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Cy-Fair Business October 2017

| October 1, 2017

Renee Silliman

Renee Silliman


Renee Silliman, assistant principal at Francone Elementary School, has been named the new principal at Hemmenway Elementary School.

Silliman’s 18-year education career began in Houston at Spring Branch ISD where she spent eight years as a fourth-grade teacher and was Teacher of the Year for the 2004-2005 school year. She also was an after-school project coordinator and district administrator for summer school for three years. Silliman then moved into an administrative support role for two years at The Bendwood School.

She moved to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in 2009 as an assistant principal at Lee Elementary School, spending six years there before serving the most recent two as an assistant principal at Francone Elemen­tary School.

Silliman earned her Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and Master of Education in educational administration from the University of St. Thomas. She is currently in the K-12 Professional Leadership doctoral cohort at the University of Houston.

“I am beyond excited to be a part of the Hemmenway family,” Silliman said. “I’m looking forward to establishing lasting relationships with the students, staff, parents and community members. I am eager to building upon the current success and traditions already in place and am thrilled for the journey ahead. I’m honored to be a Hemmenway Tiger!”


Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith


The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) named Jessica Smith, assistant vice president of IBERIABANK, one of the Top Ten Business Women of the Year. The Top Ten Business Women of ABWA is a national program that honors ten outstanding members for achieving excellence in career, education and community involvement.

Smith is a branch manager who has been in the banking industry for 15 years with a passion for assisting local small- to medium-size businesses and seeing them grow. Her strengths include providing excellent client services and building long-lasting relationships with her clients. She also spends a lot of her time volunteering in her community to help educate, guide and lead others both personally and professionally.

While a current student at Texas Tech University, a firefighter’s wife, mother of two kids and a full-time banker, she manages her roles day in and day out to serve as an active member of the Cy-Fair Express Network of the American Business Women’s Association (CYFEN), a secondary active member of Women Empowering Women Express Network of the American Business Women’s Association (WEWEN), a financial literacy volunteer for The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston and an advisory council member of the Lone Star College Small Business Development Center – all of which are located in her community.

“Top Ten candidates are a paradigm for ABWA members who strive for excellence in their careers, their communities and in the Association,” says René Street, ABWA executive director. “It will be a privilege to recognize these outstanding women this year at the National Women’s Leadership Conference and to gain inspiration from their accomplishments.”

“Being named as a Top Ten is an extraordinary honor on many levels,” says Smith. “ABWA has helped me both personally and professionally to gain the confidence needed to face everyday situations. Being a leader in my career, a role model for my children, going back to school, and giving back to my community are just a few of the many.”


North Cypress Medical Center opened its warehouse to employees affected by Hurricane Harvey.

North Cypress Medical Center opened its warehouse to employees affected by Hurricane Harvey.


With the assistance of business partners from the Tennessee area and others, as well as donations from physicians and employees, North Cypress Medical Center set up a donation site to give items to employees and their families affected by Hurricane Harvey. Two 18-wheelers along with a large trailer rolled into the hospital Sept. 18 full of items donated from Tennessee area churches, businesses and organizations. The trucks were loaded with water, non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, bedding, baby items, mattresses, clothing and more that were unloaded, stocked and sorted by staff.

The warehouse was then opened for hospital employees to collect these much-needed items. By the end of the week, approximately 90 employees who suffered substantial damage to their homes came forward. The hospital also provided gift cards, hotel rooms and carpool availability to these employees.

“We are committed to assisting our staff affected by this devastating storm,” said COO Jimmy Lee, M.D. “Hope­fully our efforts will help many of them begin to clean up and get back into their homes.”

The hospital also donated food to the Houston Food Bank and food and supplies to Cypress Assistance Ministries to aid in community relief.



Cypress Creek FACE — the Foundation for the Arts and Community Enrichment — has secured a temporary office and box office location at 6450 Louetta Road, Suite 200 in Spring, Texas, 77379. During Hurricane Harvey, The Centrum — home to Cypress Creek FACE performances — flooded with nearly 30 inches of water. FACE is a nonprofit foundation with the mission to provide cultural arts programming and educational opportunities for the community. For more information viist cypresscreekface.org. The box office number remains the same: 281-440-4850.


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