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Cy-Fair Business July 2015

| July 1, 2015

Attendees got a chance to learn about CFISD Community Programs at the 2015 CYFEN Cy-Fair Women’s Expo.

Attendees got a chance to learn about CFISD Community Programs at the 2015 CYFEN Cy-Fair Women’s Expo.


The 7th Annual Cy-Fair Women’s Expo sponsored by Three20Three and Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, once again proves that a woman’s best friend is jewelry; Kendra Scott Jewelry, of course. Purchases of Kendra Scott Jewelry at the Cy-Fair Women’s Expo allowed a portion of the proceeds to go right back into the community by helping to fund the CYFEN Scholarship Endowment through the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation.

Over 180 guests had a great day shopping and networking with the attendees and over 50 vendor booths. Attendees definitely found something they needed to buy and someone they wanted to meet. Just to mention a few vendors in addition to the Kendra Scott Boutique; Three 20 Three, ReMax Realty Center, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center, ProLine Supply, Mary Kay Skin Care, Shots for Holly, Anytime Fitness, Wildtree, Plexus Slim, CFISD Community Programs, Any Lab Test Now, Lone Star College Summer Programs, Jolie Salon, Rockwell Grill, Lantern Power, Hilbun Law Firm and many more.

Presentations by Carole Little of Northwest Assistance Ministries and Leslie Martone of the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce, as well as free workshops from Get Your Sexy Back Coaching, Enabled Marketing, weMED Wellness Center, and Shield Bearer Counseling Centers were an added feature this year.

This event is hosted by the Cy-Fair Express Network (CYFEN), a local network of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA). Now over 70 members strong, Cy-Fair Express Network funds numerous local scholarships and provides a nurturing environment for business development, networking, education, and mentoring in Northwest Houston. For information on the 2016 expo and to be put on the event mailing list,email president@cyfen.org or visit cyfen.org.


Dr. Tonya Goree

Dr. Tonya Goree

Christine Melancon

Christine Melancon

Stacie Everson

Stacie Everson

Dr. Cheryl Henry

Dr. Cheryl Henry


Dr. Tonya Goree, the principal at Lee Elementary School, was named the new principal at Francone Elementary School on June 5. Goree replaces Christine Melancon, who was named principal of Gleason Elementary School.

Dr. Goree has 24 years of experience in classroom and administrative education. Her career began with nine years as a teacher and two years as an instructional specialist in Fort Bend ISD. She then accepted an assistant principal position at Hill Intermediate School in Aldine ISD, working there eight years before joining the CFISD family as the assistant principal at Tipps in 2009-2010. She was named to her current position at Lee in April 2010.

Dr. Goree received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Lamar University, a Master of Education in educational administration from Prairie View A&M University and a Doctor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Houston. Her certifications include Elementary Self-Contained (1-8), Elementary Math (1-8), Principal (EC-12) and Superintendent.

Stacie Everson, an assistant principal at Moore Elementary School, was named the new principal for Birkes Elementary School on May 28. Everson replaces Dr. Carla Brosnahan, who was named the new assistant superintendent of elementary administration in April.

Everson has 19 years of experience in education, all in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. Her career began as a sixth- and seventh-grade teacher at Arnold Middle School, teaching three years before being named academic achievement specialist, a position she held for two years.

She took over as director of instruction at Cook Middle School, serving five years before accepting the assistant principal position at Goodson Middle School, where she spent another three years prior to accepting her current position at Moore in 2009.

Everson earned her Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies from Texas A&M University and her Master of Education in administration from Sam Houston State University. She has completed the CFISD Leadership Academy II and Leadership Blueprint programs.

Christine Melancon, the principal at Francone Elementary School, was named the new principal at Gleason Elementary School on June 2. Melancon replaces Melody Goffney, who accepted the position of senior education specialist at the Region 4 Education Service Center.

Melancon has served 16 years in public education, including 14 years in CFISD. She began her teaching career with two years in Crowley, La., then came to CFISD in 2001 as a teacher at Adam Elementary School. She served four years at Adam before serving one year as the math helping teacher at Frazier Elementary School. She then spent two years as the instructional specialist at Reed Elementary School before being promoted to an assistant principal position at Reed. Melancon spent two years in that capacity before serving one year as an assistant principal at Rennell Elementary School.

After serving as the summer school principal at Duryea Elementary School in 2011, Melancon accepted CFISD’s elementary math coordinator position for 2011-2012. She was named Francone’s principal in May 2012. She received her Bachelor of Arts in education from the University of South­western Louisiana and her Master of Education and principal certification from Sam Houston State University.

Dr. Cheryl T. Henry, principal at Campbell Middle School, was named the new principal at Cypress Springs High School on June 2. Dr. Henry replaces Travis Fanning, who was named a new assistant superintendent for secondary administration in April.

Dr. Henry has 26 years of experience in education, eight of them in CFISD. She began her career as a social studies teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District and spent one year in San Diego prior to returning to LAUSD, where she was soon promoted to dean of students at Narbonne High School. She served four years before being promoted to assistant principal at King/Drew Magnet High School in LAUSD, where she spent another four years.

