Grogan's Mill Village Association Newsletter 
February 10, 2015
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There will be elections for Village Association and RDRC boards. Elections for both Grogan's Mill boards are being contested. 

Voting will take place at Township Offices located at 2801 Technology Forest Blvd. Convenience voting will begin Monday, February 16 and go through the 20th from 9 AM to 5PM.   Election day will be Saturday, February 21 from 8 AM to 6 PM.  

You can find the list of candidates on The Woodlands Township website.

Grogan's Mill Village will have an election because we have more candidates than positions open.  We have asked each candidate to submit information about themselves and why they would like to serve on the Village Board.  Their responses follow in order of receipt and kept in their own words.

Grogan's Mill Village Association Board Candidates

Jody Ronzio

My family and I have called Grogan's Mill home for the past 18 years.  My husband, Joe, and I have raised our three daughters here.  All three graduated from the Woodlands High School and are graduates of Texas A&M.  We are now enjoying the joys of grand parenthood.  There is a reason why it carries the name "grand"!  I   taught school in CISD for 16 years....10 years at Wilkerson and 6 years at Deretchin.  Between our children, church and work and friends, we are deeply entrenched in this village, and feel blessed to call it home.

We have seen many changes over the past 18 years.  Growth and change are inevitable. We have always loved the quiet charm of Grogan's Mill and the natural beauty it provides.  Serving on the Grogan's Mill Village Association this past year has allowed me to witness the thought and research that warrants the decision making process, and work with others who deeply love our community.  My hope is that we maintain our balance between man and nature in all future decisions for our beautiful village and keep George Mitchell's vision alive.   


Sara Bissig

Sara Bissig has been a resident of GMV for 20 years. She owns a small local Eco friendly transportation company. She cares deeply about the environment and our trees. Her goal as a resident and property owner is maintaining the peace and beauty of nature here, in the our livable forest. She has a passion for music and moved here because of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell pavilion. She is married with two grown daughters attending college and 3 dogs. Sara has served on the GMVA board since 2009 and enjoys the opportunity to volunteer her time meeting her neighbors and serving the good folks of our community. 

Bruce Cunningham
I have lived in GM for 25 years and has been active in community affairs for much of that time.  I have been on the GMVA board for 15 years and served as president seven times.  I currently serve as Communications Director and on the Farmers' Market board.  I am also on the boards of other church, athletic, political, library organizations and MUD 6 .

I subscribe to George Mitchell's philosophy and have enjoyed living in The Woodlands.  I want to protect our trees and I will work to see our community improve. 

Tom Chumbley
After my time in the US Army, I obtained a Master's Degree in Public Administration because of my interest in public service. Through that program, research, internships, volunteer work, and professional positions I have learned both the theory and practice of governance. I am inquisitive, enjoying thinking, fascinated by ideas, and love to learn. I consider these my strengths and will use them to the benefit of the mission and values of the GMVA Board. The nature of elections requires that I provide a public accounting for my activity.  I firmly believe in public accountability and transparency. 

It is by virtue of my position on that Board that I have helped others and will serve my community. I came onto the Board in August of 2014. Since that time, I have found ways to make neighbors get along better while getting recipients of complaints to make property improvements. I have handled personal requests dealing with safety issues, working with the schools and police, satisfactorily solving the issues. I have listened to and counseled residents. Along with other Board members, especially Bruce Cunningham, I assisted the process of a couple of our schools getting one of their road's named and a sign that will be useful for directions, emergency purposes, and daily use by the buses. I have proposed a Community Contributor Award as a way outstanding persons can find recognition and appreciation for their good work in our community. The Board will be exploring this idea in more detail after the election. I feel an affinity with many of the current Board members. I believe I have much yet to contribute. I am grateful for the opportunity and hope to continue the work I started. 

John Yoars

My wife, Irene, and I have been residents of Royal Fern for 20 years. I am retired. I have over 40 years of experience in the Petrochemical and Refining Industry. I retired at an executive level following a number of years as a Refinery Manager and as a Petrochemical Plant Manager at several Gulf Coast plants. I believe my experiences have prepared me well for working in a position of representing the people of Grogan's Mill.

I have been a part of the Woodlands in seeing the transition from George Mitchell's leadership to today. I would like to participate in the process of seeing the Village progress into the future yet maintain the values originally held by Mr. Mitchell. With the Corporate interest in the Woodlands Area I think we will face a lot of challenges in our Village and I would like to be a part of dealing with the solutions of those opportunities.


Tom Howard

After graduating from Texas A&M, I spent seven years in the US Navy as a pilot and flight instructor serving aboard USS John F. Kennedy and USS Constellation.  I left the military to fly for Continental Airlines and in 1987 was transferred from Denver to Houston to work as a Flight Instructor/Evaluator in Continental's new state of the art simulators.  I recently retired from Continental/United after a thirty-six year career with the airline.

