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For Your Information - Robert L. Nichols, State Senator District 3 - Jan 7th

My guest On For Your Information this week is Robert L. Nichols, State Senator District 3 which includes Conroe and Montgomery County, who talked to listeners about the different bills, laws and action taken by the state legislature including such things as: changes to funding in education effecting the dozens of school districts in his district; that 11 of the 19 counties he represents were negatively affected by Hurricane Harvey and what the state has been, and continues, to deal with the problem. The Senator also advised that for the first time ever, the cost of health and human services has exceeded education costs in Texas, and that the state currently has in use state hospitals that were built in the 19th Century. He talked about some of the actions the Congress took to address that situation.

01/11/2018

For Your Information - Dec 31st - McKinley Development Co. Inc

My guest on For Your Information this week, is Amanda DeRosario, Vice President of Building with McKinley Development Co. Inc., who talked to listeners concerning the Chinese-backed developer group breaking ground on its first residential community in the U.S. which is located in Cleveland, Texas. She explained preliminary plans for the project, located on SH105 East approximately two miles from Cleveland High School, call for 1,400 single-family homes, 240 apartments, 240 condominiums as well as commercial office and retail space anchored by a nine-hole golf course. DeRosario also spoke on the group’s new industrial park located in Cleveland on SH105 West where they are constructing huge warehouses

12/28/2017

For Your Information - Dec 24th - Lead Pastor for Cornerstone Church

My guest on For Your Information this week, is Tim McGee, Lead Pastor for Cornerstone Church, who on this Christmas Eve spoke to listeners about Christmas; a positive way to look at the events, religious and secular, that are part of the holiday; and about the first Christmas with the events involved before and after as related in the Holy Bible.

12/21/2017

For Your Information - Dec 28th - Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

Guests were Kristen Schlatre, Director of the Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. And Practicum instructor Muffin Clark. We talked about the shortage of talented and skilled nonprofit leadership. We talked about the LINE program. (Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives) Designed to assist nonprofit leaders and those aspiring to leadership roles in the nonprofit sector to build their current skillsets and become effective and successful leaders of nonprofit organizations. This can include everything from the nuances of nonprofit administration and board governance to fundraising and leadership.

12/19/2017

For Your Information - Dec 28th - President and CEO of Houston Exponential

Guests were Dick Williams, President and CEO of Houston Exponential. And Gina Luna Chair of HX. We talked about the newly formed Houston Exponential. Houston Exponential was created through a combination of Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Innovation and Technology Task For the Houston Technology Center and the Greater Houston Partnership’s Innovation Roundtable, to bolster Houston’s Innovation ecosystem. We talked about plans to build Houston’s innovation economy by fostering a robust ecosystem that supports high-growth, high-impact startups.

12/19/2017

For Your Information - Dec 17th - Texas State Senator Dist.3

My guest on For Your Information this week, is Robert Nichols, Texas State Senator Dist.3, who came by the studio to talk to listeners about the activities of the recently concluded Texas 85th Legislature including: continued work on education funding; major changes to the way the state operates in dealing with those suffering with mental illness and the untreated or under treated of same; major changes to child welfare including making the Department of Family and Protective Services a standalone agency, increased funding for case workers, and more. Nichols also spoke about the difficulties caused by Hurricane Harvey and the actions taken to deal with them.

12/18/2017

For Your Information - Dec 17th - Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health services

Guests were Pam Reed with Devereux Texas. Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health services include intensive residential for adolescents and young adults, residential for children and adults, as well as vocational, foster care and community-based programs. We talked about the effect Hurricane Harvey had on residents of Texas both in Houston / League City and Victoria. We talked about the evacuation of more than 200 children and adults served by Devereux Texas - and more than 125 staff who care for them every day. We talked about the extensive damage done to both facilities, and the recovery and rebuilding needed ahead.

12/15/2017

For Your Information - Dec 17th - Houston Audubon Society

Guests were Sarah Flournoy, Bird-friendly Communities Program Manager, and Richard Gibbons, Conservation Director with the Houston Audubon Society. We talked about the annual 118th Christmas Bird Count. We discussed how the tally allows researchers to observe trends in the ranges and abundance of birds over time. Data from the count is used in research on climate change and conservation. We talked about education and outreach, and what effect Harvey has had on birds in the Houston area.

12/15/2017

For Your Information - Dec 10th - U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Guest was Joe Bontke with the Houston District office of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. We talked about how recent sexual harassment scandals in the news have raised the discussion of workplace misconduct to a new level, and prompted a re-evaluation of how harassment is handled in the workplace. We talked about EEOC Leadership for Respect, and Respect in the Workplace training and education.

