You have permission to edit this page.
Edit
A01 A01
MELISSA ALEXANDER

Title: Owner and Agent

Company name: Absolute Insurance Group

Birthday: Nov. 22, 1982

Family information: Married 19 years to Thomas Alexander III after just four months of dating. Together we have three daughters, Elizabeth, 16; Natalie, 14; and Julianna, 11.

What path led you to your chosen profession? Was it well-planned or a happy accident?: I have never met a stranger and love helping people, then combine that with my passion for real estate, helping people protect themselves with insurance felt right. A home is likely the biggest investment someone will make, and it needs to be protected in the event something happens.

What trade, professional and civic organizations do you belong to?: Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT).

What volunteer or civic achievement is most important to you?: Every time a new opportunity to serve in our community is available it becomes the most important. We can't stop helping because of one great achievement or accomplishment.

What career achievement are you most proud of?: Starting my career in insurance later than most agents was scary. However, I am extremely proud that I made the scary decision to leave a company.

What personal achievement are you most proud of?: Returning to college after becoming a wife and mother to our three daughters was one of the most difficult things I have done. Balancing a full-time shift work job, wife and mother was a daily challenge that paid off with two degrees. I was able to earn my first degree in art and later returned for a second degree in business.

What are your career aspirations?: I am constantly setting big and small goals that are attainable with dedication and time. My aspiration is to never stop growing, learning or improving in my career field or personal life.

What leader has inspired you and how?: Henry Ford. Ford was focused on his customers and valued his employees. After several failed attempts he didn't give up on his idea but became more determined.

What are three attributes that leader has that you admire?: Honesty, commitment and respecting every person they meet.

What is a quote or motto that you live by in your professional or personal life?: "Failure is only the opportunity more intelligently to begin again." — Henry Ford

What are your hobbies?: Repurposing things I find to use as decoration and swimming. Actually, anything water-related!

What is a guilty pleasure others might be surprised to learn that you enjoy?: Sometimes I hide in our garage and sit on the golf cart to eat something sweet alone and think without interruption. I love brownies and mint ice cream.

Favorites book, movie, TV show, music genre, sports team?:

Book: "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell

Movie: "Good Will Hunting" and "Shawshank Redemption"

TV Show: "Bull" and "Jack Ryan"

Music genre/performer: Old classic country. "The Gamble" is an all-time favorite.

Sports team: Roughnecks and all college teams.

Do you have a postsecondary education? For all undergraduate degrees, include the institution, degree, year graduated and major: Both of my degrees come from Brazosport College. We are so fortunate to have a local college that offers bachelor degrees and many other certificates.


CHRIS SERMARINI

Title: EMS Chief

Company name: Lake Jackson Emergency Medical Services

Birthday: April 18, 1988

What path led you to your chosen profession? Was it well-planned or a happy accident?: EMS was definitely a "happy accident." With my original goal being nursing-based, that slowly transitioned toward law enforcement. After working for several years as an emergency room technician, I was convinced to ride along with LJEMS and fell in love immediately.

What trade, professional and civic organizations do you belong to?: While I do not serve on any formal boards or committees, I have been involved with the National Association of EMTs (NAEMT), participated in the Governor's EMS Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC) and have been heavily involved in the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF) program.

What volunteer or civic achievement is most important to you?: Prior to my current position, I assisted with Meals on Wheels, the LJPD Blue Santa Program, Rotary Shrimp Boil, Habitat for Humanity and I'm sure many others. My current volunteer commitment has been to the Lake Jackson Police Department as one of our seven reserve (volunteer) police officers.

What career achievement are you most proud of?: From having the opportunity to lecture at the state EMS conference, deploying to multiple state disasters in a leadership capacity, or promoting to my current position, I've been fortunate in many ways.

What personal achievement are you most proud of?: While my adult life has been mostly career-focused, my youth consisted of moving cross country. My ability to adapt and self-advance myself through studies and experiences has brought me to where I am today.

