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MEET THE OPEN ARMS TEAM

OUR BOARD

Carol Thornhill

President

Deric Valdez

Vice President

Erin Ashworth-King

Treasurer

Marisa Thompson

Secretary

Shelly Bailey

Board Member

Cody Brenek

Board Member

Kelly LaJoie

Board Member

Jeff Smith

Board Member

OUR STAFF

Karla Payne, MS, LPC
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Karla is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining a total crisis intervention, advocacy, educational prevention program, and LGBT+ support and to assure sound management and control of the corporation.

<b>Karla Payne, MS, LPC</b><br><font size=2>EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Heather Hodge, LMSW, CA
DIRECTOR OF VICTIM SERVICES

Heather is available to meet with clients/survivors and secondary victims of sexual assault in the office Monday through Friday. She also conducts support groups and provides advocacy services. Heather can also meet with survivors outside the Open Arms office.

<b>Heather Hodge, LMSW, CA</b><br><font size=2>DIRECTOR OF VICTIM SERVICES

K’Danz Cruz
DIRECTOR OF LGBT+ SERVICES

K’Danz is responsible for the development and implementation of education and awareness of LGBT+ issues and providing victim assistance to the LGBT+ community.

<b>K’Danz Cruz</b><br><font size=2>DIRECTOR OF LGBT+ SERVICES

Amanda Mason
DIRECTOR OF VOLUNTEER SERVICES

Amanda is responsible for the recruitment and recognition of the agency’s volunteers. She will also be promoting the agency so that more people will know about our services and what we offer.

<b>Amanda Mason</b><br><font size=2>DIRECTOR OF VOLUNTEER SERVICES

Maggie Guerrero, MSW
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Maggie is available to do speaking engagements, conduct presentations, and offers primary prevention curriculum to any interested group or organization.

<b>Maggie Guerrero, MSW</b><br><font size=2>DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Ginger Guetlein
COMMUNITY EDUCATION COORDINATOR AND ON-CALL ADVOCATE

In addition to coordinating our community education efforts with Maggie, Ginger works as one of our paid advocates. She is on call after hours and on weekends/holidays to answer the hotline and offer medical accompaniment.

<b>Ginger Guetlein</b><br><font size=2>COMMUNITY EDUCATION COORDINATOR AND ON-CALL ADVOCATE

Racheal Nash
ON-CALL ADVOCATE

Racheal is on call after hours and on weekends/holidays to answer the hotline and offer medical accompaniment.

<b>Racheal Nash</b><br><font size=2>ON-CALL ADVOCATE

Melissa Hernandez
2017-2018 FIELD STUDENT

Melissa is one of our 2017-2018 Field Students from Angelo State University’s Social Work Program.

<b>Melissa Hernandez</b><br><font size=2>2017-2018 FIELD STUDENT

Tatiana Sorrell
2017-2018 FIELD STUDENT

Tatiana is one of our 2017-2018 Field Students from Angelo State University’s Social Work Program.

<b>Tatiana Sorrell</b><br><font size=2>2017-2018 FIELD STUDENT