Month: January 2013

Gay Nord: Hands-on Leadership

As a hospital patient, you are not likely to have any dealings with the CEO unless you happen to be hospitalized at Methodist Hospital. There, top executive Gay Nord routinely drops in on patients and visiting family members to chat with them and get their feedback. What’s more, she hands them her business card and invites them to call her if they have any concerns, even after leaving the hospital. “It’s always a rewarding experience,” says the low-key Nord, who took the helm of the Methodist Hospital campus, which includes the Methodist Children’s Hospital, in October 2011. “It’s important...

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A New Year

Carpe Motivation! Seize the momentum from the recent holidays and use it to accomplish your New Year’s resolutions, particularly those relating to food and drink excesses.Maybe you’ll want to buff up and trim down for some sun and fun on the slopes or by the water for upcoming Spring Break activities. Or you may just want to shape up for yourself, sort of get back to normal—especially to look good in the currently fashionable skinny, stretchy, skimpy everything. Here are a number of things that count when you’re thinking about being your best, whether by shucking some pounds or...

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Music, Art and Family Thrive in Terrell Hills Home

Terrell Hills homes are full of surprises. Some of them house film stars, and others are artists’ abodes. Then there’s an older home on a corner lot behind a wrought iron gate. It boasts a beautiful circular drive and a sedate entry. The surprise inside is the highly active family of musicians, athletes, scholars, Girl Scouts and home renovators. Meet the Perloffs, a family of five (six if you count the Labrador retriever) who keep this house hopping. Saul is an attorney with Fulbright Jaworski; Jennifer is a Realtor with Phyllis Browning Company. Two sons and a daughter complete...

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An Artist and a Teacher: Lyn Belisle

It’s a busy First Friday in Southtown, with people milling around, visiting galleries and restaurants. On this particular night I have come to see the new paintings by Lyn Belisle shown at La Vida Gallery, a colorful little place on the northern edge of the artsy district. Collectively titled 30 Shades of Twilight, her 30 small paintings are arrayed on the back wall, each a nearly abstract rendition of the late afternoon sky, bursting with luscious colors that hide a hint of turmoil. The specific inspiration for the Twilight series came from the artist’s observation of the sky as...

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Two Jobs Keep Her Using All Parts of Her Brain

Ivy Zwicker Age: 38 Occupation: Director, Autism Treatment Center of San Antonio; owner, Hill Country Herbalist Personal: Married 11 years to Ryan Zwicker, director of engineering for a firm that designs and manufactures vehicle air-conditioning systems; their dog Briar, cat Basil and cockatiel Chico “live in harmony,” sleeping in the same room after careful introductions. Why she’s a Role Model: While holding down a demanding nonprofit leadership post, she apprenticed to an herbalist and since started her own herbal-products business. Goals: Professionally, to launch the Autism Treatment Center’s Building Futures capital campaign; personally, to finish illustrating and to publish...

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