The East Aldine Management District volunteer board of directors elected community pioneer Joyce Wiley as its chairwoman Tuesday, July 20, 2021, making her only the third top leader of the District since its creation in 2001.
Wiley succeeds Gerald Overturff, who remains on the nine-member board after serving as chairman for 10 years.
Other new board officers are Carlos Silva, vice chairman; Deborah Foster, secretary; Reyes Garcia, assistant secretary; and Abel Garza, treasurer.
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In remarks to the board, Wiley recalled driving years ago past the then-undeveloped 61-acre site on Aldine Mail Route Road where the District-funded East Aldine Town Center now thrives. The center houses social service agencies, a Lone Star College campus, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office 9-1-1 call center and the recently added office building, outdoor play areas, footpaths and amphitheater. Work is scheduled to start soon on a commercial development phase.
“I am so honored to have worked with you and be working with you to make progress in this community. It’s like a whole new world in East Aldine,” Wiley told the board.
She recalled working more than a decade ago on the federally funded Aldine Weed and Seed task force aimed at “weeding out” crime and “seeding” strong, healthy families with at-risk youth.
Wiley worked for 18 years in community relations and outreach for Lone Star College-North Harris. She also worked for the Northeast News and North Forest News for 11 years.
Created by the Texas Legislature, the East Aldine Management District enhances commerce, public safety, public health and other qualities of life for businesses and residents in the area.