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Eddie Damian

Eddie Damian

FORT BEND ISD EDUCATOR SERVES AS ASSOCIATION STATE PRESIDENT

Eddie Damian, talent management senior consultant in Fort Bend ISD’s Human Resources Department, will serve as President for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA). Damian and his fellow officers on the Executive Committee were installed at the association’s summer conference.

“TEPSA members are well represented by their state officers who advocate tirelessly for Texas students and educators at both state and national levels,” said Executive Director Harley Eckhart.

Damian, whose career education spans more than 24 years, has served members on the TEPSA Board and numerous committees for more than 10 years.

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Jerry Kipping

Jerry Kipping

Frederick Black

Frederick Black

FOSTER, GEORGE RANCH HIGH SCHOOLS GET NEW LEADERS

Two veteran Lamar CISD administrators began new leadership positions when school re-opened Aug. 24.

Jerry Kipping is the new principal at Foster High School. He served as principal at Lamar Junior High from 2010 to present. Prior to leading Lamar Junior High, he served as an assistant principal at George and Briscoe junior high schools and Terry High School. Kipping began his career as a teacher and coach in Corpus Christi. He is a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University and has a masters from Texas A&M – Corpus Christi.

Frederick Black is the new principal at George Ranch High School. Prior to taking the helm at the school, Black served as the associate principal and an assistant principal at George Ranch, beginning in 2012. Prior to coming to Lamar CISD, Black was an administrator in Cypress-Fairbanks, and a teacher and coach in the Alief and Fort Bend school districts. Black is a graduate
of Stephen F. Austin University, with two master’s degrees from Prairie View A&M University and a doctorate from Stephen F. Austin.

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Leslie Haack

Leslie Haack

Bill Conaway

Bill Conaway

LAMAR CISD ADDS TWO DISTRICT-WIDE ADMINISTRATORS

Lamar CISD named two district-wide administrators in advance of the 2015-2016 school year.

Leslie Haack is the District’s executive director of Secondary Education. The District’s 12 secondary schools, covering grades six through 12, are under her supervision. A graduate of the University of Kansas, she has her master’s from Prairie View A&M University. Haack’s most recent experience was as principal of George Ranch High School, which she opened in 2009. Prior to arriving at Lamar CISD, she was an administrator in Sealy and Katy schools and a teacher and coach in Katy. She was the District’s Secondary Principal of the Year in 2014.

Bill Conaway is the District’s new director of transportation. A graduate of Texas A&M, he worked as the assistant director of transportation in Clear Creek ISD prior to coming to Lamar CISD. He also served as director of transportation at College Station ISD and worked with several school districts while at Durham Transportation. He began his career in transportation while in college with Texas A&M Bus Operations. He is a past president of the Gulf Coast Association of Pupil Transportation and chaired the Texas Association School Business Officials’ Transportation Research committee for two years.

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Braman Winery rendering.

Braman Winery rendering.

CENTRAL FORT BEND CHAMBER HOSTS BREAKFAST IN THE BEND AT BRAMAN WINERY

The Central Fort Bend Chamber held its monthly networking event, Breakfast in the Bend, at Braman Winery on Sept. 1. Jeff King and Sean Heyl with the winery welcomed the 100 Chamber members who attended and took guests for a tour around their new building that is projected for completion in late October/early November 2015. For more information, visit bramanbrands.com.

Robert Quarles with Morton Street Music, LLC spoke to the group about a new and upcoming event in Richmond called Concert on the Creek. The event is planned to be produced two times a year, once in the fall and again in the spring and will feature different musical artists from a variety of genres. The first Concert on the Creek will take place Oct. 30 from 6-11 p.m. at the Wessendorff Park located in the historic section of downtown Richmond. Along with the entertainment, a selection of food trucks and other food vendors will be available. For more information, visit concertonthecreek.com.

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(L-R): Greg Haralson, senior vice president and CEO, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Jan Downing, volunteer, and Elaine Prichard, volunteer.

(L-R): Greg Haralson, senior vice president and CEO, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Jan Downing, volunteer, and Elaine Prichard, volunteer.

