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(L-R): Lamar CISD Trustee Mandi Bronsell, Board President James Steenbergen, Superintendent Dr. Thomas Randle, Region 4 Executive Director Dr. Pam Wells, Trustee Melisa Roberts, Board Secretary Kay Danziger and Trustee Dr. Tyson Harrell.

(L-R): Lamar CISD Trustee Mandi Bronsell, Board President James Steenbergen, Superintendent Dr. Thomas Randle, Region 4 Executive Director Dr. Pam Wells, Trustee Melisa Roberts, Board Secretary Kay Danziger and Trustee Dr. Tyson Harrell.

RANDLE RECOGNIZED AS REGION 4 SUPERINTENDENT OF THE YEAR

Lamar CISD Superintendent Dr. Thomas Randle was recognized at the August meeting of the Board of Trustees for being the Superintendent of the Year for Region 4, which covers the Houston area. Dr. Pam Wells, executive director of the Region 4 Education Service Center presented Randle with a clock in recognition of his accomplishment.

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Angel Tapia

Angel Tapia

Phillip Butler

Phillip Butler

 

Terri Nieser

Terri Nieser

 

 

Dennis Olheiser

Dennis Olheiser

 

Fort Bend Cares for Kids

 

FORT BEND CARES GETS NEW LOOK, NEW LEADERS

Fort Bend Cares has introduced a new executive director, three new board members and an updated logo. Founded 12 years ago, the charitable foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations serving disadvantaged youth in Fort Bend County.

The revamped logo retains elements of the original logo while clarifying the organization’s commitment to improve the lives of kids in Fort Bend. Recently elected board president Chris Breaux said, “Our goal in refreshing the logo was to assert strength and trustworthiness while putting an exclamation point on our commitment to this community and making it very clear what we care about: Kids in Fort Bend!”

Angel Tapia was welcomed as Executive Director in June. Tapia holds a bachelor’s degree in business and a background in event management, volunteer satisfaction and third-party partnerships. As a 15-year veteran of the nonprofit sector, she has a passion to work with community groups and businesses to make a difference in the world. She moved from California to Texas 10 years ago and has two daughters.

Joining the Fort Bend Cares Board of Trustees are three local community leaders: Phillip Butler, Terri Nieser and Dennis Olheiser.

Butler, with Lagniappe Ventures, is a past school board member at St. Laurence Parish Catholic School, Board of Governors Member at Sweetwater Country Club, Fort Bend Cares Grants Committee Team Leader, Fort Bend Cares Doggone Fun Run Course Logistics Lead and member of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Gatekeepers Committee.

Nieser, formerly with Ernst & Young, served as Road Trip Co-Chair in 2017 and is co-chairing the February 2018 gala. She also has served as CASA ticket sales chair, Clements HS VIPS coordinator, Fort Settlement PTO President & Treasurer, Christ Church Sugar Land Administrative Board Chair and Staff/Parish Relations Chair, Hightower Band Booster Board, Gamma Phi Beta Province Financial Director and Sweetwater Tennis Committee President.

Olheiser is with Reef Industries and has also volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America in various roles throughout the last 20 years. He currently serves as the Sam Houston Area Council Activities Chair. He has been involved with Fort Bend Cares for several years and previously served as Grants Committee Chair.

The organization’s primary annual fundraising event, “Road Trip Through the Decades” is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 3, at Fluor in Sugar Land. To become a Road Trip sponsor or to volunteer with Fort Bend Cares, contact Angel Tapia at angel@fortbendcares.org or 832-819-2005.

 

FORT BEND ISD ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTORS OF TRANSPORTATION

The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved two leadership positions at its August Board meeting. William Conaway has been named Director of Transportation – Lake Olympia terminal, and Gustavo Rodriguez as Director of Transportation – Hodges Bend terminal.

Conaway currently serves as FBISD’s Assistant Director of Transportation for both Lake Olympia and Hodges Bend terminals. Prior to joining FBISD, he worked for various school districts and has 35 years of experience. Conaway holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University.

New to FBISD, Rodriguez recently served as Director of Transportation for Comal ISD in New Braunfels since 2008. Prior to that, he served as General Manager of Transportation with Durham School Services. Rodriguez brings 25 years of experience to the District.

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(L-R): Mia Williams and Kristi Rice-Council.

(L-R): Mia Williams and Kristi Rice-Council.

OAKBEND MEDICAL CENTER’S CERTIFIED VESTIBULAR THERAPISTS HELP VERTIGO PATIENTS

Do you sometimes feel that you are on a carnival ride with your world going round and round? Do you get dizzy when you jump out of bed or stand up or turn around too quickly?

At OakBend Medical Center’s rehabilitation clinic, they frequently hear patients ask, “Do I have Vertigo?” or the common complaint, “Every time I move, my world is spinning, and I can’t stand up.” In some cases, just a few positional maneuvers can help “reset” your world upright again.

Vertigo is an imbalance of a person’s equilibrium, specifically the Vestibular System – a person’s internal compass, located in the inner ear that tells your head which way is up. Disturbances can linger for a few seconds or become chronic. Simple daily activities such as dressing, walking, or sitting up from bed can become terrifying due to the fear of having a vertigo spell.

