» Business » Cy-Fair Business December 2017

Cy-Fair Business December 2017

| December 1, 2017

The Houston community will commission a Parkland 100 Tribute at Settlers Park.

The Houston community will commission a Parkland 100 Tribute at Settlers Park.


The Howard Hughes Corporation has announced that the first 100 homebuyers to purchase a home in Parkland Village at Bridgeland, northwest Houston’s master planned community, will be celebrated with special recognition in the community’s new 25-acre village park, that has been named Settlers Park.

Parkland 100 at Settlers Park will be dedicated to the first 100 families who choose to make Parkland Village their home. In commemoration of these first families, a total of 100 trees will be planted with special plaques honoring each family.

Bridgeland’s Lakeland Village also honored its first homebuyers when it opened in 2006 in an area named Pioneer Park. Since then the community has blossomed, with many of those original families now living in their second homes in Bridgeland, and some with children who were born in the community and now attend Bridgeland schools. That sense of community is at the heart of Bridgeland’s identity and has inspired the tradition of honoring families who choose early on to establish their roots in the community.

“It’s a great way to recognize the wonderful people who will be calling Bridgeland home,” said Heath Melton, vice president of Master Planned Communities. “They are the ones who make up the social fabric of our neighborhoods and are our best ambassadors for what living in Bridgeland is all about.”

Homebuilders announced for Parkland Village include Beazer Homes, Chesmar Homes, Coventry Homes, Darling Homes, David Weekley Homes, Highland Homes, Lennar, M/I Homes, Newmark Homes, Perry Homes, Ravenna Homes, Taylor Morrison, Trendmaker Homes, Village Builders and Westin Homes.Based on the overall concept of living within a park, Parkland Village continues Bridgeland’s theme of sustainable development and draws from both the Prairie School style of architecture and urban land planning successes such as the Emerald Necklace in Boston. The new village will carry forward Bridgeland’s focus on community and neighborhood connections, maintaining the overall theme of locating a park no more than a quarter-mile from every home in the community.

In addition, the Parkland Village experience will offer an overall look and feel that is uniquely its own, with meadow-like plantings, wildflowers, pockets of forestation and ornamental grasses layered throughout the village’s open spaces. Parkland Village is a natural progression of Bridgeland’s ecosystem, adapting to the environment as naturally as possible while peacefully co-existing within the surrounding Katy Prairie.

The linear park systems of Parkland Village will provide pedestrian access to school, invite families to linger longer outside and create natural gathering places for neighbors to host weekend parties, creating the perfect complement to the community’s first village, Lakeland Village.

Serving as a transitional space between Lakeland Village and the new Parkland Village will be Bridgeland’s latest amenity, Josey Lake. Designed as a recreational hub for the two villages, the 140-acre lake system, with grassy meadow-like plantings forming its perimeter, will include a kayak pavilion, main pavilion, event lawn and observational birding tower. Parkland Village will connect to Josey Lake through two pedestrian tunnels that will open out onto the lake ecosystem.

Learn more at Bridgeland.com.




Local nonprofit Shield Bearer was recently Certified Transparent through the national nonprofit analytics organization Excellence in Giving. Shield Bearer submitted 175 data points about operations and performance including more data about governance, finances, strategy, and impact than required by the IRS. In a world where dishonest nonprofits have made headlines, the Certified Transparent designation distinguishes a new breed of nonprofits committed to a higher standard of open and accountable relationships with donors.

Shield Bearer also received the 2017 Top-Rated Award from Great Nonprofits. This award is the one and only people’s choice award where volunteers, donors, and people served by nonprofits are asked to share stories of inspiration and express their appreciation. Shield Bearer achieved Top-Rated status for their service to the community and volunteer involvement in the mission.

Shield Bearer has five counseling offices in Houston and serves individuals, couples, and families including those recovering from the trauma of human trafficking, abuse, crime, war, and natural disasters. Additional volunteers are needed to continue the mission of hope and healing in Houston. Find out more at a free community breakfast. For more details, call 281-894-7222 or visit shieldbearer.org.


