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| November 1, 2015

Gretchen Bell

Gretchen Bell


Hairgrove Elementary School art teacher Gretchen Bell was voted the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) vice president-elect of Youth Art Month, scheduled for March 2016.

Bell was among several TAEA leaders recently elected for a 2015-2017 term of office. In her new role, she will assist the vice president of Youth Art Month (YAM), coordinating activities such as the YAM flag design contest, YAM exhibit at the State Capitol, exhibit and awards reception at the Bullock Texas History Museum, YAM scrapbook, TASA/TASB exhibit and art advocacy across the state.

“In addition to teaching art and promoting student creativity at Hairgrove Elementary, I am excited and honored to continue serving on the executive board as the next Vice President of Youth Art Month-elect for Texas Art Education Association,” Bell said. “I look forward to learning the protocol and responsibilities of the position while building a relationship with those who play a vital role in making all of the Youth Art Month activities and events a memorable experience for Texas art students in preparation for my term.”

More information on Youth Art Month can be found at taea.org.


Khalid Almoosa, M.D.

Khalid Almoosa, M.D.


Dr. Khalid F. Almoosa has been appointed Regional Chief Medical Officer for Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital. In his role, Dr. Almoosa will provide leadership to affiliated physicians and clinical staffs to ensure the hospitals sustain Memorial Hermann’s longstanding reputation for high-quality and safe care.

Board certified in pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine, Dr. Almoosa most recently served as medical director of the Transplant Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at UT Health Science Center. He currently serves on several critical care and health care quality committees and has published manuscripts on pulmonary, critical care, and end-of-life topics. Dr. Almoosa is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. During his career he has been awarded grants to study critical care topics, and has been a principal investigator on several clinical trials.

Dr. Almoosa received his medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and a Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati, where he also received a Masters of Science degree in clinical research.

Dr. Almoosa has lived in Houston for eight years with his wife, who is a native Houston­ian, and two children, ages 5 and 7.


Kyle Stanzel

Kyle Stanzel


Kyle Stanzel has been appointed vice president of operations at Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital. In this role, Stanzel will assist with the management of ongoing campus construction, including an 80-bed hospital and 45,000-square-foot Convenient Care Center and medical plaza. Additionally, he will share responsibility for financial performance, compliance with regulatory agencies, patient satisfaction and employee engagement, as well as working closely with medical staff and hospital personnel to ensure the hospital sustains Memorial Hermann’s long standing reputation for high-quality and safe care.

“I look forward to joining Memorial Hermann Cypress and serving such a strong and vibrant community,” said Stanzel.

“Kyle knows our organization inside and out, and brings a broad base of experience, from system services to clinical operations,” said Scott Barbe, CEO of Memorial Hermann Cypress. “He will be a great addition to our team.”

A longtime employee of Memorial Hermann, Stanzel worked his way up through the organization. Most recently, he served as assistant vice president and chief of staff for President and CEO Dan Wolterman. During his tenure, he provided oversight and guidance on critical projects and key system initiatives, including the due diligence, acquisition, and integration of Houston Orthopedic & Spine Hospital into the Memorial Hermann system.

Stanzel also worked for several years at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, starting as director of business unit marketing before being promoted to director of operations and service line administrator.

Stanzel earned his undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University, and his master of business administration from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He currently serves on the St. John Vianney Catholic Church leadership council and is an active member of American College of Healthcare Executives.

A native of Southeast Texas, Stanzel and his wife currently live in the Memorial area.


Lisa Pepitone

Lisa Pepitone

Amy Robinson

Amy Robinson



The Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) Remodelers Council was honored with a national award, the Council Award for Demonstrating Remodeling Excellence (CADREs), in two categories from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers.

The awards – known in the housing industry as the CADREs – were announced during NAHB Remodelers annual awards presentation at the 2015 Remodeling Show in Chicago on Oct. 1.

NAHB Remodelers and Professional Remodeler magazine presented the national awards for outstanding service and performance by a remodelers council.

Lisa Pepitone, director of membership at the GHBA, was honored as the Outstanding Council Coordinator for advising and guiding the remodelers council leadership. Pepitone is key to the health of the group’s finances and membership, organizing programs that make the remodelers council one of the largest in the nation.

In the public relations category of the CADREs, the Remodelers Council of the GHBA took home the honors for their work to combat remodeling scams and educate home owners following the floods that devastated Houston in 2015. Accepting the award for the Houston Remodelers Council was its public relations chairman, Amy Ahlbrand Robinson with the Fort Bend Publishing Group.

The CADRE is the NAHB Remodelers’ highest national award for work at the local level. The awards, judged by members of NAHB Remodelers’ leadership, are presented each year to local remodelers councils and individuals whose work at a local remodelers council exemplifies the best practices of the remodeling industry.

For more information about remodeling, visit, ghba.org or nahb.org/remodel.



The Boardwalk at Towne Lake continues to sign additional tenants, eager to take advantage of the growing demographics of Cy-Fair and close proximity to the nearby Energy Corridor. MOD Pizza, Nails of America and Orangetheory Fitness are all expanding their footprint in the Greater Houston area. They are the latest group of businesses to sign leases at Caldwell Companies’ waterfront mixed-use development.

Other recently-announced Boardwalk at Towne Lake retailers include Texas Children’s Pediatrics, Copper Creek Orthodontics, Massage Heights and restaurants Jaxton’s, Taisho, World of Beer and Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Co. Accessible by foot, boat or car, the retail, restaurant and business options at The Boardwalk provide the perfect place to “tie up and unwind.”

“With each passing day, the excitement for the opening of The Boardwalk continues to grow,” said Peter Barnhart, executive vice president and partner of Caldwell Companies. “Caldwell Companies is honored to help meet the dining, shopping and business needs of the rapidly expanding Towne Lake and Cy-Fair area, but also to help create one of the most unique communities in the United States. These retailers understand the vision of this lakeside development and we’re thrilled they have chosen to be a part of it.”

The Boardwalk at Towne Lake, located on Houston’s largest private lake and in the midst of Towne Lake, an award-winning 2,400-acre community “connected by water,” is an alluring space for everyone. Leasing for The Boardwalk is under way and commercial spaces are still available; interested parties should call Sonny Howard at 281-664-6687. Additional information is at boardwalktl.com.


Chuck Stokes (left) and Scott Barbe sign a beam that will be used in the construction of the hospital tower.

Chuck Stokes (left) and Scott Barbe sign a beam that will be used in the construction of the hospital tower.


Construction of Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital is well under way. To celebrate the progress, more than 300 construction workers, community leaders and elected officials, as well as Memorial Hermann senior leadership, recently gathered for a ceremonial beam signing and barbeque lunch.

Justin Ray, mayor of Jersey Village; Leslie Martone, president of the Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce; and Stuart Snow, associate superintendent for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, joined Scott Barbe, CEO of Memorial Hermann Cypress; and Chuck Stokes, Memorial Hermann Health System executive vice president and COO to sign a 12-foot, 420-pound beam that will be included as part of the 2,000 tons of steel used in the construction of the hospital tower.

After guests signed the beam, they dined on BBQ and all the fixings from Demeris Bar-B-Que, and learned more about the construction project, including these fun facts: In the construction of the 400,000-square-foot hospital tower more than 17,000 cubic yards of concrete has been poured; 2,000 tons of steel has been erected; more than 68,00 square feet of glass has been installed; a crane named “Lucky,” which has been struck by lightning three times, lifted a 280,000-pound panel that now serves as a hospital wall; and the site was formerly a golf driving range with a burger grille called “Roosters.”

The $168 million Memorial Hermann Cypress campus is being constructed on a 32-acre site located on the northeast side of Hwy. 290 and the Grand Parkway, between Mason Rd. and Mueschke Rd., where it will house an 80-bed acute care hospital, with capacity to grow to 160 beds, as well as a convenient care center and medical office building. For more information, visit breakingnewgroundproject.org.


Rendering of Bridgeland-Houston First Baptist Church.

Rendering of Bridgeland-Houston First Baptist Church.


Houston’s First Baptist Church (FBC) has purchased 32.4 acres for a new home for its Cypress Campus located in Bridgeland, an award-winning master planned community.

Houston’s FBC will be situated off the Grand Parkway in Bridgeland. The initial phase will include a 1,300-seat Worship Center with accompanying Life Bible Study space for infants through adults, and will consist of a total of 100,000 square feet.

“Bridgeland is one of the premier communities in one of the most dynamic cities in the United States,” said Senior Pastor Gregg Matte from Houston’s FBC. “It is our privilege and pleasure to be part of this community.”

The current Cypress Campus gathers on Sundays at 9:30 and 11 a.m. for both worship services and Life Bible Studies at Smith Middle School at 10300 Warner Smith Blvd. and Fry Rd. The Cypress Campus Ministry Center, located at 22220 Northwest Freeway and Telge Road, provides office and weekday gathering space.

“Houston’s FBC is excited to build in Bridgeland, but we are even more enthusiastic about the opportunity to continue serving the people in the community for many years to come,” said Jason Swiggart, Cypress Campus Pastor of Houston’s FBC.

Construction on the new campus will begin in January 2016 with completion slated for February 2017. The design and architecture will be complementary to the aesthetics of the Katy Prairie. This is the second place of worship to open in Bridgeland. The first was The Foundry, a United Methodist Congregation, on Fry Road.

“We are excited to welcome Houston’s FBC to Bridgeland, paving the way for more congregations,” said Peter Houghton, Bridgeland’s vice president of master planned communities.


Health Expo visitors had the opportunity to learn proper CPR techniques from nursing students like Cypress Creek High School senior Hala Khan, right.

Health Expo visitors had the opportunity to learn proper CPR techniques from nursing students like Cypress Creek High School senior Hala Khan, right.


More than 4,000 guests attended the CFISD Health Expo, benefitting the Health Organization of Physical Educators (HOPE), on Oct. 10 at the Berry Center.

Organized by CFISD’s community programs department in partnership with the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce, the Expo offered numerous health and wellness opportunities for parents, employees and the community. The theme of the event was Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Habits.

Families were greeted at the entrance by the Dean Middle School student council, sponsored by Michele Jackson, and handed an insulated grocery bag.Numerous health and wellness opportunities ALSOwelcomed them at every corner.

Activities included rock climbing, bounce houses, bungee runs and a CFISD miniature ropes course. Parents took advantage of flu shots as well as health screenings, fitness and cooking demos and a Zumba class.

“It was a successful Expo that included events for all ages,” said Kristina Perez, director of community programs. “From the health screenings to the performances to the outside activities to the vendor booths, we were excited to educate the community. We worked hard to create an experience that would impact overall healthy living.”

Student volunteers set up and built booths to get the event off to a smooth start. Event underwriter was Memorial Hermann Cypress. The event sponsor was Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. Other Expo sponsors included Massage Heights, Next Level Urgent Care, Neighbors Emergency Center, Pollo Tropical, Texas Emergency Care Center, Covia Health and Sanofi Pharmaceuticals.

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