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Doug Goff

Doug Goff

Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson

 

JOHNSON DEVELOPMENT CORP. PROMOTES GOFF, SMITH; JOHNSON REMAINS CHAIRMAN AND CEO

Johnson Development Corp. has announced the promotion of Doug Goff and Michael J. Smith to co-presidents of the Company, a milestone achievement for two key members of the management team who have helped establish Johnson as a preeminent residential and commercial land development company.

Goff, 21 years with Johnson, most recently served as COO while Smith, 17 years with Johnson, served as its senior vice president and director of land development. In their new roles, Goff will be responsible for the Company’s overall residential sales and marketing strategy and will oversee commercial development initiatives while Smith will lead general land development and corporate operations. Goff and Smith will be responsible for relationship management and negotiations with Johnson’s strong stable of homebuilder partners. Larry D. Johnson, formerly president and CEO of the Company, will continue to serve as the Company’s CEO and will hold the new position of chairman.

Under the team’s leadership, Johnson has become one of the nation’s leading land developers with a portfolio of 17 active master-planned communities today in Houston, Dallas and Atlanta. Collectively, these communities span over 44,000 acres with entitlements for 74,000 residential units and more than 16 million square feet of commercial space. Over the past 20 years, Johnson communities have created an impressive $25+ billion in new taxable value for the communities in which they reside.

The Company’s award-winning roster of master-planned communities includes four of the top-30 selling master plans in the country as ranked by new home sales in 2016, including Riverstone (#20), Cross Creek Ranch (#23), Woodforest (#27) and Sienna Plantation (#30). Johnson is also pleased to announce the recent launch of new home sales activity at Houston communities Grand Central Park, Jordan Ranch and Veranda.

The Company also continues to provide development and construction services for third-party property owners who lack the management resources or in-house development team to maximize the potential of their land positions. “As we look ahead in 2017, we are excited about the continued opportunity to expand the Johnson platform on a more national basis and will take advantage of new opportunities as they arise,” said Johnson.

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Anne Graves

Anne Graves

MEDICAL STAFF COORDINATOR RECEIVES ADVANCE CERTIFICATION

OakBend Medical Center has announced that Anne Graves, the hospital’s medical staff coordinator, has achieved her certification as a Certified Professional in Medical Staff Management (CPMSM) from the Certification Commission of National Association of Medical Staff Services.

The CPMSM exam focuses on the management role in the medical staff services field as follows: Credentialing and Privileging – Develop, Manage, Conduct and Maintain Credentialing and Privileging Processes ; Ongoing Monitoring and Compliance – Regulatory Requirements, Accreditation Standards and Organizational Policies and Procedures; Department Operations – Budget, Staffing, Reports, Minutes, Robert’s Rules of Order, Preparation of Materials for Meetings (agendas, minutes, follow-up); System Management – Work Independently, Collaborating with Others, Critical Thinking, Develop policies and applicable tools.

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Nicole Bowles

Nicole Bowles

FORT BEND CHRISTIAN ACADEMY NAMES DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT

Nicole Bowles has been named the Director of Advancement for Fort Bend Christian Academy. Bowles has had more than a decade of fundraising experience and has been an active resident of Fort Bend County for much of her life.

Previously, Bowles served as the Director of Major Gifts at St. Francis Episcopal. There, she completed a $21 million campaign and personally secured a $2.5 million gift which was the largest gift in the school’s history. She has also worked in fundraising and development at the National MS Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Dini Partners, a national consulting firm for nonprofits. At Dini, she managed campaigns with goals ranging from $3 million to $60 million.

“It’s an honor to work at Fort Bend Christian Academy,” Bowles said. “I enjoy working with kids and fundraising, so it’s the best of both worlds for me.”

Early in her childhood, Bowles began volunteering in Fort Bend County. “I have a strong passion for fundraising and giving back,” she said.

Bowles is a member and volunteer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). In 2012, she started the Houston Alumni Chapter for the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and served as the founder and president for three years. In 2015, she joined the UTSA Alumni Board of Directors and she chairs and serves on various board committees. She is also on the Alumni Board for her high school, San Marcos Baptist Academy.

Bowles obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a minor in Public Relations from UTSA. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with numerous nonprofits.

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Heather Williams

Heather Williams

WILLIAMS TO LEAD NEWEST LAMAR CISD ELEMENTARY

The Lamar CISD Board of Trustees recently approved Heather Will­iams as the principal for Lindsey Elementary, which will open in August and is located in the Firethorne West subdivision in Katy.

Williams comes to Lindsey from Stanley Elementary in Katy ISD, where she was named principal in 2012. She was also an assistant principal in Katy.

