Leadership

Our nonprofit organization is governed by a volunteer board of directors and led by a professional staff all dedicated to improving our community for kids and families!

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Staff Leadership

  • Ashley Elgin, Ph.D.

    Ashley Elgin, Ph.D.

    Chief Executive Officer

    Ashley Elgin, Ph.D.

    Chief Executive Officer

    Dr. Ashley Elgin serves as the CEO of Lena Pope and is responsible for executing strategic efforts that pave the way for community support in the years to come. Her passion for serving children and families has driven her work for over 30 years and creates an exciting opportunity for Lena Pope moving forward. Her vision includes creating high quality, empathic and productive services to those in need in Tarrant County. To achieve this vision, Dr. Elgin focuses on integrating a business investment model with charitable services thereby facilitating Lena Pope’s mission and impact priorities. This savvy approach to creating long term organizational sustainability has yielded unprecedented results in the aide that is provided to clients in education, behavior, and emotional growth.

    A committed community advocate, Dr. Elgin has served (s) on boards and committees for Mental Health Connection, Texas Network for Youth Services, Meals on Wheels of America, Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance, North Texas Association for Play Therapy, and Children’s Advocacy Center of Texas Partner Agency Council. Among her many other distinctions, Dr. Elgin holds a PhD in Counseling from the University of North Texas and is recognized as an expert on the dynamics and effects of childhood trauma, authoring academic chapters and publishing research articles in clinical journals.  In 2018 she was recognized as Non-Profit CEO of the Year by the Community Council of Dallas. And in 2017, Dr. Elgin was honored by the City of Dallas with the LGBT Homelessness Impact Award. She has been a distinguished guest on NPR –The Morning Radio Show, CBS Radio, Good Morning Texas and she has participated in documentaries and legislative testimony focused on domestic violence and sex trafficking.

  • Shnease Webb

    Shnease Webb

    Chief Operating Officer

    Shnease Webb

    Chief Operating Officer

    With nearly 50 years of service to Lena Pope, Shnease has been an integral part of our organization, having performed or managed almost every function of the organization at some point during her tenure. Shnease serves as Lena Pope’s Chief Operating Officer, providing expert human resources and operational support to more than 200 employees. Shnease was awarded Lena Pope’s Garcia-Lancarte award in 1998, an award given to individual(s) who have gone above and beyond in service to Lena Pope and was recognized for her integrity and unbelievable work ethic. Shnease earned her MBA from TCU and has been involved with many different organizations, including serving on the board for Leadership Fort Worth and volunteering with the LeaderKids program.

  • Todd Tudor

    Todd Tudor

    Chief Finance Officer

    Todd Tudor

    Chief Finance Officer

    Todd Tudor, CPA, has 30 years of accounting and audit experience. As Lena Pope’s Chief Financial Officer, Todd and his team manage the organization’s daily operations with a keen eye on regulatory compliance and best practices, while also providing strategic financial planning. Prior to coming to Lena Pope, Todd was a Director of Assurance Services with BDO USA LLP (formerly Hartman, Leito, & Bolt, LLP) for a combined 17 years. He has previously served in management roles at PriceWaterhouseCooper, The Bankers Assurance Group, and with Weaver and Tidwell. He received his degree from Abilene Christian University and is a licensed CPA in the State of Texas.

  • Cathy R. Sheffield, CAP, CSPG, CFRE, FCEP

    Cathy R. Sheffield, CAP, CSPG, CFRE, FCEP

    Chief Advancement Officer

    Cathy R. Sheffield, CAP, CSPG, CFRE, FCEP

    Chief Advancement Officer

    Cathy R. Sheffield leads Lena Pope’s advancement team and oversees the strategic and diversified fundraising initiatives responsible for providing essential philanthropic funds that fuel Lena Pope’s work to improve child well-being. Cathy received an MBA from Texas Christian University and a Bachelor of Science from North Dakota State University. Cathy is a faculty member of California State University’s American Institute for Philanthropic Studies which administers the Certified Specialist in Planned Giving designation program. Cathy is the co-host of Charitable Chit Chat with Cathy & Claire, a podcast for philanthropy professionals. Cathy has been honored by the Fort Worth Metro Chapter of AFP with the Benjamin Franklin Award for Outstanding Professional Fundraising Executive. Cathy currently serves on the board of directors for American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA), Jerusalem Institute for Justice, and NewDay Services for Children and Families. Cathy is also a member of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth.

    She is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®), and Certified Specialist in Planned Giving (CSPG).

