Mayor Mary Rose Zdunkewicz
Mayor Mary Rose Zdunkewicz was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, but came to Fort Bend County at the age of two and has been a resident of Weston Lakes since 1985. She was one of the first “settlers” in Weston Lakes and has been a major contributor to the community by participating in public service, community development, business and volunteer activities, such as, her service on the Board of Directors of the Fort Bend Chapter of the March of Dimes. Mayor Zdunkewicz attended Lamar Consolidated Independent School District. She spent many wonderful years living in the town of Rosenberg. In addition to raising two children, Mayor Zdunkewicz was a small business entrepreneur, operating clothing and gift shops in Missouri City. She has worked as a real estate sales representative for many of the major builders and developers in Fort Bend County and the Simonton-Fulshear area, and Mayor Zdunkewicz currently holds a valid Texas Real Estate Sales License. She served for twelve years on the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District at a time when many of the plans and programs were put in place to respond to the steady growth in the population of Fort Bend County. She was elected to the office of Mayor for the City of Weston Lakes in the City’s initial election by receiving the most votes in that high voter-turnout election. Mayor Zdunkewicz has been married to Vic Zdunkewicz, her husband of 53 years, who has been the longest serving member of the Fort Bend County MUD 81 Board of Directors. Her two children and four grandchildren have all attended the local schools and are proud Texans. Mayor Zdunkewicz is a communicant at Guardian Angel Catholic Church.
Ted Case, his wife Julia and his family have been residents of Weston Lakes since 1996. He has had a long career in the telecom industry in various positions throughout the country, and Mr. Case is currently a Vice President with British Telecom, which is involved with the introduction of information, networks and switching technology in businesses and government and as such maintains a vigorous travel schedule. Ted and Julia have two sons who attended local schools and are currently attending college. He is an avid golfer and member of the Weston Lakes Men’s Golf Association. Ted was elected to the City Council in the initial election of 2008.
Denis DeLuca is the President and CEO of Biotics Research Corporation and is a member the Board of Directors. As one of its founders, he has worked at Biotics for over thirty years. Representing Biotics, Denis is a voting member of the Fort Bend Economic Development Counsel. In addition to Biotics Research Corporation, he has started a number of businesses including a 24/7 commercial printing company and distribution organizations. Denis’ hands on commitment to charity dates back over 25 years beginning with a networking club whose goal was to raise money for the local Spina Bifida Chapter. He has been hands-on with the preparation and delivery of hot meals to the homeless and has been a volunteer for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Denis was also one of the founding Board members of a Not-for-Profit Charity. It was a charity whose sole purpose was to convince the natural foods industry to donate products for the needy. The charity raised several million dollars worth of donations in the first 24 months. In 2009, Denis was asked to join an advisory committee for Oak Bend Hospital.
Denis is very active in his community. He has managed and umpired little league baseball and assisted with the coordination of a neighborhood watch program for his previous neighborhood in Katy. In 2008 he was elected as an Alderman for the City of Weston Lakes. Denis enjoys spending time with his wife, Debbie, and his two young children. He likes to golf, fish and participate in family based activities.
Trent Thomas and his wife, Elizabeth, have been married since 1963. They have two grown children, a daughter, Clancie, and son, Devon, and 5 grandchildren. He and Elizabeth moved to Weston Lakes in November 2003. Trent graduated from UCLA in 1964 with a degree in International Relations. He was commissioned through the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program, entered active Army service in September 1964 and served over 32 years on active duty, retiring with the rank of Brigadier General. He is also a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. He was an intelligence officer who has led and commanded at every level of the Army from Infantry Company Command in the Republic of Vietnam to Major Army Command. His final assignment was as Commanding General of the United States Army Intelligence and Security Command, where he commanded over 12,000 soldiers and civilians located throughout the world. He is now a federal contractor as the Senior Vice President of the National Security and Force Modernization Sector of Quantum Research International with over 130 personnel in over 14 locations throughout the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Trent has a strong track record of working in harmony with people to achieve the best possible results. He is a team builder and knows that we are not enemies, but neighbors who need to work together for the common good. Trent is active in the Simonton Community Church, where he participates in the choir and acts as a fill-in Sunday school teacher. His hobbies include golf, skiing and volleyball. Alderman Thomas was elected to his current position on the Weston Lakes City Council in November 2008.