What are your career aspirations?: My goal is to continue to mold Lake Jackson EMS into the most progressive, professional and preferred place of employment for EMS providers in the Houston area. We will see what happens after that.

What leader has inspired you and how?: As an introvert, my inspirations mostly come through observation. Having worked alongside so many incredible leaders during my career, I take the best traits from them all and implement into my own practice.

What are three attributes that leader has that you admire?: Humble, motivated and most of all hard-working.

What is a quote or motto that you live by in your professional or personal life?: "Lead Without a Title." I find that my intrinsic desire to lead both on and off the job helps me (and others) to succeed.

What are your hobbies?: Honestly, my work is my hobby. But, aside from emergency services, I love to burn energy by going to the gym, playing racquetball, traveling or simply playing board games.

What is a guilty pleasure others might be surprised to learn that you enjoy?: Those who know me won't be surprised but definitely ice cream, cookies, or any type of junk food. (and the Dave Matthews Band).

Favorites book, movie, TV show, music genre, sports team?:

Book: Never been much of a novel reader, so anything educational or leadership based gets my

Movie: "The Hunger Games" and "The Green Mile"

TV show: "Survivor," "Ozark" and I'm a nerd for documentaries.

Music genre/performer: Dave Matthews Band, no surprise to most.

Sports team: I don't follow sports much, but I have to stick to my roots: Philadelphia Phillies and the Carolina Hurricanes.

Any other information you would like to include?: I always say that my success would not be possible without everyone I'm surrounded by. Additionally, LJEMS Asst. Chief Cade Bontekoe has been paramount to not only our agency's success, but also mine. Lastly, if there is a way Lake Jackson EMS can assist in community education, projects or other events, we'd be happy to help.

Do you have a postsecondary education? For all undergraduate degrees, include the institution, degree, year graduated and major.: My postsecondary journey began locally at Brazosport College working toward my degree in criminal justice and emergency medical services. I attended paramedic school at a training center in Deer Park and the police academy at the University of HoustonDowntown. I am actively working toward obtaining a bachelor's degree in emergency management.


BO STALLMAN

Title: Brazoria County Sheriff-elect

Birthday: August 15

Family information: Wife, Jeanna; children, Carolynn, Austin and Dylan

What path led you to your chosen profession? Was it well-planned or a happy accident?: I knew from a young age I wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement. When my enlistment with the U.S. Marine Corps was complete, I had the goal of becoming a police officer and was fortunate to be accepted into the Texas DPS Academy to become a state trooper.

What trade, professional and civic organizations do you belong to?: Board of Directors member for Angleton Area Emergency Medical Corps, Dow CAP (Citizens Awareness Program), member of the Brazoria County UnBound United Front Coalition against Trafficking, 100 Club of Brazoria County, Sheriffs Association of Texas.

What volunteer or civic achievement is most important to you?: Being a volunteer/teacher for the Pregnancy Help Center, board member for A Night in the Spotlight and helping BACH.

What career achievement are you most proud of?: Earning citizens' support and trust in my run for sheriff.

What personal achievement are you most proud of?: Being a dad.

What are your career aspirations?: To grow and expand the sheriff's office paralleling the huge population rise we are currently experiencing while ensuring our citizens receive the most superior protection and service possible. In addition, I aspire to help develop future law enforcement leaders of Brazoria County.

What is a quote or motto that you live by in your professional or personal life?: "Great leaders don't set out to be a leader; they set out to make a difference. It's never about the role — always about the goal."

What are your hobbies?: Hunting and fishing with my kids.

Any other information you would like to include?: I am very grateful for this honor and I'm looking forward to serving the citizens of Brazoria County for many years to come.

Do you have a post-secondary education? For all undergraduate degrees, include the institution, degree, year graduated and major.: Master of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership & Management, 2016, Sam Houston State University.