Executive Director Toni Johnson-Simpson, MSW

Friends of the Family benefits from Ms. Johnson-Simpson’s wealth of knowledge and experience, which includes more than 16 years of nonprofit management, 12 of those with Friends of the Family.  As Executive Director, Ms. Johnson-Simpson provides oversight to all aspects of the agency, working in conjunction with the Board of Directors and the community to provide continuous, comprehensive services to those in the community who have been impacted by sexual and domestic violence.

Associate Executive Director  Katherine Boswell, MBA

Katherine Boswell began her career with Denton County Friends of the Family in November 2002. Katherine has worked in a variety of position including Crisis Line Coordinator, Outreach Services Coordinator, Quality Assurance Specialist and Director of Operations. Currently in her position as the Associate Executive Director, she manages a team of staff who provide for the day-to-day operation and finances of the organization.

Executive Program Director Dr. Nicole Roberts

Dr. Nicole Roberts is a licensed psychologist with a PhD in Counseling Psychology from New Mexico State. Her first job out of grad school was Director of Adult Counseling here at Denton County Friends of the Family in 2003. She left in 2006 to pursue a career as Clinical Director at a community counseling center. In 2017 she returned to Friends of the Family as the Executive Program Director. In the interim, she has worked at Hope’s Door, private practice, and at a behavioral hospital. 

Director of Legal Services Donna Bloom

Ms. Bloom has more than twenty-four years of experience in the domestic violence field, having served as an executive director, community educator and client advocate and since 2008 as the Director of Legal Services where she provides civil legal services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Additionally, Ms. Bloom is seen as an expert in the field throughout the State of Texas and is a sought after speaker and trainer on the complex issues associated with the intersection between domestic violence and child abuse and neglect.

Director of Outreach Advocacy Michelle Behl

Director of Outreach Advocacy– Michelle Behl received her Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services at University of Phoenix. Ms. Behl has had the experience of working with several populations including extensive work with youth at risk, juvenile corrections, sexual assault victims, human trafficking survivors, domestic violence, shelter legal advocacy, life skills, and currently has been promoted to Director of Outreach Advocacy with DCFOF. 

Director of Marketing and Development Randi Skinner

Randi graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelors in business. In her 10+ years of experience as a marketing and business development professional Randi has learned the importance of developing a recognizable brand, creating relatable content and cultivating authentic relationships throughout the community.  Randi brings this skill set to the work of prevention and advocacy for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Her passion for the work our agency does for victims of violence and extensive knowledge of marketing and community relations helps create a dynamic marketing platform for DCFOF. 

Director of Prevention, Education, & Awareness Program Hillarye Hightower, MA

Ms. Hightower is responsible for coordinating all community primary prevention efforts of the agency.  She has worked in the violence against women movement for 15 years having worn many hats throughout that time.  Most recently, Hightower has consulted with the University of North Texas in Denton to provide primary prevention education campus-wide and worked with the university to create and hire UNT’s first Victim Advocate in the Dean of Students Office.  Hillarye earned her B.A. in Psychology from McMurry University and her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from TWU.

Director of Children's Services Michelle Fox, M.Ed., LPC-S, RPT-S

Ms. Fox provides counseling and play therapy services for adults and children ages 3-17, is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and has been working with children impacted by trauma since 2010.  Michelle also provides counseling supervision for LPC – interns and masters level students.                                 

Director of Battering Intervention and Prevention Program David Almager, MS

Mr. Almager received his Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies at West Texas A&M and has been working with nonprofits since 1996.  He has 20 years of experience in the field of family violence having been a counselor for 10 years and a BIPP Program Director at a neighboring Family Violence organization prior to joining the DCFOF team in spring 2017.  David is responsible for leading the team that provides services to offenders of domestic violence through group facilitation and individual counseling using an evidence-based treatment model.

Director of Policy and Training Dr. Nicole Holmes

Dr. Holmes began her career with Denton County Friends of the Family in September 2005.  In her current role, Dr. Holmes is responsible for revising, formulating, and managing agency policy and procedure to assure best practices in the services provided and compliance with grant expectations and ethical standards.  Dr. Holmes oversees and guides the training protocols for employees, interns and volunteers.  She additionally manages the general operation and management of the intern training programs, provides intern training, and clinical supervision of interns and staff.

Director of Residential and Crisis Services Taylor Cameron, MS, LPC, NCC

Taylor graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Developmental and Family Studies from the University of North Texas in 2012 and Master of Science in Counseling and Development from Texas Woman’s University in 2014. She has worked in crisis intervention for the past 4 years. Previously, she has worked as a counselor in the Denton County Friends of the Family Battering Intervention and Prevention Program and as the Children’s Advocate and Counselor for the Emergency Shelter before moving into leadership. Taylor now oversees the operation of the Denton County Friends of the Family Emergency Shelter, which includes advocacy services, children’s program, 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling services, and the management of the facility. 


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