Farida was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan and moved to Chicago, Illinois when she was nineteen years old. In January of 2012 she moved from Chicago to Houston, a home to some of the best healthcare facilities in the nation.
Farida is the CEO and Co-Founder of Shining Nightingale, INC, a Home Health Agency licensed to work all over the state of Texas. She is also the CEO and Co-Founder of Reynolds care homes, providing long term care to individuals with physical and mental disabilities, in a homelike environment.
She has a Master’s degree in Arts and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. From supporting child education in developing countries to the advancement of young women in Texas, Farida is intimately involved with several charities, thanks also to the moral teachings of her father, who taught her that she could only keep 75 percent of her pocket money since the remaining 25 percent had to be given to a charity of her choice. She is presently on the Aging and Disability Resource Center Texas Respite Advisory Committee, the Governing Board of the Houston Symphony, The Alliance, KnowAutism and Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. She is also the membership chair for the Houston Symphony League. Farida is a current and former board member of Alliance for Multicultural Community Services, UNICEF - South West Region, Development in Literacy (DIL), Ek Disha, Texas Executive Women, Fort bend Women Center and Houston Symphony League. Farida was an ambassador for AAFS and KnowAutism and was a conversationalist for Table talk 2017.
The one cause that is particularly close to her heart is taking care of the elderly and their caregivers – thanks to her background in nursing. During her career, she worked at ICU, cardiac ICU and PACU.
Farida was honored with the Community service award by IMAGH (2018), STEAM Role model by GHWCC (2018), 50 most influential women (2017), 30 most influential women of Houston 2016, was named "IT Girl 2016" and "Women who run Houston" by Houston Chronicle (2016). She was also honored with the “Friends of Charities” award by the Indian American Charity Foundation (2016) and she is one of the 2019 Women of Distinction.
Farida has also chaired and co-chaired multiple galas and luncheons including Daya, Pratham, The Alliance, Women’s voice, Houston Symphony Ball Auction, Ek Disha, Development in Literacy and World Chamber of Commerce.
Teresa Cox Reading
Teresa is a Registered Nurse and practice administrator for the offices of her husband, William H. Reading, MD. She received her nursing degree from Excelsior College, Albany, New York, and plans to pursue her education as a Nurse Practitioner in the area of psychiatry. Reading is also a Certified Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Technician and the TMS Coordinator for the Practice.
Reading devotes her time to her career in nursing, volunteer work, family, faith and psychiatric practice. She and her husband, who is board certified by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, started the practice part-time, then went full-time in 2008. She is instrumental in the day-to-day operations both clinically and administratively. She believes in networking and finding every resource available for their patients and their families. She exemplifies this through her work in many non-profit, civic and professional organizations. For many years, she was an avid volunteer within the school district and for nonprofits, including the FBISD Community Advisory Board, the Fort Bend Key Communicator Area, one of the VIPs of the year and President with the Rangers Against Destructive Decisions. In 2004 Reading was nominated for School Volunteer of the Year in Fort Bend County.
Her past and present professional affiliations include the American Nurses Association, the Texas Nurses Association and The National Association of Professional Women.
Past and present Civic and non-profit organizations include The Pilot Club, The Lioness Club, CASA of Fort Bend, Fort Bend County Medical Society Alliance ( President 1996-2001), Mental Health America of Fort Bend County (board chair 2001-2004 and 2012-2016), Fort Bend County Preventative Coalition (Vice President and Business Affiliate), Sweetwater Women's Association, Fort Bend Symphony (Community Liaison 2012-14 and Vice President 2014- Present), Fort Bend Cares Advisory Board, Fort Bend Junior Service League, Sustainers, Sugar Land Mayor's Fitness Council, Shape Up Sugar Land (board member), among others.
She has co-chaired many events and has most recently done so for the Women’s Voice with the Accolade Awards, honoring women in the area and has been on various committees for non-profit functions. She and her husband have also been Honorary Chairs for the Fort Bend Senior Citizens Gala and The Texana Gala. In 2018 Teresa will also serve as an Honorary Chair for The Alliance.
Awards and recognitions in some of these organizations include The Houston Area Charities 2004 Fort Bend Woman of the Year for Community Service Award, the 2006 Mental Health America of FBC Bell Ringer Award and the 2010 Texana Champion of Behavioral Health Award. In 2014 she was selected as one of the Houston Woman Magazine's 50 Most Influential Women of 2013 as well as one of the first Emissaries for the Aga Khan Foundation AWARDS CAMPAIGN as the recipient of the award for most raised. In 2017 she and her husband were one of the couples celebrated at the Angels Of Charity for the Indo-American Charity Foundation Gala. She and her husband also will be presented with the TOP 20 Power Couple with the Impact Maker Award by CKW Luxe Magazine for the year 2019.
Being well respected in the Fort Bend Community, Farida and Teresa will bring with them a vibrant leadership and fundraising experience!
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