Duke Coon – Chairman
Duke Coon is a life-long resident of Montgomery County, Texas, the President and CEO of Hadco International, and the Mayor Pro-Tem for the City of Conroe, Texas. He has held many managerial positions for business commerce companies and in the U.S. military, and has a strong background in management and financial administration. He has been a member of the Lone Star Family Health Center Board of Directors since 2008, serving as chairman previous as well from 2012 through 2015.
Duke stays heavily involved in serving his community through his position on the Conroe City Council and the LSFHC Board of Directors as well as through the Crighton Theatre Foundation, Montgomery County Fair Association, Montgomery County Republican Party and Conroe Noon Lions Club. He is also a proud Veteran of the United States Navy.
Rodrigo E. Chaves
Rod Chaves is the Director of Outreach, Dropout Prevention and Health Services for the Conroe Independent School District. He holds a Master’s in Education and has served the education community for twenty years.
Rod joined the Lone Star Family Health Center Board of Directors in 2004 and provides leadership and guidance from the perspective of a long-time educator. His tireless work for the students of Conroe ISD lends a unique outlook on the organization’s mission, and he continues to serve to provide leadership that will help LSFHC fulfill that mission to provide compassionate, affordable healthcare and prepare tomorrow’s family medicine professionals.
In addition to LSFHC, Rod works with other community organizations including Bridgewood Farms and the Montgomery County United Way. He is a founding member of the Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber. Rod lives in Conroe with his wife and two children and enjoys travel, fishing, boating, shooting pool and watching sports, especially soccer, in his free time.
Patty Garcia has worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for twenty years where she was hired as a temporary clerk in 1990 and has served in multiple positions on the way to her current role, Director of Human Resources. Patty joined the Lone Star Family Health Center Board of Directors in 2015 and continues to serve because she believes that LSFHC and the services it provides is an important part of the Montgomery County, Texas community. Patty notes that, while her job keeps her very busy, she makes time to serve LSFHC because she believes in the organization’s mission and wants to support the faculty and staff in their dedication and commitment to quality patient care.
Patty lives in Montgomery, Texas, with her husband, Ernie, and two children, Alyssa and Ernie Jr., as well three beloved family pets- a chihuahua, a labrador mix and a cat. When she has the time to spare, she enjoys yard work, shopping and reading along with quality family time.
Denise Cipolla is the Coordinator for Guidance and Counseling at Conroe Independent School District, working with 148 counselors across 64 school campuses serving 65,000 students. She is dedicated to teaching resiliency, grit, and using failures as fuel for future success.
Fawn Creighton has more than twenty-two years’ experience in the healthcare arena, successfully opening or managing more than ten healthcare related companies during her career.
After graduating from Oklahoma State University and receiving her Master’s Degree in psychology, Fawn worked with the State of Texas as a counselor in alternative schools and then at the Montgomery County Women’s Center. She later became a consultant for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in the psychiatry division and went on to start a career in Hospital Administration with Hospital Corporations of America.
Fawn has been named one of the top Medical CEOs by the Houston Medical Journal and has a raised millions of dollars in funds for the community’s nonprofit organizations. Her past Board experience includes the Montgomery County American Heart Association, Montgomery County CASA Ball, American Cancer Society, Go Red for Women and Interfaith of Montgomery County. She currently consults for hospitals across the United States and is a speaker on the Affordable Care Organization and Hospital Consumer Service and Hospital/Surgery Center Certification.
Hector Forestier is a native of Mayagues, Puerto Rico and joined the community of Montgomery County in 2009 as City Manager for the City of Willis.
Hector has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Personnel Management and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He has enjoyed a long career in civil service, both in the Air Force and as a civilian leader. His Air Force Career included roles as Budget Officer to Comptroller and Squadron Commander and Deputy Commander for Resource Management. After retiring from the Air Force in 1995, Hector served as the City Manager for Cleveland, Uvalde and Giddings, Texas before taking his current position as the City Manager of Willis.
During his time in Montgomery County, he graduated from Leadership Montgomery County in 2011, later serving on its Board of Directors and as Board Chairman in 2013. He is a member of the Conroe Rotary Club and Texas City Managers Association, has served as Treasurer of the Board for the Montgomery County United Way, sits on the City of Willis’ Community Board and Economic Development Board, the Conroe’s Tourist Council and is a past president of the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce.
