect or if she’d even be able to help. “I suspected the boys might be a little reluctant to talk to me, but our first meeting proved to be even more difficult than I imagined,” she said. “They weren’t happy about the coach sending them to me. They just sat down, kept their arms crossed and wouldn’t even give me any eye contact.” If the big burly football players thought they were going to intimidate the petite doctor, they were in for a surprise. Comparing herself to the outspoken and direct TV psychologist Dr. Phil, Rebecca says she’s not the type to hold anything back. “I just call it as I see it. And so I told them, ‘You don’t have to talk to me if you don’t want to. If you’re happy with your life and the direction it’s headed, then go on and get out of my of-

Rebecca Marsh with some of the trophies won by the CenTex Edge, the softball team she and her husband sponsor.


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fice and don’t come back. But if you want a better future for yourself — and one without gangs, drugs, violence or jail — then you have to start making better choices now. Nobody’s going to do it for you. It’s all up to you.’” Eventually the boys started to open up and talk to Rebecca. Soon they were all smiles when they saw her and even called her “Mom.” “Without positive role models in their families, these boys didn’t have a chance. They were smart kids who just needed a little attention and direction,” Rebecca said. “They did want a better life; they just didn’t know where to begin.” The players she still refers to as “my boys” are doing great now, she says. Many of them received full-ride scholarships and moved off to colleges such as Rice University and California State. A few others joined the military, and one is a commissioned officer in the Navy. These success stories led Rebecca to creating “YES to Success” (Youth Experience Success), a program for at-risk youths that was adopted by the Copperas Cove school district. “They saw a difference and were happy to work with me to implement it,” Rebecca said. “There are other districts around Central Texas who are also having similar, if not worse problems, and would greatly benefit from YES to Success. Even though I’ve offered it to them, they aren’t taking the steps to implement it, which is frustrating. There are so many kids out there who need help and some of them are running out of time.” A lover of outdoor activities, Rebecca caught

Rebecca Marsh the softball bug when her 12-year-old daughter started playing. Frustrated by the overly competitive parents who stacked teams and controlled local leagues, Rebecca and her husband decided to sponsor their own softball team, The CenTex Edge. They hired some girls from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor softball team to coach it, and the Marshes pay for all the players lessons, uniforms, tournament fees and travel, hotel and food expenses. “We’re happy to be in a position where we can sponsor a team. Many of the girls wouldn’t have an opportunity to play on a traveling team otherwise,” Rebecca said. “Last year, I got to take the team to Florida to play in the World Series at Disney World. I am so proud of them. We’re just a little team, but they fought their way from the bottom all the way back up to the top and made it to the final round before the championship before getting knocked out.” While she enjoys winning games and trophies, Rebecca became a softball mom for another reason. “Some may think I’m just one of those crazy sports nuts, but I’m not. In fact, it isn’t even about sports at all,” she said. “It’s about taking advantage of an opportunity to spend time with young girls and to connect, bond and mentor them, and an opportunity to teach them they have substance and value and that there’s more to them than just a pretty face and nice body. “I know I’m only one person, but I can still make a positive difference in the world ­— changing the lives of youth.” TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 11

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Photograph by Julie Nabours

Matt Cranfill, executive chef of The Mark Restaurant in Killeen shares the recipe for Cointreau and White Chocolate Mousse.

Cointreau and White Chocolate Mousse

SERVES: 6 Ingredients ½ cup white chocolate chips 1 cup cream cheese (room temperature) ¾ cup heavy cream ¼ cup granulated sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract ¼ cup cointreau 2 tbsp. orange zest Fresh mint leaves (for garnish) 1 cup milk chocolate chips 3 tbsp. canola oil 6 small party balloons

Instructions Melt the milk chocolate chips over a double boiler with 2 tablespoons of canola oil. Allow the chocolate to cool to room temperature. Inflate your balloons to about the size of a pear and tie them off. Now dip the balloon in the chocolate so that the chocolate goes up about 2 inches on 12


the balloon. Place the balloons on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 1 hour. Melt the white chocolate over a double boiler with 1 tablespoon of canola oil. Meanwhile, using a mixer with a whisk attachment, whip the heavy cream with the sugar until it forms stiff peaks. Add the vanilla to the mixture, then refrigerate for 30 minutes. Using the same mixer, whip the room-temperature cream cheese for 1 minute on a high speed. Add the melted white chocolate to the cream cheese and whip together. Fold the whipped cream in with the white chocolate mixture using a rubber spatula. Fold in cointreau until fully incorporated. Once fully blended, put the mousse in the refrigerator to set for 30 minutes. Using a toothpick, pop the balloons and remove them, leaving perfect chocolate cups. Using a piping bag with a star tip, pipe the mousse into the chocolate cups. Garnish the mousse cups with orange zest and a mint leaf. Bon Appétit!

Beauty in the Bag

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How do you stay beautiful on the go?

Each month Tex Appeal peeks inside the bag of one busy woman to reveal her best beauty secrets and must-have essentials.

Regina L. Knox Business owner

Veranda Bloom, Rogers

Five ESSENTIALS she CARRIES CELL PHONE As a self-employed business owner and mother of two, I have to stay accessible and connected to my business whenever I am out of the store.

COLORSTAY LIPSTICK by Revlon A long-lasting lipstick that requires only one application daily. Who has the time to worry about touch-ups?

HEALTHY DEFENSE Daily moisturizer by Neutrogena.

SUNCREEN Always important when you stay on the go, especially with two active children.

HAND SANITIZER by Germ-X With two young children in tow, keeping little hands clean is always a necessity.

Photographs by Julie Nabours

Most valuable TOOL in her BAG

“Being the mother of a special needs child, I’ve learned to adapt and stay prepared for even the littlest things, like needing to open an item you just purchased at the store because it simply cannot wait until you get home. Hence, I always carry a small multi-task tool in my purse that has a small blade and screwdriver. With this tool on hand, I’ve been able to avoid many frustrating situations that may sound trite to some until witnessed.” TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 13

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Guests Paint the Ranch Red to benefit the American Heart Association


1 3 1. Linda and Mike Cornett, owners of Tenroc Ranch in Salado, which hosted the Paint the Ranch Red Gala. 2. Donna Dun and Laurie Benton started the American Heart Association’s annual gala in 2002. 3. From left, Pete and Tina Alderman, Gayla Fossum, a 2014 Gala committee member, and Robert Ray of Salado. 4. From left, Bill Hall, Charlie Sheffield and Richard “PeeWee” Reaves of the Robin Hood Auctioneer crew. 5. Millie Henn, a 2014 Gala committee member and heart patient at Scott & White Medical Center in Temple. Photographs by Mary B. McDaniel



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6. Lenore and Chris Chiles, a cardiologist at Scott & White Medical Center, with Kathy and Todd Denton of Salado. 7. Bell County Judge Jon Burrows, left, mingles with other guests at the gala. Burrows was the keynote speaker at “Paint the Ranch Red ... A Night Under The Stars,” which was sponsored by Scott & White Healthcare and raised money for the American Heart Association. 8. Dr. Glen Couchman, and his wife, Heidi. 9. Paul Cox performs for guests at the gala.


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Strawberry Jalape単o Margarita YIELD: 2 margaritas Ingredients: 12 strawberries, green tops removed 1 thinly sliced ring of jalape単o pepper (about 遜-inch thick) 2 limes, juiced 2 tablespoons agave nectar 4 ounces silver/blanco tequila Instructions: 1. Combine the strawberries and jalape単o in a small blender and blend until smooth. 2. Pour the contents of the blender into shaker. 3. Add lime juice, agave nectar, tequila and a handful of ice. 4. Shake vigorously for 30-60 seconds to mix and chill the margarita. 5. Strain and pour over ice. Optional: garnish with strawberry or jalapeno pepper



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Taste of Texas

It’s a long-standing tradition in Texas to serve margaritas on Cinco de Mayo. Try one of these creative variations of the traditional margarita at your Cinco de Mayo fiesta!

The 5-Calorie Raspberry Lime Margarita Fizz (non-alcoholic, vegan, gluten-free) YIELD: 8 ounces, 1 drink Ingredients: Ice cubes Salt or sugar for rimming the glass, optional 4 ounces raspberry-lime flavored sparkling water (available in Arrowhead brand Sparkling Mountain Spring Water) 4 ounces sugar-free margarita mix 1 fresh lime, sliced thin Fresh raspberries, optional for garnishing Tequila, optional Instructions: 1. Dip a chilled glass into salt or sugar to coat the rim. 2. Add ice, sparkling water and margarita mix to glass. 3. Garnish with lime slices or raspberries. 4. Serve immediately. Optional: add tequila

Pretty and sweet drink tips 1. For a sweet and salty rim, combine equal parts salt and sugar. 2. Glam up the glass by adding a few drops of food coloring to your salt or sugar and make the rim match the drink.

Blueberry Lime Margarita Ingredients: ¼ cup blueberry simple syrup ¼ cup fresh lime juice 4 ounces Grand Marnier 4 ounces tequila Blueberry Simple Syrup Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1 cup blueberries 1. Bring everything to a simmer and allow to cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. 2. Strain the syrup through a chinois and reserve juice. 3. Discard the blueberries. 4. Chill the syrup. Instructions: 1. To make the drink, combine ice, blueberry syrup, lime juice and liquor in a cocktail shaker. 2. Shake vigorously, then pour into a chilled glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime slice. TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 19

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The History of Salado Illustrated Through Vintage Photographs

“Salado,” the latest addition released in the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing, provides readers with a glimpse into the history of this unique Central Texas village. Salado, a small village in Central Texas, enjoys a classic history. One of the first colleges in the state of Texas was founded in Salado. One of the village’s first homes was a 22-room Classic Revival plantation house, which still sits today in the middle of a ranch covering several thousand acres. Other stately homes soon followed, and many bear historical markers today. Herds of cattle followed the Chisholm Trail across the spring-fed waters of Salado Creek. Dusty cowhands rested and ate

their fill at the old Shady Villa Hotel. The stage stops at the hotel always brought excitement and, occasionally, renowned visitors such as Stephen F. Austin, Gen. Sam Houston and Gen. Robert E. Lee. This new picture book about Salado features more than 200 vintage photographs that illustrate the village’s history. Brief text accompanies the photographs to document this historical Central Texas village that was settled in the 1850s. Mary Harrison Hodge, a longtime resident of Salado and published historian, is involved with numerous historical societies and is a member of the Daughters of the Revolutionary War and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Co-author Charlene Ochsner Carson, a published historian, is active in preserving the history of her church and community. She serves as archivist for her church and the local historical society. The authors have selected more than 200 vintage photographs that illustrate the frontier spirit of Salado’s rich, diverse history.

Series: Images of America Paperback: 128 pages Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (Feb. 3, 2014) Language: English ISBN-10: 1467131156 ISBN-13: 978-1467131155 Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.5 x 0.5 inches

Meet Eva Piper on May 3

Spend a day with the author of “A Walk Through The Dark,” Edith Piper, a speaker with a unique insight into the trials of heartache and the triumph of overcoming. The wife of best-selling author Don Piper, Eva was the glue that held her broken husband and family together. Don’s story, recounted in the New York Times best-seller, “90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Life and Death,” is also Eva’s story. A light breakfast will be served at 8 a.m., lunch on your own. Book signing 3-4 p.m. with refreshments. Tickets are $10 and on sale at First Baptist Church, 3310 S. W. S. Young Drive, Killeen.


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Pet cancer awareness month By Valerie L. Valdez

Charlie lost his battle with cancer in 2013.

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ibbs Wilson was petting his dog, Charlie, one day when he felt a lump under his canine pal’s jaw. Wilson, a third-year medical student at Texas A&M University, suspected the lump might be lymphoma. After three long days of waiting for lab results, Wilson’s fears were confirmed. Charlie had multicentric lymphoma, cancer of the lymph nodes. Cancer is the No. 1 disease-related killer of dogs and cats. In fact, these household pets get cancer at nearly the same rate as people. Unfortunately, 80 percent of pet owners know little or nothing about pet cancer. Dr. Gary L. Gosney of Temple Veterinary Hospital Medical Surgical Center confirmed that cancer is fairly common in dogs and cats in Central Texas. His office sends 3-4 samples to the lab for cancer testing each week. “Melanoma and lymphoma appear in our patients, among other types of cancer,” he said. Cancer can appear on any part of a pet’s

body. Besides abnormal swelling in the lymph nodes, owners should watch pets for sores that don’t heal, growths on the mouth or on the skin, a persistent cough and excessive thirst. While some breeds, such as Boxers and Golden Retrievers, are more prone to develop cancer than others, cancer can strike any breed and at any age. “Owners need to check their pets every month when grooming them, and routinely when playing and petting them, for anything susDr. Gary L. Gosney examines a patient for lumps that could indicate cancer.

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Dr. Gary L. Gosney examines a patient at Temple Veterinary Hospital Medical Surgical Center.