MEMORIAL HERMANN SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL CELEBRATES CONSTRUCTION MILESTONE

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital held a “Top Out” Party and beam signing recently. Topping out marks the moment the last beam is put in to place atop a structure and typically signifies the midpoint in the construction process.

“We’re excited to reach another milestone in this project,” said Greg Haralson, senior vice president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land. “The new patient tower will provide us the opportunity to take care of more of our community members who trust Memorial Hermann for their care.”

The 155,000 square-foot patient tower is the centerpiece of the project that will have the capacity to add 90 patient beds to the 81-bed hospital. Scheduled for completion next summer, the six-story patient tower is being constructed so that four additional floors can be added at a later date.

On the other side of the campus, work continues on a 100,000-square-foot medical plaza. The medical plaza will provide space for physician offices, outpatient imaging and expanded sports medicine and rehabilitation services. The medical plaza is scheduled for completion by this December.

“Memorial Hermann has made a commitment to the community to advance health,” said Haralson. “What we’re doing with our new patient tower and medical plaza will allow us to provide an even greater level of safe, high-quality care to the community for years to come.

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FORMER ASTRO DARYLE WARD JOINS SKEETERS

The Sugar Land Skeeters and manager Gary Gaetti announced the signing of infielder Daryle Ward prior to the series opener against Long Island in August. Ward played 59 games with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs earlier this year, hitting .237 with one home run and 15 RBI.

Ward, 40, enters his 17th-season of professional baseball with a .290 career average. The product of Rancho Santiago College in California was drafted by the Tigers in the 15th-round of the 1994 draft before quickly ascending to the Major League ranks in 1998. Ward spent 11 years at the big league level with the Astros, Dodgers, Pirates, Nationals, Braves and Cubs. A career .263 hitter in MLB, he has 90 home runs and 379 RBI.

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Middle Aged Woman Getting Mammogram --- Image by © Sean Justice/Corbis

Middle Aged Woman Getting Mammogram — Image by © Sean Justice/Corbis

LOW-DOSE RADIATION 3D MAMM­OGRAMS AT HOUSTON METH­ODIST BREAST CARE CENTER SUGAR LAND

The Houston Methodist Breast Care Center at Sugar Land now offers the latest in breast cancer screening advances – low-dose radiation tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography.

“Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology improves the ability to detect breast cancer at the earliest stages, while using the lowest radiation exposure available in the market,” said Stephen W. Phillips, M.D., medical director of the Houston Methodist Breast Care Center at Sugar Land.

Tomosynthesis provides clearer images and a more accurate screening than traditional mammograms, especially in women who have dense breast tissue. Radiologists pull images from varying perspectives to examine anything suspicious, reducing callbacks for
further imaging.

The Genius™ 3D mammogram requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a traditional 2D mammogram. The low-dose mammogram is the only breast tomosynthesis system approved by the FDA as clinically superior to conventional mammography. “We are thrilled about offering our patients this low-dose alternative,” Phillips said.

The Breast Care Center offers all-digital mammography, molecular breast imaging, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, ultrasound biopsies, stereotactic biopsies and MRI-guided biopsies. If cancer is detected, the center
provides access to clinical trials and the most advanced treatments available, such as chemotherapy and hormone, drug and radiation therapy. Innovative surgical techniques and breast reconstruction surgeries are also available.

For more information, contact Jamie Prinster at 281-275-0586. For scheduling, call 281-242-PINK (7465) or visit houstonmethodist.org.

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Creighton Jaster

Creighton Jaster

CREIGHTON JASTER NAMED LAMAR JH PRINCIPAL

The Lamar CISD Board of Trustees approved Creighton Jaster as the principal for Lamar Junior High School.

A graduate of Texas A&M University, Jaster has a master’s degree from the University of Houston-Victoria. Prior to taking the reins at Lamar JH, he served as an assistant principal at Lamar Consolidated High School. Jaster was also a coach, teacher and head of the science department at Briscoe Junior High.

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Ali Mahmood, M.D.

Ali Mahmood, M.D.

