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Women of Influence

Meet Cypress Ladies Making a Difference in Our Community

Article by Laura SanchezQuan

Photography by Shannon Raske

Originally published in Cypress Lifestyle

Dawn Tryon 

Director of Community Engagement, CFISD

Share a brief biography about yourself.

I’m a wife, mother, educator, and lover of life! I’m lucky, my profession is my passion. I’m also a proud mom of an educator. Our daughter, Bailey is a teacher at Hamilton Elementary, and our son Bayne is a junior in college at Tulsa University. My husband and I are officially empty nesters! 

What is your personal philosophy on life?

“No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” Theodore Roosevelt

What is the professional accomplishment you’re most proud of, and what does it mean to you?

As an educator, our gratification, joy and reward come from our colleagues and our students.  Early in my teaching career, I was recognized as Teacher of the Year and a few years ago, I was named Principal of the Year. These have been true highlights in my career.

Who is the woman who inspires you most, and why?

Maya Angelou, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. “

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?

I feel that teaching, like all ministries of service, is a calling. I am proud to serve daily alongside many wonderful business partners and CFISD associates. 

Dailem Corzo 

Officer, Cy-Fair Police Department

Share a brief biography about yourself. 

I'm a first-generation American and the first to receive a college degree in my family. My mother immigrated from Mexico before I was born. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to live in South America for several years and to have traveled abroad extensively; including Russia, Egypt, El Salvador. I firmly believe this experience gives me a unique capacity for better communication and effectiveness, as a police officer. I’m a mother of three, and am always seeking to expand my horizons and learn new things; from being a sports car enthusiast to pursuing modeling, and advocating for immigrants. 

What is the professional accomplishment you’re most proud of, and what does it mean to you?

Creating the Community Outreach Program to connect the CFISD Police Department with the community. This continues to be something I am incredibly proud of; it gives me hope for the future and safety of the youth in my community.

Who is the woman who inspires you most, and why? 

Martha De Bayle. I admire her drive, her elegance, and her eloquence when she speaks. She shares her knowledge through her podcasts by inviting guests, such as doctors, educators, and others who have made an impact in our society.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?

I enjoy helping by making myself available to assist with whatever tasks I’m requested to do for those I’m around. I am highly motivated and energetic, always looking for ways to participate in my community and expanding my duties as a police officer to grow my career and personal exposure.

 

Amy Ramon

Fire Chief, Cy-Fair Fire Department

Share a brief biography about yourself.

I have been a part of the Cy-Fair community since the fifth grade and graduated from Jersey Village High School.  I’ve been married to my husband Roger for over 21 years and am blessed to have three amazing children from Roger’s first marriage. I was selected as the Fire Chief for Cy-Fair Fire Department after a nationwide search in 2014.  I have served in a variety of positions during my almost 33 years with the Cy-Fair Fire Department, including Assistant Chief of EMS, Lieutenant, Paramedic, Firefighter and Dispatcher. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and playing soccer.

What is your personal philosophy on life?

Show up every day and do the work.  There is no easy way, there is only the right way. Bring others along with you and raise them up. Representation matters.

What is the professional accomplishment you’re most proud of?

I have a Juris Doctorate degree from the South Texas College of Law and a Bachelor’s of Science in business management. I’m most proud of obtaining my law degree and passing the state bar all while working full time and trying to stay engaged with my family.


Who is the woman who inspires you most, and why?  

Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg was defined by her brilliance, her dedication to public service, her resilience, and her unwavering devotion to ensuring that our Constitution belongs to everyone. She fought to eradicate discrimination and to open opportunities for every person to live up to their full potential. Without question, she left this world a better place than she found it, and we are all the beneficiaries.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?   

Choose a partner who thinks your work is as important as theirs. Strive to live a full and happy life, and make the most of every day.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community? 

Giving back to the fire service is important to me. I give back through leadership, teaching, and association work.

 

Patricia Hudson 

Director of Community Outreach, Cy-Fair Helping Hands & Editor, Pinpointe Magazine 

Share a brief biography about yourself.

Born in Mexico, raised in Kentucky, I spent my 27 year career as a special education and ESL teacher in HISD. I retired in 2010, after two rounds of breast cancer, and began volunteering at Cy-Ranch. I have been happily married for 39 years to my husband Robert, and I love telling people when Sean Christopher, our only child, graduated and left for college in 2014, I promptly replaced him with a yorkiepoo, and set about finding a new focus in life. That’s when I found Cy-Fair Helping Hands.