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picious, like lumps,” Dr. Gosney said. Just like for humans, the key to fighting cancer in pets is early diagnosis and early aggressive treatment, including chemotherapy and radiation. While there is no rule for preventing cancer, owners should maintain basic good health for their pets. “Have the pet’s teeth cleaned regularly and avoid anything that causes skin irritation, such as a tight collar,” Dr. Gosney said. “It’s very important their vaccinations are current, because that is a good time for us to do a complete examination.” Wilson said Charlie, his 4-year-old Golden Retriever, underwent months of chemotherapy treatment at the oncology clinic at Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine. But after each remission, the cancer returned more aggressively than before. In 2013, after seven months of fighting, Charlie was put to sleep. “Losing Charlie was like losing a member of our family, because we had him before our son, Brooks, was even born,” Wilson said.


TexTalk calendar Central Texas Airshow

Hop into fun at Rabbit Fest May 15-18 in Copperas Cove.

May 2-4: Heroes and Legends airshow to feature three days of action-packed, electrifying family fun. Non-stop flying aircraft, old and new, civilian and military, featuring Bob Carlton and his Jet Glider and the Texas Flying Legends Museum. For a complete schedule and ticket information, visit Draughton-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport, Temple.

Wildflower Appreciation Day

May 3: Temple is the “Wildflower Capital of Texas.” Learn how to identify the most common Central Texas wildflowers and explore the Sante Fe Gardens adjacent to the museum. Discover helpful tips on growing flowers and water conservation. For more information, visit www. or call 254-298-5172. Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B, Temple.

9th Annual SPJST Car Show and Czech Heritage Celebration

May 3: This year’s car show is themed “Hee Haw!” Car show entrants are encouraged to dress in costume and decorate their vehicle display. Special awards will be presented for Best “Hee Haw!” Vehicle Display and Best “Hee Haw!” Dressed Owner. Registration is $30 and the first 150 entries will receive T-shirts and goody bags. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 10:30 a.m. Judging begins at 11 a.m. and awards are at 3 p.m. First, second and third place trophies will be awarded in 37 independently judged classes. Other activities include vendor booths, music/ entertainment, food, kolache eating contest, kolache baking contest, kids fun, and live/silent auctions. Car show proceeds benefit the Czech Heritage Museum and SPJST Education and Nature Center. Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call 254-773-1575. SPJST Lodge 47, Seaton Star Hall, 10842 State Highway 53, Seaton.

Cinco de Mayo Festival

May 3: Celebrate with the Killeen LULAC Council 4535 Foundation at this all-day family festival. Festivities include Cinco de Mayo pageant, musical entertainment, car show, food, and arts and crafts. No admission charge, but canned food donations will be accepted for the Killeen Food Care Center. For more information, call 254-289-3333. Killeen Community Center, 201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd.

Femme Fatale Roller Dolls

May 3: Killeen’s United Rollers Femme Fatale league roller derby. Home Bout vs. SARG Thunder Kittens. Family fun and entertainment on wheels. Doors open at 6 p.m. and first whistle 24


blows at 7 p.m. Kids 10 and under free. Adults $10 + service fee. Bell County Expo Center, Assembly Hall, 301 W. Loop 121, Belton.

Girls Night Out: Corks & Canvas

May 8: Join artist Ann Montgomery to paint a bluebonnet sunset with your girlfriends. Bring your own snacks and drinks of choice and get a group of friends together to paint, share laughter and make memories. Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m. $30 per person. For more information, visit or call 254-773-9926. Cultural Activities Center, 3011 N. 3rd St., Temple.

Dora The Explorer: Live!

May 9-18: Dora, her best buddy, Boots the monkey, and the rest of their friends embark on an exciting trip to Treasure Island. The audience helps them navigate over a dancing mountain, through a silly singing bridge to confront the pirate piggies. Along the way, the audience will use map-reading, counting, musical and language skills to successfully help Dora reach the treasure. The show begins at 2 p.m., May 11; 7 p.m. May 16-17; and 2 p.m. May 18. Tickets: adult $10, senior/military $9, students $8. 254-5269090. Vive Les Arts Theatre, 3401 S.W S Young Drive, Killeen.

Second Saturday Community Market

May 10: Shop the creative works of local artists, fresh jams and jellies, and a variety of unique gifts, arts and crafts. The community market is on the second Saturday of every month, March-December. Call Elaine Winn at 254-7734188 for more information. Admission is free and vendor space is $5. Downtown Temple, 212 South Main Street.

Salado Gallery Weekend

May 10: Weekend art classes and tours include a breakfast and tour of the Thomas Kinkade Gallery, Create a Glass Work of Art, Palette and Paint, Port and Paint, Sip, Swirl and Tour, A Night at the Galleries, brunch with Ronnie Wells, and Masterpiece in One Hour. For more information, call 254-947-8634 or visit The Village of Salado.

Couples Night Out: Got Paint?

May 15: Join artist Ann Montgomery to paint faux stained glass with your sweetie. Couples will intertwine brushes on one canvas creating a stained glass work of art. Personalize your painting with your own creative touch. Bring your own snacks and drinks of choice and create colorful masterpiece. Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m. $30 per person. For more information, visit www. or call 254-773-9926. Cultural Activities Center, 3011 N. Third St., Temple.

Rabbit Fest

May 15-18: The Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce Rabbit Fest attracts over 20,000 people annually. Featuring fun for all ages it includes food and craft vendors, carnival rides, live entertainment, a softball tournament and a parade on Saturday morning. For more information, call Liz Sherman at 254-547-7571 or visit Copperas Cove City Park, 1206 W. Avenue B.

Anniversary Event

May 17: Real Deals on Home Décor hosts a celebration for its second anniversary with music, vendors, food, drinks and door prizes. Time 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., 204 N. Penelope, Belton.

6th Annual Battle of Temple Junction

May 17-18: The City of Temple’s Parks and Leisure Services along with the Major Robert M. White Camp #1250, Sons of Confederate Veterans are hosting a full-scale reenactment battle with living history demonstrations, cavalry competitions, and sutlers (vendors selling food and period wares). Adults $5, children 12 and under $3, active-duty military free with ID. For more information, call 254-298-5440. Texas Early Day Tractor & Engine Association Show Grounds, 1717 Eberhadt Rd., Temple.

67th Annual PRCA Rodeo Killeen

May 23-25: Live rodeo action for the entire family. Military Appreciation Night on May 23 is free for all military on active duty, ARNG, Reserve, and dependents, retirees $6.Must show ID card at the door. Pre-show nighty at 7:30 p.m., rodeo at 8 p.m. For tickets and information visit Killeen Rodeo Grounds, 3201 S. W.S. Young Drive, Killeen.

Harker Heights Memorial Day Parade

May 24: Honor all those who gave their lives and attend the Memorial Day parade and ceremony. The parade begins at 9 a.m. on FM 2410 (from Harker Heights High School to City Hall). A ceremony to immediately fol-

calendar TexTalk low at City Hall. For more information, call 254-953-5465. 1001 FM 2410 (Knight’s Way), Harker Heights.

Texas Heritage Festival

May 24: For more information, call 254338-7816. Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd.

The Spring Ballet

May 31: The Newcomb School of Ballet returns with its spring production. Adults $10, senior/military $9, and students $8. For more information, visit or call 254526-9090. Vive Les Arts Theatre, 3401 S. W.S. Young Dr., Killeen.

GET FIT EVENTS Fallen, Never Forgotten Memorial Run

May 3: This event consists of a 3k, 5k, 10k, or one-mile route option. The 10k route passes through each memorial site at Fort Hood. Run begins at 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 254-287-5623. Cameron Field, Fort Hood.

Formula Fund Run 5K Walk/Run

May 3: Benefit for the Neema Baby Home, a rescue center for abandoned, orphaned and at-

risk babies in Arusha, Tanzania. This U.S. and Tanzania nonprofit organization will use the proceeds to provide formula for babies. Time: 8 a.m. For more information or registration, visit www. Registration is $35. Pepper Creek Hike and Bike Trail, W. Highway 2305, Temple.

Metroplex Foundation 25th Annual Spring Golf Tournament

May 4: All proceeds go toward Metroplex Behavioral Health for additional programs and services. Sponsorship opportunities available. Registration is $100 per player. 8:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Daphne Meade at 254-519-8307 or visit www.mplex. org/giving. Stonetree Golf Club, 1600 Stonetree Drive, Killeen.

Bloomin’ Temple Rotary Half Marathon & 5k

May 10: Half marathon begins at 8 a.m. and the 5k at 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit Pepper Creek Trail, Temple.

Jackrabbit Run 4 Hope 5k & 10k

May 10: Centex Race Series at Copperas Cove. Call 254-547-7571 for more information on registration. Copperas Cove.


TexTalk calendar MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE Jack Ingram in Concert

May 1: Schoepf’s 6th Annual Texas Music Series will present Jack Ingram at its familyfriendly backyard venue. Show is 7-10 p.m. and gates open at 6 p.m. Over 21 free, minors 13-20 $5, 12 and under free with an adult. Call 254939-1151 or visit Schoepf’s BBQ, 702 E. Central Ave., Belton. Kevin Fowler performs at the Bloomin’ Temple Festival on May 9.

Annual Gospel Festival

May 2-3: Sing’n and eat’n on the grounds at Tablerock, blessed with the best Gospel music in Texas. Food will be available at Tablerock concession building. 6 -9 p.m., May 2, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. May 3. Adult tickets $5 and children 12 and under $3. Call 254-634-4658 or email

$5, 12 and under free with an adult. Call 254939-1151 or visit Schoepf’s BBQ, 702 E.Central Ave., Belton.

Uncle Lucius with Sam Silva in Concert

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Music Fest

May 8: Schoepf’s 6th Annual Texas Music Series will present Uncle Lucius with opening act Sam Silva at its family-friendly backyard venue. Show is 7-10 p.m. and gates open at 6 p.m. Over 21 free, minors 13-20 $5, 12 and under free with an adult. Call 254-939-1151 or visit www. Schoepf’s BBQ, 702 E. Central Ave., Belton.

Kevin Fowler Bloomin’ Temple Festival

May 9-10: This is Temple’s biggest event of the season and includes live country music, a carnival, food, a kid’s zone with a petting zoo and pony rides, and more. The Friday night concert begins at 6 p.m. and will feature Texas country music superstar Kevin Fowler. Other concerts will feature Bart Crow, Kirk Baxley, John Slaughter, Josh Grider, Curtis Grimes and Kyle Park. Two-day festival pass $15. Tickets available at East Avenue A at South 7th Street, Temple.

2014 Texas Music Series: James McMurty

May 10: “The simple fact is that James McMurty may be the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation…” Stephen King Entertainment Weekly. Advanced $22, at the door $27 and preshow dinner $12, includes bacon-wrapped jalapeno quail, cucumber salad, and mac and cheese by Schoepf’s BBQ. Visit or call 254-773-9926. Cultural Activities Center, 3011 N. 3rd St., Temple.

Brandon Jenkins with Brandon Steadman in Concert

May 15: Schoepf’s Sixth Annual Texas Music Series will present Brandon Jenkins with opening act Brandon Steadman at their familyfriendly backyard venue. Show is 7-10 p.m. and gates open at 6 p.m. Over 21 free, minors 13-20



May 15-16: Open to bands and orchestras of all ages and ability levels. Time: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 254-295-4686 or email Traci at tsquarcette@ University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Walton Chapel, 900 College Street.

John Conlee in Concert

May 17: Country music legend John Conlee, best-known for the hits “Lady Lay Down,” “Common Man,” “Rose-Colored Glasses” and “Miss Emily’s Picture,” plus many others will perform at Johnny’s Outback, a family-friendly outdoor venue in Salado. Conlee has had 32 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Charts and recorded 11 studio albums. General admission $15. Call 254-947-4663 or visit Johnny’s Steaks and BBQ, 301 Thomas Arnold Rd., Salado.

Damn Quails with Jenna McDaniel in Concert

May 29: Schoepf’s 6th Annual Texas Music Series will present the Damn Quails with opening act Jenna McDaniel at their family-friendly backyard venue. Show is 7-10 p.m. and gates open at 6 p.m. Over 21 free, minors 13-20 $5, 12 and under free with an adult. Call 254-939-1151 or visit Schoepf’s BBQ, 702 E.Central Ave., Belton.

Cody Johnson in Concert

May 31: This Huntsville-born Texas artist and winner of Texas’ Regional Music Awards “New Male Vocalist of the Year” in 2011, will perform at Johnny’s Outback, a family-friendly outdoor venue in Salado. Johnson recently released his fourth album, “Cowboy Like Me,” in January, and his music tops the Texas country charts. General admission $10. Call 254-947-4663 or visit Johnny’s Steaks and BBQ, 301 Thomas Arnold Rd., Salado.

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Bell County Farmers Market No. 2 Corner of Central and Penelope 7 a.m. till sell-out Saturdays. May-September 254-778-2104


Farmers Market 1506 Veterans Ave. 3-6 p.m. Mondays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays 254-291-5938


The Vineyard Market at Florence 8711 FM 487 Noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays 512-686-1960.