ALI MAHMOOD, M.D., JOINS HOUSTON METHODIST SURGICAL ASSOCIATES

One of Fort Bend’s leading colon and rectal surgeons, Dr. Ali Mahmood, has joined Houston Methodist Surgical Associates. Mahmood is board certified by the American Board of Surgeons and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He is the current chair of surgery at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. He also holds a leadership role on the hospital’s cancer committee, is a member of the hospital’s medical executive board, and was voted Male Physician of Excellence by hospital nurses and staff.

“Joining Houston Methodist Surgical Associates was an easy decision,” he said. “I’ve been an active member of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s medical staff for many years. They exemplify values that I firmly believe in, the most important being excellent patient care. I enjoy working with the exceptional hospital staff, and feel privileged to work alongside so many highly trained and specialized physicians.”

Mahmood’s primary interest in colorectal surgery is colon and rectal cancer, along with benign diseases such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and diverticulitis. He also offers treatment of common anorectal disorders such as hemorrhoids and pelvic floor disorders such as rectal prolapse and fecal incontinence.

Mahmood grew up in Houston, and after leaving Texas for medical school, residency and fellowship, he returned home to practice medicine. He has been appointed a clinical assistant professor in the department of surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, and as clinical faculty at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He serves as a national reviewer of two peer-reviewed journals, and has authored papers on the scope of colon and rectal surgery. He continues to perform the highest volume of colon and rectal surgeries in Fort Bend.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mahmood, call 281-242-3300. To learn more, visit houstonmethodist.org/spg.

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(L-R): Realtor Sandy McClusky, buyers Johnathan Acord and Lynnsey Tirey, and Nory Mims, sales representative with Perry Homes.

(L-R): Realtor Sandy McClusky, buyers Johnathan Acord and Lynnsey Tirey, and Nory Mims, sales representative with Perry Homes.

SIENNA’S VILLAGE OF SAWMILL LAKE WELCOMES FIRST BUYERS

The first home sale in the Village of Sawmill Lake in Sienna Plantation did not happen by chance. It was the result of a very determined effort requiring a diligent eye and quick action. And thanks to their persistence and that of their realtor, Lynnsey Tirey and Johnathan Acord are getting the home – and neighborhood – of their dreams.

“We were already sold on the Sugar Land/Missouri City area, but when our realtor showed us Sienna Plantation, we thought it would be perfect,” Tirey said. “It has a great location and is safe and very clean. When one of Johnathan’s friends who happens to live there gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up, we were sold.”

The couple was also sold on Perry Homes, particularly a three-bedroom, open-concept design.

“They really liked this Perry design that we saw in another neighborhood, but they wanted to live in Sienna,” said realtor Sandy McClusky with RE/MAX Fine Properties. “We visited with Nory Mims at Perry Homes and asked if this plan would be available in their new neighborhood in the Village of Sawmill Lake. Lucky for us, it was.”

To ensure Tirey and Acord were able to get the plan they wanted, McClusky carefully watched when homesites were being released to the builders.

“I heard the homesites were being released and Lynnsey and I were there right away, picking out a corner lot with beautiful trees behind it,” McClusky said. “However, this was still so new, the paperwork couldn’t be generated until the next day. Johnson Development and Perry Homes really worked with us to get everything done
in April.”

Alvin San Miguel, general manager of Sienna Plantation, said he wasn’t surprised the Village of Sawmill Lake is proving so popular with home buyers.

“Sienna Plantation has a strong reputation for impressive amenities, top-notch schools, beautiful homes and a warm hometown spirit,” he said. “We expected buyer interest to be enthusiastic with the number and variety of these new designs.”

“It’s been very fun picking out everything and watching the home take shape,” Tirey said. “We are very fortunate to build our first home together. And Sienna Plantation is such a great place – we just wanted to be here.”

The Village of Sawmill Lake is the first collection of neighborhoods in a 3,700-acre addition to Sienna Plantation announced last year. Builders have begun selling in nine neighborhoods with prices from the $280,000s. The village features 12 model homes and 500 homesites.

A new amenity center is planned to open in the neighborhood next year and Fort Bend Independent School District has plans to open an elementary school and middle school in 2017, increasing the number of on-site schools in Sienna Plantation to seven.

Located in Fort Bend County, Sienna Plantation is a project of The Johnson Development Corp. For more information, visit siennaplantation.com.


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