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Houston City Scope August 2017

(L-R): Mitra Azodi Woody, Melisse Reynolds, Steph Lowrey Magers, Sarah Heck Snyder, Mary Lee Hackedorn Wilkins, Sally Anne Schmidt and Courtney Hurst Hoyt comprise the new Executive Committee. photo – Meredith Mark


The Junior League of Houston, Inc., an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers, has announced its 2017-2018 Execu­tive Committee.

The newly selected leaders bring a great deal of experience to the organization. The incoming Executive Committee includes President Sarah Heck Snyder, President-Elect Stephanie Lowrey Magers, Community Vice President Courtney Hurst Hoyt, Development Vice President Mary Lee Hackedorn Wilkens, Financial Vice President Melisse Reynolds, Member­ship Vice President Mitra Azodi Woody and Recording Secretary Sally Anne Schmidt.

The gavel was officially passed on May 22 as the League turned over its executive leadership team and Board of Directors during The President’s Tea, which was held at the River Oaks home of Martha Ann Gregg Snyder, a past president of The Junior League of Houston and mother-in-law of 2017-2018 president, Sarah Heck Snyder. Members celebrated a successful 2016-2017 year, during which the League contributed over $2 million in volunteer time and direct financial support to the Houston community.

Outgoing President Shannon Beirne Wiesedeppe accepted a sterling silver platter donated by Tenenbaum Jewelers as a token of appreciation and support for her leadership over the past year. Newly-minted President Sarah Heck Snyder introduced her theme for the year – Make Today Beautiful – to remind members to make the most of each today and recognize the beauty in all that the League does.

With an emphasis on mentorship this year, members will realize the long-term impact the League’s training program has on its volunteers, the community and the member herself. This year, Junior League volunteers will contribute more than 65,000 hours of service through 38 community projects, including partnerships with Texas Children’s Hospital, Child Advocates, Inc., Children’s Museum of Houston, Houston Food Bank, Dress for Success Houston as well as the newly added Project C.U.R.E. The Junior League also offers one of the only free CPR certification courses in the city.


Chuck Stokes


Memorial Hermann Health System has announced the appointment of longtime and highly accomplished System COO Charles “Chuck” D. Stokes to president and CEO of Memorial Hermann. In addition to his role as executive vice president and COO, Stokes had been serving as interim president and CEO following the departure of Benjamin K. Chu, M.D., who left the organization in June to pursue his passion in public and health policy.

Stokes, who began his career as a registered nurse, is a well-respected industry veteran with nearly four decades of leadership experience and demonstrated success in fostering a culture of innovation and exceptional patient care experiences, with an emphasis on superior quality, safety and stellar operations.

As COO, Stokes was responsible for overseeing operations for the System, which has 17 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient clinics, 25,000 employees and 5,500 affiliated physicians.

Most recently, Stokes’ leadership was instrumental in helping Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital become the first organization and hospital in the Houston area to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence.

Stokes, who is board certified in Healthcare Management as an ACHE fellow, earned his bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Missis­sippi Medical Center in Jackson, Missis­sippi, and a master’s degree in hospital and health administration from UAB.



Susan G. Komen Houston has awarded a $135,450 grant to The Rose to provide a full spectrum of breast health services for a diverse group of women in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty and Montgomery counties who are uninsured or unable to pay for care.

The grant from Komen will support Empower Her, an initiative to sponsor breast health screening and diagnostic services at little or no cost. The program will help The Rose provide more than 15,000 sponsored screening and diagnostic services to medically underserved women, including diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasounds, biopsies and office visits.



Houston’s Friends of Down Syndrome is thrilled to be among nine new organizations to be named “official charities” for the 2018 Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason charity program.

The 2018 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon are scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 14, while the ABB 5K will be held the day before on Saturday, Jan. 13. The Run for a Reason program offers guaranteed ways to enter the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon.

For more information on registering your team or as an individual runner, email Melissa_Marteeny@yahoo.com.

Don’t like to run? Call 281-989-0345 or e-mail Melissa to volunteer.



Harris County launched the Senior Justice Assessment Center on June 15, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, at 2525 Murworth in the Medical Center area. The Center is designed to better investigate and prosecute elder abuse in Harris County. The Center, the first of its kind in Texas, will be similar to the county’s Children’s Assessment Center, pulling together experts in geriatric medicine, protective services, civil and criminal prosecution and law enforcement.

The Center will bring together agencies at one location to assess and develop interventions for seniors suspected of being abused, neglected, exploited, or experiencing self-neglect. Harris County Adult Protective Services, the Houston Police Department, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the Harris County Attorney’s Office, and UT Health will provide staffing at one location where suspected victims can be interviewed and helped by trained individuals and directed to the appropriate agencies for further assistance.

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