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February 12 – 13, 2018
Hyatt Regency Riverwalk
123 Losoya St • San Antonio, TX 78205


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Registration Rates

Early Registration Rates (ends January 12, 2018)
$195: TCFV or TAASA Member
$215: Non-member

Multiple Ticket Discount
$150 per ticket when you register three (3) or more staff from the same program.

Regular Registration Rates (after January 12, 2018)
$210: TCFV or TAASA Member
$230: Non-member

Cancellations and Refunds
Cancellations received by February 5, 2018 will receive a refund, minus a 25% processing fee. Cancellations after this date are non-refundable.


Monday, February 12, 2018

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8:30 am – 9:45 am

New Executive Directors’ Roundtable

You may have heard the phrase: “Its lonely at the top”, but does it have to be?  The New Executive Directors’ Roundtable offers an opportunity for executive directors under 3 years of tenure to network, exchange ideas, and learn new skills with new executives who are facing many of the same scenarios and conditions as you. This event is one of many where TCFV and TAASA work to ensure as a new executive you have:

  • An opportunity to build supportive relationships with peers
  • Support for making positive change within your organization
  • Tips for tackling work-day challenges

Complimentary breakfast for registered participants 

10:00 am – 11:15 am

Plenary 1

Dale Hansen, Sports Anchor

11:15 am – 11:30 am Break
11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Breakout Sessions A

Breakout 1: Counseling Income: The Fundamentals of Billing and Credentialing
Ann Robison, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Montrose Center
Participants will learn the basics of insurance plan contracting, credentialing counselors on networks, verifying client insurance, and billing. Information on important resources will be shared.

Breakout 2: Embracing Diversity and Creating Inclusion
Melissa Quintela, Faculty, Western Governors University
Cultural competency, or the skill of being well-versed in many cultures, is especially important for those working with DV and SA survivors. Cultural relativism allows one to understand a culture on its own terms, including norms of relating to each other, and roles within a relationship. In this interactive workshop, we will question the cultures deeply embedded within us while seeking to understand a variety of lifestyles and family structures. We will apply this personal reflection to the practices within our organizations. Please come prepared to share and listen in a respectful and safe atmosphere and to address ways of effectively supporting survivors.

Breakout 3: New Legal Strategies for A Changing Workforce: What Nonprofits Need to Know
Norma Guzman, Enforcement Manager, U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission
Big issues in our society are becoming even bigger issues in our workplaces: gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, sexual harassment, and more.  Times are changing and new case law is emerging.  The U.S. EEOC, the agency that enforces the federal workplace discrimination laws, is addressing many of these changes through new guidance and a new Strategic Enforcement Plan.  What positions is the EEOC taking that may affect how nonprofits hire, how they accommodate their employees’ disabilities and religious beliefs, and how they manage their staffs?  Hear directly from the agency in this practical and interactive workshop.

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch on Your Own or Register to Attend an Optional Educational Event 

Lunch & Learn – Confidentiality & Privilege: What Executive Directors Need to Know
Alexandra Cantrell, Policy Coordinator, Texas  Council on Family Violence
Chris Kaiser, Director of Public Policy / General Counsel, Texas  Association Against Sexual Assault
Liz Boyce,  Director of Training / Staff Attorney, Texas  Association Against Sexual Assault
For agencies working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, maintaining confidentiality and understanding privilege is key to assuring agency practices that account for safety.  On September 1, 2017, HB 3649 became law, creating a new privilege in the Family Code between victims of family violence and advocates working in family violence and dual programs. In this session, we will explore the breadth and depth of this privilege, including all relevant exceptions, and highlight how programs can examine and assess their agency practice, review any lessons learned from the field so far, and provide strategies for communicating with community stakeholders on this issue. 
Complimentary lunch for registered participants. 

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Plenary 2

From Sun Salutations to Tequila Sunrises: Creating Agencies that Support Self-Care
Monica L. Urbaniak, LMFT-S, Consultant
Life is busy. Work is hectic. Our attention and energy is needed almost everywhere we turn. It’s exhausting, to say the least! We know if we really want to make a difference, we have to create space to take care of ourselves so we can take care of others. So let’s get real. . . are we really taking time to turn off and tune out in a meaningful way? Let’s dialogue about a modern definition of self-care and the full spectrum of actions that we can take to reclaim our sense of self as we work against systems of oppression and advocate for survivors and how as leaders we can create this space for the staff we work alongside.

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm


3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Breakout Sessions B

Breakout 4: 
To be announced

Breakout 5: Creating Your Prevention Dream Team
Jemm Corona-Morris, Prevention Educator, Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center
Kiara Nicholson, Prevention Educator, Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center
Marla Johnson,  Executive Director, Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center
Eric May,  Director of Prevention Services, SafeHaven of Tarrant County
Fiona Smith,  Primary Prevention Director, Noah Project, Inc.
Creating the “ideal” prevention team can be a challenge for many agencies due to high turnover. The goal of this session is to share how Prevention programs around the State have created a strong and sustainable prevention education team that is a key part of the agency’s mission to end violence in their communities. This session will also detail how sustainable prevention education programming is linked to the agency’s community engagement and fundraising.