Williams worked in Lamar CISD as a Campus Instructional Technology Specialist at Briscoe Junior High, a teacher at Frost Elementary and a Gifted and Talented Facilitator at Austin Elementary. She also taught in Alief.

She has her bachelor’s from Stephen F. Austin University and her master’s from the University of Houston in Victoria.

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Cornelius Anthony

Cornelius Anthony

CORNELIUS ANTHONY NAMED FOOTBALL COACH, ATHLETIC COORDINATOR AT TERRY HIGH SCHOOL

At its March meeting, the Lamar CISD Board of Trustees approved Cornelius Anthony to be the Campus Coordinator and football coach at Terry High School.

Anthony comes to Lamar CISD after three years at Willowridge High School. He served as the Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach for the past two seasons. Anthony also coached girls’ basketball, tennis, track and softball at Willowridge.

Anthony is returning to Lamar CISD. He coached football and track at George Junior High School 2009-2013 and taught Special Education.

He has his bachelor’s from Texas A&M and his master’s from the University of Phoenix.

While at Texas A&M, Anthony was the defensive team captain, both the A&M Scholar Athlete of the Year and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Athlete of the Year in 2000 and made the Big XII Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

After college, Anthony played professionally in the National Football League, the Canadian Football League and NFL Europe.

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Tracey Rich

Tracey Rich

TRACEY RICH NAMED ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL AT CHRISTA MCAULIFFE MIDDLE SCHOOL

The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees has approved Tracey Rich as associate principal at Christa McAuliffe Middle School (CMMS).

Rich previously served as assistant principal at CMMS for this school year, and as assistant principal at First Colony Middle School for three years. Prior to coming to Fort Bend ISD, she worked in Lamar ISD for five years.

Rich received her Master’s of Education from the University of Houston-Sugar Land, and her Bachelor’s of Science in exercise science from Western Washington University. She is working toward her doctorate in curriculum and instruction.

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Sheri Maston

Sheri Maston

FBISD BOARD APPROVES SHERI MASTON AS DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

Sheri Maston was named director of special education at the March 6 Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees meeting. Maston is an experienced education professional whose career spans more than 19 years.

Most recently, Maston served as a special education instructional specialist for Pasadena ISD. Prior to that role, she was a special education teacher, as well as a general education teacher for various grade levels.

Maston received her Master of Science degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix and her administrator certification from Lamar University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Louisiana State University.

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L-R): Commissioner Gary Nelson, Chambers County; Councilman Floyd Emery, City of Missouri City; and Brazoria County Commissioner Stacy Adams.

(L-R): Commissioner Gary Nelson, Chambers County; Councilman Floyd Emery, City of Missouri City; and Brazoria County Commissioner Stacy Adams.

MISSOURI CITY COUNCILMAN FLOYD EMERY NAMED H-GAC CHAIR ELECT

The Houston-Galveston Area Council has announced that City of Missouri City Councilman Floyd Emery has been elected board chair elect for 2017. He has served as the Missouri City representative on the H-GAC board of directors since 2013. Also elected as 2017 H-GAC officers are Brazoria County Commissioner Stacy Adams as vice chair and Chambers County Commissioner Gary Nelson as chair.

The 2017 officers were installed at the H-GAC General Assembly Annual Meeting on March 3. Chief W. Nim Kidd of the Texas Division of Emergency Management was the principal speaker at this annual gathering of local elected officials, administrators, civic and service leaders, and business and industry representatives.

H-GAC (h-gac.com) is a voluntary
association of local governments and local elected officials from the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning Region, which includes an area of 12,500 square miles and more than
6 million people.

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The two-story brownstone model has just opened at The Point at Imperial.

The two-story brownstone model has just opened at The Point at Imperial.

GRACEPOINT HOMES OPENS MODEL HOME AT THE POINT AT IMPERIAL

Gracepoint Homes is celebrating the grand opening of a two-story brownstone model at The Point at Imperial, which is situated within the Imperial development in old Sugar Land. Gracepoint Homes is known for its unique and timeless architecture and designed these classic east-coast inspired homes to offer refined living for homebuyers seeking a turnkey, low-maintenance lifestyle.

Starting at $460,000 and 2,400 square feet, the well-designed floor plans offer large porches and balconies, gracious living spaces with game room or study, en suite baths, bedrooms with large closets, a gourmet kitchen and dining area flowing into the main living space. An elevator can also be added in the home.

The brownstones provide lake views and access to restaurants, retail and museums which are currently under development for the mixed-use community at the site of the former Imperial Sugar Company. The community is located near U.S. Highway 90A and Highway 6 and is a Johnson Development Corporation master-planned community.

