Hometown Heroes

2017 Hometown Heroes

Amy Lecocq and her husband Richard Shapiro, moved to The Woodlands in 1994 and have two sons, Ben and Jonny. Formerly a federal prosecutor for almost twenty years, Lecocq now enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering with various organizations in the community. Lecocq has devoted thousands of hours to ensure the success of many events and organizations including The Woodlands Arts Council, serving recently as president and continues to remain on their Board of Directors. The Woodlands Arts Council organizes and operates the annual Waterway Arts Festival – a nationally leading three-day outdoor arts festival that has brought over two hundred juried artists to the community. Lecocq also helped start The John Cooper Signatures Author Series and was chair of John Cooper Fine Arts Council and numerous other programs and events. For many years, she has been the driving force behind the success of the performing and visual arts in The Woodlands.
Lecocq served as past president of the Indian Springs Village Association and was instrumental in helping start The Voter Awareness Council, a bipartisan organization aimed at increasing voter participation. She currently is their vice president. She has been a tutor for Literacy Volunteers of America, Montgomery County for many years.

Bob Milner and his wife Teresa reside in The Woodlands and have four adult children, two grandchildren and five dogs. He is Co-Owner of Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands. Milner serves on several boards such as Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Montgomery County Crimestoppers, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, The Woodlands Economic Development Partnership, #21 Strong Foundation and The Woodlands Arts Foundation. Milner has supported and volunteered with many causes in The Woodlands including Johnny Mac Soldier Fund, Montgomery County Animal Shelter, Montgomery County Youth Services, Angel Flight, Hope’s Path, Interfaith of The Woodlands, Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health, Texas Children’s The Woodlands Hospital, The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council, Habitat for Humanity, local schools and numerous dog rescue groups just to name a few.
Milner was recognized by Ernst and Young as a Gulf Coast Regional Finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year for 2016 and also was awarded the prestigious Mercedes-Benz USA Best of the Best Award.
Milner enjoys playing golf and spending time with Teresa along with their five rescue dogs. He is passionate about victims of cancer and animal rescue.

Melissa Young has had roots in The Woodlands since 1990. Young and her husband, Jeff, have two young sons. As president of a very successful company, Corporate Incentives, Young gives of her time and resources to many local organizations in the community.
Young was recently selected to be Vice Chair of Leadership Montgomery County (LMC). She has mentored many LMC class members on class projects during the past two years. She is chair of Montgomery County Regional Council of the United Way of Greater Houston, United Way of Greater Houston Board of Directors and a member on Thrive Council, a committee of United Way of Greater Houston. Young was instrumental in providing support for Montgomery County United Way with their recent reorganization. She serves on the Executive Leadership Council for The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce and supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Young was also honored this past year with Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. Young enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially her husband and their two young sons, along with travel, food and wine.

Rob Johnson and his wife, Christine, have lived in The Woodlands for over twenty years and have two sons, Matt and Dan.
Johnson is Assistant General Counsel of Legal Services at Exxon Mobil Corporation. He is an outstanding community citizen who is deeply involved in several organizations in The Woodlands. Johnson serves as Vice Chair for Interfaith of The Woodlands Board of Directors and was instrumental in starting the Development Committee at Interfaith. Johnson is an Interfaith Community Clinic Board member and supports CASA of Montgomery County as well.
Johnson is chair of the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee of Christ Church United Methodist and also serves on Christ Church’s Church Council. From 2003 until 2016, he served as an Assistant Scout Master and Merit Badge Counselor for Boy Scout Troop 889, chartered by Christ Church United Methodist in The Woodlands.  He serves on the board of Houston Volunteer Lawyers, which is the pro bono arm of the Houston Bar Association. He is a Life Fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation. Johnson is also Executive Vice President of the American University Alumni Board and a member of the American University School of Public Affairs Dean’s Council. Johnson dedicates his time to be an active pro bono volunteer and currently is representing two U.S. military veterans in efforts to obtain benefits they are due as a result of their service to our country. The Houston Business Journal named Johnson, Best Assistant General Counsel, in September 2006. Johnson enjoys golf, travel, military history and spending time on Cape Cod with his family.

Cassidy Joined for Hope is a nonprofit foundation focusing on teen suicide and prevention and has made a significant impact in The Woodlands community. After the loss of their beautiful teenage daughter, Cassidy, to suicide, Kim and Jud Hess created the nonprofit in her honor. Less than five months later, Kim was compelled to share her daughter’s story to 1,500 people at an event in partnership with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and The Woodlands Development Company. With an overwhelming response and encouragement from others, Kim found the strength to continue to make it her mission to bring awareness to the growing problem of teen suicide in the community. The group began with Cassidy’s closest friends who were determined to bring awareness to the topic of suicide and prevent the loss of any more teens in the community. They established a club at The Woodlands College Park High School (Cavs Joined for Hope) and hosted several education events throughout the school year. As a result, Concordia Lutheran’s Saders Joined for Hope and Lone Star College’s Mavs Joined for Hope will start this fall. Cassidy Joined for Hope will continue to seed and support any Joined for Hope school club to help bring awareness to those in need. Cassidy Joined for Hope was able to award six scholarships through the Cassidy Hess Memorial Scholarship to Cavs Joined for Hope Club members. Cassidy Joined for Hope was recently the recipient of The Woodlands Art League’s, “Hearts for Hope” project.

The Woodlands Christian Academy is an independent, Christ-centered college preparatory school that integrates learning with biblical faith and challenges students to reach their highest potential- spiritually, academically, physically, and socially – for the glory of Jesus Christ. Julie Ambler, Head of School, has assembled an exceptional team of administrators who manage the academic, financial, development, marketing, technical, facilities and admissions operations of the school. The Woodlands Christian Academy serves approximately 650 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. They are active members of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce and The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership. The Woodlands Christian Academy is an Apple Distinguished School, recognized for its integration of technology into the classroom. Woodlands Christian is one of only eleven schools in Texas to earn this honor. The Woodlands Christian Academy has been certified as a Best Christian Workplace based on meeting the exacting standards set by the international, research-based organization, the Best Christian Workplaces Institute.