Breakout  6: Unleashing Passion and Turning Your Staff/Board/Volunteers/Donors into Ambassadors
Kate Edwards, Vice President of Communications & Marketing, Burnam & Gray, LLC

5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

TCFV Membership Event

As a membership organization, TCFV is here to serve you! Learn about the state of membership in Texas and how to get the most out of your benefits, and enjoy networking with your fellow members. Non-members welcome!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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9:00 am – 10:15 am

Breakout Sessions C

Breakout 7: Intimate Partner Violence and Brain Trauma: A New Approach
Joshua Brown, LCSW, BCN, Director of Special Initiatives and Community Education,Fort Bend Women’s Center
Abeer Monem, Chief Programs Officer, Fort Bend County Women’s Center 
Recent research in the field of Intimate Partner Violence and neurology has demonstrated a link between abuse, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), and physiological changes in the brain caused by trauma and sleep deprivation. These brain changes have led to multiple obstacles for victims seeking safety and stability. Fort Bend Women’s Center staff will address the impact to the brain from TBIs, emotional trauma, and sleep deprivation and related consequences. This will be followed by a brief explanation of neurofeedback (including a live demonstration), relevant implications, and practical tips for IPV advocates. Finally, there will be a discussion of Fort Bend’s program model, the evaluation process used, and outcomes thus far.

Breakout 8: Succession Planning with an Anti-Oppression Framework
Tracy D. Wright, Technical Assistance Provider and Women of Color Leadership Project Coordinator, North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault
This interactive workshop will address and explore how succession planning can be integrated into the work of sexual assault and domestic violence agencies as staff and leadership transitions emerge.  We will also explore the need to incorporate an anti-oppression framework in succession planning—and will provide strategies—to strengthen and sustain the Anti-Violence movement.

Breakout 9: When Your Organization Hurts: Organizational Trauma and Resiliency
Michelle Dixon-Wall, Resource Sharing Project Coordinator, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
Trauma can affect organizations just as it affects individuals, families, and communities.  Just as silence and lack of understanding about trauma hurt individuals, so too does it hurt organizations. In this workshop, we will discuss symptoms and sources of organizational trauma as well as protective factors to mitigate the impact and promote healing.

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Brunch served

11:00 am – 11:30 am


11:30 am – 12:45 pm


Creating a “Yes, And” Culture of High-Level Performance & Engagement
Galen Emanuele, President, Shift Yes
Galen’s captivating presentations transform the way attendees show up and interact with everyone in
their life and business. Participants gain the ability to implement the improv concept of “Yes, And” to
strengthen communication, heighten leadership, and create a team culture of high-level performance
and engagement. Galen’s interactive content has participants laughing and learning as they enjoy this
unforgettable experience and gain actionable skills to permanently transform the way they contribute to
the organization and lead their teams.

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm


1:00 pm – 2:30 pm


HHSC Mini-Plenary

OAG Mini-Plenary


Hyatt Regency Riverwalk
123 Losoya St • San Antonio, TX 78205

Reserve your lodging now!

  • Room block closes January 19, 2018.
  • Pre-tax Rates (by occupancy)
    • $121.00: Single
    • $121.00: Double
    • $146.00: Triple
    • $171.00: Quadruple
  • All rates include internet.


  • Conference attendees receive a 25% discount off the prevailing parking price.


Dale Hansen
Sports Anchor, WFAA-TV

Dale Hansen is a nationally renowned and award winning sportscaster. Dale began his career as a radio disk jockey and operations manager in Newton, Iowa. Dale joined WFAA-TA in 1983. While most Dale from his WFAA nightly newscasts, he has become known for his outspoken social commentary. Using his platform, Dale has elevated the voice of countless survivors and is a strong ally in the movement to end domestic and sexual violence.

Galen Emanuele
President, Shift Yes

International speaker Galen Emanuele works with teams and organizations around the globe including Fortune 500’s such as Microsoft, CBRE, Expedia, and Shell, redefining the way people interact and communicate in business. Galen is an expert in human behavior with more than 18 years in sales, marketing, and business leadership. He is also a world-class improviser, having performed and taught improv for over 12 years including touring with improv legend Ryan Stiles, and the cast from Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Monica Urbaniak

Monica L. Urbaniak is a consultant, trainer, and clinician with over eighteen years of experience serving survivors of trauma. Monica also dedicates her time to training clinicians, advocates, and community members on issues related to sexual violence as well as a community advocate and activist for the rights of sexual assault survivors.  In 2014, Monica was awarded The Profiles in Leadership Award at the Southern Methodist University Women’s Symposium for her significant impact on the city of Dallas and on the quality of life for women overall.



Directing the Work: Annual Executive Directors’ Conference is co-hosted by Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) and Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA). This event brings together leaders of family violence and sexual assault organizations from across the state. It is an opportunity to explore and exchange innovative strategies, best practices, and new trends. Our ultimate goal is to not only provide an exceptional conference experience, but also create an atmosphere in which we promote community among our participants.


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Event Planner

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