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Aliana is one of the largest and fastest growing master-planned communities in Fort Bend County.

Aliana is one of the largest and fastest growing master-planned communities in Fort Bend County.

ALIANA LANDS NATION’S FIRST REIMAGINED TARGET STORE, SCHEDULED TO OPEN IN OCTOBER

The Fort Bend master-planned community of Aliana will soon be home to the nation’s first fully reimagined Target store, a next-generation of store design befitting one of the Houston area’s top-selling communities of new homes.

Scheduled to open this fall, the 124,000-square-foot modernized store will feature glazed, large glass windows at the front, stenciled concrete floors and unique lighting throughout. Additionally, the new design offers two entrances, each with a specific shopper in mind.

Guests can enter through one entrance to find displays of exclusive brands and inspiring seasonal moments, and the other for easy pick-up of online orders and groceries, a Wine & Beer shop, self-checkout lanes and a dedicated Order Pickup counter. Outside this entrance, guests will find dedicated parking spaces where team members will bring out online orders. An enhanced grocery department will feature woodgrain fixtures, a robust assortment of fresh produce as well as quick grab-and-go options and meal solutions.

Upon its anticipated opening in October, the reimagined Target store will join the new H-E-B Aliana Market as two signature, on-site shopping conveniences for residents of the award-winning Fort Bend master-planned community.

“When the all-new Target opens this fall, Aliana residents will enjoy two, sparkling new shopping experiences right outside their front door,” says Linda Kilgore, marketing director of Aliana Development Company, developer of the fast-growing, 2,000-acre west Houston community near Sugar Land.

In 2016, Aliana ranked #19 among the nation’s top-selling master-planned communities last year, according to RCLCO. The community also ranked third on the list of Hous­­ton’s most active real estate developments in 2016, as reported by MetroStudy.

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(L-R): Vince Finnegan; Regina Morales, Central Fort Bend Chamber; Cynthia McConathy, Mayor, City of Rosenberg; and Gary Finnegan.

(L-R): Vince Finnegan; Regina Morales, Central Fort Bend Chamber; Cynthia McConathy, Mayor, City of Rosenberg; and Gary Finnegan.

THE CENTRAL FORT BEND CHAMBER WELCOMES FINNEGAN AUTO GROUP
WITH A RIBBON CUTTING

The Central Fort Bend Chamber welcomed Finnegan Auto Group with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the grand opening of the Auto Repair and Collision Center located at 2950 FM 2218, just south of U.S. 59 on F.M. 2218 in Rosenberg. Business owners, Chamber Members, family and friends gathered to celebrate the new state of the art 30,000-square foot Auto Repair and Collision Center that is conveniently located to better serve customers and offers top quality customer service and repairs for all collision needs.

Vince Finnegan, co-owner, expressed his excitement stating, “This is a big step for our customers and our company. We see all the great things happening in this community and feel blessed to be part of it. Our new facility will offer superior service for all our customer’s needs.” Gary Finnegan, co-owner added, “We are very excited to be adding over 23,000 square feet of work space to accommodate our client’s automotive needs.”

Finnegan Auto Group ranks 18th out of 2,400 dealers in the nation in Mopar auto part sales. Visit finneganauto.com for more information.

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The innovative Pneuweight unloading system at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

The innovative Pneuweight unloading system at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

HOUSTON METHODIST SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL HELPS PHYSICAL THERAPY PATIENTS “TAKE THE WEIGHT OFF”

Physical therapy patients at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital have access to a unique unweighting system that enables them to exercise without putting pressure on injured and recovering joints.

The PneuWeight™ unloading system is an innovative pneumatic tool that lifts and supports a patient’s body weight to reduce or eliminate pain. Without the pain associated with weight bearing, patients can walk, run and do other exercises earlier in the rehabilitation process — dramatically shortening their recovery times.

Although PneuWeight system was developed more than 25 years ago for a professional basketball team, they remain a rare sight in many physical therapy clinics. At Houston Methodist Sugar Land, however, the system is in constant use.

“It’s not unusual for patients to get discouraged at what they perceive to be a lack of progress, even though they are improving,” said Kiran Patel, a Houston Methodist Sugar Land physical therapist assistant. “That’s especially true if they are recovering from a traumatic injury, which typically requires a long period of rehabilitation. The PneuWeight enables us to get patients up and moving early; it helps restore confidence and motivates patients to keep working hard. It makes a world of difference.” For more information, go to houstonmethodist.org/therapy-sl or call 281-274-0123 to schedule an appointment.