Many types of vertigo are treatable by Certified Vestibular Therapists. Relief may take several treatment sessions or, in some cases, only one. Receiving vestibular rehab therapy early has been shown to reduce the risk of recurrence, and significantly reduce the risk and fear of falling.

OakBend Medical Center has two certified vestibular therapists, Mia Williams and Kristi Rice-Council, who are trained to help patients discover how vertigo is affecting their lives and what can be done to treat the cause. Visit oakbendmedcenter.org for more information.

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Schedule your mammogram today.

Schedule your mammogram today.

SCREENING MAMMOGRAMS NOW AVAILABLE WITHOUT A PHYSICIAN ORDER

The Houston Methodist Breast Care Center at Sugar Land is not only staffed by renowned breast radiologists, but the Center is the leading breast imaging facility in Fort Bend County. They offer top-rated diagnostic services, including 3-D mammography, digital mammography, diagnostic ultrasound, breast MRI, MRI-guided biopsy, ultrasound biopsy and stereotactic biopsy.

According to Dr. Amelia Tower, a fellowship-trained breast surgeon with Hou­ston Methodist Breast Surgery Partners, annual mammograms starting at age 40 are an important tool in the fight against breast cancer.

“By now, everyone has heard that early detection can save lives. But women also need to understand that breast cancer can occur at any age and that risk increases with age,” said Tower. “The key to finding and treating breast cancer early is to begin and continue screening.”

Should care need to extend beyond the yearly mammogram, a dedicated breast care nurse navigator will guide patients through the emotional and complex journey, so they can focus on healing.

Online scheduling makes it easier than ever to schedule a mammogram screening. It only takes a few minutes, and you will receive a reminder email to make sure you don’t forget about your appointment. In fact, physician orders are no longer required for screening mammograms, so scheduling your mammogram is even easier. A physician will still need to receive and review test results, so for those who don’t have a doctor a breast surgeon can be assigned. call 281-242-PINK (7465) or go to houstonmethodist.org/imaging to schedule a mammogram. For more information, visit houstonmethodist.org/sugarland or call 281-274-7500 to find a doctor.

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Deb Vangellow of Riverbend Country Club

Deb Vangellow of Riverbend Country Club

INAUGURAL LIST OF 50 BEST LPGA TEACHERS, PRESENTED WITH WOMEN’S GOLF JOURNAL

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) membership recently announced the launch of an annual recognition of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional’s Top 50 LPGA Teachers, presented in partnership with Women’s Golf Journal. This new initiative identified and recognized the best LPGA instructors from more than 1,700 LPGA certified professionals worldwide.

Deb Vangellow, the Teaching Profes­sional at Riverbend Country Club in Sugar Land, was recognized as one of the LPGA Top 50 Best Teachers. Vangellow, a LPGA Master Professional/PGA Honorary Director, is the 2012 LPGA National Teacher of The Year, an LPGA and Golf Digest Woman “Top 50” Teacher, a Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine “Top Regional Teacher”, a US KIDS GOLF “Top 50 Kids Teacher,” a GRAA “Top Growth Of The Game Professional,” and was continually featured in the now-retired Golf For Women Magazine as a “Top 50” teacher.

Vangellow serves as the National President of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals and is a longtime lead instructor in the LPGA Global Education Program. She is an educator/coach who offers wellness-based developmental programming integrated into her “student centered” philosophy. Vangellow can be reached at 281-277-4653 or online at debvangellowgolf.com.

“I am honored to be part of this elite group of golf professionals and thank the LPGA and Women’s Golf Journal for creating this award,” said Vangellow.

“The LPGA is excited to partner with Women’s Golf Journal on this annual recognition,” said LPGA Chief Teaching Officer, Nancy Henderson. “More than 70 percent of our members teach the game of golf for a living and they are dedicated to the advancement of golf through teaching golfers of all ages and abilities to enjoy the game of golf.”

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HOUSTON METHODIST SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL OFFERS PELVIC FLOOR DISORDERS THERAPY

If you suffer from a pelvic floor disorder, therapy offered at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital can help manage and, in some cases, alleviate the symptoms of these debilitating conditions.

Studies show that as many as one in four women suffer from a pelvic floor disorder. The most common problem is urinary incontinence, along with fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, sexual dysfunction and pelvic muscular issues. A well-designed pelvic health therapy program can reduce pain and give patients improved bladder control by identifying the problem muscles and increasing their strength and coordination through individualized exercise treatment.

“A lot of patients are afraid to admit – even to their doctor – that they’re suffering from pain or incontinence, or they’re afraid they’ll need surgery,” said pelvic health specialist Sarah Macrowski, a board-certified physical therapist at Houston Methodist Sugar Land in the Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine building. “We have a proven alternative for patients struggling with these problems. Our pelvic health therapy program is extremely effective in treating both pain and incontinence, and some patients even see improvements after one session.”

Physical therapy typically involves one to two sessions a week for four to 12 weeks. “We want our patients to get the most out of their physical therapy, so we encourage them to take the lessons home and integrate these exercises in their day-to-day activities,” said Macrowski.

Call 281-275-0450 to schedule an appointment. Visit houstonmethodist.org/therapy-sl to learn more.


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