Becky Koop

Becky Koop


Becky Koop, principal at Pope Elemen­tary School, was named the new principal at Smith Middle School on Nov. 9. Koop replaces Susan Higgins, who will retire in December.

Koop’s 22-year education career began in San Antonio before she made her way to CFISD after three years. She spent three years at Hancock Elementary School, moving to Hamilton Middle School for one year and then Matzke Elementary School for one year.

She moved into administration in 2003, serving one year as an instructional specialist at Emmott Elementary School. Koop spent five years as an assistant principal at Jowell and Warner elementary schools before she was promoted to principal at Matzke in 2009. She spent four years at Matzke before she was named the first principal at Pope in 2013.

Koop received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and her Master of Education from Prairie View A&M University.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to be a member of the incredible Smith Middle School team!” Koop said.


Mike Maness

Mike Maness


Mike Maness, principal at Spillane Middle School, was named the new principal at Cypress Ranch High School on Nov. 10. Maness replaces Bob Hull, who will retire in December.

Maness has 24 years of experience in education, beginning as a teacher at Hairgrove Elementary School. He served in that role for six years before moving into administration, serving five years as an assistant principal at Ault Elementary School.

In 2004, Maness was promoted to principal at Jowell Elementary School, spending three years there before he moved to Warner Elementary School for five years. He was named the principal at Spillane in 2012.

During his career, Maness has received extensive training in a variety of programs, including Quantum Learning, Breakthrough Training and Building Better Relationships. He has also attended the Texas Association of School Administrators Transformational Leadership Academy.

Maness received his bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University and his Master of Education from Sam Houston State University. He is currently enrolled at Lamar University and is pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership.

“Words cannot express how truly honored I am to serve the students, staff and community of Cypress Ranch High School,” Maness said. “I am excited to begin my journey as a Cypress Ranch Mustang and am proud to be a part of such a dynamic learning community. I look forward to embracing the traditions that have been established and am excited to create new memories each and every day.”


Janet Yvette Garcia

Janet Yvette Garcia


Janet Yvette Garcia, principal at Holbrook Elementary School, was named the new principal at Truitt Middle School on Nov. 9. Garcia replaces Teresa Baranowski, who will retire in December.

Garcia’s 32-year education career began as an English Language Learners and English Immersion teacher at Moore Elementary School. She served in that role for six years before moving to California and returning after two years to join the staff at Sheridan Elementary School.

She moved into administration in 2001, serving two years as an instructional specialist and three years as an assistant principal at Post Elementary School. She then spent three years as an assistant principal at Holbrook Elementary School before being promoted to principal at Francone Elementary School. Garcia was named the principal at Holbrook in 2012.

Garcia received her bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University and her Master of Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. She was recognized by her district peers in the spring as one of CFISD’s representatives for Region 4 Principal of the Year.

“I am so thrilled to continue my work in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD as the principal of Truitt Middle School,” Garcia said. “I have always felt I was meant to be a middle school principal and I look forward to meeting the staff, parents and students. Go Timberwolves.”


Dr. John Ogletree (right), CFISD Board of Trustees members, presents ICI Construction, Inc. President Bart Cobb with a certificate of recognition for the company’s continued philanthropy, including a $40,000 donation to purchase school supply packs.

Dr. John Ogletree (right), CFISD Board of Trustees members, presents ICI Construction, Inc. President Bart Cobb with a certificate of recognition for the company’s continued philanthropy, including a $40,000 donation to purchase school supply packs.


A CFISD business partner was recognized for its continued giving and financial aid donation for economically disadvantaged students during the Board of Trustees meeting Oct. 12.

ICI Construction, Inc. and President Bart Cobb were recognized for continuing their tradition of donating financial aid meant for the purchase of school supplies for economically disadvantaged students. The $40,000 donation allowed nearly 3,000 CFISD students across 90 campuses to have a school supply pack which included notebooks, colored pencils, markers, pens and erasers.

