Movers & Shakers: Carla Medlenka

July 1st, 2018

Name: Carla Medlenka

Occupation: Marketing Manager at Houston Methodist St. John Hospital

Hometown: South Side of Chicago

Current home: League City Historic District

Family: Hubby (Galen) and I are empty nesters and loving it. One son (Justin), two daughters (Mackenzie and Anastasia) who all live close and visit often.

My favorite writer is: Right now I’m reading The Outsider by Stephen King. Arundhati Roy is a favorite. I like many genres and authors.

Someone I’d like to meet: President Obama

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose: Meghan Markle

My favorite performers are: The Dave Matthews Band and Krishna Das (look him up, he actually performed on the Grammys)

I like to spend my leisure time: Reading by the pool, watching what goes on in my garden (I have pollinator gardens and bird feeders that fascinate me), cooking. I’m also very involved in the community, serving as Bay Area Turning Point board chairman and on the Bay Area Democratic Movement board.

If I could travel any place, I’d go to: Croatia is high on my bucket list – my great-grandparents’ birthplace. This fall I’m traveling to Switzerland and Italy, which includes a yoga sail trip along the Amalfi Coast

My favorite meal is: Chicago pizza (thin crust) and ice cold local beer

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: A nurse – like many girls in the 60s and 70s!

You’ll never catch me: Complaining or being bored – I love the adventure of life

The thing that bugs me the most is: Toxic and angry people

My favorite movie is: The English Patient

Few people know: I’m a certified yoga instructor, though I prefer to be a student these days

Movers & Shakers: Thad Roher

April 1st, 2018

Name: Thad Roher

Occupation: Friendswood school superintendent

Hometown: Friendswood

Current home: Friendswood

Family: Wife Tine, daughter Maggie (Texas A&M), son Reed (U.S. Coast Guard)

My favorite writer is: Elmer Kelton

Someone I’d like to meet: Abraham Lincoln

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose: A fishing guide

My favorite performers are: George Strait

I like to spend my leisure time: Fishing

If I could travel any place, I’d go to: Australia

My favorite meal is: Oysters on half-shell

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: A veterinarian

You’ll never catch me: Eating a tomato

The thing that bugs me the most is: Cold weather

My favorite movie is: Cinderella Man

Few people know: I’m colorblind

Movers & Shakers: Amanda Fenwick

January 1st, 2018

Name: Amanda Fenwick

Occupation: Clear Lake Shores mayor pro-tem; San Jacinto College vice president – marketing and public relations

Hometown: Kettering, Ohio

Current home: Clear Lake Shores

Family: Husband Jay; daughter Peyton, 5

My favorite writer is: Dr. Seuss

Someone I’d like to meet: Joe Montana and Jimmy Fallon

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose: Ellen DeGeneres

My favorite performers are: Kid Rock, Foo Fighters, John Mellencamp

I like to spend my leisure time: With family, shopping or enjoying the outdoors

If I could travel any place, I’d go to: Cuba

My favorite meal is: Spaghetti with meat sauce and garlic bread

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: A flight attendant and a teacher

You’ll never catch me: Cleaning a fish

The thing that bugs me the most is: Poor or improper grammar. I write a lot for a living, and I enjoy writing, so the usage of proper grammar, punctuation, etc., is important!

My favorite movie is: Top Gun

Few people know: I lived in Caracas, Venezuela for four years when I was a child. It was there that I learned to speak Spanish (little of which, unfortunately, I have retained).

Movers & Shakers: Dinah Parker Matthews

November 1st, 2017

Name: Dinah Parker Matthews

Occupation: Community volunteer, 2017 and 2018 Lunar Rendezvous Festival general chairman

Hometown: I grew up in Clear Lake City and attended Clear Creek ISD schools

Current home: Although I have lived in College Station, Austin, Houston (Memorial area), Dallas and Friendswood I am very happy to be settled again in Clear Lake

Family: Husband, Joe; daughters, Holly (23), Natalie (21)

My favorite writer is: Daniel Silva or John La Carre

Someone I’d like to meet: Bill and Melinda Gates – I am inspired by their philanthropic work

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose: Kate Middleton

My favorite performers are: Musician Bruno Mars and actress Diane Keaton

I like to spend my leisure time: Reading spy or suspense novels

If I could travel any place, I’d go to: The Amalfi Coast

My favorite meal is: Chili Rellenos and margaritas

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: An executive at an advertising agency

You’ll never catch me: Loving weather below 50 degrees

The thing that bugs me the most is: When others pass along an opinion or rumor as though it is fact

My favorite movie is: The Spy That Came in From the Cold

Few people know: I learned how to speed read in the 5th grade at Whitcomb Elementary

Movers & Shakers: Frank L. Law

July 1st, 2017

Name: Frank L. Law

Occupation: Executive Bank Office President and Bank Director

Hometown: Waco, Texas

Current home: Clear Lake

Family: Wife, Judy, married 47 years; sons: Erik, Steven and Justin and two grandchildren

My favorite writer is: Clive Erik Cussler

Someone I’d like to meet: Morgan Freeman

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose: Donald Trump or POTUS

My favorite performers are: Bryan Adams, and Maroon Five with Adam Levine

I like to spend my leisure time: Fishing in Costa Rica

If I could travel any place, I’d go to: Himalayas

My favorite meal is: Medium rare steak and lobster

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: A fireman

You’ll never catch me: Golfing

The thing that bugs me the most is: Silly governmental regulations

My favorite movie is: Pretty Woman

Few people know: I’m fascinated by ancient Egyptian history

Movers & Shakers: Dick Gregg Jr.

June 1st, 2017

Name: Dick Gregg Jr.

