Our People

Our People

Management Staff

PRESIDENT & CEO
BJL_0631 laura croppedLaura Hilgart, MSW,
has been with The Women’s Center since 1989. She has served as Director of Programs, Development Director, and has been in her current position as President & CEO since 2004. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, receiving a Master’s Degree in Social Work, and worked for the University of Texas and for United Way of Tarrant County before coming to The Women’s Center. Under her direction, The Women’s Center has completed a $9 million capital campaign and constructed a new state-of-the-art facility, established a foundation, and launched an earned income venture to support annual operations.

VICE PRESIDENT & CFO
Cathy Phelps, SPHR,
has been with The Women’s Center since 2006, serving as Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. In this capacity, she manages human resources for over 80 employees, a budget of over $4 million, financial reporting, audit, and grant compliance. Facilities management also falls under her supervision, and she provided leadership to the team during the construction of the new 26,000-square-foot facility finished in 2009. Under her direction, The Women’s Center operates a related business to sell the Play it Safe!® program to educators, parents and organizations. Prior to joining The Women’s Center, she served 12 years for the YWCA of Tarrant County, holding the position of Business Manager and ending her tenure as Assistant Executive Director of Operations.

DIRECTOR OF RAPE CRISIS AND VICTIM SERVICES
Deborah Caddy, LCSW,
holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Science in Social Work, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker – Supervisor. Her tenure with the Rape Crisis and Victim Services Program began in 1986 when she designed and implemented a treatment program for sexually abused/assaulted children and adolescents. She took over as the program’s director in 1989. In this capacity, she is involved in program development, community collaboration, and advocating for the rights of sexual abuse/assault survivors within the medical, educational and legal communities.

 

DIRECTOR OF GENERAL COUNSELING
Sherri Chapell Pratt, LCSW,
 has been the Director of General Counseling Services since 2002. She received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Kansas State University and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Kansas. Prior to her tenure with The Women’s Center, Mrs. Chapell Pratt, spent 14 years in a group private practice that specialized in working with families in crisis. Under her supervision at The Women’s Center are a clinical staff comprised of social workers, counselors and case managers. She also supervises the Helpline, Legal Clinic and PEARLS program. Her leadership has allowed for collaborations with Cook Children’s and Fort Worth Independent School District and in 2014, under her direction, a program that focuses on the specific needs of older adults was realized.

DIRECTOR OF EMPLOYMENT SOLUTIONS
Terri Rios
has worked at The Women’s Center since 1988, and currently serves as the Director of Employment Solutions. Here, she oversees three programs that assist unemployed and underemployed women and men secure employment and find financial security through career coaching, career development, skills training and financial capability programs. She is a highly effective manager and trainer receiving recognition for her program development work in areas including job readiness/life skills, job search, job placement, and job retention, effectively engaging employers, family violence as it affects employment, and literacy among adults. Prior to her work at The Women’s Center, she worked for more than eight years providing employment assistance in the governmental sector.

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
CH CroppedChrisee Huffman
has been with The Women’s Center since 1997. During her tenure, she has held positions including the Volunteer Coordinator and Special Events Coordinator. Since 2011, she has served as the Development Director, overseeing private fundraising, which produces over $1.2 million annually to support the work of The Women’s Center. Chrisee has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Texas Christian University and a Master of Education from Texas State University. Prior to her work in the nonprofit field, she worked for the Texas Legislature and the U.S. Senate. chuffman@womenscentertc.org

2017 Board of Directors

Officers:

Janeen Lamkin, Chair – Community Volunteer

Amy Knight Brown, Vice Chair – Community Volunteer

Shannon L. Greene, Treasurer – Chief Executive Officer  |  Tandy Leather Factory, Inc.

Michael S. Malloy, Secretary – President/Managing Partner  |  JTaylor

Christine Murray, Past Chair – Vice President, Talent Acquisition & Development  |  Pier 1 Imports

 

Directors:

Judy Bernas – Associate Dean and Chief Communications and Strategy Officer  |  TCU & UNTHSC School of Medicine

Eva Bonilla – President/CEO  |  Vamos DFW Tours

Becky Renfro Borbolla – Vice President  |  Renfro Foods

Chuck L. Bouligny – Partner  |  Ascend Concepts, Inc.

Lori Bruce – Community Volunteer

Christian Burton – Vice President, Business Development  |  McKnight Title

Toni D. Ciggs – CPA  |  Milbern Ray and Company

Dacia Coffey – President & CEO  |  The Marketing Blender

Ann Crossman – Vice President, Finance  |  Andritz Separation, Inc.

Tammy J. Decker – Vice President, Human Resources  |  T.G. Mercer Consulting Services, Inc.

Kelly Ann Doherty – Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications  |  mr. cooper

Jeff Farmer – Partner  |  Forte Benefits

Tera Garvey – Community Volunteer

Nan Dearen Gluntz – Community Volunteer

April Guidry – Compensation & Benefits Manager  |  Freese and Nichols, Inc.

Janet L. Hahn – Attorney  |  Decker Jones, P.C.

Claudine G. Jackson – Attorney/Shareholder  |  Bracket & Ellis, P.C.

Mimi M. Karnes – Assistant Vice President, Wealth Management Administrator  |  PlainsCapital Bank

Martha “Tim” Latta – Owner  |  TL Design Group LLC

Rachel Malone – Vice President, Sr. Financial Advisor  |  Merrill Lynch

Valerie Martinez-Ebers – University Distinguished Research Professor; Director, Latino & Mexican American Studies; Professor, Department of Political Science  |  University of North Texas

Anne Moroneso – Community Volunteer

Kristy L. Mouser – Principal & Insurance Advisor  |  Mouser Risk Management

Jane C. Nober – Community Volunteer

Paige Pate – Community Volunteer

Christopher L. Taylor – Attorney

Lei Testa – Investment Advisor  |  Averett Financial, LLC

Donna Vincent – Corporate Controller  |  Basic Energy Services, Inc.

Stephen X. Westermann – Principal Shareholder  |  Westermann & Associates, P.C.

Brook Whitworth – Senior Vice President/Wealth Advisor  |  Frost Bank

Shauna J. Wright – Partner/Attorney  |  Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP