Wow! Where do we start in familiarizing you with the many skills, talents and experience bundled inside Bonnie Sheeren? This lady is an independent patient advocate who helps people navigate the world of health care to achieve the best medical care possible at a reasonable cost.
She is a fourth generation Texan, born in Baytown, a graduate of Baytown Sterling History and English at Texas A & M University with a teaching certification added on. Following a stint with Harper and Row Publishers she traveled and spent time in the New York office, however, she decided the East Coast was not for her. It was on to graduate school at UT-Austin to learn corporate video production. Armed with new capabilities she returned to Houston and put her talents to work for UT-Health Science Center as a writer/producer on a drug use prevention video project.
As one who easily makes friends, Bonnie did just that and went to work for the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center where she wrote and produced videos including patient education, to doctor’s presentations, to pediatric Christmas card programs. This was followed by taking on the 90 second weekly syndicated Health Report featuring the world renowned Dr. “Red” Duke. In effect she went from writing and producing oncology videos to the world of the ER.
When two national patient advocacy groups formed in 2009 she researched this new field and made her decision at the beginning of 2014 to open her own business, Houston Health Advocacy, LLC. Since her family has lived in the Heights for 20 years, she wanted to be a part of the local business community and that gave her the impetus to join the Chamber. And she adds, “It is a very friendly group, so that’s a big plus!”
Bonnie is active in several industry associations including the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants. In keeping with her outgoing personality, she enjoys Laughter Yoga, taking care of the family menagerie of pets, and spending time with her husband and two daughters. The Chamber salutes your drive and dedication Bonnie, and applauds your many accomplishments.
There is a gentleman you may have seen at one of the Breakfast Connections and he has an outstanding hair styling. There is a good reason for that because Parrish Warren became a hair stylist in 1995, and today is an educator for Schwartzkopf Professional.
Holding forth at Salon in the Heights, Parrish became a Houstonian in 2012. Originally from Crescent City, California, he grew up in Norman, Oklahoma and worked toward an acting scholarship at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. The move to Houston occurred when his wife accepted a job here with Marathon Oil Corporation.
His reason for joining the Chamber happened one day when Natalie Coyle stopped by the Salon and sold him on the benefits of being a part of a dynamic Chamber. Thanks Natalie for continuing to spread the word about how the Chamber can build a business. You can see Parrish at the Salon, located at 1438 Yale Street and take advantage of his specialization in cuts, color, extensions, and whatever a “Brazilian Blow Out” may be! Thanks to his talents and experience, two months out of the year he helps other stylists by educating them on the use of Matrix color and products. Parrish enjoys playing games, live music and lives with his wife and their three cats. Their daughter is attending Medical School at the University of Oklahoma. His family includes a father and brother both of who are hair stylists. Runs in the family we guess! We are proud to recognize Parrish Warren as a productive and valuable member of the Chamber.
The Waltrip Alumni Association was formed on October 16, 2010 during the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Waltrip High School in Houston, Texas. By a standing vote of those alumni who attended a special program commemorating 50 years of Waltrip High School’s existence, the association was so formed. Our alumni association represents 21,050 alumni of S.P. Waltrip High School.
The school has become the nerve center of an active community. Today, once again, we find ourselves on a threshold. We must make sure that Waltrip continues to develop in importance. We must maintain and build upon the fine reputation which Waltrip enjoys. The challenge which we have met and must continue to meet is that of developing, “Our Waltrip High.”
The Waltrip Alumni Association strives to reconnect our graduates through alumni and public fundraiser events and to support the further development of our alma mater, Waltrip High School, for a new generation of students. The alumni association provides scholarships to Waltrip students to further their education either at college, or in their chosen career path. We also provide stipends for teachers and faculty to meet the needs of the classroom as well as raising funds for capital improvement to the campus. Find out Dr. Jon Enloe, President and Chair more by going to the Waltrip alumni website, www.waltripalumni.org.
Our featured member for this month was born, grew up and attended local schools in Galveston. For his higher education, Paul chose Stephen F. Austin State University where he earned a BBA degree in Accounting. Next it was on to the University of Houston at Clear Lake for his MBA.
Beginning work, he joined Browning-Ferris Industries as a staff accountant and moved up to be District Controller with stints in Dallas and Lubbock. In 1991 he came to Houston as Controller for one of the hauling companies. Gaining additional experience saw him holding responsible positions with Robert Half International and Specialized Staffing.