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Green Avenue Farmers Market 717 N. Second St. 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, 3-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April-December 254-547-0489. Pioneer Farmers Market Tractor Supply, 2002 E. Central Texas Expwy. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, June-September Virginia Kessel, 254-423-5255 Scott & White Farmers Market Killeen Urgent Care Clinic parking lot, 5702 E. Central Texas Expwy. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, May 7-Sept. 24

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Answering God’s call


JANICE JONES ministers to members of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Killeen. TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 29

“Everything came together when I listened and paid attention to what I was supposed to do.� The Rev. Tamara Clothier Deacon at St. Francis Episcopal Church



Janice Jones and the Rev. Tamara Clothier spend their days serving others


or 16 years, Janice Jones worked in technical business and exploration technology for an insurance company. With biology degrees, she also taught and served as an adjunct instructor at Montgomery Community College, now Lone Star College. But later in life, Jones’ career took a different route — straight into the ministry. She was ordained in 2008 after earning a master’s degree in divinity from the Seminary of the Southwest, and now leads the flock at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Killeen. Women like Jones who respond to God’s call to alter their careers and serve in the ministry bring a wealth of enlightening experience and knowledge to the churches they serve. “Much of my life was preparing me for the ministry, but I didn’t know it,” Jones said. “But God has used everything that I have ever learned from business and biology to lead the church.” Jones is quick to point out that a church is not a business, but it has a lot of business to do. Among her many duties at St. Christopher’s, she is in charge of the church’s budget, makes certain the insurance is covered and serves as chairman of the church’s 84-student preschool. As with every organization, communication

and recognizing goals are keys to the success of any church operation, she said. Another important key is the staff that serves the church, both paid employees and volunteers. “You have to have the right people in the right places and match the aptitude and needs with the staff,” Jones said. Jones admits power and money are more readily available in the business world, but she

I listened and paid attention to what I was supposed to do.” The San Diego native has lived in the Temple area for 20 years. She works as the senior administrative coordinator for student affairs at the Texas A&M University College of Medicine. Clothier attended the IONA School of Ministry and was ordained in 2013. She earned bachelor degrees in both psychology and business, and previously worked for New York Life Insurance Co. Clothier cites several management skills that she uses daily in her role in the church. “Good organization of time and people is required, and it is so important in order to get all the work done. We have to remain vigilant,” she said. Through her calling, Clothier has gained a better understanding of what her position means to others. “I’ve learned to be aware of my authority over people,” she said. “That is one adjustment I’ve had to make as a deacon.” Her work in the ministry brings Clothier a lot of satisfaction as she interacts with people and watches them grow. That experience also rejuvenates her after a tiring day. “Each time I enter the church, I get my energy back and I’m ready for more,” she said.

“God has used everything that I have ever learned from business and biology to lead the church.” Janice Jones

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church has higher aspirations now. “God doesn’t call the qualified, God qualifies the called,” she said. The Rev. Tamara Clothier, deacon at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Temple, received her call to the ministry five years ago and since has merged her love of God with her love of serving the community. “It’s a blessing, a joy and it feels perfect,” Clothier said. “Everything came together when




Getting down to business Success is not defined by a career, education, title or wealth. Intangible and fluid, it cannot be confined or denied by any boundaries. Like physical traits, success is unique to everyone and comes in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes. Tex Appeal found several local women of various ages who are all defining success on their own terms.


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Rising to the top of the country music charts has taught 17-year-old Temple native Jenna McDaniel the music industry is a full-time business offstage.


hen 17-year-old Jenna McDaniel steps on stage with her guitar in hand and shares her larger than life, Texas-size talent, there’s no mistaking this girl is headed straight to the top of the country music charts. Since her career began in 2011, McDaniel has opened shows for Texas music stars Cory Morrow, Roger Creager, Jason Boland, Aaron Watson, Wade Bowen, Rick Trevino and John David Kent, and headlined her own shows at venues all across Texas, Nashville and even Utica, N.Y. McDaniel, a Temple High School senior, already accomplished several lifetime milestones, including her upcoming high school graduation June 7, the release of her first album “Little Miss Understanding,” and being nominated “New Female Vocalist Of The Year” by Big Star 97, a radio station in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Due to school, McDaniel, who started playing music professionally when she was 15, has been limited to performing on weekends. But she spends one week every month in Nashville working with her artist development team on writing, training and performing. “For the last two years, I’ve focused on developing the music for my first CD,” McDaniel said. “I co-wrote all of the songs and I am very proud of them. I recorded them with Pat Green’s band and am thrilled I had the opportunity to work with two iconic musicians — producer Walt 34


Wilkins and engineer Ron Flynt. They did an excellent job on it.” It takes more than a guitar and talent to launch a successful music career and nobody understands this better than McDaniel. Like any other business venture, it requires an investment. McDaniel recently raised more than $7,500 in three months on to offset the expenses of producing her CD. “For the past two years, my family has helped me pay for all of my vocal coaching, guitar lessons, sound equipment and travel expenses,” she said. “Things add-up fast, especially working on an album — studio fees, the band, producer and engineer have to be paid, licensing fees, production costs and marketing expenses.” The Indiegogo campaign created a CD presale, but it also gave McDaniel the opportunity to raise additional funds by offering fans more than a digital download. “I created personalized packages such as an autographed CD or a T-shirt and autographed CD, and even a personally autographed, handwritten copy of the song lyrics of their choice to frame,” she said. After graduation, McDaniel plans to get down to business and begin pursuing her music career full time. “I’ve hired a manager and entertainment publicist so ... I can start spending more time on the road touring and marketing my CD.”


easier. If you decide to pursue something no one else has ever done, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. It just means you need to pave the way for others.” Sabree discovered a niche in the all-natural organic market after one of her children was diagnosed with eczema. “I made our own natural, fragrance-free soaps and bath products and that helped. However, the more I researched eczema, the more I realized to effectively manage the condition we had to start treating it from the inside out,” Sabree said. Little by little, Sabree cut out all junk and processed foods from her family’s diet and started using only fresh, organic ingredients. The eczema improved and the family noticed an immediate improvement in the way they all felt. At that point, she knew she was on to something. Nine years ago, Sabree started a Natural Hair Group in Killeen that meets monthly. “There’s a movement of women who want to go back to their natural hair and stop using straighteners with toxic chemicals linked to cancer. Now I do an Armed Forces Natural Hair & Health Expo Show twice a year, once in Killeen and once in San Antonio,” Sabree said. When her family first moved to Central Texas, Sabree found the weekly commutes to Whole Foods in Austin frustrating. Eventually her dream of opening a market and restaurant came true when So Natural Organic Restaurant and Market opened in 2013. “We focus on serving healthy, all-natural, gluten-free, vegetarian, paleo and vegan options,” Sabree said. “I love helping people and I love learning. That’s something that will never change. You only live once and there are so many things I want to do before I die. I want to live full and die empty.”

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fter serving in the military for eight years, Army veteran Luvina Sabree made a vow to herself that she would never look back with any regrets. “I guess I am what you’d consider a life learner. I love reading and learning about new things and a variety of topics,” she said. “I’ve always been a bit of a risk-taker, too, so when I’ve come across something I’d like to try, I’ve never been afraid to do it. There are no guarantees in life. I might love it, or I might end up hating it. Regardless of the outcome, it’s a great feeling knowing at least I tried.” A “no fear” mindset led Sabree to dabbling in a variety of professions. In college, she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing and discovered a passion for helping others as a registered nurse. This eventually led to a certification in auriculotherapy, a popular alternative healing method based on Chinese medicine. “More and more health professionals are beginning to incorporate alternative and integrated medicine and therapies into their treatment plans,” Sabree said. “Acupuncture of the ear is helpful for healing addictions, musculoskeletal pain and even managing weight loss.” Other things came along that tweaked her interest and Sabree briefly ventured into the real estate and automobile industry. She got her wholesale dealer’s license and sold cars for awhile, but discovered that line of work wasn’t for her. “I always loved homes and real estate, so I got my real estate license, too,” Sabree said. “Never set limitations on yourself. That’s what I always tell my kids. Pursue your own dreams and never let anyone talk you out of it. If there’s something you want to do and it’s been accomplished before, that’s great. It just means it’ll be

Life-learner and owner of So Natural Organic Restaurant & Market in Harker Heights, Luvina Sabree believes the key to success and living a full life means never abandoning your dreams. TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 35

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Working to make a difference for the students and the community is most important to Melissa Tyroch Bragg, director of gift planning at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton.


hen Melissa Tyroch Bragg was in law school, she envisioned herself championing for justice and spending her days in court arguing cases, filing motions, negotiating contract disputes, and writing appeals and legal briefs. Little did she know she’d end up trading the courtroom for a campus. “Ever since I was in the first grade, I knew I wanted to be an attorney. In fact, I was so inspired by Sandra Day O’Conner that when I was 6 years old I made her a get well card and drew her some Mickey Mouse pictures,” Bragg said. “It really surprised my mother when she opened the mailbox and found a card from her. She sent me a thank you note. Later on in college, I even had an opportunity to meet her.” As the director of gift planning at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Bragg assists donors and alumni with their estate planning, probate and charitable gift planning. “My work at UMHB is very rewarding. I enjoy working with people of all ages and incomes and helping them honor their decisions to give gifts to the university,” she said. “My job is to work closely with them to advise them on the best ways to structure their gifts and estates to minimize tax consequences. Endowments enable UMHB to provide scholarships to students to help them achieve their educational goals.” From the little girl who always wanted to 36


help others to the professional woman, wife and mother today, Bragg is proud to work at UMHB. “It is wonderful working for an organization that is respectful and supportive of your own personal values,” she said. “UMHB’s mission is to prepare students for leadership and service in a supportive Christian environment that respects and promotes their faith.” Community service and leadership is an important tradition in Bragg’s family and one she has continued. Over the last few months, she and other faculty members worked to create a student chapter of the Lions Club on campus. “We charter it in next month and I am excited to offer students yet another opportunity to get involved and serve our community. My father and grandfather always served in the Lions Club, so this has been an important project to me,” Bragg said. When not on campus, Bragg also serves on a variety of other community and civic organizations and boards. She is involved in her church’s Young Lives Ministry, where she volunteers to mentor young mothers across Central Texas. “There are so many great organizations and people in our community and I enjoy working alongside them,” Bragg said. “They’re what make Central Texas special. I’m proud I moved back after college. Bell County is a great place to live and raise a family.”


fter spending 26 years in the corporate world, CJ Harbuz decided it was time she moved on and pursue a more “natural” path. Retirement was not going to slow her down. Harbuz was ready to plant new roots and start her own business when she moved back home to Central Texas a little more than 18 years ago. “I’ve lived and traveled all over the world during the course of my first career, had my fun, and then decided it was time to move back closer to my aging parents,” Harbuz said. “I was always drawn to Salado. It’s a unique little village. And being an artist and musician at heart, I knew it was a place that would nourish my soul,” A self-professed life-learner, Harbuz has spent a lifetime studying natural remedies and herbs. Sharing the health benefits of natural remedies inspired her to open Angelic Herbs in 1996. “Even when I worked in the corporate world, everyone knew I used natural herbs so someone was always asking me for advice on how to treat a health issue naturally,” she said. “People visit Salado for its peaceful, relaxing atmosphere, because it’s a nice escape from their normal hectic lifestyles. With this in mind, I knew Salado was the perfect place to open my shop. I named the shop Angelic Herbs because it combined my two loves-angels and herbs.” The decision to carry gift items came soon afterward as customers started asking to buy the shop’s display décor — her angels. She is very particular about the gifts the store sells and only carries unique product lines that have a positive, nourishing value. “I tend to choose things that speak to my

heart and figure if they nourish my soul, maybe others will also find comfort in them,” Harbuz said. “I also only work with companies who have good business ethics and practices and I prefer to carry handmade gifts made by local artists.” Harbuz offers a variety of classes and workshops throughout the year and is available for personal consultations by appointment. “I am not a doctor and I’ll never try to be one. Nor will I ever tell someone to stop using medications their doctor prescribed. I am simply here to answer questions about natural herbs and remedies. People underestimate natural remedies, often times if they only tried a natural remedy first, and they could have deterred more serious medical issues down the road. All of which is important as we begin to live longer,” she said. “At some point, people have to begin taking responsibility for their own health. If more people made better choices during their younger years, they’d have fewer problems later in life. And this I know firsthand. I personally witnessed it as a caregiver to my aging parents, and now I am beginning to experience it for myself.” When not juggling appointments or working at the shop, Harbuz travels to conferences and classes to continue her studies in alternative and integrated medicine and therapies. Slowing down isn’t on her to-do list. She wants to offer more classes and workshops, write some articles for publication based upon her own research, and even has plans to start writing a book. “When I retired 18 years ago, I went from working 40 hours a week to working 80, but I love sharing my passion with others,” she said. “Coming to Salado was the best decision I ever made.”

