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Lone Star College Foundation announces new board members

The Lone Star College Foundation announced that James Burgess Harrison III, RA, Sallie Rainer and Debra F. Sukin NHA, Ph.D. have been appointed to its board of directors.

“We are delighted to have these community-minded leaders help Lone Star College students succeed,” said Amos McDonald, LSC vice chancellor government and public relations. “They are joining our great board and will help to enrich the LSC Foundation efforts to increase student scholarships, program support and faculty development for the college.”

A native of Houston, Harrison attended Hampton University and received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree in 1991. Following graduation, he was the recipient of a full academic scholarship to Carnegie Mellon University where he received his Master of Science in Architecture in 1993.

When managing John S. Chase, FAIA, Architects in Houston, some of his firm’s commissions included the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing at Texas A&M University, the city of Houston Parks and Recreation headquarters (the Gragg Building), the new West Concourse Parking Garage at Houston Hobby Airport, and the LSC-Tomball Veterinary Technology Building.

Harrison said he believes in giving back to his community and his service has primarily been channeled through his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Additionally, he has served for 10 years on the Carnegie Mellon University Admissions Council, the city of Houston’s Buildings and Standards Commission, and the Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority. He currently serves on the Downtown Redevelopment Authority TIRZ Board #3.

Through Harrison Kornberg, Harrison endowed a scholarship with the LSC Foundation, and also consistently supports the foundation’s annual golf tournament and StarGala.

Rainer, a resident of The Woodlands, holds a bachelor’s degree from LSU and an MBA from Texas A&M University. Her tenure at Entergy started in 1984 and today she serves as president and CEO of Entergy Texas, Inc., the electric utility serving 27 counties in Southeast Texas. Rainer is responsible for the company’s electric distribution system, customer service, economic development, regulatory and governmental affairs, as well as the company's financial performance.

Long active in community service, Rainer has served as campaign chairman and on the board of directors for the Montgomery County United Way; Interfaith of The Woodlands; as an ambassador and leadership cabinet member for Texas Children’s Hospital; and as a panelist for the 2014 inaugural The Woodlands Women in Leadership Symposium.

Rainer said she is pleased to begin working with the LSC Foundation in supporting students and building communities through a $100,000 commitment to the Lone Star College Promise, a scholarship and civic engagement program that provides two years of “last-dollar scholarship” for a college education at any LSC location. The commitment includes premier level sponsorship of the Chancellor’s Breakfast, as well as the funding of student scholarships and college programs including the Community Development Institute Program College Sustainability, Solar Power Generation.

As regional senior vice president of Houston Methodist, Sukin has responsibility for three suburban hospitals in addition to her role as chief executive officer, including Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, and Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital, opening in 2017.

Before joining Houston Methodist, Sukin served as senior vice president of CHI St. Luke’s Health System with regional oversight of its three hospitals in The Woodlands and Pasadena. Sukin also served as chief executive officer of CHI St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital for eight years.

A Houston native, Sukin is an active community advocate and public speaker. She is vice chair of The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors and vice chair of the Interfaith of The Woodlands Board of Directors. Sukin also serves as a board member of the Woodforest National Bank Foundation and is a member of the Texas Hospital Association Council on Policy Development and the Greater Houston Chapter of the Young President’s Organization.

In 2007, Sukin was recognized as one of Modern Healthcare’s “Up & Comers” in health care leadership. The American College of Healthcare Executives recognized her with the Regent’s Early Careerist Healthcare Executive Award in 2010. Most recently, Sukin was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the top Women Hospital and Health System Leaders in the country, and by Montgomery County Women’s Council on Organization as a 2014 Woman of Distinction.

Sukin earned a Ph.D. in Health Policy and Health Management from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. She received her Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

The mission of the Lone Star College Foundation is to change lives through student scholarships and quality educational programs achieved by excellence in relationship building, fundraising and investment management. Please visit LoneStar.edu/Foundation for more information.

Known for its leadership, innovation and steadfast commitment to student success, Lone Star College provides high-quality academic transfer and workforce education / career training programs to more than 83,000 credit students each semester, and a total enrollment of 95,000 students. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to promote student success and economic prosperity. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, which consists of six colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

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