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Texas Council on Family Violence Names Members to the Board of Directors

For Immediate Release

THE TEXAS COUNCIL ON FAMILY VIOLENCE NAMES MEMBERS TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Austin, Texas – February 28, 2017– The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) names board members: Sherri Kendall, CEO of AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse) in Houston; Jim Malatich, CEO of a recent merger of two domestic violence programs Hope’s Door in Collin County and New Beginning in Garland; Jeff Allar, Sr. Vice President of Human Resources for the VGL Group; Laura L. Squiers, Deputy Executive Director is the Deputy Executive Director of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation.   Several Board Members were also reappointed to serve a second three-year term beginning January 2017:  Jamie Esparza, District Attorney, El Paso; Dr. Janet Denise Lawson of Austin, former medical consultant for the Texas Department of State Health Services and Crayton Webb, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for Mary Kay Inc. in Dallas, Texas.

“The Texas Council on Family Violence takes great care and diligence in identifying key leaders in Texas to strengthen our collective responsive and prevention of domestic violence,” said Gloria Terry, President of the Texas Council on Family Violence. “It is imperative to have experienced, critical thinkers who understand the needs of survivors and the systems that support them, while simultaneously elevating TCFV’s acumen and credibility.”

Board Members:

Sherri Kendall is the Chief Executive Officer of AVDA in Houston, Texas. AVDA is a non-profit which has served the Houston community for 35 years with legal advocacy for victims and battering intervention for abusers.

A veteran in the field of domestic abuse for 30 years, working with programs in Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas, Kendall joined AVDA in 2002. Prior to accepting the CEO position at AVDA in 2012, Kendall spent almost 25 years working with abusers in Battering Intervention and Prevention Programs (BIPP), including AVDA’s BIPP. As a survivor of domestic abuse from over three decades ago, Kendall is committed to ensuring that victims of abuse have to resources necessary to escape the abuse; batterers are held accountable and have access to tools for change.

Kendall is a Board member of the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and a member of the Harris County Adult Violent Death Review Team

Jim Malatich is CEO of a recent merger of two domestic violence programs Hope’s Door in Collin County and New Beginning in Garland.

Jim’s  board experience includes: Currently on the BOD  for  Metro  Dallas  Homeless Alliance; Board of Collin County Council on Family Violence;  Board of  Collin County Homeless Coalition ; Vice President of     NAMI Collin County; Leadership Plano Board of Directors; Chair, Community Resource Coordination Group (CRCG) for Dallas County; Chair, North Texas Behavioral Health Authority, Provider Advisory Committee ;  Chair, Criminal  Justice Committee for Offenders with Mental Impairment, Travis County (1998-2000); Chair, Mental Health Directors Consortium, representing all Texas MHMR Centers Texas (1999-2000).  Therapeutically, he is a licensed counselor with a strong belief in the power of systemic therapy, especially family based interventions. He was one of nine Americans invited to study therapy at the Centrol per lo Studio Famiglia in Milano, aka the Milan Family Institute in Milan Italy. He is a certified member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and certified by the Society for Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis.

Jeff Allar, Sr. Vice President of Human Resources for the VGL Group, a global provider of jewelry and other lifestyle products with headquarters in Jaipur, India and North American offices in Austin Texas. Jeff has been involved in the cause of domestic violence for nearly twenty years, serving as a volunteer and on the board of directors for End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin in Madison Wisconsin, Bridges Domestic and Sexual Violence Support in Nashua New Hampshire, the Violence Intervention Project in Algoma Wisconsin, and Golden House in Green Bay Wisconsin.

Laura L. Squiers, Deputy Executive Director is the Deputy Executive Director of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation, an independent family foundation and nonprofit organization that supports education, health, community and social services, civic affairs and cultural programs, primarily in areas of the deep East Texas pine timber belt. She previously served as Executive Director of East Texas Alliance for Children – Harold’s House (a children’s advocacy center).  She has board service on several local nonprofit agencies including The Boys and Girls Club of Lufkin (past-president), The Boys and Girls Clubs of Deep East Texas, the Family Crisis Center of East Texas (past-president) and the Junior League of Lufkin.  She also served two terms on the Executive Directors’ Committee for the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas.  She currently serves on the vestry (board) of her church and as the president of the Lufkin Middle School PTS.

Serving a Second Term:

Board Member Jamie Esparza of El Paso has served as District Attorney in El Paso for twenty years and was recently elected to another four-year term. He is a strong advocate on domestic violence issues and has created innovative approaches to victim-centered prosecution.   Esparza was licensed to practice law in 1983 and is Board Certified in Criminal Law.  He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas and his Juris Doctor from the University Houston Law Center.  He was honored with the 2005 Texas State Bar Prosecutor of the Year award.  Esparza serves as the lead and fiscal agent for the Border Prosecutors Association.  He has also served on the board of the Texas District and County Attorney Association and their foundation. 

Board Member Dr. Janet Denise Lawson of Austin, is the former medical consultant for the Community Health Services Section within the Division for Family and Community Health Services at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). 

She has enjoyed a productive and successful professional career devoted to many facets of women and children’s health care, including faculty positions, and has served as director of clinics and programs serving children, pregnant teens, and women with mental and other developmental disabilities, as well as general obstetric and gynecologic care.

Board Member Crayton Webb is Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for Mary Kay Inc. in Dallas, Texas.  He leads the company’s global media and public relations team and is also responsible for Mary Kay’s global CSR and philanthropic efforts.  Crayton and his team provide support and guidance to Mary Kay’s 35+ international markets and the U.S.


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Texas Council on Family Violence is the only 501(c) 3 nonprofit coalition in Texas dedicated solely to creating safer communities and freedom from family violence. With a state-wide reach and direct local impact, TCFV, with the collective strength of more than 1000 members, shapes public policy, equips service providers, and initiates strategic prevention efforts. Visit us online at http://www.tcfv.org/