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Following a “natural” path led CJ Harbuz, owner of Angelic Herbs in Salado, to start a new career and a fulfilling business after she retired 18 years ago. TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 37


Yoga By Gail Dillon

Health & Fitness Benefits of Yoga: Increases flexibility and range of motion Improves sleep Decreases stress Helps with weight loss and muscle tone Boosts the immune system Can ease or even cure back pain Reduces stress Improves posture

Yoga has been around for roughly 5,000 years and shows no signs of fading away anytime soon. The list of health and fitness benefits of yoga is long, which could account for its longevity. One of the most important benefits is stressrelief, according to Lisa Kelly, owner of Live and Let Liv Yoga in Killeen. “Yoga gives you that time to truly turn inward and look at yourself,” she said. Kelly herself is a beginning yoga student. She started practicing when her studio opened in January. She laughs when telling the story of how her studio came about, explaining that she opened it at the request of her friend, who did many cross-fit classes but wanted to incorporate yoga into her workout regimen. “Those who cannot do, teach, those who cannot do, open a yoga studio,” Kelly quipped. “Yoga is one of the few things that truly anyone can do … you don’t even have to wear shoes,” she said. “There’s very few things that are like that.” Kelly was a long-distance runner for 15 years before she gave yoga a try. “What people don’t understand is that yoga heals and protects your joints, and that’s huge

Students practice yoga at Liv and Let Live Yoga in Killeen. 38



practice offers many benefits because we have a big community of people who are worn out before their time,” she said. “All the things that are ailments in regular exercise get healed with yoga.” Yoga can more than hold its own when compared to more vigorous cardiovascular exercises such as running. “It helps lower heart rate, lower blood pressure,” Kelly said. “It helps lower stress levels so overall it makes you healthier, plus it makes you happier.” Kelly advises potential new yoga students to just show up. There is a style and teacher for everyone, no matter the age, fitness-level or gender. “I tell everyone, come to one class. If you hate it, come to one more,” she said. “We don’t all learn from the same teacher,” she said. “There are so many different teacher personalities and styles of yoga.”

Yoga students relieve stress at Liv and Let Live Yoga in Killeen.


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Business and Professional Women Leading successful lives with vigorous roles in the workforce, today’s women are powerful, motivating, and inspiring. On the pages that follow, Tex Appeal is proud to introduce you to these influential ladies of Central Texas.

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Ali Thompson, Hylie Mihatsch, Sue Lockett, Debra Minzak & Margaret Pleasant

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4016 S. 31 St. Suite 200, Temple 254-771-3633 | Averaging three times the production and more advanced industry education, RE/MAX associates are the leaders in customer service with an industry-leading rate of repeat and referral business. The global RE/ MAX network provides associates multiple competitive advantages. From national television advertising to personal advertising, RE/MAX enjoys name brand recognition worldwide. Sue Lockett, co-owner with Terry Lockett, works hard to provide clients with the most positive real estate experience possible. Sue joined RE/MAX Temple Belton in 2002, quickly achieving Top Producer status. “When it comes to buying a home in Temple, I personalize your search so that your budget, style and personality are taken into account. When listing your home, I can guide you to help get the most looks in the shortest amount of time and get you a great buyer at your price and fast.” Sue and her husband purchased the company in 2008 and employ 15 active sales agents and a support team. When Margaret Pleasant’s children left home for college, she was searching for her niche. She found the world of real estate and never looked back. “It seemed like an exciting career where I could help a lot of people,” Margaret said. “I am able to touch the lives of those I work with as an encourager and through prayer. I assist my clients through the buying and selling process by listening to their needs and providing excellent customer service.” Margaret has made a long-lasting impact on the Central Texas community. It goes way beyond the purchase or sale of a home. Debra Minzak works hard to help her clients meet their goals. “I understand I’ve been hired to do a job that I need to take very seriously 42


and get to closing with the least amount of stress for my clients.” Debra exceeds her client’s expectations through strong communication, market knowledge and commitment to excellence. “My clients can tell I truly care about them, their needs and concerns. These are relationships that I value and work to maintain.” When Hylie Mihatsch started selling real estate in 2001, she knew she had found her passion. “I absolutely love what I do and my passion for this business continues to grow,” Hylie said. “I believe in order to be successful you have to love what you do. No transactions are ever the same. It is so rewarding to help people make the largest investment of their lives. At the end of the road, when my clients say that was easy, I know my job is done!” With over 10 years of experience in real estate, Ali Thompson prides herself in the personalized service and care that she provides all of her clients. Ali works with every client individually to ensure that their questions are answered and their needs are met so they walk away knowing they got the very best care and the right home for them. “Personal service with proven results” is Ali’s motto and she works hard to live up to the promise.

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As PenFed branch manager, Debra York’s leadership experience and work ethic ensures customers get the best possible service by providing market-leading mortgages, automobile loans and credit cards with unbelievable rates. PenFed is a non-profit financial institution. It doesn’t rely on service fees, putting them a step above the rest. York guarantees PenFed makes a huge impact on the Central Texas community by being a low-cost service provider that puts its members first.

“They saw the need in the community and created a loan which provides an alternative to a payday loan with low fees,” York said. The foundation also backs the Asset Recovery Kit (ARK) program, which has helped more than 1,000 military families with nearly $500,000 worth of emergency loans and financial counseling from the highly regarded Consumer Credit Counseling.

“We care about the soldiers and their families,” she said. PenFed is a team, working together in the Central Texas area with members of the Armed Forces and their families. The personal mission of all Pentagon employees is to know their credit union members, York said. “We know them all, call them by name, and give them service with a smile,” she said. At PenFed, all employees strive for nothing but excellence. Employees who work alongside York as a team are considered the foundation of a successful branch.

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By getting involved with the community, York has learned the needs of soldiers and their families. She has a strong connection with and understanding of the military way of life. The PenFed Foundation provides grants to first-time homebuyers. These grants are handled and processed at the Fort Hood branch. TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 43

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Personal service and attention to detail are the cornerstones that allow Land Exchange Abstract & Title Company to continue its growth with plans to open an office in Lampasas in the next 90 days. It is the only locally owned-and-operated title company in Central Texas that services Bell, Coryell and Lampasas counties.

“We support the working mother and allow for flexibility so that she can be there for her children. We allow new moms to return to work with their newborns,” Grasso said. “We support the women that work here and in turn they are dedicated and loyal employees. We really emphasis the importance of family. We support working mothers and allow flexibility so that our working moms can be there for their children.”

The company is a third-generation, family-operated business managed by women for 40 years. Attorney Joe H. Carothers, owner of Land Exchange, is the only male in the organization. “The people we provide a service for aren’t just clients.They’re our neighbors and our friends in communities we live in. That being the case, we have a vested personal interest and want to see the Central Texas area thrive,” said Vice President and General Manager Kristin Grasso. “We have a great team here and we work together to problem-solve and ensure our clients have a great experience.” Land Exchange Abstract & Title Company has personal and standing history with the communities it serves. The company’s not going anywhere. In fact, it is expanding into Lampasas, a county in which it already serves many residents. The business has dedicated employees who enjoy their jobs and the company they work for. More than half of the staff has worked for the company for 15-30 years. It’s unique when you can say that about a business and the people it relies on, Grasso said. 44


The people we provide a service for aren’t just clients. They’re our neighbors and our friends in communities we live in. Kristin Grasso, Vice President

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Front Center: Jana Tanner, Owner

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7480 Honeysuckle Drive, Suite 104, Temple 254-771-0046 | Jana Tanner, owner of JKelley’s Salon, wants you to relax and feel like part of the family in the cozy atmosphere she has provided.

the customer receives a stamp. When the card is full, the customer gets $10-$20 off the next service. Jana said it’s a way for the salon to thank its loyal customer base.

“I opened JKelley’s in May 2010 with the hopes of having a small familystyle salon where our guests would be comfortable and feel at home but still get high-end results. Although we have grown considerably over the past three years, we still hold those same standards,” Jana said. “Our mission is to make every guest wanting to come back when they leave the salon, and of course, telling everyone they know about us.”

JKelley’s stylists are committed to making numerous donations to various organizations each year. From local high schools to church organizations or small family benefits, the salon gives back to the community any way possible. “We definitely would not be where we are today without every single one of our guests who walk through the door. Of course, keeping the best staff helps a lot too,” Jana said.

The salon offers hair design, coloring, extensions, special occasion hair, make-up application, on-site wedding services, facial and waxing services using product lines including Redken, Pureology, Kenra, Aquage, Hylunia skin care and Jane Iredale make-up. Jana credits social media for much of the business’ success. The salon posts before-and-after photos, specials, and just says “hello” to clients through its Facebook page. Jana said it is another way to stay connected and feel more personal. “I think what makes JKelley’s different from other salons is the atmosphere. We are all like family, best friends really. We think that flows over to our clients. We see them more like friends that we get to hang out with every four to six weeks,” Jana said. “We not only offer a hair or facial service, we are giving you our undivided attention for the time that you are here. There aren’t many industries these days that make people feel good about themselves.” Every month, the salon offers different product specials, including its ever-popular “buy three products, get 20 percent off sale.” Another way JKelley’s rewards its clients is through a loyalty card. With every visit,

The salon has late and weekend hours to accommodate customers’ schedules. Appointments are available at JKelley’s 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The salon is closed Sunday and Monday. “We want people to not only love the service they received but to just feel better about life in general. We love to make our guests feel beautiful and looking forward to their next visit,” Jana said.

We definitely would not be where we are today without every single one of our guests who walk through the door.

Jana Tanner, Owner


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From top left to right: Sabrina Brown, Tracy Nylander, Tene Villarreal, Mi Zevallos, Beatriz Garcia, Melissa Pineda Front Row: Sandra Porter, Myka Allen Johnson Not shown: Kendra Barger, Linda Carey and Jennifer Weaver

StarPointe Realty

311 E. Stan Schlueter Loop, Suite 205, Killeen 254-213-3290 | Faith in God, a shared vision and a cup of coffee were the beginning to a partnership that would lead to StarPointe Realty, a full-service real estate brokerage offering residential sales and listings, new home sales and builder representation, commercial sales and management, and residential property management and leasing. Philosophies and work ethics were the same for Myka Allen Johnson and C.J. Rogers, and their shared vision for a brokerage was also mirrored. “When we sat down to create StarPointe Realty, the two questions we asked ourselves were, ‘How would I want to be treated if I was buying or selling a home/business? How would I want to be treated if I had to put my home in property management?’” Myka said. “The answer was glaringly obvious. We would want to be treated like family. When your home or business is your most precious and valued investment, whether buying, selling or managing, that home or business needs to mean the world to us, too. And it does.” StarPointe trains its Realtors weekly and one-on-one with a heavy emphasis on business ethics, the buying process and doing things the right way. Walking into StarPointe Realty, people feel like family whether they are tenants, owners or clients with homes to sell or buy. “In a world that has lost its sense of community and the personal ‘oneon-one’ experience, we stand at the pinnacle and ask you to not settle for average. You deserve the best,” Myka said. The brokerage has raised the bar by videoing each rental property prior to the tenant moving in and after the tenant moves out. Staff also does a physical inspection every three months and sends a report to the owners. 46


Tenants appreciate it because StarPointe is pro-active with issues that need to be taken care of and the owners are happy, too. Myka credits the brokerage’s success to co-owner C.J. Rogers and her faith in God. “We stay focused on what we believe God wants us to do, and we’ve been completely blessed so far. We have a group of nearly 20 absolutely top-notch Realtors, office staff that is by far the best in the business, an ongoing training program for our realtors to keep them on top of the newest trends, plus how to create clients for life who keep referring business to them because of the stellar service they are providing,” Myka said.“We will continue to follow God’s will in everything we do, and we know we will continue to be blessed beyond compare.” StarPointe also believes in paying its blessings forward. The brokerage has supported the Wounded Warrior Project and also supported a Fort Hood battalion. The staff also participated in the local Relay for Life event in support of cancer survivors and cancer treatments.

Our philosophy is simple. Our only goal in this business is to have happy clients who are raving fans for life. Myka Allen Johnson, Broker/Owner

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Dr. Sherry O’Donnell, Administrator

Montessori Schools of Central Texas 1302 S. 27th Street, Temple | 254-771-1116 5610 E. Centex Expy, Suite 2, Killeen | 254-680-7500

Dr. Sherry O’Donnell has spent her entire professional career ensuring children reach their potential. With 31 years of classroom teaching experience, Sherry also taught Sunday school, which put her on her current journey positively affecting the lives of children. “A young girl came to me when I was teaching at the church and told me I should be a teacher,” Sherry said. In 1982, Sherry set up a preschool in her converted garage in McGregor. But the school did not progress as she hoped. “The children were all uniquely different, as all children are,” Sherry said. She then discovered the Montessori approach that allows students to work at their own pace and the teacher to introduce new activities and materials unique to each child. Sherry attended training in the Montessori-style teaching method and did an internship in a Waco Montessori school. She was encouraged to become certified through the Association of Montessori International. She prayed about it and learned the certification was available in New Braunfels. “I could not believe how close (the schooling) was. God had made it available to me,” Sherry said. After seven years, she closed her preschool in McGregor and moved to Temple, hoping to start a Montessori school. “We kept driving around looking, and we finally found the building through prayer. It was a stately building from the 1800s and had a sign that it was for lease,” Sherry said. She opened the school in Temple in 1989 with God once again showing her the way. After 13 years of teaching and overseeing school operations,

Sherry decided to retire and turned the Temple school over to her daughter. But she still showed up the first day of school ready to go to work. “My daughter told me that I did not work there anymore and that I had turned the school over to her. But I could not bear to let everything go. So, I opened up the Killeen school in 2004,” she said. Montessori Schools of Central Texas, with campuses in Temple and Killeen, is a family business. Sherry is the administrator of the Killeen campus. Her husband, Dr. Jerry O’Donnell, is the administrator of the Temple campus. Her son handles maintenance work for both sites and also teaches sports on both campuses. Her daughter is a former director at the school. Sherry, 70, earned her education degree at Baylor University as well as a master’s degree and a doctorate degree. She is also certified by the American Montessori Society. Even as an administrator, she cannot stay out of the classroom and still teaches on both campuses.

