The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes June 2009
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Tim Welbes
Tim Welbes is the 2009-10 chairman of the board of directors for Montgomery County United Way. Welbes is also co-president of The Woodlands Development Company.  
Along with Welbes, the following executive board will serve the community:  Don Lehman is serving as vice-chair; Roz Dauzat, secretary/treasurer; Jim Fredericks, chair of the 2009-10 fundraising campaign; Jerry Nash, chair of the 2010-11 fundraising campaign; Dr. Isaac Williams, chair of the Community Impact committee; Lucy Shanahan, chair of the Marketing Committee; Dr. Jon Kramer, chair of the Strategic Planning Committee; and Dr. Don Stockton, past chair of the board.
Fish Creek Thoroughfare and the Lake Creek Bridge were formally opened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Pct. 2 Commissioner Craig Doyal addressed a crowd of well-wishers at the event. A major roadway through the new Woodforest master-planned community, Fish Creek Thoroughfare is also an important regional artery, providing a much-needed north-south alternative to Interstate 45.
The ribbon-cutting was held at the Woodforest Welcome Lodge. In addition to Doyal, Larry Johnson and Chad Johnson from the The Johnson Development Corp., members of South Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Magnolia Chamber of Commerce, Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce, Greater Conroe-Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce and many other supporters attended the event.
Doyal called Fish Creek Thoroughfare “a terrific example of a private-public partnership ... to improve mobility within Montgomery County. ”
Johnson Development Corp., the developer of the Woodforest master-planned community, contributed significantly to the design of the $4.3 million Lake Creek Bridge, as well as funding two additional lanes on a one-mile section of the road that runs through the heart of Woodforest.
“With the opening of Lake Creek Bridge, Fish Creek Thoroughfare and the recent FM 1488 expansion, the mobility of Montgomery County is greatly enhanced, ” said Virgil Yoakum, general manager of Woodforest.
Loren Zawodny, assistant manager at the George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library in The Woodlands, has been selected to attend the 2009 TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute. The Texas Accelerated Library Leaders  Institute, established in 1994 by the Texas Library Association, is designed to foster and extend the leadership abilities and interpersonal skills of professional and non-professional library workers. This combination workshop and retreat offers participants the chance to develop their leadership skills in an atmosphere free from daily distractions.
Members selected to participate must have at least five years of library experience and demonstrate leadership potential both inside and outside of the library profession. This year, 26 library workers representing all regions of Texas were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants to attend the workshop.
Zawodny has worked for the Montgomery County Memorial Library System since 2006, and has worked at locations in New Caney and The Woodlands.
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(L-R) Johnson Development executive vice president and COO Chad Johnson, Woodforest general manager Virgil Yoakum, Pct. 2 Commissioner Craig Doyal and Johnson Development president and CEO Larry Johnson on the Lake Creek Bridge after the ribbon cutting ceremony.
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