Our People

Our People

Management Staff


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.



Serving as the Center’s Vice President & Chief Financial Officer since 2006, Cathy Phelps, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is a certified Human Resource Professional with extensive experience running the business operations of mid to large non-profit organizations. Cathy’s responsibilities include managing all HR, Accounting, Facilities and other business functions for the Center’s over 80 employees, as well as a $4.6 million dollar budget, which includes $2 million+ in federal, state and local government grant funds. Under her leadership, The Center has celebrated more than a decade of clean audits and received state level praise for sophisticated, accurate and transparent fund allocation & accounting systems. During her tenure, she has played a lead role in the planning and construction of the Center’s main facility and the launch of the Center’s Play it Safe!® social enterprise. Always an innovator and problem solver, Cathy brings a level of excellence to the Center’s business operations, essential to the achievement and advancement of the organization’s mission.


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.



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.


Terri Rios joined The Women Center in 1988 as a case manager, after more than 8 years providing employment assistance in the government sector.  She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington.  In 1992, she became the Director of Employment Solutions and now oversees the Jobs NOW! and Strengthening Families programs, and a team of career and financial coaches.  Under her leadership, services were enhanced with the implementation of best practices based on community needs, including the shift to Working Families Success model which utilizes career coaching for job advancement to unemployed and underemployed workers, and financial coaching to assist families become financially stable.  She has worked in advisory roles with agencies seeking to implement the Working Families Success model, and throughout the region serving on the Workforce Solutions Adult Education & Literacy Consortium, Tarrant County Homeless Coalition Employment & Education Committee, and the Working Families Success of North Texas Advisory Council.


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. chuffman@womenscentertc.org



Jasmine Folan holds a Bachelors of Arts in History from Castleton University in her home state of Vermont and a Masters of Public Administration from Texas State University in San Marcos. Jasmine joined the Center in 2014 and brought extensive experience in Workforce Development, Mental Health, Homelessness and Veterans Issues. She now serves as the Center’s Director of Grant Administration overseeing $2 million dollars in government, local and private foundation grant funding as well as agency-wide data management, evaluation & performance reporting. Jasmine coordinates the Center’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, a staff task force responsible for helping management promote and advance a culture of equity and inclusion throughout the Center’s programs & business operations.

2020 Board of Directors


Chair:  Amy Knight Brown – Community Volunteer

Vice Chair:  Lei Testa, CPA, CGMA, Principal, Outsourcing – CLA LLP

Secretary:  Michael S. Malloy, CPA, Managing Partner – JTaylor

Treasurer:  Ann Crossman, Vice President, Finance – Andritz Separation, Inc.

Past Chair:  Janeen Lamkin – Community Volunteer



Frank Anderson, AVP Equipment Utilization – BNSF Railway

Judy Bernas, Associate Dean/Chief Communications and Strategy Officer – TCU/UNTHSC School of Medicine

Jessica Bonilla, Owner – Girl Friday FW

Becky Renfro Borbolla, Vice President – Renfro Foods, Inc.

Lori Bruce – Community Volunteer

Christian Burton, Vice President, Business Development – McKnight Title

Dacia Coffey, President/CEO – The Marketing Blender

Sara Dameron, Fund Development Administrator – The Junior League of Fort Worth

Kelly Ann Doherty, Executive VP/Chief People & Communications Officer – mr. cooper

Jeff Farmer, Partner – Fortė Benefits

Tera Garvey – Community Volunteer

Donna Guy, Director, FP&A and SEC Reporting – Basic Energy Services, Inc.

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

Carmen Hudman, Office Manager – Azle Pediatrics

Lucy Hyden, President – Hyden, Inc.

Claudine G. Jackson, Attorney – Phelps Dunbar LLP

Melinda M. Johnston, Managing Director – Merrill Lynch

Jennifer Baggs Kamacioglu, Senior Vice President, Corporate Banking – Bank of Texas

Tara Kersh, Owner – Law Office of Tara Kersh

Martha ‘Tim’ Latta, Owner – TL Design Group LLC

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

James T. McBride, Attorney – Ogletree Deakins

Cindy Milrany, CFO/Chief Strategy Officer – Freese and Nichols, Inc.

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

Jane C. Nober – Community Volunteer

Paige Pate – Community Volunteer

Amanda Peeler, Assistant Controller – Finley Resources, Inc.

Rachel Navejar Phillips, Marketing Manager – The Rios Group, Inc.

Reggi Sturns-Kemp – President/CEO, RED Development

Beth E. Thurman, Attorney – Winstead PC

Diana Troy, Owner – Troy & Associates – Allstate Insurance

Kenneth Wardel, Chief Risk Officer – OpenLending

Brook Whitworth, Senior Vice President, Frost Wealth Advisors – Frost Bank

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