I’ve really put my heart into it.

Dr. Sherry O’Donnell


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Sit Means Sit

Belton off 190 Frontage Road Training days are Tuesday through Saturday by appointment

254-541-3343 | Sit Means Sit Dog Training was named by Entrepreneur Magazine as the best new franchise of the year in 2012 and one of the top 500 franchises in the country. Robin Wheeler opened the Belton location in 2006 to provide training programs that result in super happy, confident, and obedient dogs, as well as happy, confident, and satisfied owners. “When a family decides to hire a professional dog trainer, their lives will literally change. A well-behaved dog is fun to be around, fun to take places, and allows you to have peace of mind when family and friends come to visit,” Robin said.

Adrianna, Grace, Candice, Robin, Kabri, Karen & dogs Turbo, Cujo and Calli

The company offers a free demonstration with you and your dog and allows you to meet one of its professional trainers who will customize a training program that will fit your dog’s individual needs.

The franchise is scheduling now for six-week AKC Puppy Star classes to start at noon Saturday, May 3, and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, in addition to an upcoming Pet Tech course. “We have had the opportunity to train hundreds of dogs in Central Texas, creating countless bonds between dogs and their owners,” Robin said. “Through our Bite Prevention Programs, we have had the opportunity to share with thousands of elementary students the importance of dog safety and awareness. In our new Pet Tech, Pet CPR and First Aid course, we are training people in the community about awareness and safety techniques for their canine companions.”

Precious Memories Florist & Gift Shop

1404 S. 31st Street, Temple 254-778-2242 |

The Fish Bowl Pet Express

17 N 2nd St., Temple 254-773-9971 | Customer service is the key to success for Precious Memories Florist & Gift Shop and The Fish Bowl Pet Express. Seleese Thompson-Mann purchased the flower shop in 2003 with the mission to exceed customer expectations and deliver the highest quality floral and gift products. “We take pride in ourselves on prompt, efficient and personalized service the community can rely on for floral and gift needs,” Seleese said. “Precious Memories researches the most current designs and trends to offer the best selection of products to our community.” Seleese Thompson-Mann, Owner

After owning the flower shop for more than a decade, Seleese purchased The Fish Bowl Pet Express last year when she learned its owners were retiring and looking to sell the business. She had taken her son to the store since he was a baby. He later volunteered at the store and then was hired as a staff member.“We were thrilled with the opportunity to become a part of the downtown business area and for my son, Grant, to pursue his passion of animals,” Seleese said. The Fish Bowl is the only independently owned retail pet store in Temple offering extensive selections of salt-water and fresh-water fish, exotics, reptiles, hand-fed birds and small animals. Seleese gives back to the community by sponsoring a variety of fundraising and morale programs, creating jobs and participating in the Temple Downtown Development project. 48


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West Temple Orthodontics 207 Westfield Blvd., Temple 254-899-2500

A beautiful smile is a wonderful benefit of orthodontics. Did you know that braces can also improve your oral health, bolster your selfconfidence, and stop damage to your teeth and gums? Dr. Julie E. Sieh and Dr. Larrissa Cali invite you to benefit from these changes at their practice, West Temple Orthodontics. The doctors at West Temple Orthodontics regularly work with a variety of patients and cases. They provide care to children, teens and adults. Some of the many treatments they offer include: early treatment, extraction or nonextraction cases, cleft palate patients, surgery cases and other complex cases. From simple to complex care, the staff at West Temple Orthodontics will work to bring you the change you desire in a friendly and comfortable environment. Dr. Julie E. Sieh, Dr. Larrissa Cali

Dr. Sieh is a general dentist who has limited her practice to orthodontics for the past 11 years. Dr. Larrissa Cali is an orthodontic specialist. She completed her orthodontic residency at the University of St. Louis. Dr. Cali also has completed a fellowship in cleft lip and palate at Cardinal Glennon Hospital. If you would like to see what orthodontics might provide for you or one of your loved ones, please call for an appointment. Your first visit is free and there is no obligation. Your visit will include digital X-rays, diagnosis and a treatment plan designed by one of our doctors. We offer traditional metal braces, tooth-colored (ceramic) braces and clear tray aligners (Invisalign). Call us today and smile more!

Painting with a Twist

716 Indian Trail #220, Harker Heights 254-393-0182 | harker-heights 7348 W. Adams Ave #400, Temple 254.228.5548 | Karin Wilson sees beauty in every situation. While unemployed and looking for work, she discovered Painting with a Twist in Austin. She seized the opportunity to open a franchise closer to home in Harker Heights in 2012 and a second location in Temple a year later. “We offer a variety of images to appeal to the varied audience in Central Texas. It is a relaxing environment with fun music, awesome artists and a wonderful place to get together with friends and family as well as meet new people,” Karin said. “For a reasonable price, a person can have an evening of relaxing fun and leave with a painting to hang on their wall or give as a gift. More than that, they will leave with a sense of pride from what they have Karin Wilson, Owner created.” She said her business allows people a different venue to have some fun, get together with friends and family as well as explore their creative sides. “It’s fun art, not fine art. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, invite your friends, and enjoy step-by-step instruction with our experienced and enthusiastic local artist,” Karin said. “You’ll leave with a one-of-a-kind creation and a new-found talent you’ll want to explore.” Painting with a Twist is also committed to giving back to the community with monthly fundraisers designated as Painting with a Purpose (PWAP). If you see an event that has PWAP in the title, 50 percent of each seat sold is donated to that charity. “It’s a hands-on therapeutic activity when customers mix together a little bit of paint, a little bit of wine, and a whole lot of fun in the right atmosphere!” Karin said. TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 49

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Western Insurance Agency 2128 East U.S. Highway 190, Copperas Cove 254-547-2626 |

Western Insurance opened its doors in 1976 with its first female employee hired shortly thereafter. Women have always represented the vast majority of the critical personnel responsible for Western Insurance. Of the 13 employees in the Copperas Cove insurance company, nine are women. “We get a lot of referrals from Realtors and mortgage agencies. They call our employees by name when telling someone to call us because it is the women here who have built those relationships,” Vice President Jeffrey Burks said. Women fill all roles in the company with the exception of president, who is Tom Boren, owner of the agency, the vice president, and a property inspector. Two of the women have been there more than 20 years and others nearly a decade. “We are locally owned and try to always promote from within. Our ladies are also very active in the F: Stacy Madden, Susan Rios B: Kerinda Chaudoin, Pat Hillin, Kasey Ward, Anna Sanchez, Lauri Bailey, Tiffany Jones, Wanda Cook community, volunteering with the chamber, Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful, and other groups. They contribute a lot more than just what they do in the business, which is a tremendous contribution all on its own,” Burks said. The fundamental goal of Western Insurance Agency is to be successful by satisfying customer needs. The staff of women fulfills all the positions of both personal and commercial accounts as well as claims, analyzes clients’ needs and work to save their customers money and create a terrific customer experience. “These women are well-trained and know the business. They understand most of our clients’ military associations and propose responsible, practical insurance solutions,” Burks said.

First State Bank Central Texas 661 West CenTex Expy, Harker Heights 254-953-3800 | fsbcentexcom

As I approach a decade in mortgage lending, I am overwhelmed and humbled over a career that began as “just a job.” Sure, I know many careers begin the same way. But when things fall into place like they have for me, it becomes a “meant to be thing,” a “God thing.” What has brought longevity to my career as a professional woman? My answer may surprise you. It is not a degree, no particular license, nor any of my continuing education. I believe it to be the spirit that dwells inside me. I would like to share with you some attributes that may not appear on a resume and are unique to me. I am not a morning person. I rarely get to work before 8 a.m., but I often stay late into the evening hours. I also work weekends. I don’t have an “inside voice.” (God forgot to program me with one of those.) I am described by others as having a quirky sense Nancy Mikulec-Romfh, Vice President/Mortgage Loan Originator of humor, eclectic style, and am considered a “modern-day hippie.” I share with my husband, George, a deep love for animals, and I love living in the Fort Hood community. All of the education, training, certifications, and accolades have been essential to shaping my career in the mortgage profession. However, being myself and letting people see me for who I really am as a human being has been the most necessary. It is important that I allow each and everyone I work with see who I really am and provide an opportunity for them to engage, connect and form a real relationship. I don’t just make loans. I build relationships. There is the “professional me” and within the professional me is, well ... ME. 50


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Stoney Brook of Belton 500 River Fair Boulevard, Belton 254.933-3800 |

Stoney Brook of Belton is dedicated to the development and operation of senior living that creates value for residents, employees and owners by providing quality senior care, a fulfilling work environment and targeted financial returns. Stoney Brook’s comprehensive assisted-living services offer residents assistance with their daily needs, but allow them to remain as independent as possible. The facility offers a fully individualized Memory Care team focusing on the strengths and needs of each person. The Stoney Brook team of professionals is committed to providing a spectrum of services tailored for each resident, meaning greater choices and flexibility today and over time. Sandy Carlson, Executive Director, has more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry. She has a marketing degree from Louisiana Tech University and is a licensed nursing facility Hannah, Melissa, Kay, Sandy, & Phyllis administrator. Phyllis Chism, Assisted Living Director, has more than 15 years of experience in the medical field and is certified as a restorative aide, phlebotomy technician, nursing assistant, medication aide and an assisted-living administrator. She has a bachelor’s degree in sales and marketing and an associate’s degree in medical assisting. Melissa Russell, Business Office Manager, has 20 years of experience in the administrative and human resource field. She attended Temple College with studies in human resources. Hanna Polk, Activity Director, has more than eight years of experience in the recreational field and joined the Stoney Brook team in February 2013. Kay Hirrill, Community Marketing Director, has more than 20 years of marketing and sales experience and has filled many roles in the industry. She joined the Stoney Brook team in February 2013. “We are passionate about senior care while providing an empowering environment that offers autonomy and personal growth,” Kay said.

First Community Mortgage 100 West CenTex Expy, #300, Harker Heights 254-690-3765 |

First Community Mortgage’s mission is to provide the best customer service, a high level of communication, the most effective mortgage product and on-time closings for all clients. Three decades of experience in the banking and financial industry gives customers of Senior Vice President Cyd West a distinct advantage. “The high level of knowledge and experience demonstrated by our staff always puts them at ease. The service is highly personal and my clients are friends for life,” West said. “While many of my valued clients are military and have to move, we keep in touch and I often have the opportunity to finance their new homes at the next duty station. I’m on my third generation of a number of local families – it’s been really great to be in the same service industry in the same town for so many years.” Cyd West, Senior Vice President

The company is owned by a financially strong bank, First National Bank Texas. It is local and understands the unique needs of not only the military, but the community that serves the military. First Community Mortgage ranks first in the volume of government-guaranteed mortgage loans throughout the Fort Hood area. That translates to a big impact on the economy and in the lives of local families. Additionally, each team member at First Community Mortgage is committed to giving back to the community. The volunteer time, monetary donations, shared knowledge and new ideas that are generated to help the community through the efforts of First Community Mortgage are unparalleled by any company of similar size or larger. “You are always going to talk to the same person when you call my office. We give very personal service and we really know our clients, which relieves the frustration of having to share your needs over and over again,” West said. TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 51

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Shelley’s Day Spa

4605 W. Trimmier Road, Killeen 254-628-8856 | Shelley Pardon is constantly striving to grow, improve and exceed the standard. She became a hair stylist in 1996 but longed for more. “I couldn’t just be a hair dresser. I bought three tanning beds and continued to expand from that point.” She bought a historic home in 1999 and remodeled it. She was able to open the new facility in 2000. For a while, she and her husband lived upstairs with the business downstairs. Shelley and her husband ultimately moved to get some separation from work. In 2012, she opened the new hair studio. Shelley’s features the Framesi hair color line. Headquartered in Milan, Italy, Framesi offers top of the line ingredients and exceptional education. Inspired by the fashion world, the salon translates those influences straight to hair and makeup. Shelley Pardon, Owner

Today the day spa and salon offers hair services, hair removal, massages, skin care, body wraps, nail services and a boutique, The Leopard Horse, carrying western boots, stylish purses, fashion jewelry and trendy clothes. You can shop The Leopard Horse through Facebook or at a satellite location inside The Shoppes on Main in Salado. Four years ago the facility became a “Summit Salon.” Becoming a Summit Salon enabled Shelley to put systems in place that take the salon to the next level and gives her employees the tools they need to be the best they can be. She currently employs a staff of 16 and plans to keep growing. Shelley focuses on empowering women to become self-sufficient.