“ICI feels it is important to give school supplies to the students who are in a financially challenging situation because the student cannot control their financial position and we feel that they should have the same tools to succeed as everyone else,” Cobb said. “We truly think that these supplies will reach students who want to achieve educational goals and work hard to change the future of their financial standing.

“My wife Kristi taught at the elementary level for 20 years, and during that time she had less fortunate students for which we were able to buy extra supplies. This made us want to donate on a higher level. ICI and it’s supportive employees allow us the perfect platform by which we can reach this higher level of donation.”

The total donation resulted in 13 pallets of school supplies that were delivered to the CFISD distribution center in September.

“ICI Construction’s incredible $40,000 donation has allowed 3,000 of our students to receive school supplies,” said , CFISD director of marketing and business relations. “CFISD is so grateful for ICI Construction’s generosity.”


Ronald Mullins

Ronald Mullins


Sudden cardiac arrest affects over 424,000 people annually in the United States, and nine out of ten people experiencing such an event will not survive. Approximately 80 percent of victims of sudden cardiac arrest collapse at home, work or in a residential setting, and the victim’s family typically stands by because they don’t know what to do.

Evidence shows that cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) initiated promptly from a bystander can double or even triple the chances of survival. Nationally, the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest is just 11 percent, but in some regions where schools, businesses and community organizations have provided CPR training for students and residents, the survival rate is as high as 30-40 percent.

Bystander response rates increase when people feel they are equipped to help and feel comfortable to step in, so if more people knew CPR, fewer people would die. Put simply, it is necessary to improve the rate of survival from sudden cardiac arrest by teaching more Americans the lifesaving skills of CPR.

Through a gift from Tomball Regional Health Foundation, and collaboration with local community partners, the American Heart Association (AHA) CPR Anytime program will deliver structured CPR curriculum with measurable impact to our communities. This will directly impact bystander response rates in Northwest Harris County and surrounding cities such as Tomball, Magnolia, Cypress and Hockley.

Ronald Mullins, a long-time AHA volunteer, is bringing his experience and leadership to help implement trainings associated with this program. He had this to say, “raising awareness of the lifesaving value of CPR has been proven to raise the survival rates of cardiac arrest. Be selfish, learn CPR; and keep more brothers, sisters, moms, dads, friends and co-workers around longer.”

The gift will provide CPR Anytime and AED use training for 3,000 residents, with an additional 4,500 residents estimated to be trained by people sharing their knowledge and use of their personal training kits. Research demonstrates that for each CPR Anytime kit issued, at least 1.5 additional individuals are trained, resulting in a total of 7,500 new people trained in CPR in these communities.

Trainings are scheduled to start in late November 2017.   For details on how to participate as an individual or set up a training for a business or community organization, contact SWACPR@heart.org.


Beau Kisses offers a wide variety of products in an upscale setting.

Beau Kisses offers a wide variety of products in an upscale setting.


A retail shop, Beau Kisses, and fitness studio Club Pilates are the two newest business­es to open at the mixed-use Boardwalk at Towne Lake, serving the Cypress community.

Beau Kisses is an upscale, specialty retail store offering a wide variety of products from clothing to home goods from notable brands, such as Tyler Candles, Jon Hart, Yetti, Sorreli and more. The boutique opened on Nov. 16 in Suite 127, along the green space in the Boardwalk. Owner Lisa Brown has operated a variety of specialty retail concepts throughout Central Texas since 1998, with two Beau Kisses locations in Austin and Katy. Beau Kisses was named after the small town that Brown grew up in – Beaukiss, Texas.

Club Pilates provides premium, Reformer-based group Pilates classes, true to the original method. Classes are available for a variety of fitness levels and Pilates experience, from beginners to advanced experts.

Additional information about Towne Lake is available at boardwalktl.com.

Category: Business

Comments are closed.