Bill has been a resident of Weston Lakes since 1996, and has served on the City Council since 2011. Bill and his wife Rhea are co-owners of bnr associates, Inc., a global senior management consulting firm. He has more than 30 years of management experience in the Telcom industry with experience in Customer Service, Billing Operations and Finance, Provisioning, and Project/Program Management. Bill and Rhea have both worked in “Corporate America,” as well as in Canada, the Caribbean, and several third world countries.
As a City in Fort Bend County, Weston Lakes is a jurisdiction and has a “seat at the table” to provide input when changes are discussed and planned, new projects are introduced, and County business impacting any of the jurisdictions is conducted. This is important for us because, as a small City in the Northwest corner of the county, we are away from the major population centers and could be easily overshadowed or forgotten. Bill represents Weston Lakes on the Highway 36A Coalition Board which is promoting a highway corridor linking Port Freeport to SH6 north of Hempstead, as a part of the multi-modal approach to a comprehensive mobility solution for the region. He has also been the City representative to the Gulf Coast Coalition of Cities, a group of 34 area municipalities that have banded together to monitor utility rates and franchise fees, and to provide advice and protection to the member cities regarding rate increases and changes to the utility rate structure. Bill also shares representation for the City at the Houston-Galveston Area Council of Governments, a region wide association of local governments. Along with other Council members, Bill participates in many of the opportunities to meet with other local and county government groups.
Bill has been involved with multiple civic organizations over the years. He has worked with Emergency Management since 2010, and is the Public Information Officer for the City. He was on the Special Olympics Organizing Committee for the state of New Jersey handling awards and awards presentation for all state-wide games, as well as the New Jersey portion of the International Games. Bill has also been a member and a Board Member of the Fulshear-Simonton Lions Club for several years, and is on the Advisory Board for Keep Weston Lakes Beautiful.
Linda K Harnist
Linda moved to Weston Lakes in July 1999 while working for a major national builder. During that time she received National, Regional and Local Sales Person of the Year awards. From 2004 to 2006, she was a sales professional for a smaller semi-custom builder selling in communities from the Woodlands to inside the loop, before retiring in May 2006 to travel. After living abroad in Perth, Australia and Paris, France, Linda looked forward to returning home to life in Weston Lakes and to being active in the community.
From the beginning of the City’s incorporation in 2008, Linda regularly attended monthly City Council Meetings and participated with City officials and volunteers in the City’s Beautification Project of picking up trash along FM1093 from Fulbrook to Simonton.
Since becoming a Council Member in 2016 and assuming the responsibility of the City’s Finance Officer, Linda has completed numerous hours of mandated State Coursework on Finance, “Texas Public Funds Investment Act”; “Open Meetings Act”; “Public Information Act”; “Retail Follows Rooftops Course”, “Six Secrets to Construction Success Course”, and “What Oil and Gas Means for Cities”, etc. Linda holds Certificates in the mandated courses and extra-curricular courses with the State of Texas. Continuing Education is always on-going! Attending TML and HGAC seminars; and Mayor/Council monthly meetings is also continuing Education.
She has served continuously on the Weston Lakes Emergency Management Committee as both “Committee Secretary”, and “Chief of Finance and Administration” since the EMC inception in 2009. Linda completed NIMS course work which includes becoming Certified as an Emergency Response Team Member (CERT), and holds further Certificates in:
ICS 100, ICS 200, ICS 300 and 400, ICS 700, ICS 800 and the Finance Course, “Show Me the Money”. As a member of The Weston Lakes Emergency Management Team she has participated in numerous drills, Table Top Exercises, distribution of Emergency Packets to Weston Lakes homes, recorded minutes of the monthly meetings since 2009.
Today she is working with the POA, County, State (Rebuild Texas), and the Federal Emergency Management Administration as Weston Lakes recovers from Hurricane Harvey to document the Incident; process Development Permits; and help coordinate Debris Pick Up both with Ft. Bend County and private sector contractors. Hours worked for this event alone number in the 100s.