12/11/2017

For Your Information - Dec 10th- Texas Department of Public Safety

Guest was Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant Stephen Woodard. During last year’s holiday season,* approximately one in four deaths on Texas roadways were alcohol-related. We talked about the TxDOT “Plan While You Can” campaign, designed to lower drunk driving accidents and deaths in Texas during the holidays.

12/11/2017

For Your Information - Dec 10th - Police Chief for the City of Cleveland

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Darrel Broussard, Police Chief for the City of Cleveland, who talked to listeners about his department; how the city’s growth is effecting the police department; some of the dangers and scams that criminals have made part of the holiday season and how to protect yourself against them.

12/11/2017

For Your Information - Arthritis Foundation - Dec 3rd

Guests Jen Torres, Executive Director Arthritis Foundation. And Kari Sanches Jingle Bell Run co-chair and has Rheumatoid Arthritis. We talked about Arthritis, what it is, the different kinds, causes, and treatments. We talked about Juvenile Arthritis, and the need to recruit more medical students to become Rheumatologists. We talked about how Arthritis is the number one cause of disability, and the economic impact.

12/05/2017

For Your Information - Dec 3rd - Montgomery County Food Bank

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Allison Hulett, President / CEO of the Montgomery County Food Bank (MCFB) who talked to listeners about while the MCFB is always in need of volunteers and donations in the form of food and especially money, this year there has been an even greater need primarily due to the wide-spread loss and devastation wreaked by Hurricane Harvey and its associated flood waters. She explained food donations are a great help but due to MCFB’s partnerships with agricultural groups and grocery chains, they are able to provide approximately three meals to those in need for every dollar donated.

12/05/2017

For Your Information - Nov 26th - Heaven’s Army of Resources

On For Your Information this week, my guest is LaNora Purvis, pastor and CEO of Heaven’s Army of Resources, a non-profit group which assists people who can teach certain skills and others who wish to learn these skills come together by providing locations for the process to take place. She said they offer everything from drug and alcohol abuse counseling to martial arts instruction. Pastor Purvis also operates a home in the Cleveland area for female survivors of domestic abuse and sex trafficking.

11/21/2017

For Your Information - City of Cleveland Director of Public Work - Nov 12th

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Roderick ‘Rod’ Hainey, City of Cleveland Director of Public Works, who talked to listeners about: how he came from the Scotland of his youth reaching his current position; what the public works director in Cleveland does; the employees he oversees and what their responsibilities include; the equipment needed to take care of everything from operation of city wells and water treatment plants as well as sewer and water piping repair, to maintenance of roads, bridges, right-of-ways and even cemeteries.

11/09/2017

For Your Information - Nov 5th - Conroe City Administrator

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Paul Virgadamo, Conroe City Administrator, who took the time to talk to listeners concerning the City of Conroe. Included in his discussion were: The damage sustained from Harvey including and how the city residents and businesses responded to it; how the city operates and his function in the process; and the many aspects of Conroe including what Virgadamo refers to as the quality of life its businesses offer the citizens, and in the same manner some of the different aspects, such as the fire and public safety system, public works, parks and recreation, from the city government which do the same.

11/03/2017

For Your Information - Nov 5th - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Guest was Joe Bontke with the Houston District office of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. We talked about how recent sexual harassment scandals in the news have raised the discussion of workplace misconduct to a new level, and prompted a re-evaluation of how harassment is handled in the workplace. We talked about EEOC Leadership for Respect, and Respect in the Workplace training and education.

11/02/2017

For Your Information - Oct 29th - Cleveland City Manager

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Kelly McDonald, Cleveland City Manager, who took the time to talk to listeners concerning the damage sustained by flood waters from Harvey including the locations where the most of the damage to city residents’ and businesses’ property; and the main damage to city property done at the new city park at Houston St. and the SH 105 Bypass. She informed listeners as to the current status of the new planned community inside the southeast city limits, as well as the new Industrial Park going inside the westside city limits.

11/02/2017

For Your Information - Oct 22nd - Liberty County Emergency Management Directo

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Tom Branch, Liberty County Emergency Management Director and Homeland Security Coordinator, who talked to our listeners about : expected ending of FEMA applications filings this week; who should file; how much FEMA has already paid to Liberty County residents; estimates of damages just to Liberty County owned property such as roads and bridges; and warning that the hurricane season last until the end of November, and to not become complacent.

10/23/2017

For Your Information - Oct 20th - United Health Care of Texas

Guest was Dave Milich. CEO, United Health Care of Texas. We talked about open enrollment for employer insurance, Medicare and Obamacare. We discussed the deadlines, options, coverage, wellness and other benefits to consider during open enrollment.

10/20/2017
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