  • Vicki Sendejo

    Vicki Sendejo

    Chief of Education Services, Chapel Hill Academy

    Vicki Sendejo

    Chief of Education Services, Chapel Hill Academy

    Victoria Sendejo has served in the education field for more that 24 years as a High School English Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Special Education Coordinator, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Associate Superintendent. She serves as the Chief of Education Services for Lena Pope and Chapel Hill Academy. Chapel Hill Academy is an open-enrollment, tuition-free, public charter school in southwest Fort Worth that improves families’ access to high-quality educational opportunities by focusing on academic and social-emotional learning from Pre-K to 8th grade. Victoria is bilingual (English/Spanish) and earned a master’s degree from University of North Texas. She holds the following Texas certifications in Special Education EC-12, Principal and Superintendent. She previously attended the Art of Leadership program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and is currently completing a Doctorate of Education at Texas Wesleyan University. Victoria has been recognized for participation in the Texas Association of Latin Administrators and Superintendents and currently serves as the Region XI President of Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA).

  • D'Ann Spraggins

    D’Ann Spraggins

    Executive Administrative Assistant and Board Liasion

  • Jennifer Carpenter

    Jennifer Carpenter

    Director of Early Learning Programs – Sanguinet

    Jennifer Carpenter

    Director of Early Learning Programs – Sanguinet

    Jennifer Carpenter, LCSW, has worked at Lena Pope in the social work field for over 25 years. She has served in a variety of roles, but always with a focus on children and their families. Currently, Jennifer is the Director of Early Learning Programs, overseeing both of Lena Pope’s early learning centers. She believes quality early childhood education is critical for children and is dedicated to sharing this information with our community. At Lena Pope’s Early Learning Centers, we focus on developing social and emotional skills in young children, to set them up to be successful students and adults. Jennifer serves on the Early Learning Alliance Leadership Team and is co-chair of the Help Me Grow North Texas Family Engagement Committee. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). She is currently pursuing a second master’s degree from UTA in Human Resource Management.

  • Mariah Esquivel

    Mariah Esquivel

    Director of Early Learning Center – UNTHSC

    Mariah Esquivel

    Director of Early Learning Center – UNTHSC

    Mariah Esquivel has worked in early childhood education for more than 15 years. She currently serves as the Director of the Early Learning Center at the UNT Health Science Center campus. Her passion is children, and she believes her job is a way to make a lasting impact on children, their families, and the future. At Lena Pope’s Early Learning Centers, we focus on developing social and emotional skills in young children, to set them up to be successful students and adults. Mariah is proud to be a part of Lena Pope and work from an organization whose goal is to provide quality care to all individuals, regardless of their access to resources. Mariah has her Directors Credentials and a degree from Grand Canyon University.

  • Keegan Hand

    Keegan Hand

    Director of Development

    Keegan Hand

    Director of Development

    Keegan Hand has been part of the Lena Pope family since 2014. Keegan began her tenure at Lena Pope managing all special event fundraisers. During her time with Lena Pope, her role has grown to include supervision of the fundraising team as well as management of annual giving and donor relations. Keegan’s goal is to act as a conduit for donors, connecting them to the mission of Lena Pope and the change in families’ lives that is made possible by their support. Keegan received her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Texas. She has been an active member of the Junior League of Fort Worth since 2017. Keegan is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and served on the Board of Directors for AFP from 2018 to 2021.

  • Katye LaNier

    Katye LaNier

    Director of Marketing and Communications

    Katye LaNier

    Director of Marketing and Communications

    Katye LaNier has worked to improve the lives of children and families for more than a decade. Previously working in the adoption field, Katye is excited to focus on supporting the early intervention and preventative services Lena Pope offers the community. As the Director of Marketing and Communication, Katye manages both internal and external digital and print communication, collateral, design, and shares with our community about services available to all children and families. Katye has a degree in Strategic Communications from Texas Christian University. She’s been trained in the Disney Institute for Customer Service and has been a speaker at several trainings and seminars about social media best practices and design introductions for non-profit professionals. Katye is a member of Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

