moving families from crisis to confidence.
Board of Directors

The Board of Directors are volunteers who serve as a governing body for the agency.

The Board's primary purpose is to assure that the agency fulfills its mission and meets its goals.

This is done by setting Board policy, reviewing and approving programs and budgets developed and implemented by the Executive Director and ensuring financial stability and accountability. The Board delegates to the Executive Director the function of ensuring that the agency complies with all applicable laws and state Family Violence Program rules.

2015 Board of Directors 

Russ Ray | Chair

Professionally, Russ Ray of Highland Village, serves the community as a Financial Advisor and Vice President at Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.  He helps people to lay financial plans for their future goals, monitor their investments along the way, and manage any risk control strategies that are in place to defend their plans against interruption by disease, disability, and premature death.

Whether friends, family, clients or neighbors, he has encountered that domestic violence occurs repeatedly and is almost completely obscured from public view and observation. Victims are often trapped within their situation by parenting responsibilities, feelings of guilt, and concrete financial limitations. They do not see a means of escape. DCFOF provides a path by which victims may reclaim their lives.

Sheila Scheider | Past Chair

Sheila is a former college educator with a master’s degree in psychology. She enjoys writing children’s picture books, traveling, and spending time with her family. “Past experience has fostered a passion in me to help women and children move forward from relationship violence.”


Alice Mankoff  | 1st Vice Chair



Gene Cherrnay | Board Development

Inspired by the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, he has spent his career in architecture and remodeling. He is proud to serve on the DCFOF board as he has seen first-hand how domestic violence plays havoc in the lives of the children and adults who have been impacted by it. He is an avid camper and spends his off time doing so on the Brazos River and adoring his beagle, Leah Matilda.

 Deborah Cosimo | Secretary

She has worked the last 25 years on behalf of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in various capacities: counselor, program director, trainer, author, and volunteer. She is guided by the conviction that everyone has the right to live in a world without violence and to be treated with dignity and respect. She serves on the board of DCFOF because she is committed to the agency’s mission.  In her spare time, she loves traveling and playing traditional American and Irish music, with a few pieces from the Renaissance thrown into the mix. 

 Chris Roberts | Treasurer

I am a local CPA with over 25 years of experience in corporate finance and tax planning.  It is my desire to use my financial expertise, serving as the Treasurer, to help the organization achieve a more solid financial foundation so that DCFOF will be able to provide services and support to the community well into the future.

 Melonie Baker

She works as a: Business Success Coach, Marketer & Educational Spec. in the Social Services Industry. In addition, she runs her company, We Care Facilities, as a way to protect the mental and physically disabled population. "WCF" specializes in housing the disabled with support services. She is a BIG ADVOCATE in Anti-Bullying. This is the main reason that she joined the team of board members for Friends of Family. 

  Diana Carey
  Eric Diaz

 Brent Hill

Brent Hill is a practicing family and criminal lawyer in Denton and Cooke Counties for the past 15 years, including 4 years as a felony and misdemeanor prosecutor.  He has been married for 14 years with a 10 year old daughter who enjoys dancing, theater and hunting with her dad.  He joined the board for two main reasons.  First, he wanted to help victims of relationship violence to see that they have choices and that they don't have to suffer under someone else's control and domination.  Secondly, he wants to teach his daughter the value of volunteering and that her gender does not dictate her choices in life.

 Karren Hodge

Karren Hodge is an emerging leader and experienced communications professional with a diverse background in Public Relations and Marketing. She tries to live by two of her favorite quotes "to whom much is given much is required" and "let the beauty of what you love be what you do." She supports Denton County Friends of the Family because they are a dynamic organization with an even greater mission filled with people that genuinely care about making an impact in our community.

Linda Marshall

Coming from a social work background, she earned a MSW and then a Ph.D. in Sociology.  She has been a college professor for over 30 years, teaching courses in sociology, social work, and women's studies, currently at Texas Woman's University.  Her husband, David, is also a professor at TWU, with a specialty in statistics and research design. They enjoy traveling, spending time with  their children, and doting on beloved little cat Franny.

Her passion has long been the pursuit of social justice for all people, especially those marginalized and oppressed by dominant systems. For her, eliminating violence against women is the crucial element in this cause -- because being free of violence is the foundation of any other rights and freedoms that people can pursue.

  Tony Mowles

 Celisa Willson

Classifying Celisa as a “Texas girl” is a bit of an understatement.  In her family, she represents the 6th generation to be born and raised right here in Denton County. As a REALTOR®, being involved in her community is very important and DCFOF gives her the ability to help with what she considers a necessity: empowering women. Celisa has been happily married to her husband, Rob, since 1995 and enjoys traveling, networking, re-doing furniture and rooting for her Dallas Cowboys!