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BBP Welcomes Eight New Board Members

February 12, 2018

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Trudi Smith
BBP, Director of PR and Events
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HOUSTON – February 12, 2018 –Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) announced eight new members to its board of directors during its annual meeting and luncheon on January 26th at La Griglia.

New board members include Shawn W. Cloonan, Chief Operating Officer & Vice President for the Texas Medical Center; Gaynell Floyd Drexler, Attorney-at-Law; Michael D. Fertitta, SVP and General Counsel for Hilcorp Energy Company; Christina Morales, President/CEO of Morales Funeral Home; Winifred Riser, community volunteer; Shannon B. Sasser, Shannon Sasser Architecture; Carson Trapnell Seeligson, InVista Advisors, LLP; and Christof Spieler, PE, LEED AP, Vice President and Director of Planning for Huitt-Zollars.

The following board officers are continuing with their roles again this year: Thomas Fish, Chair; Jonathan H. Brinsden, Vice Chair; Bas Solleveld, Vice Chair; Paul A. Cannings, Jr., Treasurer; and Nory Angel, Secretary.

“We are delighted to welcome this stellar group to our board,” said Anne Olson, president of Buffalo Bayou Partnership. “Our new members bring a wealth of experience and strong interest for protecting, preserving and improving Buffalo Bayou.”

The 39-member board of directors includes: Ralph Abendshein, Murad Ajani, Richard M. Blades,
C. Ronald Blankenship, Carolyn W. Dorros, Bolivar Fraga, Cristina Garcia Gamboa, Stacey Gillman, Guy Hagstette, Kellie R. Jenks, Samir Khushalani, Lisa Marshall, Ginni Mithoff, Sara-Ashley Moreno, Judy Nyquist, David Ott, Jr., Alison Porter, Karl S. Stern, Judy Tate, Jeff Taylor, Claire Cormier Thielke, Saul Valentin, Anne Whitlock,  Renee Wizig-Barrios, Robert P. Wright and Ellyn Wulfe. Chair Emeritus members include Chuck Carlberg, Brady F. Carruth, Collin J. Cox, Mike Garver, Sis Johnson, Susan Keeton and Bob Phillips.

Board members retiring this year include Christina A. Bryan, Clayton Erikson, J. David Heaney,
Lynn M. Herbert, John Mooz, Charles R. Parker, Carleton Riser and Geraldina Wise.

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About Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Established in 1986, Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) is the non-profit organization transforming and revitalizing Buffalo Bayou, Houston’s most significant natural resource. BBP’s geographic focus is the 10-square mile stretch of Buffalo Bayou from Shepherd Drive to the Port of Houston Turning Basin. BBP has raised and leveraged more than $150 million for the redevelopment and stewardship of the waterfront – spearheading award-winning projects such as Sabine Promenade and Sesquicentennial Park, protecting land for future parks, constructing hike and bike trails, and operating comprehensive clean-up and maintenance programs. BBP recently completed the $58 million Buffalo Bayou Park project that includes major destinations, natural landscaping, footpaths, trail lighting, water features and pedestrian bridges. Buffalo Bayou Partnership also seeks ways to activate Buffalo Bayou through pedestrian, boating and biking amenities; volunteer activities; permanent and temporary art installations; and wide-ranging tours and events that attract thousands.