  • Stacey Lewis

    Stacey Lewis

    Director of Counseling and Substance Use Services

    Stacey Lewis

    Director of Counseling and Substance Use Services

    Stacey Lewis, LCSW, has worked at Lena Pope for more than 17 years. As the Director of Counseling Services, Stacey leads teams of counselors and therapists who work directly with children and their families in our community who need support, knowing that the evidence-based and trauma-informed practices we use can improve child and family well-being. Through the counseling services, Lena Pope works with individuals and families presenting issues including anxiety, depression, substance use, trauma, and behavior challenges. We provide individual and family counseling, play therapy, mental health assessments and diagnosis in office or through virtual teletherapy visits. The outpatient substance use services for adults are group-based and utilize a curriculum that focuses on triggers, relapse prevention, anger management skills, coping skills, drug education, and depression management. Stacey is a licensed clinical social worker with a master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has been a part of the Mental Health Connection Tarrant Cares Governance Committee, My Health My Resources (MHMR) of Tarrant County Youth Behavioral Health Community Advisory Committee, Children’s Advocacy Council, and long-time member of the National Association of Social Workers.

  • Sonya Mosley

    Sonya Mosley

    Director of School and Community Based Services

    Sonya Mosley

    Director of School and Community Based Services

    Sonya Mosley, LCSW, has been investing in children and their families through her work in the Juvenile Justice and/or Child Welfare systems at Lena Pope for more than 20 years. As the Director of School and Community Based Services, Sonya oversees state and county contracts, including Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP), as well as an array of community-based programs that provide in-home counseling, case management, and skills building services for at-risk youth and families. Sonya is a licensed clinical social worker with a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has served on the Mental Health Connection Board and is the Chair of the Recognize and Rise Community Awareness Campaign. She’s also a community trainer for California Brief Multicultural Competency Scale Training (CBMCS). Sonya is a 30-year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (the first African American Greek-letter service organization for women) and has actively served on projects aimed at improving the lives of community members.

  • Adreana Nash

    Adreana Nash

    Director of Finance

    Adreana Nash

    Director of Finance

    Adreana Nash has 15 years of accounting and finance experience and has been part of Lena Pope since 2017. As the Director of Finance, Adreana oversees the finance department and manages day-to-day operations. Prior to coming to Lena Pope, she worked as an accountant with Special for Groups in Los Angeles, Interfaith Ministries, Hines, and GM Financial. Adreana earned her MBA from American Jewish University. She has been Treasurer on the HECHT Trauma Institute Board since 2021.

  • Robert Ramirez

    Robert Ramirez

    Director of Human Resources

    Robert Ramirez

    Director of Human Resources

    Robert Ramirez has been improving child well-being at Lena Pope for the last 22 years. He has worked in many capacities, including time as a Behavior Interventionist, Lead Teaching Assistant, Dean of Students, Student and Campus Service Coordinator, and most recently as Assistance Campus Director at Lena Pope’s charter school, Chapel Hill Academy. As the Director of Human Resources, Robert supports more than 200 of Lena Pope’s staff through vital day-to-day operations; following important HR policies, procedures, and compliance; and welcomes new employees to the organization through the onboarding and new employee orientation processes. Robert has a degree from Columbia College and a Master’s in Education Administration from the University of North Texas.

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Board Leadership

  • “For 90 years Lena Pope has served local children and families with excellence. An organization that began as a refuge for just over 20 children has grown to include a wide range of prevention and early intervention programs that serve nearly 4,000 clients annually. I believe our growth is a testament to the people and the culture embedded at the core of Lena Pope. I’m thankful to play a small role in this great organization.”
    Alex Armstrong 

  • Carlo Andreani

    Secretary

  • Alex Armstrong

  • Kaydee Bailey

  • Joe Breedlove

  • Nanny Christie

    Program Committee Chair

  • Chad Cline

  • Glenn Darden

  • Mark Denton

    President

  • Brian Dixon

  • Jim Estill

  • Rosalind Evans

  • Sarah Gentry

  • Pamela Gilchrist

  • Joni Thompson Horton

    Treasurer

  • Katie Hower

  • Julie Kleberg

    Advancement Committee Chair

  • Vanessa Gomez-LaGatta

  • Jody Lancarte

  • Raven Lancarte

  • Erma Lee

    CHA Board Committee Chair

  • Marty Leonard

  • Justin Malone

  • JoAnn Means

  • Ellen Messman

  • Belvia Moody

  • Judy Needham

  • Julie Piggott

    Chapel Committee Chair

  • Pamela Pigman

  • Tony Pompa

  • Robin Reed

  • Austin Reilly

  • Abby Rodgers

  • Omar Rosales

  • Corey Scott

    Vice President and Governance Committee Chair

  • Mark Shelton

  • Marce Ward

  • Sonya Wierzowiecki

  • Laura Wood

  • Stephen Zimmer

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