Executive Leader Services & Programs

Leadership is a journey, not a destination. TCFV provides the necessary tools and resources to make that journey successful.

Directing the Work is a leadership development initiative designed to support and advance the work of executives charged with overseeing family violence organizations. Our goal is to ensure TCFV family violence agencies across Texas receive personalized technical assistance and support.

New ED Development Program

Are you a new Executive Director? If so, welcome! We are thrilled you are here and are in your new role leading an incredible agency doing life changing work.

Our Executive Director Development Program provides a comprehensive orientation and ongoing support to new Executive Directors for Family Violence programs, just like you.

We celebrate the reality that EDs have diverse backgrounds and experiences. You may come from outside the domestic violence or nonprofit arenas; you may be brand new to the ED role. We want to invest in you during these first years of your ED journey to support you in gaining the essential skills and share statewide trends, best practices, and resources necessary to successfully lead your agency.

Interested? Contact us today!



Sometimes your leasership journey will traverses terrain that is unfamiliar to you. This offers the opportunity to walk alongside experts outside of your agency and gaint the tailored support you need.

We here at TCFV offer support in a number of areas in the form of consultations. This is a benefit of category I and II members and family violence agencies funded by HHSC.

Agency Leadership Transition

Provides an on-site consultant for up to three days to work with staff and board to make an agency assessment and recommendations for leadership transition. Consultant may also attend board meetings to assist with determining next steps.

Agency Leadership Hiring

Provides a consultant to assist the board in reviewing the executive director’s or CEO’s job description, optimal salary, marketing options and hiring process. 

Board Confidentiality

Offers an overview of the state and federal confidentiality guidelines to ensure board members have the information required to safeguard the organization they serve. TCFV staff presents this training. 

Board Recruitment

Explores strategies to recruit committed individuals to serve as board members who are qualified and share the perspectives that align with the organization’s goals and needs. Also includes personalized assistance for building an effective board training and orientation plan. TCFV partners with nonprofit board experts to present this training.

Board Roles and Responsibilities

Examines board member’s fundamental roles and responsibilities to enhance effective governance. Explores strategies for building effective board structures.

Donor Cultivation and Research

Provides strategies to identify, cultivate, and solicit key donors. TCFV partners with nonprofit fund development experts to present this training.


Provides strategies to increase and bolster existing fundraising plans while defining the board’s role in fundraising. 

Philanthropy 101

Offers an in-depth review on how your organization can raise funds to make a difference for your cause by specifically exploring fundraising plans, cultivating and sustaining donor relations and strengthening proposal development skills. TCFV partners with nonprofit fund development experts to present this training.

Strategic Visioning

Explores key aspects of building and sustaining a high-performance organization through strategic planning. TCFV partners with nonprofit strategic visionary experts to present this training. 

Thought Leaders Cohort

Thought Leaders is an intensive cohort-based program for new and tenured Executive Directors and Chief Executive Officers. This yearlong program is designed to offer members an opportunity to expand and enhance leadership skills in a high-impact, transformational experience.

Our aims is to:

  • Harness the experience of family violence organizational experts to lead the domestic violence movement in a bold new direction.
  • Provide access to emerging nonprofit management principles and resources.
  • Bring family violence organizational leaders together to build a network they can lean on for long-term support.

The cohort consists of three in-person gatherings and requires travel. TCFV reimburses participants for travel, per diem, and lodging. Registration is complimentary and requires filling out an application.  Applications are usually distributed in the fall. Cohort meeting runs two days in various cities throughout Texas.

The biggest take away from the retreats is having formed trusting relationships with peers in our movement/industry, and having a resource pool to go to for planning and decision-making.

2019 Thought Leader

2020 Thought Leaders Cohort 

These accomplished leaders represent the best in our movement. With expertise in providing culturally specific approaches and years of experience in advocacy work and constituency building, these Texas leaders bring an impressive wealth of knowledge. We are honored to learn from their experience and to support them in the complex and rewarding task of leading their agencies.

Maisha Colter

Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse

Christine Coultas

Hope's Door New Beginning

Lorie Dunnam

Crisis Center of West Texas | Region 2 Area Director

Paige Flink

The Family Place

Angela Gamboa

Deaf Smith County Crisis Center

Norma Luginbyhl

Hutchinson County Crisis Center | Region 1 Area Director Emeritus

Laura Martinez

Family Crisis Center of the Rio Grande Valley

Alexis Johnson


Twana Sullins


Patti Wilson

Freedom House

Kelli Wright-Nelson

Matagorda County Women's Crisis Center

2019 Thought Leader Cohort

Rick Brown, Hope Alliance

Erica Bustamane, Wintergarden Women’s Shelter

Angie Chandler, Dove Project

Dan Cox, Noah Project

Darlene Lanham, Asian Family Support Services of Austin

David Moore, Women’s Center of Brazoria County

Gloria Ocampo, Friendship of Women

Kathy Reid, Family Abuse Center, Waco

Deborah Tomov, Family Services of Southeast Texas

Janice Watkins, Wise Hope

Emilee Whitehurst, Houston Area Women’s Center

Rhonda Williamson, Safer Path Family Violence Shelter

2018 Thought Leader Cohort

Lyndia Allen, Gateway Family Services, Inc.

Debra Dyason, First Step, Inc.

Elda Garcia, Southwest Family Life Centers, Inc.

William Hall, Families in Crisis, Inc.

Toni Johnson-Simpson, Denton County Friends of the Family

Sherri Kendall, Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse

Jim Malatich, Hope’s Door-New Beginning Centre

Alecia Peters, Healing Hearts Center

Roger Pharr, Crisis Center of Anderson and Cherokee Counties

Shelli Shields, Grayson Crisis Center

Ryan Shriver, SAFE-T

Heather Weidner, Safe Place

2017 Thought Leader Cohort

Hattie Allen, Kendall County Women’s Shelter

Kim Cook, Abigail’s Arms

Jennifer Fernandez, Guadalupe Valley Family Violence Shelter

Leigh Ann Fry, Noah Project, Inc.

Amanda Gowin

Stacy Hill, Crisis Center of Comal County             

Katherine Jacob, Safe Haven of Tarrant County

Hind Jarrah, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation

Rachna Khare, DAYA Houston

Kim Mathis-Goodrum, Focusing Families

Debbie Moseley, Bridge Over Troubled Water

Jeri Slone, NewBridge Family Shelter    

Selah Tacconi, Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County

Catherine Tietjen, Freedom House

Jim Womack, Family Support Services of Amarillo

Training Resources

TCFV offers a combination of in-person, on-demand, and statewide training. Our trainings cover critical topics presented by state and national experts. You, as a TCFV members receive discounted rates for all TCFV signature conferences.

Directing the Work Conference features dynamic presenters and showcases state and national trends for executive directors, CEOs, leadership staff and board members. The annual conference provides an opportunity to gain deeper knowledge of effective ways to lead family violence organizations. CEUs offered.

Developing Leadership Training Series provides web-based training opportunities presented by TCFV staff in partnership with state and national experts.

To learn more about these training opportunities, please click here

Membership Benefits

TCFV offers several executive-level, members-only resources. You can find them by logging in to the member center with your organizational account. Can’t find your organizational account? Contact Leigh Ann Montague with any questions about your account.

Resources Avaliable to Executive Directors’ and program leaders:

  • Access to the Executive Director Listserv
  • 2018 Compensation Survey
  • Nuts & Bolts of Bookkeeping Toolkit
  • Sample policies
  • Sample Job Descriptions

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PO Box 163865
Austin, TX 78716

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