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Houston City Scope June 2016

(L-R): Diana Hendrix, Charlene Moore, Jill Conner Browne and Connie Bono had fun dressing for the event. (Photo - Marc Nathan Photography)

(L-R): Diana Hendrix, Charlene Moore, Jill Conner Browne and Connie Bono had fun dressing for the event.
(Photo – Marc Nathan Photography)


The Houston Chapter of Hadassah held its 11th Women of Courage Awards Luncheon on April 10 at the Westin Galleria Hotel. Women from across the city came to honor Linda Freedman Block, a multi-level Hadassah leader who has dealt with important issues in the community and made a difference in the lives of others.

Luncheon chairs Sharon Brier and Randee Kaplan donned boas and tiaras at the queen-themed event to give the crowd a royal welcome. Chapter president Sandra Smith kicked off the event’s remarks to the 450 in attendance, and past chapter president Lena Malacoff gave the blessing before the luncheon. Rabbi Debbie Israel and Hazzan Cindy Freedman introduced Block as the 2016 Women of Courage Honoree. Block spoke about how she learned by example, from her parents and grandparents, about the importance of serving her community. Past chap­ter president, Judy Yambra, reminded attendees about the beneficiary of the luncheon’s fundraising efforts, Hadas­sah Medical Organization, which is on the cutting edge of medicine in numerous areas, including ALS, diabetes, and cancer.

Tying in with Hadassah’s theme of sisterhood, keynote speaker and best-selling author Jill Conner Browne took the crowd on a humorous journey about how she came to be the “Sweet Potato Queen,” with books and a play of the same name. The silent auction preceding the luncheon was chaired by Debbie Gersh with Karen Buckwold spearheading solicitations.

For more information about the chapter, contact houstonadmin@hadas­sah.org or call 713-661-1022.


Bill Toomey Team.

Bill Toomey Team.


The Children’s Museum of Houston hosted a triumphant afternoon of golf clubs, putting greens and scorecards at the 21st Annual Spring Golf Classic on April 12 at Memorial Park Golf Course. Chaired by Allison and Geoff Leach, the tournament was an overall victory raising more than $60,000 for the Museum’s free and reduced admissions programs, ensuring that no visitor is turned away due to financial constraints.

At the top of the player list were: Jeff Cross, Trey Wilkinson, Garrett Thomp­son, Geoff Bracken, Bill Toomey and Jared Crane to name a few.

Players enjoyed a delicious catered lunch by Becks Prime before competing in a Florida-style scramble tournament. The fun-filled afternoon featured on-course margaritas and wings.

Guests were also treated to a silent auction where they bid on unique items, such as a 22.00 carat smoky brown quartz necklace set in 14k yellow gold donated by Uptown Diamond.


Nishant “Shaun” Anand, M.D.

Nishant “Shaun” Anand, M.D.


Memorial Hermann Health System announced the appointment of Nishant “Shaun” Anand, MD, FACEP, as Physician-in-Chief for MHMD, the Mem­orial Hermann Physician Network, effective June 2016.

Dr. Anand most recently served as Chief Medical Officer for Banner Health Network (BHN), a large physician and provider network based in Phoenix.

In his new role, Dr. Anand will help lead MHMD, one of the largest physician organizations in the country, with more than 4,000 independent and employed physician members. He also joins the Memorial Hermann Account­able Care Organization (MHACO), recognized as the top-performing Medicare Shared Savings ACO in the country two years in a row.

Recognized as an expert in population health, Dr. Anand served on the Cerner Population Health Advisory Board which guides Cerner’s strategy pertaining to population health and data analytics. Most recently, he was ap­point­ed to serve on the Arizona Gov­ernor’s Council for Infectious Disease Prepared­ness and Response.

“I am extremely honored to join such a forward-thinking organization, like Mem­orial Hermann,” Dr. Anand said. “It is a very exciting time to be in healthcare, particularly at Memorial Hermann and specifically a part of MHMD, where the focus on population health and clinically-integrated care is a priority.”

Dr. Anand earned his medical degree from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn., and completed his residency training in Emergency Medi­cine at Stanford.


(L-R): Shell Meals on Wheels truck driver Clyde Samples; Martin B. Cominsky, president and CEO, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston; Ron Capps, DSR driver; and Colin Abraham, Shell Lubricants president, prepare for the speediest delivery of meals for needy seniors in Houston.

(L-R): Shell Meals on Wheels truck driver Clyde Samples; Martin B. Cominsky, president and CEO, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston; Ron Capps, DSR driver; and Colin Abraham, Shell Lubricants president, prepare for the speediest delivery of meals for needy seniors in Houston.


Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) received funding from Shell for storm meals and bottled water that were delivered May 21 to the 4,000 Meals on Wheels seniors as part of IM’s Operation IMpact program.

Shell provided support through benefit-in-kind, partner and direct contributions to Operation IMpact. The bottled water was donated by Coca-Cola. Addi­tional funding came from Harris County Area Agency on Aging (HCAAA).

“While IM is launching Operation IMpact in time for hurricane season,” said Martin B. Cominsky, IM President & CEO, “the recent floods proved that our seniors need shelf-stable meals for times throughout the year when our drivers can’t safely navigate impassible streets.”

Shell announced the grant to IM and several other community organizations at a ceremony in front of City Hall kicking off the 29th annual National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Spring Nationals April 29 – May 1.

While at the ceremony, DSR driver Ron Capps, got behind the wheel of a Meals on Wheels truck to help make some much-needed deliveries.

“I jumped at the opportunity to help people who are still in need,” said DSR driver Ron Capps. “I watched the flooding unfold and am really honored that along with our sponsors, Shell, Pennzoil, NAPA and NHRA, I’m able to lend a hand in the recovery efforts.”

To volunteer to deliver storm meals as part of Operation IMpact or email Tabinda Ghani tghani@imgh.org.



AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer kicked off its 14th annual event series in Houston April 23 and 24 raising $2.2 million to accelerate breast cancer research; improve access to screening, diagnosis and treatment; and educate people about breast cancer.

AVON 39 Houston – the first of seven events across the country united by the theme #Powerof39 – drew more than 1,000 participants from 35 states and Washington, D.C., including 143 breast cancer survivors who walked a total of 39.3 miles over two days. Since the AVON 39’s launch in 2003, more than 220,000 participants have raised nearly $590,000,000. Funds raised are distributed to local, regional and national breast cancer organizations. For more information, visit avon39.org.


TDECU employees having fun at the Frontier Fiesta.

TDECU employees having fun at the Frontier Fiesta.


TDECU served as a sponsor for the University of Houston’s Frontier Fiesta, held March 24-26. Established in 1940, Frontier Fiesta is a time-honored tradition at the University of Houston, celebrating the positive impact the students, faculty, staff and alumni have on the local community. This student-run festival is a three-day event that hosts a cook-off competition, scholarship competition, March for Marrow 5K benefiting-AA.MDS International Foundation, talent shows, nightly concerts series, carnival rides and a Family Fun Day. TDECU employees participated in the event with a booth that encouraged attendees to learn how TDECU’s products and services can help them improve their lives by reaching their financial goals. TDECU is a strong supporter of the University of Houston students, faculty/staff, alumni and the Houston community.

“It was a great event and we were able to connect with the UH community.” said Ryan Palma, TDECU Member Center manager at the University of Hous­ton.

TDECU had another great year as presenting sponsor of Fun on the Farm at the 2016 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Fun on the Farm is a family-friendly attraction that provides children with the opportunity to explore farming as a business, including the production and sale of agricultural products. This year, Fun on the Farm hosted 109,000 visitors. The attraction also included a mini TDECU branch where young farmers and their family members learned how credit unions work to improve the lives of their members.


Andrew Nielsen photo - Courtesy of Houston Ballet

Andrew Nielsen photo – Courtesy of Houston Ballet


Houston Ballet has announced that Andrew Nielsen will join its artistic leadership team as director of production. Nielsen will oversee all technical and production management duties for the Ballet locally and internationally.

“It is my pleasure to welcome Andrew to Houston Ballet as our new Director of Production. A production department requires a leader with immense talent, creativity, and attention to detail. I believe that Andrew encompasses all these qualities and I look forward to working with him for many years to come,” said Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch.

Nielsen’s past work experience includes leadership roles at American Conservatory Theater, Milwaukee Ballet Company, Fox Theatre (Atlanta) and Atlanta Ballet. Throughout his career, he has led teams in the design, construction and tech process of staged productions across the country. At Houston Ballet, Nielsen will work closely with Welch to create and maintain the organization’s long-standing reputation of world-class productions. Joining Nielsen in Houston are his wife, Raven, and 2-year-old son, Sterling.

“Throughout my career there have been productions, such as Stanton’s Madame Butterfly and A Dance in the Garden of Mirth, that have made a profound impact on me because of their technicalprecision and artistry,” said Nielsen. “For this, I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with Stanton again and am thrilled to join such a prestigious organization. I look forward to working with Houston Ballet to bring new and exciting productions to life.”


