James Stilwell elected president and seven new members join Woodlands Arts Council board
THE WOODLANDS, TX – Local lawyer and community leader James Stilwell has been elected Chairman of the Board of the Woodlands Arts Council (TWAC), and seven new members have joined the board, bringing a wide range of talents and expertise to the organization that produces The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival offers year-round arts programming to people of all ages.
Stilwell accepted the hammer from outgoing President Dr. Maria Holmes, Associate Dean of Elliott T. Bowers Honor College at Sam Houston State University, who led TWAC through a very difficult time.
âMaria’s dedication, positive attitude and creative spirit were essential during the difficult year of the pandemic when the festival had to go virtual and financial constraints made the search for creative and profitable solutions crucial,â said Stilwell. âWe have all been fortunate to produce a very successful festival in 2021, and we thank Maria for her unwavering commitment to ensuring that our organization not only survives, but thrives during one of the most difficult times in its history. “
Stilwell is the Managing Partner and one of the founders of the well-respected local law firm Stilwell, Earl & Apostolakis, LLP. In addition to his professional role, Stilwell has extensive experience serving his community, including serving as President of Leadership Montgomery County, President of the Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, one of the founders and directors of Woodlands Charities. , Inc., Vice-President of the Woodlands Bar Association and a member of the Memorial Hermann-The Woodlands Medical Center Advisory Board. He is also deeply involved with his church and many other nonprofits in and around Montgomery County.
âWe are very fortunate to have a community leader of James’ stature and reputation at the helm of our organization,â said Glen Rector, Vice President of TWAC. âDuring his tenure as Vice-President, he got involved and became an invaluable member of the Festival team, the Because Art Matters committee and many other Council initiatives. We look forward to other great things to happen as we create new programs that promote arts and culture in our community.
The list of officers includes the rector as vice-president; Michael Goodwin, treasurer; and Susan Vreeland-Wendt, secretary. The staff is headed by Jenny Carattini-Wright, Executive Director.
The seven new board members are Noemi Gonzalez, Michael Goodwin, Ted Harris, Cindy Heiser, Jenny Lucas, Judy Larson Olson and Paul Pettie.
Gonzalez is Marketing Director for Market Street, a leading destination for shopping and entertainment in the woods. She was previously Marketing Director for The Woodlands Mall. A resident of The Woodlands, she is a member of the Junior League of The Woodlands, the Vacation Buying Card Retail Advisory Board, the Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau Marketing Committee, and the Giving Fashion Show Committee. Goes Glam.
The organization’s new treasurer, Michael Goodwin, CPA is a financial advisor at Sterling Total Wealth Solutions. He and his family have resided at The Woodlands since 1994 and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Food Bank, the Board of Directors of the Village of Alden Bridge Association and the Homeowners Association. from Cottage Green. He is an avid ultramarathon runner and has competed in 50 mile endurance races and hiked the Grand Canyon from side to side.
Ted Harris has worked in the shopping center real estate industry for over 20 years. He is currently the Senior General Manager of Woodlands Mall. Harris also served on numerous boards and committees during his tenure as a mall manager. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit The Woodlands.
Cindy Heiser is an entrepreneur and co-owner of The Flying Locksmiths of Austin, North Houston and The Woodlands. She has volunteered extensively for local nonprofits including the Junior League of Dallas and The Woodlands, Co-Chair of Giving Goes Glam as Co-Chair, the Interfaith of The Woodlands Gala Committee, the Woodlands Rotary Club and the HOPE committee, among others.
Dr Jenny Lucas, Visual Arts Facilitator for Conroe ISD, joined the board after serving for several years on the Because Art Matters Committee, which produces year-round programming for young people, the elderly and the elderly. people with special circumstances. Lucas recently received his PhD from the University of Houston and received numerous accolades during his 25-year teaching career.
Judy Larson Olson is Production Manager for PrimeLending in The Woodlands. A native of Conroe, Olson has been involved in banking and mortgage lending for 30 years. She has served her community in many leadership roles, including as a 16-year-old member, president and Paul Harris member of the Woodlands Rotary Club; a past president of Child Advocates of Montgomery County (CASA); and she is a graduate of Montgomery County Leadership. In 2019, she was appointed to the Board of Regents of Stephen F. Austin State University for a six-year term.
Paul Pettie is a marketing and public relations professional with 15 years of experience in health, banking, public relations and community outreach in the non-profit sector. He was previously director of marketing and public relations for the Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital. Pettie will bring her expertise to the Marketing and Festival committees of TWAC.
The Woodlands Arts Council produces the Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, a juried art exhibition featuring more than 200 artists presenting original work in a wide variety of styles and mediums. It is one of the best festivals of its kind in the country according to the Art Fair Sourcebook rankings.
Visit www.thewoodlandsartscouncil.com to learn more about the Council’s programs and the Festival. Find out how you can have fun volunteering, sponsoring and participating. Because art matters!
The Woodlands Arts Council provides regional, cultural and educational enrichment opportunities that encourage, support and promote the visual and performing arts in our community. From award-winning Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival to public art installations and year-round community and educational outreach programs from Because Art Matters, the council has one main goalâ¦ to improve our community, Because Art Matters!