Currently he is a Certified Public Accountant and works with clients on behalf of Stander & Oppermann PLLC where he is a partner. His lengthy industry experience finds him assisting individuals with tax filings, IRS issues and representation, analytical review of business operations and benchmarks, cash flow analysis and more.
Paul joined the Chamber to become an active member of the organization and to get to know the businesses that operate in the greater Heights area. He values the networking opportunities and gladly gives referrals to other Chamber members.
Besides giving time to the Chamber and its operations, Paul is actively involved in many other organizations. Just to name a few, there is the Texas Society of CPA’s – Houston Chapter, he is past Chairman of the CPA continuing professional education conference, a member of the Relations with Taxing Authorities committee, the Houston Heights Association and the Knights of Columbus.
The Oppermann family includes wife Nancy and son, Joseph. This multi-talented man enjoys cycling, running and archery. But that’s not all; he is involved in Beekeeping and cattle at a location inMarquez, Texas. Congratulations Paul, the Chamber appreciates your support and your clearly evident enthusiasm for being a member.
Getting to know Crystal Ruiz, our featured member this month, revealed a woman on the move.This native Houstonian grew up in “Big H” as well as in April Sound at Conroe, and attended schools in
the Aldine district and Reagan High School. Beginning work early at age 15, she worked in her mom’s salon and took on all the jobs including receptionist, cashier and even shampoo girl. Today, she is preparing to continue her education and plans on enrolling in Houston Community College.
Crystal joined the CARisma Wash team and serves as event coordinator and marketing executive. In that role, she is in charge of handling all fundraising events and the marketing for their three locations. Labeling herself as a “very social person,” Crystal enjoys the support and opportunities the position gives her and “praises the organization for its community involvement and for entrusting her with the responsibility of representing such an awesome company.”
When it came time to consider Chamber membership, Crystal said, “What better way to bring a quality of service to the local community than through a well-organized and friendly organization.” Besides the Chamber membership, she stays active in the East End Chamber andthe Heights Power Women’s Network. Remember reading about her being on the move? Well that’s easy to understand because she stays on the go taking her children, Bryanna, Alex, Matthew and Jacob to the beach, parks, swimming or anything else that has to do with the outdoors. Crystal has participated in many Chamber events as a volunteer, always with a ready smile and sometime a courtesy car wash! We are pleased to have her and her many talents as a valued member.
This month we recognize a business planning professional with a creative bent for the arts. Larry Bell was born in Abilene, Texas, grew up in Dallas and graduated from Highland Park High School. Starting what was to ultimately be his career in business; he took the 245 mile trip south to Houston in the fall of 1963 and later earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rice University. His field of study? Well it was Psychology, an educational attribute that would serve him well throughout his career.
Taking his first job, Larry found himself becoming a Special Agent for Northwestern Mutual, but his business experience was enhanced soon after with employment in Commercial Real Estate. His arts appreciation took over when he served as Executive Director of the Concert Chorale of Houston. Getting involved in the Chamber was a natural for Larry because he is the owner of American Business Planning, LLC. Chamber membership offered him, as a new resident in the area, the opportunity to network, build relationships and make new friends. Larry’s company includes wife Anne, and they offer clients assistance with employee benefits, insurance and retirement planning. In addition to being a Certified Life Underwriter (CLU), which is the world’s most respected designation for insurance expertise, his professional participation also includes the M.D. Anderson Network, a unique cancer support group. The Bell family includes two sons, two daughters, two
Getting involved in the Chamber was a natural for Larry because he is the owner of American Business Planning, LLC. Chamber membership offered him, as a new resident in the area, the opportunity to network, build relationships and make new friends. Larry’s company includes wife Anne, and they offer clients assistance with employee benefits, insurance and retirement planning.
In addition to being a Certified Life Underwriter (CLU), which is the world’s most respected designation for insurance expertise, his professional participation also includes the M.D. Anderson Network, a unique cancer support group. The Bell family includes two sons, two daughters, two step children and seven grandchildren. For his spare time he enjoys singing, acting, sports and antiques. Proficient and productive members like Larry Bell are key contributors to the organization’s success. Congratulations Larry, we’re glad you moved in.