Let Us Do The Cooking 203 W. Jasper Drive, Killeen 254-554-2665 |

Meredith Viguers was six months pregnant and her husband, a contractor, was deployed when she decided to open her own business. That business – Let Us Do The Cooking – is now enjoyed by thousands of residents and travelers passing through the area. “I was looking for a way to work from home while my husband was deployed. So we converted our garage into a kitchen and I began making dinners for people to pick up on their way home from work,” Meredith said. The home-based business became so popular Meredith was able to open her own storefront catering company and then a restaurant. “Most restaurants in the area will tell you that they cater, but not us. We are a catering company first Meredith Viguers, Owner with services ranging from deliveries to full-service with wait staff, dishes, decor and anything else you can think of,” Meredith said. “And because our clients over the years have enjoyed our food so much at events, we decided to make it available to them daily in our restaurant.” The company’s mission simply is to serve people. In catering, that means providing the highest quality food and service at every event in every venue. In the café, that means providing great food in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere and giving people an option to get a home-cooked meal in a fast-food time frame. “There really isn’t anything like what we do in the area. We’ve been able to be different and successful by just being us!” Meredith said. 52


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Bello Photography

1704 W Avenue M, Temple, | 254-771-3511 | What started as a fun hobby taking sports photos of her kids turned into a more serious hobby and then a career when photographer Christi Lichota opened Bello Photography in 2004. “We are a very personal studio that takes every one of our client’s needs into consideration, no matter what the life situation may be. We not only sit and talk, but listen,” Christi said. Bello Photography prides itself on being flexible with a take-things-in-stride attitude. Christi and her staff view each assignment as a chance to create something new and gorgeous. They collaborate with clients to define and achieve the desired look and feeling for the photographs. “Our business mission is to capture moments in your life for memories you can hold forever.” Christi belongs to the Professional Photographers Association, Better Business Bureau, Temple Chamber of Commerce and Foundation United Methodist Church. She also has a nursing degree from Temple College. Bello Photography is open 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 9 a.m. - noon Friday and will be relocating to Temple Office Park in May 2014. Christi Lichota, Owner

Bush’s Chicken

4609 S. 31st Street, Temple | 254-771-1301 | The three priorities of Bush’s Chicken are customers, chicken and the lobby. Penny Ellis Gallegos, owner of the Bush’s franchise on S. 31st Street in Temple, began working for Bush’s Chicken in 2002. When the franchise was put up for sale in 2008, she “took it.” “Bush’s mission is to continue being the No. 1 chicken business of Central Texas. What makes us different is our product consistency. What our customers like most about us is our customer service, quickness, quality of product,” Penny said. “We are so successful because of great leadership, awesome employees, and wonderful customers.” Bush’s sells fried chicken, tenders and sweet tea along with many side dishes. The staff personally takes orders in the drive-through by greeting the customers outside. The franchise sponsors local school activities and college night on Thursdays offering half price meals from 7 – 9 p.m. Sign up for VIP membership and receive 10% off your purchase and texts for special offers. “Bush’s is an awesome franchise. Its family-owned and operated. I love my employees and customers!” Penny & sons Jay, Richard, Rio & Ryan Penny said.


7349 Honeysuckle Drive, Suite 120, Westfield Marketplace, Temple | 254-482-1797 With the support of her family, Amanda Parker quit her full-time job and took a leap of faith to start her own business. That’s when things really started popping. “I always wanted to have a food-related business. I was making a lot of popcorn last summer and creating different flavors. That’s when I decided to open my own business,” Amanda said. “We currently have 25 different flavors and hope to climb to 50. I created all of the recipes myself.” She uses little if any artificial flavors or colorings. Her popcorn has zero transfats because she cooks it in coconut oil. Pop-Abilities moves into its new location at the end of May. Until then, orders can be placed through the business’s Facebook page or by phone. “If someone is craving popcorn, we want them to come to us. We want to be the go-to place,” Parker said. Amanda Parker, Owner TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 53

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Heights Lumber & Supply

602 W. FM 2410, Harker Heights | 254-699-3491 | Kelly Eakin started working at Heights Lumber & Supply part-time after school when she was a young girl. She enjoyed it so much, she decided to study business management at Central Texas College in Killeen. Kelly continued working at the store not knowing that being a part of her family’s business was in her future. Now Kelly is on the board of directors, the sales manager and a partner in the Harker Heightsbased business. “It kind of grew on me. I didn’t think it was something I was going to do forever at that time,” she said. Kelly’s years of experience provided her with an understanding of what it takes to run a successful business. She dedicated her time and abilities to the job, which later led her to managing the store.

Kelly Eakin, Sales Manager/Partner

“I love the people, love the customers; I love everything about it,” Kelly said. Most importantly, working alongside her family for a common goal makes her job worthwhile. Kelly takes pride in her job, is passionate about her customers and ensures the highest-quality building supplies at affordable prices. Through the years, she has helped Heights Lumber establish long-term customer relationships and a reputation for providing professional services. Kelly is also very involved in the community. Heights Lumber had its first-ever National Lemonade Day Build-A-Stand Workshop event on March 29, which helps teach kids to be entrepreneurs themselves. This keeps within that motto “Helping to build a new tomorrow.” “Wherever we can help, we do,” she said. What is her future goal for Heights Lumber? “Maybe not trying to be the biggest, but being the best at what we do.”

My Stylist Hair Salon & More

331 Indian Trail, Harker Heights | 254-781-2848 | A stylish boutique and fantastic service with southern charm, My Stylist Hair Salon & More is not your average hair salon. Owners Kemberly and Larry Coddington opened the salon in September. Kemberly has been a hairstylist for 32 years. She fell in love with making jewelry five or six years ago and eventually opened a boutique. “All of my jewelry is one-of-a-kind. Never ever, ever will you come in here and see more than one of the same piece. I create custom-made natural-stone jewelry and do some wire-wrapping,” Kemberly Coddington said. Larry Jack Candles, created by Larry Coddington, are also available in the store and are 100 percent Texas-made. Kemberly is a native of Harker Heights and said she loves having a business in her hometown. “What makes us stand out is that we are local. Our prices are affordable. We know the area and the demographics because we are part of the community,” Kemberly said. “You come in here to get away from mass merchandisers. We are more personalized and localized.” Kemberly Coddington, Owner

Marvina’s Optical Boutique 1408 S. 31st Street, Temple | 254-771-2522

Marvina Drozd has her hands and her eyes on every aspect of everything that comes out of her store. After serving the Central Texas area for more than 15 years with Family Vision, Marvina opened her own practice in late 2010, offering great service and very competitive prices. “Marvina’s gives people a choice to walk away from the chain stores where they are treated like a number and come into a store where we’re not on commission…we just want to make you a great pair of glasses!” Marvina said. Marvina’s offers a wide range of styles to fit any lifestyle. From high-end fashion to work-oriented safety glasses, Marvina’s can accommodate any particular need. They carry an extensive collection of most major brands. “If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we can get it!” she said. Marvina prides herself on personalized service and dedication: “I really enjoy and love my job, and I think it shows through my work.” Marvina Drozd, Owner 54


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Sunburst Realty

101 S. 25th Street, Temple | 254-791-5555 | For Jo Weaver, GRI broker-owner of Sunburst Realty, real estate is not about a house, but a home and the people who live inside it. “People are not a number to us. We’re not a franchise, but a local family-owned company with 21 agents and a combined 227 years of experience,” Jo said. Sunburst Realty handles all types of real estate transactions from residential, commercial to property management with a commitment to personal service. Jo has 27 years of experience in real estate, is a certified instructor for the Texas Real Estate Commission, and is a member of the Texas Association of Realtors Professional Standards. She bought Sunburst Realty seven years ago. Jo’s son, Kenneth Lewallen, is the vice president of operations and property manager. “The company’s integrity and customer service are the reasons we’ve seen so much growth,” Kenneth said. In three years, Sunburst Realty has grown from managing 42 properties to more than 200. “Clients recommend us to their family and friends,” Jo said. “I’ve sold houses to four generations in one family. We really are your hometown REALTOR®.” Jo Weaver, Owner, & Kenneth Lewallen, Vice President

Office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday.


1401 S. 31st Street, Suite I, Temple | 254-770-0904 | Amy Thomas is the owner of Zooty’s, a gift shop that specializes in custom monogramming and embroidery services. A Temple native, Amy opened the shop in 2009 because she believes it is important to shop locally. “It helps grow the economy and there is no other shop like Zooty’s in Temple,” she said. Zooty’s carries a variety of gifts from jewelry and place settings to glassware to name a few. Amy welcomes customers to make unique gifts by bringing in their own items for personalization. “My mom always told me to add something ‘zooty’ to give it the final touch,” Amy said, explaining the inspiration behind her shop’s name. The staff of Zooty’s is happy to create gift baskets for graduation, weddings, Mother’s Day and any special occasion. They are known for their excellent customer service and their “do-every-and-anything attitude,” which includes wrapping presents for customers and taking packages to their cars. “We go the extra mile, and that personal service is from another time when people made time for each other,” Amy said. “Once customers walk in the door, they are ours for life.” Zooty’s is open from 10 a.m. Amy Thomas, Owner to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday.

Cochran, Blair & Potts

221 East Central Avenue, Belton | 254-939-3333 | Ashley Potts joined the legacy of Cochran, Blair and Potts in February 2010 as a merchandise buyer. In 2013, Ashley took a full-time position as part of the sales team. As a buyer, Ashley works closely with designers such as Erin London, Brighton, Ruby Road, Willow Tree, Swan Creek Candles, Desden Collegiate items and Mud Pie. Based on her predictions about what will be popular with shoppers, Ashley thoughtfully selects what items will be stocked in the ladies and gifts departments. As part of the sales team, Ashley gives a personal shopping experience that exemplifies the store’s age-old history of good personal service. Whether you are looking for the newest spring/summer outfit, perfect gift, or to just take a step back in time, Ashley is the perfect person to help you out. Ashley graduated from Texas A&M University in 2008. She and her husband, Robert, are the seventh generation in the long-standing family business dating back 145 years. Ashley Potts, Manager TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 55

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Adorn Refined Living & Décor

5923 S. 31st Street, Suite 131, Temple | 254-295-0737 Decorating a new home or remodeling an existing one can often be challenging. While selecting home furnishings can be an exciting experience, it can be somewhat daunting at the same time. Jenny Arnold, owner of Adorn Refined Living & Décor, along with sales staff members Diana Beadnell, Betty McMillioan and Ruth Ready, are eager to help. “We do our best to assure that your shopping experience along with our decorating services, give customers the look and feel they want for their home.” Jenny opened Adorn in November, 2013 and is the wife of Bobby Arnold of Arnold Builders in Temple. Diana Beadnell is the original owner of Horse Feathers, previously located in Salado, which she sold in 2008. Jenny wanted to open a business where she could use her refined sense of style and love of beautiful homes, and translate that into beautiful furnishings and décor for the home. “There is a definite need in the community,” Jenny said. Adorn is a comprehensive decorating and design resource offering furniture, lighting, custom window treatments, upholstery services and gorgeous bedding, as well as furniture refinishing and specialty finishes for both residential and commercial clients. Adorn offers nationally recognized brand-name furnishings and accessories. The Temple store is sure to appeal to the senses with beautiful sights, smells and sounds. “We love people’s initial reaction when they walk in the door,” Jenny said. “We never get tired of seeing that expression.” There really is no reason to leave the community to find the big city look you see in magazines for your home. Adorn has everything you need. Diana Beadnell & Jenny Arnold, Owner

CentraLand Title Company

Main: 2005 Birdcreek Drive, Suite 100, Temple | Satellite Closing Office: 221 N. Main Street, Salado 254-771-1346 | CentraLand Title Company is a full-service title insurance agent that handles escrow closings and assists with tax-free exchanges on both residential and commercial properties. Linda Chaison, president of the company, has been with the CentraLand since its inception in 1985. She and her staff pledge to be an integral part of the success and growth of the real estate area. “Only by providing the most courteous service and attention to customers’ real estate needs can we feel our growth and success will correspond with them,” Linda said. Providing peace of mind to all parties is priority for CentraLand. “Our goal is to make the transactions go smoothly and leave our clients — buyers, sellers, Realtors and lenders alike — with complete confidence in our service and products,” Linda said. CentraLand is a licensed agent for eight national underwriters. The company also benefits from being owned by attorneys Thomas C. Baird and Jerry Secrest, who are available to answer specific questions and provide solutions for meeting client needs. Cathy Thomas, Connie Simank, Linda Chaison & Charlene Burk

Best Wishes Gifts

1401 S. 31st Street, Temple | 254-773-4438 | Fabulous selection. Attentive personal service. A gift ready to give or an item to personally enjoy. “This is what makes Best Wishes Gifts,...well, Best Wishes Gifts.” Joyce Koslovsky, a Temple native and former teacher, recently opened Best Wishes with the support of family. “My desire,” Joyce said, “is to have customers peruse the store at leisure or quickly take care of a last-minute gift ready to give when they step out of BWG.” From birth to bereavement and all occasions in between, you will find a potpourri of items for the most discriminating of taste, matching your budget. Arthur Court, pottery, candles, soaps, garden, home decor, inspirational, jewelry, and fashion accessories are just some of the treasures at BWG. “My goal is providing the best shopping experience possible by offering quality products at great prices in a pleasant atmosphere. I want customers returning often because they feel at home among friends,” Joyce said.

