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
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. 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.

2019 Board of Directors


Janeen Lamkin, Chair – Community Volunteer

Amy Knight Brown, Vice Chair – Community Volunteer

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

Shannon L. Greene, Treasurer – Senior Vice President & Controller, Fred’s, Inc.

Christine Murray, Past Chair – Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resource Officer, Pier 1

Laura Hilgart – President/CEO, The Women’s Center



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

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

Chuck L. Bouligny – President, Elkhorn Union

Lori Bruce – Community Volunteer

Christian Burton – Vice President, Business Development, McKnight Title

Dacia Coffey – President/CEO. The Marketing Blender

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

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

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

Kelly Ann Doherty – Senior VP, Corporate Communications, mr. cooper

Jeff Farmer – Partner, Fortė Benefits

Tera Garvey – Community Volunteer

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

Carmen Hudman – Office Manager, Azle Pediatrics

Claudine G. Jackson – Attorney, Phelps Dunbar LLP

Melinda M. Johnston – Managing Director/Senior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch

Mimi M. Karnes – Assistant VP, Wealth Management, PlainsCapital Bank

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

Anne Moroneso – Community Volunteer

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

Jane C. Nober – Community Volunteer

Paige Pate – Community Volunteer

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

Reggi Sturns-Kemp – President/CEO, Kemp & Sons General Services

Christoper L. Taylor – Attorney

Lei Testa, CPA, CGMA – Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Beth E. Thurman – Attorney, Winstead PC

Diana Troy – Owner, Troy & Associates – Allstate Insurance

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

Kenneth Wardel – COO, Horizon Digital Finance Holdings

Brook Whitworth – Senior Vice President, Frost Wealth Advisors, Frost – Banking, Investments Insurance

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