Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Photo of Bettye Anhaiser, Board Member for the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation

Bettye Anhaiser

Secretary, Community Volunteer

Other Community Roles and Interests:  Fort Bend County Historical Commission, mid-1970’s to today.  Chairman for many years, and now Markers Committee Chair; Fort Bend Museum, early 1980’s – 1990’s on board, President 1984-1985; Daughters of the American Revolution (52 years), Daughters of the Republic of Texas and United Daughters of the Confederacy founding member; Sugar Land Bicentennial USA Chairman; Sugar Land Sesquicentennial Texas Committee Member; Co-Author:  1972 Booklet about Fort Bend; 1986 Pictorial History of Sugar Land.

Why I Support Sugar Land Heritage Foundation:  In appreciation of the people and times from the beginning to now who have and are creative and continue to develop economically, educationally and for their family ties.

Bob Brown

Director

 Other Community Roles and Interests:  Currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council, board member of Oak Bend Hospital System, ARC of Fort Bend Foundation, Fort Bend Green, Fort Bend CORPs, Child Advocates Association, Sugar Land Heritage Foundation, Sugar Land Legacy Foundation, Polly Ryon Foundation and Parks Youth Ranch.

Roy Cordes

Director, Fort Bend County Attorney

 Other Community Roles and Interests:  I have been a director and/or officer of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Fort Bend YMCA, Fort Bend Museum Association, Fort Bend Senior Citizens, Fort Bend Regional Council, Fort Bend EDC, Sugar Land 4b Corporation, Houston and Gulf Coast Alzheimer’s Association, and Sugar Land Heritage Foundation.  I am a Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum.

Why I Support Sugar Land Heritage Foundation:  As a second generation native of Sugar Land I support its Mission Statement.  Sugar Land has a unique and colorful history to share, both the good and the challenging.

Carolyn Gilligan

Director, Engineer for LJA Engineering, Inc.,

 Other Community Roles and Interests:  I have been a volunteer with SLHF since 2010 when the Heritage Hikes first started.  Besides leading the hikes, I have volunteered at the museum on Saturdays to relate the history of Sugar Land to visitors.  I have also served as Volunteer Coordinator for approximately two years and organized the ornament sale at the Farmers Market.

Why I Support Sugar Land Heritage Foundation:  We have such a unique history in Sugar Land, with its beginnings as the site chosen by Stephen F. Austin for his personal settlement, through the reconstruction era and the many years a s a company town based on the philosophy of welfare capitalism.  It is important to preserve and potect this history for future generations.

Steve Griffith

Director, Assistant City Manager for the City of Sugar Land

Other Community Roles and Interests:  Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Special Olympics Texas

Why I Support Sugar Land Heritage Foundation:  Our History in Sugar Land defines the culture of our community.  Our excellent quality of life in Sugar Land is a direct reflection of our heritage.

Mary Joyce

Treasurer, City of Sugar Land Council Member, At-Large 2

Other Community Roles and Interests:  I am currently serving the City of Sugar Land in the At Large Position 2. I’m on the Board of Trustees of Fort Bend Cares, an avid supporter of dog rescues, the City of Sugar Land and Fort Bend County Animal Services. I was a board member of the Imperial Redevelopment District, the former co-chair of the Land Use Advisory Committee for the City of Sugar Land, City of Sugar Land Vision 2025 Strategy committee member, and Old Sugar Land Alliance Group member. I graduated from the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Non-Profit Leadership class in 2016.

Why I Support Sugar Land Heritage Foundation:  I have been a proud member of this community for 27 years and I live in Sugar Mill, very close to the Imperial factory. My husband was a police officer in Sugar Land for 30 years. On January 1, 2015 he made a career change and we were very happy when he was sworn in as a Justice of the Peace at the Imperial Sugar Factory. We raised our family here. We have been deeply invested in this community for many years.

Taylor Landin

Director, Regional Vice President, AT&T Texas

Other Community Roles and Interests:  Member at Parkway United Methodist Church, Sugar Land Planning and Zoning Commissioner

Why I Support Sugar Land Heritage Foundation:  My children are fifth generation Sugar Land.  I want to preserve and celebrate Sugar Land’s history so my children will appreciate the story of their hometown.

Martin Nicholas

President, Pastor Sugar Land Methodist Church

Other Community Roles and Interests:  Aldersgate Covenant; Confessing Moment; United Methodist Action Board; Institute on Religion and Democracy Board; United Theological Seminary Board; Faith in Practice Board; Sugar Land Ethical Task Force Chair; Multi-Cultural Task Force and Vision Team Member; Sugar Land Heritage Foundation Board; Sugar Land Methodist Hospital Board

Why I Support Sugar Land Heritage Foundation:  It is both a joy and responsibility to collect, to celebrate and to study the rich, unique history of Sugar Land and its environs.  The SLHF strives to present our history of cultural and ethnic diversity, economic and civic possibilities and a hopeful future so we can both remember and educate.  I am pleased to be part of this.

Claire Rogers

Executive Director, Fort Bend History Association

Other Community Roles and Interests:  Fort Bend County Historical Commission, Treasurer 2009 – Present; Richmond Historic Commission; Historic Richmond Association; Delta Kappa Gamma-Epsilon Omega Chapter, Secretary; First Baptist Church-Rosenberg, Sunday School Teacher

Why I Support Sugar Land Heritage Foundation:  The Fort Bend History Association is committed to supporting history organizations across the county.  As the Association representative on the SLHF Board, I am excited to be working on the exhibit committee as the new museum space is developed.

Allison Wen

Vice President, Owner of Safari Texas

Other Community Roles and Interests:  Currently Serving as Chairman, Global Initiative, Fort Bend County; Board of Directors, Fort Bend Economic Development Council; Academic Advisory Council for FBISD; Previously served as Director for Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce; Richmond Rosenberg Chamber of Commerce; Behind the Badge; and Fort Bend Cares.  Awards Recipient of: Man of the Year (Focus Magazine), Business Man of the Year – Asian Chamber of Commerce;   Business Person of the Year – Richmond Rosenberg Chamber of Commerce.

Why I Support Sugar Land Heritage Foundation:  Sugar Land has a rich heritage that needs to be preserved and showcase to our future generations.

John Whitmore

Director, Community Volunteer

Other Community Roles and Interests:  I have been involved in creative communication and historic writing and am an early member of the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation.

Why I Support Sugar Land Heritage Foundation:  The Sugar Land Heritage Foundation supports the story of Imperial Sugar and the sugar factory.  It also tells the story of the uniqueness of Sugar Land in its early years and the development of the current City of Sugar Land.