PRESIDENT & CEO
Laura 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.
Chrisee 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 Board of Directors
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
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