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2019 Board Chair Susan Stout

 Susan Stout is the Store Director for Tiffany & Co. at the Dallas Galleria.  A Dallas native, she graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in Radio/Television & Film and spent her early career in the hospitality industry with Four Seasons Hotels.  Susan joined the DCFOF Board after working with them for many years as a corporate sponsor.  Susan has also served as a professional mentor and business internship host with the SMU Alumni Association, ICIMS mentor with the Frisco Independent School District, scholarship reviewer for the Irving Schools Foundation, Board Member with Chamberlain Performing Arts in Plano, member of the Metrocare Auxiliary, event committee chair for both The Taylor Hooton Foundation Gala and the North Texas Energy for Life Walk, and is a current member of the DCFOF Women’s Auxiliary.

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2019 Board Vice Chair Ashley Adebogun

Ashley Adebogun, MS., NCC 
Ashley is an Arkansas native, she graduated from Texas A & M-Texarkana with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She also holds a Master of Science with a Major in Counseling & Development from Texas Woman’s University. Ashley is currently working on a Doctorate of Healthcare Administration and currently works in the behavioral health field. She has a history of working with DCFOF beginning as a former counseling intern. Ashley and her husband Dr. Adebogun have four children and enjoy traveling and serving the community in various capacities.  

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2019 Board Member Pat Cheek

Professionally, Pat taught middle school off and on for 40 years. In retirement, she has tutored at two middle schools where she saw a need, served on the board of the Denton Christian PreSchool, Salvation Army, and several city boards.

She and her late husband, Bill Cheek, and others, helped start Denton County Friends of the Family's women’s shelter here in Denton. They saw a need and responded.

In the 1960s, she was part of a group of women who realized that integration was going to be hard on kids of color, so they arranged to meet the women in the families, became friends, and worked to make sure the students of color knew and were friends with white kids before they entered Denton Public Schools. Many of Pat's women's group also tutored students before they entered Denton High School. In the course of this endeavor, Pat made many friends who remain friends today.

She has four grown children who live and work in Denton. Her children serve the community as volunteers also. Her oldest granddaughter serves on a committee of DCFOF as well.

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2019 Board Vice Chair Nancy Humphries

Nancy is serving her second term as a DCFOF Board Member. Prior to that, she has served as a volunteer for five years, mainly focusing on event planning for major fundraising. Having chaired the Fundraising Committee for a year, she continues to serve on the Fundraising Committee and the Safe Campus Planning Committee. She is a retired RN and previous partner/owner of Home Care Agency in Oklahoma City for seven years, prior to moving to Denton, to be near her two children and three grandsons. Her passion for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault began during her many years as an ER nurse and seeing the needs of her bedside care of victims was only the beginning of healing.

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2019 Board Secretary Kim Guertler

Kim has worked for the Denton County Criminal District Attorney’s Office for 20 years.  During her time of working in the Family Violence Unit, she had the opportunity to work closely with Friends of the Family staff and she became passionate about helping victims of domestic violence.  She joined the Board in 2017 and she is excited about having the opportunity to serve DCFOF in this capacity.  Kim is a longtime Denton County resident and a graduate of Texas Woman’s University.  She and her husband, Peter, have two children and they enjoy traveling, riding their Harley-Davidson motorcycle and spending time with their kids. 

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2019 Board Treasurer Brandon Reed, CPA

Brandon is a practicing CPA at KHA Accountants, PLLC in Denton with a focus on taxation and business consulting. He and his wife, Alex, enjoy the outdoors and hitting a few balls at the tennis courts whenever they have some free time. He also enjoys spending time with his two nieces and two nephews on the weekends. 

Brandon moved back to the North Texas area from Abilene in 2016 and has been active in the community ever since. He caught wind of the amazing things Denton County Friends of the Family does for the victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse and wanted to help in any way he could. He has a passion to help create a safe community and serve those that have been affected by violence. 

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2019 Board Development Officer Landon Ellison

Landon is the current Director of Outreach at the University of North Texas, and is also a two-time alumni. He met his wife Vanessa in college, and they have been married since 2013. Landon was first introduced to DCFOF through a domestic violence event at UNT, and has been a passionate supporter ever since. He hopes to establish a relationship between his office and DCFOF, to assist survivors in transition with educational pursuits, so they may have the opportunity to start provide a new life of success and happiness for themselves. 

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2019 Board Member and Past Chair 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!

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2019 Board Member Suzanne Enck

Suzanne Enck, Ph.D.

Suzanne has volunteered for nearly 30 years with domestic violence prevention programs, rape counseling centers, and university-based sexual assault prevention initiatives. Suzanne is an Associate Professor of feminist rhetoric and public culture in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Texas, where she is also an allied faculty member in Women’s & Gender Studies. Suzanne’s teaching and research centers on gendered violence, women’s incarceration, and popular culture. Suzanne has previously worked with Resolana, a Dallas-based holistic empowerment program aimed at ending cycles of women’s incarceration. Suzanne is also one of the founding members of the Denton Feminist & Queer Collective.

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2019 Board Member Deborah Cosimo, PhD

With a MA in Counseling Psychology and a PhD in Sociology, Deborah has worked over 25 years on behalf of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She has served in various capacities, including 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.

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2019 Board Member Larry Schneider

Shortly after completing his Ph.D. in psychology at Southern Illinois University, Larry Schneider accepted a position in the Psychology Department at the University of North Texas.  He retired from UNT as a Professor in 2019 after serving in faculty, advisor, and administrative roles. He continues to consult with nursing homes and geriatric organizations. Currently, he is completing his second term on the DCFOF Board. His interest in DCFOF was spawned by his research efforts at UNT and from his experience working with clients who were victims of abuse.

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2019 Board Member Lisa Stanley, Ph. D.

Lisa Stanley, Ph. D. is the Superintendent of North Texas Collegiate Academy, a public charter school district serving at-risk students in Denton County.  Now in her 18th year of administration at NTCA, Lisa remains passionate about empowering her students and their families through community service, character education, and college-readiness programs.  As a DCFOF volunteer since 2010, Lisa has logged over 2500 hours of service in our children's programs, at our shelter, and on fundraising committees.  She joined our Board of Directors on October 2018. 

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2019 Board Member Gene Cherrnay

Inspired by the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, Gene has spent his career in architecture and remodeling. He is proud to serve on the DCFOF board for seven years, as he has seen first-hand how domestic violence wreaks 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 wife, Amy and two grandchildren (Asher and Ellie Joan), as well as his loveable beagle, Leah Matilda.

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