Distinguished Citizens

2015 Marie Flickinger
Marie Flickinger

Marie Flickinger is an advocate for the citizens of Pasadena. Through the South Belt-Ellington Leader newspaper, she brings visibility to the achievements of Pasadena ISD students. As the district was creating the Kirk Lewis Career and Technical High School, Marie helped bridge connections between the district and San Jacinto College. She has garnered support from the college and championed efforts to create partnerships like the Early College High School at Pasadena High School. Through her leadership, the South Belt- Ellington Chamber hosts an annual banquet to honor Dobie High School’s top graduates. Marie has played a vital role in serving the community through information and partnerships. 



2014 Nelly Quijano
Nelly Quijano

As a philanthropist and owner/operator of 27 McDonald’s restaurants throughout the greater Houston area, Nelly Quijano has built a network that reaches beyond the Golden Arches to the Pasadena community. The road to success has been paved with challenges but with the help of her late husband and business partner Dominic, success grew from adversity. They moved to Houston from New York to open their first McDonald’s franchise on Wayside and Harrisburg. The couple has been credited with creating the famous breakfast burrito. Convinced that an education yields unlimited opportunities, she strives to provide students in Pasadena ISD with the resources to be successful.

Nelly’s commitment to the education of Pasadena ISD students is mirrored through her extensive work on the annual McDonald’s Texas Invitational Basketball Tournament. Since 2005, McDonald’s Texas Invitational has donated over $1 million to the Pasadena ISD Education Foundation to help district students achieve excellence. McDonald’s donates more than $25,000 annually to the Texas Invitational.

2013 MELVIN COWART
Mel Cowart

A diligent supporter of the Pasadena community and the school district, Melvin (Mel) Cowart’s generosity has impacted the lives of countless students both locally and internationally. His humble heart and servant spirit has brought him recognition both as an established businessman in the community and as a philanthropic supporter of education. In 2003, Mel and his late wife Mary set the groundwork for the Pasadena ISD Education Foundation by becoming founding donors.  In 2006, the Mel and Mary Cowart Sports Pavilion was built in his honor in at the Salvation Army in Pasadena. 

 



2012 LINDA LUKASZEWSKI


 

2011   DANA PHILIBERT


2010   
BILL BARMORE
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2009   TERRY BROTHERTON
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2008   CARROLL SMITH
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2007   HERMAN WILLIAMS
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2006   CHARLES DAVIS
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2005   EMORY GADD
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2004   ROSALIE KUNTZ
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2003   DR. PAUL COVELL
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2002   JUDY and RUSSELL LAMONTAGNE

2001   EDDIE DANSBY
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2000   GILBERT AGUILAR
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1999   DENISE FINCK CONVERSE
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1998   JOHN PHELPS
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1997   KATHLEEN B. MORRIS
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1996   FAYE SCHIMEK
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1995   KATHRYN WHITFILL
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