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Real Deals on Home Décor

204 N Penelope, Belton | 254-933-3332 | Real Deals on Home Décor operates like a small mom-and-pop store under the ownership of Diana and Richard Myers. They opened the business two years ago and offer great products at low prices with fabulous personal attention. “Because we are a franchise and a smaller store, we can offer people the one-on-one attention that they deserve. We treat everyone special and cater to each customer’s needs,” Diana said. “We only carry a few of each item so everyone in town will not have the same thing.” The unique store sells clocks, mirrors, pottery, seasonal items, furniture, candles, easels, canvases, frames, crosses, Poo-Pourri®, lamps and much more. The staff also offers in-home decorating services, wedding services and event rental services. Real Deals on Home Décor holds its second anniversary celebration May 17 with live music, vendors, free food and drinks, drawings throughout the day and lots of in-store specials. “We personally greet every customer that comes through the door and offer our help to everyone if needed. We have fun with our GREAT customers,” Diana said. Diana Myers, Owner

Jazzercise Killeen Fitness Center

1900 Elms Road, Suite 200-B, Killeen | 254-526-5598 | Jazzercise has been the leading dance fitness program in the world for 45 years, evolving and even staying ahead of fitness trends. The Killeen location celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2015 and continues to grow in its popularity and client base. “Instructors receive new choreographed routines every 10 weeks. We use a wide variety of music, from Top 40 to Country, R&B to Techno, and incorporate Pilates, kickboxing and yoga fused with dance and resistance training. Instructors are evaluated on a yearly basis to ensure quality standards are met,” owner Michelle Fry said. Michelle credits her success to the support she receives from Jazzercise Inc., receiving guidance in all areas including continuing education, marketing and administrative support. She also has an incredibly talented staff of instructors, class managers and baby sitters. “Our customers love the friendly, upbeat environment and the fun we have in class!” Fry said. * Mention this article and get your first month free with a 12- or 6-month membership * Michelle Fry, Owner

English Maids

405 Van Dyck, Temple | 254-231-0583 | For Kay and Lauren English, who opened English Maids in 2006, trust is first and foremost in their relationship with customers. Their mission is to exhibit a trustworthy and dependable cleaning service while offering an excellent employment opportunity in the community. English Maids offers a 100% service guarantee, backing up its motto: “We will sweep you off your feet!” “Call us within 24 hours of cleaning and we will gladly return to re-clean the area. It is our goal to clean the customer’s house to their satisfaction,” Lauren said. “We leave comment cards after every clean and we urge the customer to fill them out to ensure we are doing everything to their specification. If the customer is not satisfied, we are not satisfied,” The business is family-owned and operated. Each employee goes through complete extensive maid service training, is screened by national background checks and bonded. “We give the same attention to our customer’s first cleaning as we do their last,” Kay said. “Our goal is to provide superior service with open communication while building a long term relationship with our customers.” Lauren and Kay English, Owners TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 57

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Texas A&M University-Central Texas 1001 Leadership Place, Killeen | 254-519-5400 |

Texas A&M University-Central Texas is an upper-level university offering junior- and senior-level coursework needed to successfully complete baccalaureate degrees and all coursework leading to the completion of graduate degrees. The university is committed to high quality, rigorous and innovative learning experiences and prepares students for lifelong learning through excellence in teaching, service and scholarship. “Based on the uniqueness of our student population, the main factor that separates us from other universities is the compassion we show our students,” said Vice President of Financial Administration Gaylene Nunn. “We want our students to succeed and there may be times when we need to make an exception (to a deadline or class attendance).” The university works with students to accommodate competing requirements such as families, full-time jobs and military careers. It offers smaller class sizes, more one-on-one interaction with instructors, and works with local community colleges to ensure that all credits transfer. Gaylene Nunn, VP of Financial Administration

“We try our best to focus on the student. We really try to do whatever we can to ensure they are successful in an educated career,” Nunn said.

Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce

552 East FM 2410, Suite B, Harker Heights | 254-699-4999 | The Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce helps to create a stronger, more dynamic and prosperous business community. As a member, your business enjoys a competitive edge with leadership opportunities, connections to business leaders and business-building initiatives. Your Chamber works to create a climate of growth and success in which all Central Texas companies – regardless of size or industry – can prosper. It takes time for a business to establish its image and reputation in the community, but the more a business is networked with its community, the quicker it is to establish a trust and bond with customers. Gina Pence, president and CEO of the Chamber, moved to Fort Hood in 1991 and embraced the area as her permanent home. She has more than 10 years of senior management experience and several years of broad-based Chamber experience. All the women on the Chamber’s staff, which includes on Army veteran and two former military spouses, have more than 15 years of combined experience. Fifteen people serve on the Chamber’s board of directors including six women. Of 34 volunteer Ambassadors, 20 are women. We would like to thank our more than 800 members who make their investments to our Chamber and by doing so are helping build a stronger community and business environment in Harker Heights. Your investment with our Chamber initiates more business-to-business commerce and more opportunities for networking and connecting local processionals. Take an active role in your Chamber and community today! Jennifer Ciffra, Gina Pence & Erin Buttje

Jackpot Bingo & Saloon -

Heights Bingo Unit #51343641786 704 Edwards Drive, Harker Heights | 254-953-7412 | When it comes to supporting local charities, Jackpot Bingo & Saloon is on a winning streak. Owner Brittany Williams opened the facility in 2006 to give local non-profit organizations a place to hold charitable bingo games to raise money for their causes. The bingo games are open to the public and cash prizes are awarded to the winners of these games. Jackpot Bingo offers maximum payout allowed by law on all games. “I wanted a multi-functional entertainment facility, where it’s bingo by day and sports bar by night. This variety of entertainment caters to all patrons,” Brittany said. “The customers love that we treat them as our family. We get to know them individually, know them by name, and cater to their individual needs, as well as their needs as a whole. All the staff is attentive to customer satisfaction.” These non-profit charities benefit the local community offering support to athletic programs, education scholarships, fire rescue and fire departments, public school systems, health care, hospital and seniors, social services, and various food and clothing donations.

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“We offer several aspects of entertainment. Along with bingo games where players can win cash prizes and know their money spent is going for good causes, we are one of the largest sports bars in this area,” Brittany said.

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Belton Chamber of Commerce

412 E. Central Avenue, Belton | 254-939-3551 | Working for business owners and helping them be successful is what the Belton Area Chamber of Commerce strives to do. “People need to grow, so their business can grow” is a common statement among the staff, which includes President-CEO Stephanie O’Banion, Program Director Mark Arrazola, Membership and Marketing Director Jessica Krobot, Tourism Director Judy Garrett, Rodeo Director Keith Smith and Social Media Specialist Sadie Meador. The Chamber’s goal is to create opportunities that stimulate sustainable growth for business and people. Partnerships between the Chamber and Belton Independent School District, the City of Belton and the Belton Economic Development Corporation have also been key to economic growth in Belton. Each year the Chamber sponsors the 4th of July Celebration & PRCA Rodeo. The largest even in Central Texas, the rodeo draws about 50,000 visitors making a huge impact on Belton’s economy. “We are a lot like family and try to treat others that way,” said Jessica. “We realize Mark isn’t a ‘woman’ of Stephanie, Jessica, Mark, Sadie & Judy business, but he puts up with an office full of women so we couldn’t leave him out!”

M.A. Armstrong Law Firm, PLLC

Summit Building, 100 E CenTex Expy., Suite 105D, Killeen | 254-245-9451 | Meredith A. Armstrong opened M.A. Armstrong Law Firm PLLC with the vision of providing access to business legal services to the local businesses of Bell and Coryell counties. Her practice includes LLC and corporation formation, drafting contracts, litigating contract disputes, uncontested divorces and estate planning. She is also a profound supporter of the Fort Hood military community. Armstrong is licensed to practice law in Texas and Minnesota. She graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul, Minn., and a Master of Business Administration degree from Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, Alaska. In 2014, M.A. Armstrong Law Firm PLLC was voted THE BEST LAW FIRM in Central Texas by the readers of the Killeen Daily Herald.

Meredith A. Armstrong, President

Z Medical Aesthetics

2919 Market Loop, Temple | 254- 778-0328 | “This really does work.” “You take such compassionate care with what you do.” These two comments from clients are heard repeatedly by Zsa Zsa Howell, owner of Z Medical Aesthetics, when it comes to her business of making women look and feel beautiful. Zsa Zsa opened the business in 2006 and found it to be a wonderful opportunity to work with her husband, who is also a doctor. “We are both passionate regarding health and wellness. And we never wanted health to be an obstacle to feeling good about oneself,” Zsa Zsa said. With degrees in both nutrition and economics, Zsa Zsa uses a business model that makes the benefits of treatments within reach financially. “My services are a commitment they are making to themselves. I just make it affordable,” Zsa Zsa said. “A lot of businesses have suffered economic shortfalls due to the economy. I have really not experienced that. I attribute that to the quality of work I do.” Zsa Zsa has been personally trained by Dr. Fam and specializes in the European method. Zsa Zsa and husband, Dr. Shelley Howell TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 59

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Akasha’s Treasures

1408 Edgefield Drive, Killeen | 254-213-0251 | Akasha’s Treasures started in 2003 as a home-based business. In 2006, I expanded the business online. I design and create 98 percent all of our products by hand with all-natural ingredients. Some of the products that I create are bath products, candles, incense and oils. I pride myself in designing custom costumes and clothing. My employees and I take pride in creating our products ourselves. As we handcraft our items, we put our energy into them and guarantee that no two specialty candles are alike. All of our products are produced from flowers, natural herbs and oils. Akasha’s offers more than 500 fresh herbs and herbal teas. We also offer a large assortment of many other spiritual items and a sufficient amount of self-help books. We also support local artists by selling their products.

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Surface Source

675 W. Highway 190, Belton | 254-939-6464 | Kelly and Alan Brooks opened Surface Source Design Center 18 years ago. They modeled the company after businesses Alan worked with in Colorado as a salesman and countertop specialist. Opening with a showroom to help people visualize their cabinet and countertop options, flooring and remodeling services were added and the company has expanded into the largest complete design center showroom in the Central Texas area. Customers come into the showroom to make selections for all the products to complete the remodel of their dreams, from oak to cherry, modern to rustic, simple to ornate. Countertop options range from laminate to quartz. Carpet, tile, wood and laminate flooring options are also available. Remodel professionals will work to install all those products for customers. “Whether you are remodeling an entire kitchen or bathroom, or just replacing some damaged carpet, come by our showroom and let us help you realize the dream you have for your home,” Kelly Brooks said.

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Elite Nurse Aide School

2501 S. W.S Young, Killeen | 254-628-2433 | Nurse-aide training and home health care are prominent professions dedicated to providing patient care for those who are unable to care for themselves. With more than 23 years of experience, Samantha Shinn, a registered nurse and a health care instructor, has a deep appreciation for the medical profession. Throughout her career, Samantha realized the treatment of patients needed to change. It was important to her that the poor patient care she witnessed in nursing homes and hospitals would not happen again, so she was inspired to open a nurse-aide training facility. Samantha started out working as a “candy striper” in high school. Soon after, she went on to earn a degree in nursing. As a registered nurse, Samantha worked in many areas in the health care profession, but teaching was always her ultimate goal. She is now the owner of Elite Nurse Aide School in Killeen and A Med Ed in Gatesville, two of the leading nursing-aide programs in the Central Texas area. Samantha Shinn, Owner 60


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Cathy Giesick, HB Sheppard

412 Lake Road, Belton | 219-405-7744 | When Realtor Cathy Giesick bought her first home, she not only got the home of her dreams, but also was inspired. “My Realtor was so caring and thoughtful and full of knowledge. This is where my family started, where my kids were going to school or play in the park,” Cathy said. “This is where I was going to shop and work. It is such an important decision. Whether it’s your first home, rent home or retirement home, buying a home is one of the most important and exciting times in your life.” Cathy said her mission is to take one client at a time through each and every step of the buying or selling process, to ensure every aspect of the “real estate transaction” is done according to Texas state law. Most importantly, the mother of five children with two grandchildren is determined to work with each client ethically, honestly and sincerely. “I am here to ensure you have the right information so you can make informed real estate decisions for you and your family,” Cathy said. Cathy Giesick, Realtor

Skin Deep Salon & Day Spa

220 Commercial Drive, Harker Heights | 254-680-7546 | Beauty is more than skin deep and Becca Korte lives that mission daily. Skin Deep Salon & Day Spa not only offers cutting-edge technology and the most current techniques, but Becca and her staff are constantly attending continuing education classes and advanced training for additional certifications. Becca is certified in micro-pigmentation, laser hair removal, has advanced training in aesthetics including chemical peels and Medispa treatments. “We listen to our clients’ requests. When a new service becomes available, our clients know we are getting it or already have it,” said Becca, referring to the new “skin pen” recently featured on a national morning news show. “We were the first to bring it to this area.” Skin Deep evaluates clients’ skin and determines if they are proper candidates for the procedures they request. “We have the integrity to tell them why they cannot have what they are requesting, and explain what products are right for their skin,” Becca said. “I really like helping people and making them feel better about themselves.” Becca Korte, Owner

Yummy Rummy’s

511 Lake Road, Belton | 254-613-4318 Yummy Rummy’s is not your average frozen yogurt shop. It’s so much more. Kari and LaVerne Rumfield set out to create a different kind of store when they opened Yummy Rummy’s in April 2013. “We saw a need in the area for a fun, family friendly shop that served not only home-style lunches during the week, but Yummy treats every day of the week.” The Rumfields wanted something other than just another modern yogurt shop. Instead, they took a vintage approach to their business. With a larger seating area, board games for families to enjoy, coloring books and a treasure box for kids, Yummy Rummy’s created a space that invites families to come and spend time together while enjoying one of the many delicious treats the shop offers. Serving home-style lunches on weekdays, healthy smoothies, frozen yogurt and vintage candy, Yummy Rummy’s has something for everyone. They also sell customized candy jars as gifts and offer candy buffets for parties and weddings.

