Category Archives: Newsletter 2018.02

Cleanup Time

Help needed!

It’s our turn to clean up Century Parkway. Our first 2017 Adopt-a-Highway is scheduled for Saturday, February 24 at 9:00 am. If we have at least 10 volunteers, not only should this should take no longer than an hour but, donuts will be provided and we can even incorporate some search tactics.

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Golfing for Safe-Tee

The Allen Public Safety Recovery Fund is hosting their 4th-annual Golfing For Safe-Tee event on February 20th.

The APSRF is a local nonprofit organization that assists the families of first responders injured or killed in the line of duty. Come out to Top Golf on February 20th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM to help raise money for an honorable and noble cause.  Plus, for just $10, you can golf all night!

For more information, visit the APSRF website.

Eagle Run 2018

The 10th annual Eagle Run is just around the corner and CERT is ready to assist! We are always looking for a large group of volunteers to pull this off so if you’re looking for a way to serve the community and have fun doing it, you’ll want to sign up for the one.

Keep reading for registration and briefing info

While we do not expect any changes in the overall plan, there is always room for adjustments and improvements in our parking/pedestrian tactics. For that reason, we will be meeting on February 28th, 7:00 PM, at La Madeleine – which is 30 minutes prior to the regularly scheduled Steering Committee meeting – to review the logistics of this year’s event.

Want to help?

Signup is now disabled but that doesn’t mean you can’t participate. Just plan on showing up at Eagle Stadium at 6 AM on Saturday, March 3rd and we will have a job for you!


  • Chris Diltz
  • Traci Reavis
  • Kenneth Spock
  • Wendell Hernandez
  • Joy Literal
  • Crystal Lyons
  • Peter Mukasa-Magoye
  • Rebecca Bennett
  • John Mascio
  • Mike Pruden
  • Linda Hardy
  • Brendan Kilgore
  • Chris Smith
  • Kim Smith

Meet Joy and Wendell

Allen CERT members Joy Litteral and Wendell Hernandez have been very active in the organization the past several months. Joy was part of the team that convoyed to the Dallas Convention Center to assist with Hurricane Harvey shelter support last year and Wendell joined the team last November.

We set out to discover more about them!

What is your place of birth?
Joy – Laramie, WY
Wendell – Port Arthur, TX

What brought you to Allen, TX?
We moved from Lewisville to Allen in 1999 so that Wendell would have a shorter drive to work.

Tell us about your immediate family (including any pets).
Wendell and I have been married for 17 years. We have 3 furbabies:

  • Bella – she’s a chug (chihuahua, pug) the oldest but the smallest and has dad wrapped around her paw
  • Peaches – we adopted her from ASPCA (she’s a fluffy terrier mix) she’s the middle child and the protector
  • Rascal – we adopted from the ASPCA last year (terrier mix) – he is the youngest but the largest and loves people and playing with Peaches

What do you do for a living?
We are both Air Force vets. Wendell was a telecom engineer before he medically retired and Joy is a Change Manager & Process and Quality Manager.

What is your morning routine?
Wendell – Get up, check my email, turn on the news, and have a cup of coffee. Joy – Get ready for work, walk on the walk station for the 1st hour or 2 at work; on the days I don’t go to work, I try to sleep in and have a cup of coffee when I get up and then plan my day.

Any hobbies / extra-curricular activities?
Both of us like to play MMORPG’s (Joy – when time permits), play with our furbabies. Wendell collects comics and case knives.

What TV shows are you binge-watching?
The Walking Dead, Chicago Fire / PD / Med, NCIS, Hell’s kitchen, The Good Doctor, Valor, The Brave, Scorpion, Gold Rush.

Tell us about your most memorable vacation.
Naples, FL – We went there for an awards ceremony and partied the entire time. We went deep sea fishing and the captain couldn’t seem to find the fish to save his life and one of the passengers was sea sick.  We went on our first Catamaran ride.  Wendell stepped on a 9 legged starfish and found his first sand dollar – the beach was covered with them.   We got to ride in a little plane that reminded us of the plane in Air America – no AC, flies, cramped.

How did you first hear about CERT?
Joy – after 9-11 on TV. Wendell – from Joy

How has CERT influenced your personal and/or professional life?
We are more involved in the community


If you would like to know more about Joy and Wendell, you will likely find them at the next CERT event!