Metroplex names interim director of behavioral health

Maria Talamo, RN, was named interim director of Behavioral Health for Metroplex Health System and will be responsible for providing interim leadership, consulting, strategic planning in addition to economic and clinical program development services for the Center’s Adult, Adolescent, and Children’s programs.

Prior to joining Metroplex Health System, Talamo served as chief nursing officer and operations officer at Austin Recovery; chief executive officer and CNO at Lakeside Hospital in Bastrop; CEO of Austin Lakes Hospital, Austin, and was corporate VP for clinical services for the Sears-Methodist Retirement System in Austin. She has also served as a health care management consultant to diverse clients in the health care industry. “There is tremendous opportunity for growth here in Central Texas and Fort Hood” she said. “I’m looking forward to developing an innovative strategic plan that not only provides needed services for this community but also specializes in the needs of military families as well.”

Centex Homes donates $1,000 to Fisher House

Centex Homes recently partnered with Fort Hood’s Fisher House to donate $5 for every person who attended open house events at Tuscany Meadows in Harker Heights and Yowell Ranch in Killeen.

After the events, Centex Homes donated $1,000 to Fisher House, a nonprofit that provides a “home away from home” for retired and active-duty military personnel and their families during a medical crisis.

Railroad museum gets new director

The Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum has a new director, Stephanie Long.

A Texas native, Long grew up in Austin and has worked with museums in Colorado, New York, Nevada and New Mexico.

“We are excited to have Stephanie join us. She has a great deal of knowledge and experience that will help improve the Railroad and Heritage Museum with new exhibits and programs,” said Ken Cicora, Temple Parks and Leisure Services director.

Long has two master’s degrees, one in history museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, run by the State University of New York and one in computer information systems, from the University of Denver. She is coming to Temple from Las Cruces, N.M., where she worked as the senior curator of collections for the four city-run museums.

“I love history and history museums. My job in Las Cruces included an art museum, a science museum, a history and local culture museum, and a railroad museum. I am excited for the chance to focus on history again,” Long said. “One of my goals is to raise the visibility of the museum and get more of the community involved. I am hoping to add new programs and events as well as update some of the exhibits and display areas in the building.”

For more information about the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum, go to or call (254) 298-5172.


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