Occupation: Lawyer

Hometown: Houston

Current home: Nassau Bay

Family: Dick Gregg III, Christopher Gregg, Heather O’Donnell, Mark O’ Donnell and Vanessa Garner

My favorite writer is: Cormac McCarthy

Someone I’d like to meet: Cormac McCarthy

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose: Jon Stewart

My favorite performers are: Lyle Lovett. Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Guy Clark

I like to spend my leisure time: Writing and  traveling

If I could travel any place, I’d go to: Paris

My favorite meal is: Grilled Sea Bass

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: A lawyer

You’ll never catch me: Saying “awesome”

The thing that bugs me the most is: The confetti word “awesome”

My favorite movie is: One Eyed Jacks

Few people know: My great grandfather, S. Clark Red, was the first graduate of the University of Texas and the first president of the Harris County Medical Society

Movers & Shakers: Trish Hanks

May 1st, 2017

Name: Trish Hanks

Occupation: Superintendent Friendswood ISD

Hometown: Galveston/Hitchcock

Current home: Friendswood

Family: Husband of 39 Years, Bruce; Children: Justin, Lauren, Melissa, and Charlie. Grandchildren: Beau, Brynn, Cameron and Savannah

My favorite writer is: Matthew Kelly

Someone I’d like to meet: Mother Teresa

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose: My 21 year old self!

My favorite performers are: The three stars of Hidden Figures, the Eagles, Celine Dion, Alan Jackson and Alicia Keys.

I like to spend my leisure time: Playing with my four grandchildren, sight-seeing, writing and walking.

If I could travel any place, I’d go to: Italy

My favorite meal is: Italian at Carrabba’s

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: A Rockette

You’ll never catch me: Saying “That’s impossible”

The thing that bugs me the most is: Using social media to spread false information

My favorite movie is: Hidden Figures

Few people know: I often write my own lyrics to songs and dance like no one is watching …I make sure no one is watching!

Movers & Shakers

February 1st, 2016

10-1XDickXGreggXJr.Name:  Dick Gregg Jr.

Occupation:  Attorney and writer

Hometown:  Nassau Bay now — born in Houston

Current home:  Nassau Bay

Family:  Widowed. Children: Dick H. Gregg III, Christopher A. Gregg, Heather O’Donnell, Mark O’Donnell,Vanessa Handrick Garner

My favorite writer is:  Cormack McCarthy

Someone I’d like to meet:  Kevin Spacey

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose:  Warren Buffett

My favorite performers are: Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, Ray Charles

I like to spend my leisure time:  Writing, horse racing

If I could travel any place, I’d go to:  Hong Kong

My favorite meal is:  Grilled fish

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be:  A lawyer

You’ll never catch me:  Voting for a bonehead

The thing that bugs me the most is: The overused and now useless  word “awesome”

My favorite movie is:  One Eyed Jacks

Few people know:  I took tap dancing lessons as a child

Movers & Shakers

January 1st, 2016

VPiersonName: Victor Pierson

Occupation:  President/CEO Moody National Bank

Hometown:  Albany, Texas

Current home:  Galveston/Jamaica Beach

Family:  I am married to my best friend, Janice. We are blessed with our son Frankie, daughters Laurie and Lindsay, grandson Noah and granddaughter Abby

My favorite writer is:  F. Scott Fitzgerald

Someone I’d like to meet:  John Wayne

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose:  Sen. Elizabeth Warren

My favorite performers are: The Beach Boys

I like to spend my leisure time:  Traveling with my family, especially my grandchildren

If I could travel any place, I’d go to: Tahiti, which is the mutual spot on the wish list Janice (Paris/Rome) and I (Rio/Sydney) promised each other we would visit together

My favorite meal is:  Char Grilled Oysters at any of our outstanding Bay Area restaurants or Central Texas style barbecue

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be:  A baseball player but lack of ability made the statistics and numbers a natural to a career in banking

You’ll never catch me:  Riding a motorcycle

The thing that bugs me the most is: Being politically correct

My favorite movie is: It’s A Wonderful Life

Few people know:  That I was a state qualifier in the 100-yard dash

Movers & Shakers

July 1st, 2015

7-1 Carl JoinerName: Carl A. Joiner

Occupation: President/CEO – Joiner Partnership, Inc. – Architects and mayor of Kemah

Hometown: Lakin, Kansas

Current Home: Kemah

Family: I have been married to my wife Colene for 40 years. We have a daughter, Merika, and a son, Chad. They both live an hour away in Atascocita. Our 9 grandchildren range in age from 4 to 18. This includes a set of triplets! These grandchildren are the light of our lives.

My favorite writer is: The late Zig Ziglar.

Someone I’d like to meet: The royal family, including William and Kate.

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose: I am happy where I am at in life, so I don’t really have a desire to switch.

My favorite performers are: The Beatles.

I like to spend my leisure time: Spending time with family and friends, playing with the grandchildren, and boating.

If I could travel to any place, I’d go to: I had always wanted to visit the Taj Mahal. As an architect people are always telling me “do not give me the Taj Mahal.” Colene and I made a trip to India about two years ago. Mark that one off the bucket list. I do like to travel the world, and Colene and I try to take a trip overseas once a year.

My favorite meal is: Lunch at the Flying Dutchman, so I can have their terrific homemade potato chips!
As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: A farmer like my Dad. My Dad did not think the family farm would support two families, so he told me I had other talents and I should use them. He wanted me to pursue being an architect – so off I went to the University of Kansas, where I received my Bachelor of Architecture degree.

You’ll never catch me: On Facebook or Twitter. I am not one to easily change.

The thing that bugs me most is: Negative people.

My favorite movie is: Tommy Boy. It is always great for a lot of laughs.

Few people know: I went to a two-room country school house grades one through eight. My teacher in the 7th grade thought I should be an architect – so here I am!