Fort Bend Cares Gets New Look, New Leaders

By August 24, 2017Highlights

Fort Bend Cares is excited to introduce a new Executive Director, three new board members and an updated logo. Founded twelve years ago, the charitable foundation provides grants to non-profit organizations serving disadvantaged youth in Fort Bend County.

The revamped logo retains elements of the original logo while clarifying the organization’s commitment to improve the lives of kids in Fort Bend. Recently-elected Board President Chris Breaux said, “Our goal in refreshing the logo was to assert strength and trustworthiness while putting an exclamation point on our commitment to this community and making it very clear what we care about . . . Kids in Fort Bend!”

Angel Tapia was welcomed as Executive Director in June. Tapia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a background in event management, volunteer satisfaction and third-party partnerships. As a 15-year veteran of the nonprofit sector, she has a passion to work with community groups and businesses to make a difference in the world – a perfect fit for Fort Bend Cares. She moved from California to Texas 10 years ago and has two daughters.

Joining the Fort Bend Cares Board of Trustees are three local community leaders: Phillip Butler, Terri Nieser and Dennis Olheiser.

Butler, with Lagniappe Ventures, is a Past School Board Member at St. Laurence Parish Catholic School, Board of Governors Member at Sweetwater Country Club, Fort Bend Cares Grants Committee Team Leader, Fort Bend Cares Doggone Fun Run Course Logistics Lead and member of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Gatekeepers Committee.

Nieser, formerly with Ernst & Young, served as Road Trip Co-Chair in 2017 and is co-chairing the 2018 gala to be held in February. She also has served as CASA ticket sales chair, Clements HS VIPS coordinator, Fort Settlement PTO President & Treasurer, Christ Church Sugar Land Administrative Board Chair and Staff/Parish Relations Chair, Hightower Band Booster Board, Gamma Phi Beta Province Financial Director and Sweetwater Tennis Committee President.

Olheiser is with Reef Industries and has also volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America in various roles throughout the last 20 years. He currently serves as the Sam Houston Area Council Activities Chair. He has been involved with Fort Bend Cares for several years and previously served as Grants Committee Chair.

Fort Bend Cares raises funds for its grants through a variety of events and individual donations. The organization’s primary annual fundraising event, “Road Trip Through the Decades” is scheduled for Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Fluor in Sugar Land. To become a Road Trip sponsor or to volunteer with Fort Bend Cares, contact Executive Director, Angel Tapia, at angel@fortbendcares.org or 832-819-2005.

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