Dr. Henry moved to Texas and served two years as an assistant principal at Klein Forest High School in Klein ISD before arriving in CFISD to serve as the director of instruction at Spillane Middle School in 2007. After three years in that role, she was elevated to her current position at Campbell.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Afro-American studies from the University of California-Los Angeles, her Master of Education from Stanford University and her doctorate in educational administration from Texas A&M University. She holds Texas Principal, Superintendent and Social Studies 8-12 certifications.


memorial hermann medical group


Memorial Hermann Medical Group recently moved its Cypress clinic to a new location, offering patients access to additional, specialty services. The facility, located at 13114 FM 1960 Road West in Houston, will offer comprehensive, high quality care and extended clinic hours.

Primary care physicians Patrick Hayes, M.D. and Lillian Howard, M.D will join outpatient imaging experts and Memorial Hermann affiliated gastroenterology, rheumatology and neurology specialists.

The Memorial Hermann Medical Group offers a wide array of services. New patients are being accepted. For more information visit memorialhermann.org.


CFISD Board of Trustees members (L-R) Bob Covey, Dr. John Ogletree Jr. and Don Ryan and Superintendent Dr. Mark Henry prepare for a day of golf at the B.F. Adam Golf Classic.

CFISD Board of Trustees members (L-R) Bob Covey, Dr. John Ogletree Jr. and Don Ryan and Superintendent Dr. Mark Henry prepare for a day of golf at the B.F. Adam Golf Classic.


The CFISD community generated approximately $130,000 for student scholarships for the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation (CFEF) 27th annual B.F. Adam Golf Classic, held May 14 at BlackHorse Golf Club. Approximately 288 golfers and 60 volunteers participated in the event, which contributes to the CFEF mission of increasing college access for CFISD graduates by awarding scholarships.

Despite weather forcing the event to be called after the first nine holes, CFEF Executive Director Marie Holmes said she was appreciative of the community’s generosity, which resulted in an additional $10,000 raised over the 2014 event.

On the North course, Allegiance Bank won first place.Team members were Brad Bouillion, Nick Bailey, Herb Bailey and Howard Speed. The second-place team, Caldwell Companies, consisted of Jim Black, Jason Keeton, Clay Roper and Daniel Greco. The third-place team, Andrews Kurth, LLP, consisted of Rick Witte, Cary Gilliam, Tim Peterson and Keith Richard. The Longest Drive winner on the North course was Brian Smith, and the Closest to the Pin winner was Brian Jenkins.

On the South course, the winning team of Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, LLP, consisted of Bryan Groce, Steve Truxal and Christian Jalamo. The second-place team, Mustang Cat, consisted of Brian Johnson, Rex VanHoose, Chris Webster and Kelly Morgan. The third-place team, Prosperity Bank, consisted of Michael Martin, Stephen Ressling, Michael Parmenter and Johnny Raus. The South course Longest Drive winner was Colton Carter, and Christian Jalamo won Closest to the Pin. Tim Sanchez won the B.F. Adam Putting Contest.



The intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has been awarded a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is one of only two hospitals outside of the Texas Medical Center and one of six hospitals in the Houston area to earn a Beacon Award for Excellence.

The Beacon Award for Excellence — a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments — recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with a gold, silver or bronze designation meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

“The dedication of our Intensive Care Unit team members to consistently make an impact on patient care through effective communication, learning and development, appropriate staffing and staff engagement is reflected in this distinguished achievement,” said Beryl Ramsey, chief executive officer, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and senior vice president, Houston Methodist.

The silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence signifies continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. The intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital earned its award by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria: leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge; management, learning and development evidence-based practice and processes; and outcome measurement.



Texas residents saw more than 35 trillion gallons of water fall across the state in May, according to National Weather Service. Many rivers, lakes and streams were not able to contain the water causing devastating flooding for many residents throughout Texas.

To help with the relief efforts in the most devastated areas, Dan Friedkin, Chairman of Gulf States Toyota and The Friedkin Group, has announced a donation of $50,000, to the American Red Cross.

“The deadly floods and consecutive weeks of severe weather in Texas have caused hardships for many families across the region,” said Friedkin. “The Friedkin Group and Gulf States Toyota want to make sure these families and individuals receive the assistance they need to recover from the devastation. We selected the American Red Cross because their teams are on the ground when disaster strikes and are able to quickly help those most in need. We are glad to provide this donation towards their efforts in the hardest hit areas across Texas.”

The American Red Cross is helping people in Texas and Oklahoma where devastating floods and tornadoes pounded the states throughout May. According to RedCross.org, more than 220 people spent Memorial Day weekend in Red Cross shelters in the two states.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared disasters in 70 counties after extreme weather destroyed or damaged thousands of homes and left thousands without power. Schools were closed in several metropolitan areas and people are being asked to avoid flooded areas.

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