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Business in Fort Bend February 2018


Dr. Sarfraz Aly, left, with Joe Freudenberger, CEO OakBend Medical Center.


Dr. Sarfraz Aly has been named OakBend Medical Center’s 2017 Physician of the Year. The presentation was made at the annual physician party held in t he home of OakBend Board member Dr. May Tape.

The hospital received several nominations for the Physician of the Year award. Aly, according to staff, exemplifies involvement, engagement, and commitment to the quality of care that OakBend strives to give its patients.

The Physician of the Year award, OakBend’s highest recognition, is presented annually to one outstanding physician who possesses significant practice experience, compassion, kindness and sincerity that translate not only to their patients, but to their nurses and other staff members that work closely with them. These physicians look and act professional at all times and are a role model both professionally and personally.

“Dr. Sarfraz Aly became the chair of the Infection Control committee this year,” said Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend Medical Center. “When a chair was needed for the Antimicrobial Stewardship committee and the Sepsis Focus group, he was the first person who came to mind because of his commitment to quality. He accepted the challenge and has worked with his colleagues to help them understand the sepsis protocol. Under Dr. Aly’s leadership, the Antimicrobial Stewardship program has demonstrated a significant improvement in utilization of antibiotics as well as cost savings.”

Dr. Aly received his medical degree from Central America Health Sciences University, School of Medicine, Belize City, Belize and has been in practice 14 years. He is fluent in English, Hindi, Urdu and Gujarati.

Aly said, “I am so appreciative for this honor and am pleased to be working with OakBend Medical Center.”


Dr. Megan Evans

Dr. Megan Evans

Clarissa Rodriguez

Clarissa Rodriguez


The FBISD Board of Trustees approved two leadership positions at its Dec. 11 Board Meeting. Dr. Megan Evans was named director of innovation and continuous improvement, and Clarissa Rodri­guez as the new director of enriched learning opportunities.

Evans most recently served as vice president of business development for the Education Resource Group. As FBISD’s Director of Innovation and Continuous Improvement, she will oversee program evaluation, internal and external research, and identify innovative opportunities for the district through grant acquisition.

Evans received her doctorate and Master of Education from Lamar University. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston.

Rodriguez is an experienced education professional whose career spans 12 years. She comes to Fort Bend ISD from Round Rock ISD where she served as principal at the Round Rock Early College High School. She brings leadership skills and experience in developing and maintaining successful educational programs.

Rodriguez has a master’s degree in educational administration from Lamar University, and a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.


Henva Medlow

Henva Medlow


Current Williams Elementary Principal Henva Medlow will be the first principal at Donald Carter Elementary when the school opens in August. Carter Elementary is under construction in the Stone Creek Estates subdivision.

Medlow is a graduate of the University of Houston and earned her master’s at the University of Houston-Victoria. She became principal at Williams Elementary in 2013.

Prior to taking the helm at Williams, she served the school as assistant principal. She also served as an assistant principal, science specialist and teacher in Houston ISD.


Robert Rolnick

Robert Rolnick


Robert Rolnick of Sugar Land has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Judge of the newly created 458th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County. Rolnick has lived in Sugar Land for 32 years and has been a successful practicing attorney since 1977. He is board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, an honor he has maintained continuously from 1987 to date. He is also a certified mediator and arbitrator and has a wide range of legal experience including probate, tax, medical malpractice, business law and business litigation, family law, Social Security Disability and Veteran’s Disability law.

“In family law matters, I will emphasize cooperation over conflict in order to promote a less acrimonious outcome,” said Rolnick. “In civil matters, an attempt should be made to reduce legal costs. Regarding criminal matters, public safety must be taken into account when issues of bail and punishment are decided by the Court.”

Rolnick attended Duke University and graduated with a B. A. degree in economics and earned his law degree at The South Texas College of Law. In addition, he studied accounting at The University of Houston Downtown and became a Texas CPA in 2009. He is married to Dori Wind, an attorney with the Harris County Attorney’s Office. They have been married for 37 years and have two grown children. They are members of Congregation Brith Shalom in Bellaire.


Owners Cay and Kent Hutton have just opened Hutton’s Jewelry and Gifts in Sugar Land.

Owners Cay and Kent Hutton have just opened Hutton’s Jewelry and Gifts in Sugar Land.


Hutton’s Jewelry and Gifts recently opened for business in Town Center. Kent and Cay Hutton, founding partners, moved to Sugar Land from Maui, Hawaii, where they lived and owned a jewelry store for over 20 years. Though not originally from this part of Texas, they chose Sugar Land because of friends and partners, Jason and Lisa Brownlee and the atmosphere of community.

Having been in the jewelry business for over 40 years, Kent and Cay are offering sterling silver and gold fashion jewelry, gold fine jewelry, couture and haute couture jewelry. Hutton’s has items from the simple to the sublime, including giftware such as crystal, clocks, baby items, frames and other unique items. The store is conveniently located at the southwest end of Town Center, 2735 Town Center Blvd. North, Suite E, Sugar Land.

For more information, call 281-313-0600.



Missouri City capped off 2017 by receiving three grant awards for Parks & Recre­ation programming: the National Recre­ation and Park Association’s Walk With Ease Instructor Training Grant, the United States Tennis Association’s Blended Lines Grant and a U.S. Lacrosse First Stick Program grant.

