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Cy-Fair Business July 2017

| July 1, 2017

Dr. Vivian Bennett

Dr. Vivian Bennett


Dr. Vivian Bennett, director of instruction at Cypress Ranch High School, was named the new principal at Anthony Middle School on May 25. Bennett replaces Sherma Duck, who will retire in June.

Bennett has served 19 years in education, including 17 years with CFISD. Her teaching career began with two years in Alief ISD before coming to CFISD as a Cypress Falls High School teacher for seven years.

Her administrative career began as an assistant principal at Hopper Middle School, where she served three years before taking an assistant principal position at Cypress Ranch in 2010. She was named director of instruction in 2016.

Bennett received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology education from Southeastern Louisiana University and her Master of Educational Administration degree from Prairie View A&M University. She received her Doctor of Educational Leadership degree from the University of Houston in 2011.

“I am blessed and humbled by the opportunity to serve and lead as the principal of Anthony Middle School,” Bennett said. “It is with great excitement that I look forward to building relationships with the students, staff, parents and surrounding community to continue the level of excellence at Anthony. I’m thrilled to be an Anthony Raven!”


BeBalanced franchise owner Karilyn Barnett.

BeBalanced franchise owner Karilyn Barnett.


BeBalanced Hormone Weight Loss Centers celebrated the grand opening of its first Texas location in Cypress on April 22. BeBalanced helps women who are facing hormone imbalances through Natural Hormone Balancing, which allows better sleep, improved mood, significant weight loss and more. The local franchise is partnering with nonprofit Cypress Assistance Ministries (CAM) as a way to give back within the community and enhance the overall wellbeing of local women’s lives.

BeBalanced Founder Dawn Cutillo, author of The Hormone “Shift,” has more than 28 years’ experience working with women to become the best versions of themselves. Local franchise owner Karilyn Barnett has been a participant in the program through the flagship location in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and has seen tremendous success, which is why she has opened her own center.

The new center is located at 25282 Northwest Fwy, Suite 160, and the phone number is 281-612-7006.



Bridgeland’s monthly farmers market takes place in the parking lot adjacent to the Lakeland Activity Center, located at 16902 Bridgeland Landing in Cypress, on the second Sunday of each month. The Market offers local residents a huge selection of fresh produce. In addition to the produce, free-range eggs, breads and sweet treats are available. Meats, including beef, pork, bison, venison and wild boar, are available along with coffees, teas, ready-to-eat foods, jams, jellies and more. For more information, visit farmersmarketatbridgeland.org.


Members of Life Flight with their special grill.

Members of Life Flight with their special grill.


As part of National EMS week that was observed May 21-27 this year, Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital hosted a special lunch for area Emergency Medical Services personnel. A special Life Flight grill served up barbeque to hungry crews as a way to say thank you for all their hard work. Attendees were also able to meet with members of Life Flight and get an up-close look at the helicopter.



North Cypress Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline Silver STEMI Receiving Quality Achievement Award and the Bronze NSTEMI Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment.

“North Cypress Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said North Cypress Chief Executive Officer Dr. Robert A. Behar. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”

“We commend North Cypress Medical Center for these achievement awards, which reflect a significant institutional commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said James G. Jollis, MD, chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Achieving these awards means the hospital has met specific reporting and achievement measures for the treatment of their patients who suffer heart attacks, and we applaud them for their commitment to quality and timely care.”

North Cypress earned the awards by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI and NSTEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked or partially blocked arteries when needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for 12 consecutive months to receive this award.



Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) has received the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. The rating comes after NAM’s continued robust financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency to the community, according to Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using their donations wisely to accomplish NAM’s mission of Neighbors Helping Neigh­bors,” said Carole Little, NAM president and CEO. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good
governance and financial accountability.”

“NAM’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds NAM to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support NAM.”

Since 2002, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders.

Northwest Assistance Ministries is a nonprofit, community-based social service agency that strives to meet basic human needs through Neighbors Helping Neighbors. NAM provides assistance in areas such as food, shelter, health, education and domestic violence awareness and intervention. In the last fiscal year, NAM touched the lives of more than 114,000 people through its many programs and services.

For more information about NAM, visit namonline.org or call 281-885-4555.

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