Nine leaders from our six county area bring their talents and treasures and serve as volunteers on our Board of Trustees.
Dianne Wilson recently retired from the elected position of County Clerk of Fort Bend County having served since 1983. She was elected to chair the board of Texana in 2005, after five years of service as a director. Dianne has served as an officer on many local, state and national boards in both the professional and volunteer arenas. She has been an active advocate for people with intellectual disabilities more than 35 years, and served two terms as chair of the Richmond State School Volunteer Services Council and as a member of the Developmental Disability Planning Advisory Committee for Central Gulf State- Operated Community Services. She holds bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in public administration and is a fellow of the National Center for State Courts Institute for Court Management in Washington D.C.
Anita Christensen is a native of Matagorda County and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction and Kindergarten Certification from Texas A&M University. In addition, she has Teacher of the Young Child Certification from the University of Houston-Victoria. Anita taught for 13 years in the public school system and for the past 14 years has home schooled her children. She has served as president and secretary of the Association of Texas Professional Educators and has been a member of the Texas State Teachers Association. Anita has been very active with the St. Philip’s Catholic School where she has served on the Board and been Director of the CCE programs, Director of Youth Activities and a CCE teacher at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. She also volunteers with the Wharton County Youth Fair and Danish Heritage Preservation Society. Anita is married with two children who are attending college.
Sue Fagan is a native Texan and graduate of Texas Tech University. She is proud to draw experience from her 20 years in business as an Office Manager and her 15 years as a public school elementary teacher in Fort Bend County and Waller County. She currently serves on the local Fine Arts Study Club Executive Board and enjoys researching early Texas History with fellow members. She also served on the boards of the Greater Houston Dental Society Alliance, Texas Dental Association Alliance, and Chancellor Elementary PTO. She was a Parent Leader for Harris County 4-H and was awarded The Outstanding 4-H Alumni for the State of Texas at the Texas A & M 4-H Round-up. Leadership experience also includes being the UIL Campus Coordinator and UIL Coach for Royal Elementary School where she was a Reading Intervention Teacher. Sue and her husband, Dr. Tim H. Fagan, are members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pattison, Texas Tech University Chancellor's Council, and the Sealy and Wallis Dance Clubs Sue spends as much time as she can with her four loving grandchildren.
Willie Greer is, a native of Beaumont, Texas, is a graduate of Brazosport College, in Lake Jackson. He served as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, including a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1967-68, and later as a major in the Texas State Guard, from 1988-2000. Following his military service, Willie became vice president and manager of Crawford’s Furniture and Appliance, Inc., in Clute, Texas, where he worked for 27 years. Among his many civic involvements are activities in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Marine Corps League, the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Woodman of the World, Boy Scouts of America, Bay City Housing Authority, the American Red Cross and the Brazoria County board of the Federal Emergency Management Administration.
Dr. Mary desVignes-Kendrick serves as Director of Fort Bend County Health & Human Services and Health Authority of Fort Bend County. Prior to this position, she served as Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Texas A&M Health Science Center, School of Rural Public Health and as faculty with the Texas A&M National Center for Emergency Medical Preparedness and Response (2007-2011). She previously served as Professor of Management, Policy and Community Health and Deputy Director of the UT Center for Biosecurity and Public Health Preparedness at UT School of Public Health in Houston, Texas (2004-2007). Prior to her work in academia, Dr. desVignes-Kendrick served as the Health Authority and Director of the City of Houston Department of Health and Human Services, a position she held for 12 years. She completed her undergraduate degree with majors in Biology and Spanish at New York University, her medical degree at Meharry Medical College, Pediatrics residency at Baylor College of Medicine and Master of Public Health degree at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston. Dr. desVignes-Kendrick is board certified in pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is a former president of the Natrional Association of County and City Health Officials, and is actively involved in public helath issues at the local, state and national level.
Randy Reichardt has lived in Austin County all of his life. He is Commissioner for Precinct 3; holding that elected office for 11 years. Prior to that, Randy has worked for Cameron Iron Works, Road and Bridge Precinct 3 and the City of Sealy as the Animal Control Officer. He has also been the Chief of Cat Spring Volunteer Fire Department for over 20 years and is a First Responder and EMT. In 2006, Randy received the Firefighter of the Year Award from the 100 Club of Houston. Through years of active community outreach and service, Randy has worked with the County Communications Committees, Red Cross, 9-1-1 Committee, disaster drills and training, POD developments and implementations, local schools, churches and community organizations; as well as many County committees. He is also a lifetime member of the Cat Spring Agricultural Society. Randy and his wife, Debbie, attend Cat Spring Lutheran Church.
Dr. Tape graduated cum laude from LSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and received her Doctorate from University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. She specializes in pediatric dentistry and completed her residency at University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where she served as Chief Resident. She received her Board Certification as a Diplomate from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 2002. Dr. Tape is an active member and past editor of the Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and is also involved in the local, state and national dental organizations. She has served as Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where she is a mentor and is highly respected for her “real practice experiences”. She is a wife, mother, doctor, leader, motivator, and teacher with high moral values and a great compassion for others. She is also known for countless hours of volunteerism and fundraising for many local non-profit organizations. She established Pediatric Dentistry in 1994 in Richmond, Texas with the philosophy that every child deserves the opportunity for quality care regardless of their race, social or economic background. In 2007, Dr. Tape expanded her practice to provide a new spacious state-of the-art office in Rosenberg only one mile from her original office.
Pastor Dennis W. Young has served as pastor of Missouri City Baptist Church (MCBC) for the past 18 years. He received a BA degree from Brooklyn College, NY, and MA and Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.) degrees from the Houston Graduate School of Theology, TX. Dr. Young has taken several mission trips to: Jamaica, St. Eustatius, St. Martin, South America and Nigeria. He served as President of the Board of Directors for Worldconnex in 2005-2006, Second Vice President of the Baptist General Convention of Texas in 2003-2004, and as President of the African American Fellowship of Texas in 2001-2003. In addition to his pastoral duties, he is currently a member of the Leadership Council for the Union Baptist Association and a member of he Bond Advisory Committee for Fort Bend Independent School District. Pastor Young continues to be active in local, state and international groups to plan and implement programs to address the spiritual, physical and social needs of people.
Mary Rose Zdunkewicz has lived in Fort Bend County since she was two years old and has been a resident of Weston Lakes since 1985. She was one of the first "settlers" in Weston Lakes and has been a major contributor to the community by participating in public service, community development, business and volunteer activities, such as, her service on the Board of Directors of the Fort Bend Chapter of the March of Dimes. Mary Rose Zdunkewicz was a small business entrepreneur, operating clothing and gift shops in Missouri City. She has worked as a real estate sales representative for many of the major builders and developers in Fort Bend County and the Simonton-Fulshear area, and currently holds a valid Texas Real Estate Sales License. She served for twelve years on the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District at a time when many of the plans and programs were put in place to respond to the steady growth in the population of Fort Bend County. She was elected to the office of Mayor for the City of Weston Lakes.