What is your greatest personal achievement?

I always dreamed of being a mother. Widowed in my mid-20’s, I remarried in 1984. After nine years, and a miracle, I became pregnant at 40. The most important role of my life was raising our son Sean. 

What is the professional accomplishment you’re most proud of?

A wonderful way to motivate my students was through life-lessons centered around Special Olympics competitions. Memories of a lifetime were made in two trips to the White House, speaking engagements at the Winter World Games in Alaska. For one student, seeing his face on a Wheaties box was the ultimate experience!  After his performance in the Special Olympics World Games, this young man presented me, his coach, with his gold medal. I’m humbled to have received the HISD Teacher of the Year, Tom Landry Special Olympics Coach of the Year, and the Crystal Award for Outstanding Teachers. All treasured memories in my heart forever!

Who is the woman who inspires you most, and why?

I met Jean Dreyer, the founder of Cy-Fair Helping Hands, in 2013. More than a decade my senior, “Mama Jean” had endless energy when serving the underserved. Jean had no qualms about visiting homeless camps. She would smile knowingly when someone expressed concern and say “I am never alone; Jesus is with me!” Jean was my mentor, my teacher. I learned the business of leading and serving with compassion. Like Mother Teresa, Jean inspires me as she cares for “the unwanted, unloved, and uncared for.” 

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?

Drawn by its mission to bring hope to the homeless and hungry, I’ve filled a multitude of roles at Cy-Fair Helping Hands during my decade volunteering there. Bolstered by the grateful expressions of pantry clients and the caring individuals who mirror my own passion to serve. In this small but mighty ministry, I am making a difference.

Reagan Phillips

Owner & Professional Organizer, Cure the Chaos

Share a brief biography about yourself.

My journey to professional organizing began when my grandmother started going blind. I was worried she could get injured with all the “knick knacks” in her apartment. When I finished organizing her apartment, I looked around in awe and instantly knew I could do this for others. I’m careful to tailor my organizing our client’s needs and my team and I are empathetic and nonjudgemental. We know and understand organizational struggles! 

What is your personal philosophy on life? 

“Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”

What is the professional accomplishment you're most proud of and what does it mean to you? 

Developing the CURE method;  a simple step-by-step process that continues to help many. Each step is designed to remove the overwhelming feelings and provide motivation. 

Who is the woman who inspires you most and why? 

I’ve always loved Princess Diana. Waking at 4 am to watch her wedding as a child is still such a fresh memory. Princess Diana always used her status to help others. She was a strong philanthropic patroness that led with a servant's heart.  

What piece of advice would you give your younger self? 

Don’t be afraid to take risks. Giving in to self-doubt held me back for many years but once I gave myself permission to do what I love, I have been so happy. My team feels the same joy that I do!  It’s been an incredible journey. 

What is your favorite way to give back to the community? 

I’m currently in the NCL with my daughter and Young Men’s Service League with my son. I’m a 3rd Generation Girl Scout troop leader! My team and I volunteer our time and donations with many local charities. I believe that you get back tenfold what you give– if you give without the expectation of receiving, I know I have for sure.

Lynsey Hackler, DDS

Towne Lake Dentistry

Share a brief biography about yourself

Native to Cypress, I was a member of Cy-Ranch’s second-ever graduating class. It was at Texas A&M that I fell in love with my husband–and with being an Aggie. Whoop! I was so excited to return home to fulfill my dream of becoming a dentist. In our spare time, my husband and I enjoy spending time outdoors with our dog, trying new restaurants, and cheering on the Texas A&M and Houston sports teams!

What is your personal philosophy on life? 

Work hard, treat people right, and trust in God’s plan.

Who is the woman who inspires you most, and why?

My mom. She is the most resilient woman that I know. No matter what obstacle is thrown her way, she overcomes it. She has always inspired me to be the best version of myself and never let anything or anyone get in my way of achieving my goals.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?  

An instructor in dental school loved to tell a football story and repeat the line “never celebrate until you cross the finish line”. This resonates with me because it reminds me to always give 110% until the very end of any task, whether that be at work or in my personal life.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?

Through my patients!  Recently, our office donated oral hygiene goodie bags to the Cy-Ranch softball team to take on an overnight hotel stay for a playoff game. I love being able to support my patients during this exciting time and to reminisce on the days when I was on the Cy-Ranch softball team.

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