Hector and his wife have three daughters and four grandchildren.
Alfredo Hassey is the President of Hassey Investment and Consulting and is active in the Mexican-American community, having moved to the United States from Mexico in 2005. Aside from Lone Star Family Health Center, he also serves community organizations such as Pan America de Mexico, Texaco Mexicana, Mexico-USA Chamber of Commerce, Camara Nacional de la Celulosa y Papel, and Conroe ISD.
Alfredo has been a member of the LSFHC Board of Directors since 2010 and chairs the Board’s Finance Committee. He serves on the Board to help the organization continue to grow and better serve the community of Montgomery County. Living and working as a successful businessman for most of his life in Mexico gives him considerable insight into the needs of the County’s large Hispanic population.
Alfredo has four grown children and enjoys his retirement alongside his wife of 16 years, playing golf, reading and watching sports.
Vicky Johnson serves as the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, Texas. She has more than 25 years of experience in not-for-profit work, including several years working for a national child advocacy organization and as a congressional liaison for a Member of Congress.
Karen Lonon recently retired after a 35 year career working in special education. She joined the Lone Star Family Health Center Board of Directors in 2014 and continues to serve because she feels that it is important for everyone to have access to high quality, affordable healthcare. She also volunteers with the Montgomery County Lions Club, FAITH Fighting Cancer in Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Fair Association and is a Montgomery County High School Leo Club Liaison.
She credits an astute physician with her diagnosis of Melanoma, allowing her to get needed treatment and to live as a cancer survivor. In addition, her mother, son and sister are all cancer survivors and her father is living a healthy life after receiving a quadruple bypass at the age of 80. She credits all of this to outstanding healthcare and well trained physicians, motivating her to serve LSFHC and help offer that level of care to her community as well as invest in the education of future physicians and medical professionals.
Karen lives in Montgomery County with her husband, Dennis Fletcher, and enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, dancing and, most importantly, time with her family. Her son, Hunter, lives nearby and is a mortgage banker in Conroe.
Pastor A.R. Shelton
Pastor Shelton has been the lead pastor at West Tabernacle Church in Conroe for 25 years. He joined the Lone Star Family Health Center Board of Directors in 2012 and founded an annual Pastor’s Luncheon to reach out to the local faith community and inform other faith leaders about the services that the organization has to offer the community’s families in need.
In addition to his work on the LSFHC Board of Directors, Pastor Shelton in well known in the community for his work with local law enforcement and the judicial system and for his church’s operation of King’s Kitchen, serving free hot meals to elderly and needy weekly.
Don Stocking’s current term on the Lone Star Family Health Center Board of Directors began in 2015, but he has served since LSFHC’s founding as a Federally Qualified Health Center in 2002. He has negotiated for financing and funding on behalf of the organization and continues to serve because he believes in providing access to healthcare to low income, underserved families.
Don is a retired lawyer and US Army Veteran. He practiced law in Houston, Texas from 1969 until 1978 when he acquired interest in a title company in Conroe. Until his retirement in 2010, he operated the title company, had a private law practice and was a certified Real Estate Law specialist.
Don lives in Conroe, Texas with his wife, Susan. When he isn’t serving in his capacity as a Board Member of LSFHC, Don also serves his church, First United Methodist Church of Conroe, through multiple committee memberships. He enjoys woodworking, golfing with chess with friends. Chess, he says, he is able to continue because he doesn’t mind losing- and because he enjoys the interaction he gets with his opponents.
William ‘Bill’ Wilkins
Bill Wilkins is a retired clinical pharmacist and thirty-eight year resident of Montgomery County, Texas. He managed the Pharmacy Department at Doctors Hospital before finishing his career at Huntsville Memorial Hospital as the Clinical Pharmacy Manager. His long background and deep experience in the medical community lend great value to the Lone Star Family Health Center Board of Directors, offering insight and guidance on both governing and operational subject matters.
Bill and his wife, Charline, are patients at Lone Star Family Health Center. His background in healthcare and hers as a Conroe ISD school librarian at a low-income school have led them both to a commitment to advocate for the need for quality care for all community members, motivating them both to advocate at the federal level for health center funding and Bill to join this organization’s Board of Directors.