LaVerne Kari Rumfield

“Our commitment to provide great customer service, a great product and the fact that our family works in the shop makes everyone feel welcome when they come in to see us.” Open Sundays 1 p.m. – 9 p.m., Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.– 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 61

Anna D. Rinehart, CIDESCO Diplomat President and Founder, Mothers Teach Your Daughters Community Program, Seton Medical Pavilion

Mark Lobaugh, MD Board Certified OB-GYN Medical Director, Mothers Teach Your Daughters Community Program, Seton Medical Pavilion

Anna D. Rinehart, CIDESCO Diplomat, a licensed skin care specialist, provides comprehensive, personalized and individualized clinical skin care management at Medical Aesthetics FACE®, partnered with Dr. Mark Lobaugh, MD, a board certified obstetrics gynecologist at Seton Medical Center pavillion in Harker Heights. Dr. Lobaugh works with various women’s medicalaesthetic conditions - i.e., polycystic ovarian syndrome ( PCOS), which generates excessive facial hair growth; post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation ( PIH), simple acne outbreaks which then becomes pseudofoliculitisbarbae (PFB ) - utilizing a multidiscipline approach of medicine and medical aesthetic protocols to address women’s skin care issues with positive outcomes. Lobaugh and Rinehart work in concert to provide women the most comprehensive skin care management program. Rinehart is internationally recognized for her leadership and innovativeness and for pioneering the practice of Medical Aesthetics as an option in skin care management. She helped shape the profession’s first definition, clarifying the role of the clinical aesthetician, and provided the substantial clinical information that supported a need for the acceptance of medical aesthetics as an integrated health science. In 1990, she approached Scott & White Hospital, Division of Plastic Surgery, presenting her ideas to the board certified plastic surgeons of Charles N. Verheyden, MD, PhD; Chief of Plastic Surgery Dennis Lynch, MD, former chairman of the department; and Peter Grothaus, M.D. Scott & White became the first hospital in the United States to recognize the contributions of medical aesthetics as a specialty to benefit patient care. Anna D. Rinehart is highly respected among her peers. The physicians who refer their patients to her say she is an invaluable contributor to various medical specialist practices. She is also highly respected by her clients while maintaining a commitment, confidence and communion with her community. In 1995, the Northwestern University Medical School and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery recognized Rinehart for her bold ideas and her clinical presentation for Medical Aesthetics and included her as a faculty member for cosmetic dermatology. Anna D. Rinehart states: “We, as skin care specialists, ‘care’ for our clients. We do not forget the critical point of each of our roles is to never leave out ‘caring’ for the person. Caring goes beyond medication or surgery, but rather utilizes a multidiscipline approach including the role of the physician, surgeon and nurse-aesthetician!” For a complete program on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and its Effects on the Skin, call Dr. Mark Lobaugh at 254.519.2229 or Anna D. Rinehart at 1.888.769.3223. To schedule your skin care consultation go to and make an appointment!




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People wait for a tour of the Laura Plantation.

Good times roll in Cajun Country

By Valerie L. Valdez

Nottoway is the largest plantation in the south. Its history dates before the Civil War when it was a slave and sugar cane working plantation. Visitors can tour the 64 rooms on its three floors, and walk up and down the six staircases. The home also serves as an inn, featuring the Mansion Restaurant, and is available for weddings, receptions, meetings and special events. Call 1.800.678.8946, Go to

notch local authors, dance troupes, and poetry reading and music on the lawn. The gallery offers many free events for locals and visitors. Call 225-383-1470, Many different flags have flown over Baton Rouge throughout its history. Ten flags in all. A great place to get a sense of everyday rural life can be found at the Louisiana State University’s Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens. Visitors get a chance to see how early settlers lived, and experience a slave cabin, kitchen building, an overseers’ cottage and barn, just to name a few. Call 225-765-2437. Go to You can’t say you visited Baton Rouge if you don’t see a swamp. The Bluebonnet Swamp sits in the heart of the city just a stone’s throw from the Mall of Louisiana. It’s an oasis with peaceful nature trails and boardwalks linking two pure ecosystems, a delightful grotto of Cypress trees and a magnolia forest. You’ll see all types of critters that fly, crawl and mosey along. Call 225757-9390. Go to

2. Art Galleries & Museums

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eep in the heart of … Cajun Country? That’s right. Cajun Country, as in “Welcome to Baton Rouge, y’all!” It’s the city of offbeat places, colorful politicians, jaw-dropping history and mouth-watering food making it the perfect getaway for curious Texans bored with the ordinary. Just take a stroll next door to the east, give or take 450 miles, to see sights worth seeing and doing stuff worth bragging about when you get home. Here are five reasons to visit Cajun Country. Just remember, when you return to Texas, bring back the memories but leave the alligator. Laissez les bons temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)

1. Plantation Country

History buffs will get a Texas-size kick out of visiting plantations in Baton Rouge. At the top of the list is the Myrtles Plantation built in 1796 and said to be haunted. It’s a real step into the past to sit on its century-old verandah, walk through 10 acres of oak trees and see its crystal chandeliers and hand-woven tapestries and other beautiful objects and furnishings found in great home. Call 1-800-809-0565, visitbatonrouge. com/myrtlesplantation

Visit the Nottoway Plantation in Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art showcases the works of current artist members, including photographers, painters, sculptors and stained-glass artists. Some of the its favorite programs feature readings from top-

Baton Rouge’s only downtown food tour takes groups to some of the best eating spots in the city. You get to sample a little bit of everything from traditional favorites to the latest food creations at upscale restaurants to small, homey TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 63

TexAdventures Take a riverboat cruise on the Belle of Baton Rouge.

cafes. Tours happen rain or shine, so wear comfortable shoes and bring an appetite. 1-800-8383006. Go to You may not be a Kingfisher like the legendary Gov. Huey P. Long, but you can eat like him at the historic Heidelberg Hotel. That’s the spot Governor Long used to wheel and deal in the 1930s. Hungry travelers can taste the hotel’s past in every bite at the Jazz brunch where the staff dress like Roaring 20s flappers. Call 225-3-HILTON. Go to

4. Festivals & Events

Baton Rouge’s party-of-the-year is Mardi Gras, with its Krewe of Mystique Parade. The family-friendly events kicks off with huge floats, fancy balls, and plenty of excitement and fun. The parades include everything from beautifully decorated traditional floats, marching bands, costumed canines, lawn mower pushing krewes and dancing! Families are welcome to come early, bring their lawn chairs to get front row seating. Go to Baton Rouge knows how to do the blues right with one of the oldest blues festival in the country. It’s been making music for more than 20 years featuring the top blues musicians and singers, such as Phil Guy, Larry Garner and Grammy winner Ruthie Foster. This is the place to be for great blues music every October. Go to There’s lots to explore in the Capital Parks Museum.

5. Riverboats & Casinos

When you’re tuckered out from all the sight-seeing, there’s no better place to rest then inside a cozy casino. Located along the river, the Belle of Baton Rouge is a casino and hotel that has three floors of slots and table games all waiting to take your money. Call 225-378-6000. Go to A true gambler never sleeps, and neither does the action at Hollywood Casino. You can find some kind of game to play 24-hours a day. Its 1,080 slot machines and 31 table games will keep you awake, entertained and maybe make 64


you rich. Call 225-709-7777. Go to hollywoodbr. com.

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ADVERTISERS INDEX Academy of Medical Professions........ 25 Adorn Refined Living & Décor......... 56 Akasha’s Treasures.............................. 60 Bead Bistro............................... gift guide Bell County Health Department........ 38 Bell County Museum...........................37 Bello Photography............................... 53 Belton Chamber of Commerce.......... 59 Best Wishes Gifts............... 56, gift guide Bill French Jewelers............................. 25 Blind & Shutter Gallery......................31 Bob Mills Furniture.............................. 2 Bush’s Chicken................................... 53 Callie’s...................................... gift guide Cameron Park Zoo.............................. 70 Cathy Giesick/HB Sheppard...............61 Centex Pool Service............................ 69 Centex Scrap Metal............................ 22 CentraLand Title Company............... 56 Century 21 - Gail Roe & Assoc.......... 23 Clem Mikeska’s................................... 34 Cochran, Blair & Potts....................... 55 Dairy Queen....................................... 69 Dead Fish Grill................................... 36 Dossman Funeral Home..................... 38 EcoBlu...................................... gift guide Edward Jones/Howell......................... 35 El Centro Vet...................................... 34 Elite Nurse Aide School..................... 60 Ellis Air Systems...................................14 Elmcroft of Cottonwood.....................27 English Maids......................................57 ExtraCo...................................back cover Falls Furniture..................................... 12 Fat Charlies......................................... 35 First Community Mortgage.................51 First State Bank................................... 50 Good Life Bakery & Café........ gift guide Groutworks......................................... 68 Hallmark Services............................... 40 Harker Heights Adapative Sports....... 32 Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce...................... 58 Heights Lumber.................................. 54 House of Floors.................................. 69 JKelleys Salon..................... 45, gift guide Jackpot Bingo & Saloon..................... 58 Jazzercise...............................................57 KiKi’s........................................ gift guide Killeen Arts & Activities Center........ 30 Killeen Heating & Air........................ 23 Killeen Sew & Quilt........................... 12 Kim Hay/Salons at Tuscan Square...................... gift guide Land Exchange Abstract & Title........ 44 Lastovica Jewelers................................ 26 Leroy Brown Stocks & Trade................ 5 Let Us Do The Cooking..................... 52 Lochridge Priest...................................21 Lone Star Ag Credit............................ 30

Lucky Bebe.......................................... 22 M.A. Armstrong Law Firm, PLLC...... 59 Margie Kohring/Salons at Tuscan Square...................... gift guide Marvina’s Optical Boutique............... 54 MaxFlight.............................................16 Medical Aesthetics.............................. 62 Metal Mart.......................................... 68 Metroplex Hospital............................... 3 Montessori School...............................47 Mud Pies Pottery & Sir Wigglesworth................. gift guide My Giving Tree........................ gift guide My Stylist Hair Salon & More............ 54 Painting with a Twist.................... 49, 68 Papperdoodles.......................... gift guide Peloton Ridge Country Club...............10 Pentagon Federal Credit Union......... 43 Perry Office Plus...................... gift guide Pop Abilities Gourmet Popcorn.............. 53, gift guide Precious Memories.......................... 4, 48 Priscilla Z Photography........................71 Purefit Foods....................................... 15 Real Deals on Home Décor.................57 ReMax/Temple - Belton................. 4, 42 Rockin R Retreat Center.................... 40 Salon Kinetic....................................... 69 Scotts Lawn Care................................ 68 Seoul Garden.......................................37 Shelley’s Day Spa................................ 52 Shoe Box.................................. gift guide Shoppes on Main.................................31 Sit Means Sit Dog Training................ 48 Skin Deep............................................61 Smile at the World Orthodontics........ 9 Solar Centex....................................... 32 StarPointe Realty................................. 46 Stoney Brook Belton............................51 Sunburst Realty................................... 55 Surface Source.................................... 60 Talbert Construction.......................... 28 Texas A&M Central Texas.................. 58 Texas Bariatric . .................................. 28 Texas BBQ & Grill............................... 7 Texas Partners..................................... 20 Texas State Optical............................... 8 Titan Total Training............................27 Topstone............................................. 40 Union State Bank............................... 39 Veranda Blooms.................................. 28 Visiting Angels.....................................31 West Temple Orthodontics................ 49 Western Insurance.............................. 50 Westside Baptist Church.................... 36 Yummy Rummy...................................61 Z Medical Aesthetics........................... 59 Zootys................................. 55, gift guide

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