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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.


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 year long program is designed to offer you as a TCFV member an opportunity to expand and enhance leadership skills in a high-impact, transformational experience.

By joining TLC, you will:

  • Step away from busy days and the persistant urgent and important to rest.
  • Explore your leadership in thoughtful and inspirtional ways.
  • Coach one another with current issues and questions.
  • Build relationships with fellow leaders.

The cohort consists of three virtual or in-person gatherings and requires travel. TCFV covers lodging and reimburses participants for travel and food per diem. 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

2021 Thought Leaders Cohort

Applications coming November 18, 2020!

2020 Thought Leader Cohort
  • Maisha Colter, Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse
  • Christine Coultas, Hope’s Door New Beginning
  • Lorie Dunnam, Crisis Center of West Texas
  • Paige Flink, The Family Place
  • Angela Gamboa, Deaf Smith County Crisis Center
  • Norma Luginbyhl, Hutching County Crisis Center
  • Laura Martinez, Family Crisis Center of the Rio Grande Valley
  • Alexis Johnson, SAAFE House
  • Twana Sullins, SAAFE House
  • Pattie Wilson, Freedome 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 Bianca Rawlings 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