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(L-R): Dr. Kathleen Bowen, chief human resources officer; Marcus Halsey, Lamar Junior High special education teacher; Eva Zamora, Lamar CISD payroll department clerk; Wyvette McLendon, ESGR representative; and Dr. Thomas Randle, superintendent of Lamar CISD.

(L-R): Dr. Kathleen Bowen, chief human resources officer; Marcus Halsey, Lamar Junior High special education teacher; Eva Zamora, Lamar CISD payroll department clerk; Wyvette McLendon, ESGR representative; and Dr. Thomas Randle, superintendent of Lamar CISD.

LAMAR CISD’S EVA ZAMORA RECOGNIZED FOR SUPPORTING THE TROOPS

The office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense recently recognized Lamar CISD and singled out one employee for contributing to the nation’s security. Eva Zamora was honored as a “Patriotic Employer” by the Secretary of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) program for going “above and beyond” in her duties in the Lamar CISD Payroll Department.

Zamora was nominated by Marcus Halsey, a special education teacher at Lamar Junior High. Halsey credited Zamora with allowing for him to serve in the National Reserve without some of the worries consuming others in his unit.

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(L-R): David DeFranco, Anne Nguyen, Kristin Rausch and Adam Frenzel are the teachers for Project Lead the Way, Lamar Consolidated HS’s pre-engineering program.

(L-R): David DeFranco, Anne Nguyen, Kristin Rausch and Adam Frenzel are the teachers for Project Lead the Way, Lamar Consolidated HS’s pre-engineering program.

TWO LAMAR CISD SCHOOLS HONORED BY TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING GROUP

The Texas Technology and Engineering Educator’s Association has honored Lamar Consolidated High School and Lamar Junior High School for Program Excellence.

Each year, only one high school in Texas and only one middle school/junior high in Texas receive the Teacher Excellence Award and Program Excellence Award.

The two schools represented Texas at the International Technology and Engineering Educator’s (ITEEA) Conference, March 16-18 in Dallas. Only 25 programs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels received ITEEA’s Teacher Excellence Award and Program Excellence Award, the most prestigious awards given in recognition of Technology and Engineering Education Teachers and Programs.

Adam Frenzel, Anne Nguyen, David DeFranco and Kristen Rausch are the teachers for Project Lead the Way, Lamar Consolidated HS’s pre-engineering program. Carsen Collins is the pre-engineering teacher at Lamar JH.

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DAISY Award Recipient, Lee Cantos, RN, with her children and the DAISY Award Committee.

DAISY Award Recipient, Lee Cantos, RN, with her children and the DAISY Award Committee.

Ranjeetha-Reddy

DAISY Award Recipient, Ranjeetha Reddy, RN, with the DAISY Award Committee.

HOUSTON METHODIST SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL HONORS OUTSTANDING NURSES WITH THE DAISY AWARD

Lee Cantos, RN, and Ranjeetha Reddy, RN, were named Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s DAISY Award winners, a national honor that recognizes the contributions of extraordinary nurses.

Cantos was nominated by a number of patients, who praised her kindness and willingness to provide compassionate care. One patient wrote that she was scared during her first night in the hospital, but Cantos went out of her way to make her feel secure.

“I was worried about being left alone because my family was unable to spend the night,” the patient wrote on her nomination form. “Lee quickly calmed my fears. She kneeled down at the side of my bed and explained everything about the unit. She was kind and considerate. She listened and answered all the questions that my daughters and I had. By the time she finished, I knew I was in good hands and my daughters felt better having to leave me alone. Throughout that night she kept her promise. She was there constantly monitoring my heart rate and blood pressure. She took great care of me. My family and I thank her for being a nurse committed to excellent patient care.”

Reddy was also nominated by several of her patients, who commented on her comforting and gentle nature. One patient in particular spoke of her recent diagnosis of acute leukemia, and the struggles she faced in dealing with the reality of both the illness and the treatment.

“Ranjeetha is amazingly comforting as she cares for you,” the patient wrote. “Her care and concern for every detail is extraordinary. She has taken the time to get to know me and how I respond to things. She anticipates my anxiousness and heads it off with encouragement I can trust. I feel so confident when she cares for me, and it allows me to remain positive with my treatments. My doctor is so pleased with my response to the chemotherapy, and I owe that to her. I wouldn’t have made it this far without her.”

In honor of the DAISY Award selection, Cantos and Reddy received a certificate of appreciation, a DAISY Award pin, a beautiful sculpture titled “A Healer’s Touch,” hand-carved by artists of the Shona tribe in Zimbabwe and a reserved parking spot.

The DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died in 1999 from an autoimmune disease. The care the Barnes family received from nurses inspired this unique award as a way of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families. Today, more than 1,300 hospitals across the U.S. participate in the program.

“We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program,” said Janet Leatherwood, chief nursing officer.  “Nurses like Lee and Ranjeetha are everyday heroes who demonstrate excellence through clinical expertise and compassionate care, and we are excited to be able to recognize them – and our future winners – as outstanding role models for the nursing profession.”

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Bacon Bros. Shrimp and Grits is sure to be a menu favorite.

Bacon Bros. Shrimp and Grits is sure to be a menu favorite.

BACON BROS. PUBLIC HOUSE OPENS

A new restaurant in Sugar Land Town Square is giving meat a run for its money. Bacon Bros. Public House, 2110 Town Square Place, is the new kid on the block, serving a lot of bacon and more. Bacon Bros. is the creation of Chef Anthony Gray, restaurateur Jason Callaway and Eric Bergelson and Mike Porter. The four were drawn together by a desire to serve only the highest quality food, a commitment to good old fashioned Southern hospitality, and of course, bacon. The menu features straight forward, made-from-scratch American cuisine. Serving as Chef de Cuisine is Houston Chef Joseph Zerwas, who will utilize heritage breed hogs, heirloom produce, old world vision and new world techniques to bring guests a regionally inspired menu.

The restaurant doesn’t just have bacon in the name; it cures, smokes – with local hardwoods – and dry ages all its meats in-house. The meat mecca will feature comfort food with a strong connection to the land.

“I hope guests will find the food at Bacon Bros. as addictive as I do,” said operating partner Travis Cook. “There is something instinctual about the effect a whiff of smoke has on your appetite. It’s what gives us a certain funk to our food. We match that with a great place to meet up with friends to share some snacks, a platter of BBQ and a great shot of whiskey.” For more information, visit baconbrospublichouse.com.

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FBISD’s Athletic Trainers at the 4th Annual Athletic Training Olympics.

FBISD’s Athletic Trainers at the 4th Annual Athletic Training Olympics.

FORT BEND ISD ATHLETIC TRAINERS RECOGNIZED DURING NATIONAL ATHLETIC TRAINING MONTH

Athletic Trainers (ATs) play a vital role in ensuring the safety and well-being of all Fort Bend ISD athletes. FBISD is recognizing the hard work of ATs during National Athletic Training Month.

Fort Bend ISD is proud to have the support of many ATs throughout the District. Thanks to a unique partnership between FBISD and Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, the District is equipped with 22 athletic trainers. Eleven are full-time trainers employed by FBISD. The other 11 are employed through the hospital, many of whom are in the athletic residency program through the sports medicine department at the hospital. This allows Head District Athletic Trainer Richard Gregoire to have trainers available at all 11 FBISD high schools to tend to the students’ needs.

“I greatly appreciate Houston Methodist Sugar Land and the partnership that we have for our athletes,” said Gregoire. “The partnership has allowed us to take care of our athletes on a daily basis. We have a fantastic team of trainers, and they demonstrate their commitment to student safety each day.”

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association holds National Athletic Training Month each March to raise awareness about the important work of athletic trainers across the nation. This year’s theme is “Your protection is our priority.” To learn more, go to nata.org.

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(L-R): Dr. Charles Dupre with ESGR representatives Tom Samson and Wyvette McLendon.

(L-R): Dr. Charles Dupre with ESGR representatives Tom Samson and Wyvette McLendon.

FBISD SUPERINTENDENT RECEIVES DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PATRIOT AWARD

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Dupre was recently awarded the National Guard and Reserve Patriot Award in recognition of his continuous support of FBISD employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) representatives Wyvette McLendon and Tom Samson presented the Patriot Award to Dupre at the FBISD Administration Building. The award is granted based on a nomination by a Guard or Reserve member.

“I feel exceptionally honored that Capt. Holliday nominated me for the Patriot Award,” Dupre said. “I feel privileged to lead an organization that is known for supporting our members of the Guard and Reserves as they serve to protect our freedoms and preserve a bright future for our nation.”

Capt. Jeanene Holliday nominated Dr. Dupre for supporting her as she simultaneously serves as a Judge Advocate General in the United States Army Reserve (USAR) and works full-time as the Teen Leadership, Student Council and PALS instructor at FBISD’s Missouri City Middle School.

The ESGR representatives also presented a Statement of Support to signify FBISD’s commitment to supporting military personnel. ESGR, a Department of Defense program, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call 800- 336-4590 or visit ESGR.mil.


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