My wife and I have lived in Grogan's Mill for twenty-two years and have been actively involved in several charitable organizations in this area.  With your support, I look forward to enhancing the amenities and lifestyle for all residents of this very special village in our community.

Michael Tabbert
I love The Woodlands...more specifically, Grogan's Mill.  It is so much an important part of our lives that after renting a home here in Grogan's Mill for the first year, we purchased our home just one block down the street.  For nearly 10 years, my family and I have been exploring Grogan's Mill and The Woodlands.  We especially enjoy the treasures found here such as the Farmer's Market, the hiking/biking trails and the parks.  When I think about Grogan's Mill I think of the wonderful homes here that mix character and charm with modern touches inside.  

I am a Realtor who works to find individuals and families the best home  to fit their needs. I grew up in small town Nebraska where I learned family values and what being a good neighbour really means.  If elected to the association I would enjoy the opportunity to work with the many wonderful people in our village.  I would work to ensure that residents concerns are directed to the correct place, the association, the township, the developer or the development corporation.  I would also work with the other members to ensure we are doing what we can to attract home owners to our village while ensuring we maintain the current homes.  I look forward to seeing where the future will take Grogan's Mill, while not forgetting our the roots of our neighbourhood.   

John Hennigan
John and Diane Hennigan have been residents of Grogan's Mill Village since 1991. His bride of 40 years raised their daughter here in Texas where she graduated from TWHS and went on to a full athletic scholarship to the University of Denver.
Since arriving in The Woodlands, I've been heavily involved with county and local issues.
 History in The Woodlands included but not limited to:
* Five years on the Montgomery County Hospital District Board
a) Three years as Vice Chair
b) Two years as Legislative Chair
* Interim CEO of the Hospital District while permanent replacement was found
a) During this time, reorganized MCHD which resulted in over $400,000.00
in taxpayer savings.
* Original board member for the Public Health District
* Participated/promoted two of the CISD bond issues.
* Past PTO president, was involved with the PTO for 8 years
* Chaired Operation Graduation
* Founded the first St. Baldricks Day event in the Greater Houston area (2007)
* Worked with Relay for Life for 7 years
Currently GMVA commercial property liaison for the village shopping center.
I would very much like to continue my service here locally Grogan's Mill as it is my


Residential Design Review Committee
John Yoars  
He is also running for the Village Association and is described above.

Alana Ashley
Alana Ashley, a native of Mississippi, has been a resident of The Woodlands since 1999.  A graduate of Delta State University with a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education and Masters of Special Education, Alana has always felt a desire to give back to the communities in which she has lived. She has served at The Woodlands First Baptist Church in numerous positions ranging from the preschool and children's departments to the media/technology team, where she currently serves. As a stay at home mom of three she has remained active in education through serving on the Parent Teacher Organization board as a committee chair, Treasurer, Vice President, and President at Lamar Elementary and Wilkerson Intermediate. After feeling a desire to do more for her community, she chose to seek election in 2014 for the Residential Design and Review Committee where she currently serves in the Village of Grogan's Mill.

Robert Leilich
Bob Leilich, an incumbent, is running for his third one-year term on the Grogan's Mill Village Residential Design Review Committee. He has a strong interest in preserving the vision of George Mitchell. Bob has long been an active participant in Village and The Woodlands community government, serving as a director and treasurer of the Grogan's Mill Village Association, as a director of MUD2 and as a trustee on the Woodlands Joint Power Agency. He is also involved in supporting The Woodlands Township Ad Hoc Transportation Committee. Bob is a retired transportation consultant and has degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Transportation Economics.

Water-Wise Challenge
As an incentive to conserve the local water supply, The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department has invited the residents and village associations of The Woodlands to participate in the Water-Wise Village Challenge. The goal of this challenge is for residents to pledge that they will turn off the automated sprinkler system or not water the grass until April 15. The pledge is available online at the following link: http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/waterpledge.  Every village that has at least 50 people who sign up will received a monetary prize, if we qualify our prize will go to locals schools, as of last week we only had 29 commitments. 

Turf, particularly the St. Augustine grass that most of us use,  goes dormant during winter and does not require watering during this time, so this should not affect how your home looks.

Sara Bissig, owner of Go Green Eco Taxi, has generously offered to pick up the Water-Wise sign for any Grogan's Mill resident and deliver it to their home in her eco-friendly taxi.  If you would like Sara to deliver your sign, please take the pledge and then email Sara at gogreenecotaxi@gmail.com to let her know where to deliver your sign in Grogan's Mill.

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