“As we maintain a tight budget, our staff has become aware of how crucial public/private partnerships are to reaching business plan goals,” City Manager Anthony J. Snipes said. “These three grants will result in an enhanced quality-of-life for residents.”

The Walk With Ease Instructor Training Grant, awarded to 250 recipients nationwide, will be used to train two staff members on how to help residents improve their social interactions, as well as their health and fitness levels through guided walking. Brian Barker, recreation specialist for Fitness, Athletics and Facilities, will oversee the grant and participate in the training webinar in January. Staff expects to have the program ready in the spring.

The United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) Blended Lines Grant is a 100 percent reimbursement grant that allows tennis facilities to create blended lines on tennis courts, which are designed to create a smaller playing surface for Junior Tennis programs.

The blended line is a light, shadow-like line painted by professionals on regular sized tennis courts. This allows adults to play on the court, while allowing youth to learn on the same court, using the smaller dimensions highlighted by the blended lines. The USTA grant funded blended lines on the front seven courts at the Recreation and Tennis Center, 2701 Cypress Point Dr.



The Sienna Plantation Levee Improvement District (LID) has awarded a contract to LJA Engineering & Surveying for the design of a fourth pump station in the Fort Bend master-planned community.

“This pump station is the first of several planned capital improvements projects to expand the system ahead of anticipated growth in the Sawmill Lake and future villages,” said Ken Beckman, district president.

The new $7.3 million pump station will house six pumps, each with a capacity of 45,000 gallons per minute for a combined total of 270,000 gallons of water per minute. It will be placed in the southwestern portion of the district approximately 3,000 feet northwest of the current south pump station.

The station will complement the three pump stations already operational within the Sienna LID, doubling capacity in the southern levee system. Two stations currently serve the north area of the district, each station housing four pumps; combined, these two stations can pump out 286,400 gallons of water per minute. A third station, located in the southwestern portion of the district, has six pumps that can operate at 43,250 gallons per minute apiece or a total capacity of 259,500 gallons of water per minute.

Design of the new station is estimated to take seven months with construction expected to begin July 2018. The pump station should be operational by fall 2019.

The 10,800-acre Sienna Plantation is celbrating 20 years of development. Sixteen builders have opened 21 models in Sienna Plantation, where homes are priced from the $250,000s. To learn more visit siennaplantation.com. To see how the levee system functioned during Hurricane Harvey visit youtube.com/watch?v=iD148UqqjE4



OakBend Medical Center has announced that it will open its fourth hospital in April, located in Wharton.

After a long journey and many detours, OakBend Medical Center–Wharton will open with services such as OakBend’s signature No Wait Hospital Emergency Room, observation, air ambulance and imaging, including x-ray, CT and Ultrasound, and soon after opening, the hospital will provide same-day surgery services. Other services are intended to follow based on the needs and support of the community.

“OakBend Medical Center is excited to offer hospital services in Wharton,” said Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend Medical Center. “The community deserves exceptional healthcare and OakBend is fortunate to include Wharton as part of our family.”



Houston native Sri Preston Kulkarni has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination of Texas’ 22nd Congressional District, currently represented by Republican Pete Olson. He has a master’s degree from Harvard Kennedy School. He had a distinguished 14-year career in the State Department as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. He speaks Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Hebrew and Russian. He also spent one year as a Pearson Fellow, advising U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. His campaign can be followed at KulkarniforCongress.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter at @SriPKulkarni.


Johnson Development is the Houston area’s most active developer, with 2,714 new homesites introduced from October 2016 through September 2017. Shown is a model home park in Sienna Plantation.

Johnson Development is the Houston area’s most active developer, with 2,714 new homesites introduced from October 2016 through September 2017. Shown is a model home park in Sienna Plantation.


Johnson Development leads the greater Houston area real estate market as its most active residential developer, according to a list released recently by the Houston Busi­ness Journal.

The venerable company had the most number of homesites developed in Houston between October 2016 and September 2017 of any other firm. Johnson’s 2,714 new homesites topped its nearest competitor by approximately 20 percent.

“It’s been a busy year with sales starting in our 14th Houston community and five of our developments in the Houston area listed among the nation’s 50 best-selling communities,” said Doug Goff, president and CEO of Johnson Development.

The 590-acre Veranda community in Richmond saw home sales starting and welcomed its first model homes in the spring. Johnson Development’s Harvest Green – also in Richmond – debuted on the nation’s top-selling community list compiled by Robert Charles Lesser & Co. (RCLCO) in 2017. Also qualifying for the list were Riverstone, ranked No. 1 in Houston; Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear; Sienna Plantation in Missouri City; and Woodforest in South Montgomery County.

Rounding out Johnson Development’s active Houston communities are Edgewater in Webster, Fall Creek in Humble, Grand Central Park in Conroe, Harmony in Spring, Imperial in Sugar Land, Jordan Ranch in Fulshear, Tuscan Lakes in League City and Willow Creek Farms in Brookshire.

“Several of our communities also grew considerably, adding new neighborhoods, builders and available homes as we worked to meet the needs of people searching for distinctive homes in lifestyle communities,” Goff said.

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