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Staff & Board


Executive Director – Stephanie R. Melchert

Director of Client Services – Shimmy Jones, LMSW

Shelter Manager – Rachel Madzima, MSW

Facility Manager - Roger Magnum

Development Manager – Liz Hammond, CFRE

Kitchen & IT Manager – Lisa Cook

Executive Assistant & Office Manager – Jayne Smith



Andrea Edwards, MSW - Case Manager

Melvin Evans -  Lead Resident Assistant

Aisha Haider- Marketing Coordinator 

Annie LaQue - Receptionist

Alice Morris - Kitchen Coordinator

Muji Ogunbiyi - In Reach Case Manager

Jarrod Polk - Case Manager

Tony Turrano- Cook

Lauren Van Sloten- Case Manager

Ashley Winfield -  Donor Relations Coordinator

Winta Wolana - Family Case Manager


Board of Directors

Board President

Gregg Wilkinson, Owner, No Frills Grill & Bars

Past Board President

Brad Jay, Partner, Weaver

Vice President- Open Position


Lisa Rein, Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial 


Bill Brangers, Sr. Project Manager, AmerisourceBergen

Board Governance Committee Chair

LaTonya Copeland-Berry, Fort Worth Independent School District

Fund Development Committee Chair

Elena Fernandez, Attorney, Perdue Branson Fielder Collins & Mott

Strategic Planning Committee Chair

Kecia Mays, Auditor, Texas Comptroller

Board Members

Miguel Benitez, Tarrant County Juvenile Services

Don Gatzke, Professor, University of Texas at Arlington

Melody Fowler, University of Texas at Arlington

Timi T. Hazle, Harris Cook, LLP

Stevie Hansen, Retired

Benjamin Mogendi

Benita Ibrahim-Smith

Peggy Smith, Arlington Baptist University

Chris Scott, Texas Edge Insurance Agency

April Campbell, Methodist Hospital System

Lachelle Goodrich, Fort Worth Housing Solutions

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