Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
Roy Hearnsberger perhaps said it best at Carol Huber Prince’s retirement party on June 18 when he told more than 100 guests packed into Memorial Hermann Northeast’s new conference center, “She always had a smile on her face and, when I needed something, I called Carol.” Humble Mayor Merle Aaron declared June 18 “Carol Prince Day” and emphasized that Carol wasn’t just important to Memorial Hermann Northeast, but to the City of Humble as well. The celebration included a few tears as friends and coworkers thanked Carol for her 33 years of service, mostly as executive assistant to six administrators who’ve occupied the CEO position at Northeast Medical Center Hospital and then Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital. Josh Urban, Northeast’s current CEO, thanked Carol “…on behalf of the entire hospital for taking care of all of us.” As photos of her 33 years at Northeast flashed on a screen behind her, Carol admitted she doesn’t know “… where retirement will lead me, but I want to thank you for an amazing 33-year journey. One thing I always loved about working here was that we’ve always been one big family with one major goal, serving our patients.” Joining Carol for the festivities were son David Huber, husband John Prince, and stepdaughter Candice Calderon who brought along grandkids Eric Jr. and Tony. Former CEOs Syble Missildine and Heath Rushing were there. Celebrating Carol’s journey into retirement were Tom Broad, Vivian Bond, who came in from her new home in Katy, Noel Cardenas joined by wife Cristi and daughter Kristian, Julie Darbonne, Sandi Crenshaw, Sandra Milum, Sue Hearnsberger, Dr. Bobby Panzarella, William Wesley, Sylvia Saumell, Tim Baker, Rebecca Tucker, Craig Ayers, Heather Ingram, Karen Ford, Nikki Roux, Marco Ollivides-Kleine, Mary Canada, Linda Taylor, Gwen Haas, Linda Stephens, Dr. Susan Curling, Dr. Chris Langan, Rhonda Dishongh, Barbara Evans, Suzanne Croft, Missy Williams and Robin McLeod.
Things were super hot at the recent Kenny Neal performance at the Bender Performing Arts Center in Humble. Everyone had a blast! Neal, an award-winning and Grammy-nominated blues singer and guitarist from Baton Rouge, enjoyed a packed house and highly energized crowd, including City of Humble Councilman David Pierce and wife, Dianne; Darryal and Connie Chandler; Bobbie Lee; Deborah Rose Miller; Wayne Ramshur and his granddaughter, Caroline, from Nacogdoches; and Humble Councilman Norman Funderburk and wife Kathy.
Out and About on vacation:
Dan and Janet Huberty celebrated his birthday with the kids on the East Coast and Canada. I hear some fun was had somewhere near Niagara. Dave and Julie Martin headed to Destin. Kelly Paull went on a fabulous trip to Crested Butte, Colo. for a little birthday holiday with Rick Paull, Danny and Geralyn Sullivan, Dave and Gwendolyn Crawford and Wayne and Millie Garrison. Hector and Robin Martinez had a blast on their annual trip to Le Mans after which they had some fun with good food and good wine in Italy. Robin Chance (and Aly, of course) were in Greece for both business and pleasure with Sarah Mathes, Kimberley Di Nino, Alaina Farley, Jackie Kellogg, Cesar Vasquez, Josh Barrier, Rachael Babiracki, Ashley St. Jules, Alejandro Gomez and Christina Frye. Chris and Vicky Sarvadi are spending her birthday weekend in New Orleans with friends. Can’t believe this is Chris’s first trip to the Big Easy. I’m almost positive Lynn Fields just came back from a cruise. Mark Linabury, I hear, is still pondering vacation plans.
Speaking of Linabury, congratulations are in order as he steps up in the beginning of August, taking over Rick Hatcher’s position as president of the Greater East Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. Mark is absolutely tailor-made for the job. No one has been a bigger proponent of local small business, a master at networking and a genius at one-liners and puns as Mark (sorry, Mark, but Danny Sullivan still beats you at elevator speeches). He is going to bring a dynamic energy to GEMCC and they are very fortunate to have him.
I wish you all a safe and not-so-humid Fourth of July!