Honoring our Hometown Heroes has been a tradition in our community since 1999. Keep your eyes peeled for 2018’s Hometown Heroes!

What is a Hometown Hero?

Honoring our Hometown Heroes has been a tradition in our community since 1999. The Hometown Heroes are composed of residents, businesses/institutions, and non-profit organizations that serve as outstanding role models for volunteerism and dedication to The Woodlands community. Each year a new class is inducted into the Hometown Hero Hall of Fame. A Hometown Hero is chosen based on the following criteria.

  • Positive role model
  • History of volunteerism
  • Sacrificing personal gain to achieve noble goals
  • Special awards and recognition
  • Brought positive recognition to The Woodlands
  • Embodies the values of The Woodlands community i.e., family values, the importance of education, the arts and culture, environmental consciousness
  • Economic contributions to the community
  • Leadership and courage
  • Consistent dedication and commitment to worthy causes
  • Representative of the diversity within the community
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Dedication to public service
  • Must be a current resident of The Woodlands, or business/institutions based in The Woodlands


Kevin Brady

Donald Braun

Reverend W. D. Broadway

Tom Cox

Joel Deretchin

Robert W. “Rob” Eissler

Jack & Lorna Felton

Ann Friend

Roger Galatas

Reverend Don Gebert

Peggy Hausman

The Irons Family

(Gerald, Myrna, Gerald Jr., Jarrett & Grant)

Dr. Joel Kerschenbaum

Peter “Pete” Lampros

Dr. Jack Lesch

Millie Maglio

Julie Martineau

Mary Matteson Parrish

Jean “Candy” Pew

Leonard “Len” Schroeder

Walter “Corky” Shaw II

Coulson Tough

Christina West

Robert “Bob” Williams

Weldon Willig


William “Bill” Bootz

Leland Dushkin

David Gibbs

Nick DeSimone

Dr. Ann Snyder


Pat Brown

Karen Booren

Dan Green

Tim Holifield

Gail Van Zanten


William C. “Bill” Leigh

Lynda Scott Everett

Michael Richmond

Shelby Marie Robin

Mark Swick

Rosa Dye


Phillip Barker, II

Tom D. Boak, Jr.

Scott Frezza

CJ Haynes

Alan Struble


Nancy Battle

Sharon Leigh

George P. & Cynthia Mitchell

Bruce Tough

Senator Tommy Williams

Boni’s Dance & Performing Arts Studio

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands


Nelda Blair

Walter Cooke

Bev Earl

George Holtin

Kenny Speight

South Montgomery County

Woodlands Chamber of Commerce


Edie Connelly

Jeff Early

Dan Hauser

Lon Larsen

Bruce Withers

Woodforest National Bank


Dr. David Gottlieb

John Haynes

Robert “Bob” Kinnear

Dr. Edmund “Ed” Robb

Lone Star College – Montgomery


Ed Chance

Jacque Everson

Dr. Daniel T. Hannon

Barbara Holland

The Woodlands Development Company


Jude Compofelice

Heather Montgomery

Steve Sanders

Ted Washington

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion


Barry Blanton

Greg and Linda Freede

George Lindahl

Karen West

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation


Jim Blair

Candi Glenn

Robert and Kim Marling

Lloyd Matthews

South Montgomery County YMCA


John Hennigan

Missy Herndon

Vicki Richmond

David Vogt

St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital


Keith Brumfield

Shelli Moran

Gil Staley

Susan Vreeland-Wendt



Dr. Austin Lane

Brenda Mizell

Jeff Shipley

Bret Strong

Huntsman Corporation

Dr. Vance LeCrone


Ally Seder

Linda Nelson

Lisa Koetting

Mario M. Coll, III

Waste Connections


Bruce Cunningham

Bob Hibbetts

Kelly Hull

Debbie Sukin



Rob Johnson

Amy Lecocq

Bob Milner

Melissa Young

Cassidy Joined for Hope

The Woodlands Christian Academy

We invite the Hometown Hero Alumni to join us as we honor the newest class of Hometown Hero recipients at The Woodlands 2018 Celebration of Excellence Gala! To show our appreciation of the good work our Hometown Hero Alumni continue to do, we have a special discount on select sponsorships and tickets. If you are an alumni, please fill out the below form or contact development@woodlandsinterfaith.org for a discount code to use here

The Celebration of Excellence Giving Circle is an opportunity for individuals and businesses to make a donation in honor and/or in memory of a Hometown Hero, Five Who Share Recipient, or Honorary Chair as a way to pay tribute to their incredible commitments to serving our community. Donations to the Celebration of Excellence Giving Circle will go directly to help individuals and families in crisis through financial assistance for rent, mortgage, utilities, gasoline, prescription drug assistance, emergency shelter, food, clothing, senior programs and offers counseling, job training, and child care. Interfaith of The Woodlands exists to build a more loving and caring community through service—a mission that is also the essence of our Hometown Heroes—the individuals, businesses, and non-profits who have devoted their time, talents, and treasures to make The Woodlands the loving and caring community we know and love!

Donations made to the Celebration of Excellence Giving Circle will be recognized on The Woodlands Celebration of Excellence website and in the event’s printed program. A note will be sent to the honoree designated recognizing that a gift has been made in their honor and/or memory. Donations to the Celebration of Excellence Giving Circle are fully tax-deductible.

Thank you to our generous Hometown Hero Giving Circle Donors!

  • Carol and Richard Stromatt