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Board 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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Board Member 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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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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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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Board Member 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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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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Board Development  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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Board Secretary 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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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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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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Board Vice Chair 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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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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Board Member Amanda Hall

Amanda moved to Denton County with her husband and two children in 2017 from the suburbs of Chicago where she worked as a Family Peer Counselor and Community Education Speaker for the NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness.  Her work with NAMI was based in providing hope, compassion, resources and education to families and individuals during times of mental health crisis. Since living in Texas, she has coached her children’s sports teams, and also worked in several metroplex preschools teaching a variety of sports to students.  Her altruistic nature and passion for supporting women and children motivated her to join the board of DCFOF and she looks forward to the opportunity to serve such a well respected organization. 

 
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Board Member LaKebra Mahomes, BSW, MPA

LaKebra is a Dallas native who currently works at a nonprofit in Dallas that serves the homeless population.  She received her Bachelor in Social Work at the University of North Texas in Denton where she was first introduced to DCFOF as a Child Advocate Intern. She later worked at DCFOF as a Crisis Intervention Specialist. This allowed her the opportunity to work first hand with women and children of DV in the shelter setting. She then received her Master of Public Administration at UNT Denton. She is working to someday become an Executive Director of a nonprofit. She is passionate about helping victims of DV and serving the homeless population. She is new to serving as a board member.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, going to church, and shopping. She loves volunteering to help serve vulnerable populations and hopes to make a difference in the lives of many. 

 
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Board Member Dale Yeatts, Ph. D.

Dale Yeatts joined the faculty at the University of North Texas in 1988. He currently serves as a Professor of Sociology. He received his PhD from the University of Virginia. Dale’s areas of study at UNT include health, aging, and the environment. Dale has received multiple grants and has published multiple articles and several books. This work has included the study of Self-Directed Work Teams, the use of teams in nursing homes, the empowerment of nurse aide, and most recently factors assisting patients in their recovery after a hospital stay. He has been a DCFOF Board Member since 2018.

 
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Board Member Heather Norris

Heather Norris is an Account Executive for the Southeast Market of Tiffany & Co. Business Sales. She has been a resident of Denton County for 16 years and originally hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Heather graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Anthropology and is a proud “Mountaineer”, active in both the local DFW & National WVU Alumni Chapters.

Heather has partnered with DCFOF since 2005 as a corporate sponsor with Tiffany & Co. and joined the DCFOF Board in February 2021. Heather is very proud to be serving on the Board, her passion and commitment to help victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse is driven from personal experiences during her childhood.

Heather lives in Prosper, with her husband, two sons, and three dogs, Pumpkin, Coco Chanel & Nacho. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her family and friends.

 
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Board Member Linda Marshall, PhD

Linda joined the faculty of Texas Woman’s University with a MSSW degree in social work and a PhD in sociology, serving as Social Work Program Director for many years. With a focus on women’s issues and violence against women, she taught courses in both disciplines and helped forge an alliance between TWU and DCFOF, encouraging students’ interests in anti-violence work and the university’s support of the agency. She and her husband, also a professor at TWU, recently retired from academia and currently enjoy their children, two granddaughters, and their beloved cat Franny. They look forward to resuming travel as soon as humanly possible. Linda is grateful to be affiliated with this phenomenal agency.

 
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