Brian Bolke of Forty Five Ten.

Brian Bolke of Forty Five Ten.


Forty Five Ten’s Brian Bolke is excited to announce that his Dallas-based luxury retail boutique will open a second location in Houston’s River Oaks District. The new store is set to open in September.

Bolke shares, “We are so pleased to join top retailers in the River Oak’s District. Houston is a top fashion destination and has been on our radar for quite some time. Building on our 16 years in Dallas, the time feels right. Houston has its own chic style – and we’re thrilled to soon be a part of it.”

The premier shopping destination will offer the top collections for women, men, home and cosmetics. Forty Five Ten River Oaks will be a 3,300-square-foot edit of the brand’s new Downtown Dallas flagship, opening later this Fall.

The Houston store will feature Forty Five Ten’s Rare Beauty concept (an exclusive offering of fragrance, color and treatment), a ready-to-wear and accessories assortment for women hand-picked by women’s Fashion Director Taylor Tomasi Hill ­– with a focus on emerging designers – and a men’s area merchandised by Nick Wooster.

Bolke adds, “I am personally most excited to introduce the Copper Bar, our champagne and coffee bar that will be at the entrance. We want a store that will add to the walkability of River Oaks District and be part of the fabric of this emerging neighborhood. It’s a store to meet a friend, browse leisurely, and explore.” For further information, visit fortyfiveten.com.


Janine Iannarelli

Janine Iannarelli


Janine Iannarelli, founder and president of Houston-based Par Avion Ltd., has been selected by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Texas as a finalist for Texas Businesswoman of the Year (TBOY).

Iannarelli is one of four self-made Texas women who was honored at a reception April 21 at Neiman Marcus in Austin. She also participated on the celebrity panel with the other finalists at the 2016 MAPcon+TBOY Conference April 22 to be held at The Westin Austin at the Domain. The Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Texas is celebrating its 25th year presenting MAPcon+TBOY –– a high-energy forum where business women who are decision makers and influencers participate in interactive panel discussions, visit with exhibitors and enjoy numerous networking opportunities.

The other Texas Businesswomen of the Year finalists include jewelry designer Kendra Scott, top lobbyist and philanthropist Andrea McWilliams, and CEO of both KidsCare Therapy as well as Baker Management Group Cortney Baker, Ph.D. Iannarelli and the others were chosen from among a large field of nominees for exemplifying leadership, brilliance, and achievement and who personify professional excellence. Criteria for selection included significant accomplishments in their professional careers, community leadership, support of the economic advancement of business and professional women, other awards and honors, and core professional values.

“I am genuinely humbled to have been selected as a finalist for this award, and I feel honored to be in the company of these three other dynamic businesswomen. My accomplishments have been hard won in a very demanding profession and it means so much to be acknowledged by an established and energetic organization that empowers women to be the best,” said Iannarelli.

In January, Iannarelli was reappointed and named presiding officer by Gover­nor Greg Abbott to the Texas Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee. She had previously been named a Great Woman of Texas, Woman of Influence by the Fort Worth Business Press in 2011. Iannarelli accepted an invitation in March to join the European Business Aviation Association Associate Mem­bers Advisory Council’s Sales and Acquisitions Committee.


Lumber sold at Old World Lumber company is sourced in the United States.

Lumber sold at Old World Lumber company is sourced in the United States.

Reclaimed Barn Wood from Old World Lumber Company Makes a Design Statement

The largest selection of reclaimed barn wood in the Southern United States can be found at Old World Lumber Company at 6626 Guhn Road in Houston. The company’s founders recognize the beauty and value of this piece of American history and are preserving this treasured timber, which makes a statement whether in residential or commercial designs.

Old World Lumber Company sources all of its materials from within the United States, primarily the Upper Midwest where generations of craftsmen hand-built these impressive structures from old growth timber more than 100 years ago. Old World Lumber Company hand-selected all of the products it sells, giving customers the highest quality reclaimed barn wood in the country.

Before dismantling a barn, company experts evaluate the quality of the timber. After a barn has been selected for dismantling, they begin the process of bringing the hand-hewn and rough-sawn beams to Houston.

The company also stocks barn siding in a variety of species and colors, one-of-a-kind reclaimed flooring, dimensional stock in mixed hardwoods, weathered tin, threshing boards, barn doors, tracks and trolleys, and many other reclaimed barn treasures and materials. Old World Lumber also offers pressure washing, fumigation, limited milling and delivery services as well.

For more information, call 713-534-2621 or visit oldworldlumber.com.


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