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Shonda Schaefer, CNM,  Executive Director

Shonda was elected as a member of the GRACE Board of Directors in 2003. With the retirement of the agency’s founder in 2006, Shonda was asked to take on the role of Executive Director. She is responsible for strategic planning, program design, fundraising, community relations, board development, staff supervision, volunteer management, and financial planning.

Prior to joining GRACE, Shonda established a career in nonprofit leadership including positions with the YWCA, Captain Hope’s Kids, Contact Crisis Line and Children’s Cancer Fund. She is a certified Nonprofit Manager (CNM) and a graduate of Leadership Grapevine and Leadership Colleyville with over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector.

Shonda is also involved in numerous community leadership roles including:  the United Way NE Tarrant County Campaign Cabinet, the Northeast Leadership Forum, the Metroport Cities Partnership, the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Division of the Grapevine Chamber, the Colleyville Chamber of Commerce, and the Southlake Chamber of Commerce.

Mark Woolverton, CFRE, Director of Development

Mark joined GRACE in 2011 as Director of Development where he oversees fundraising, special events, marketing, and volunteers.  Prior to his work with GRACE, he served local chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association, American Red Cross, and the YWCA. He also held a shared position with Cook Children’s Hospital and Children’s Medical Center Dallas on the Children’s Miracle Network campaign.

His work in not-for-profit organizations dates to the early 1980s when he served as the public information and development director for a public television station in Pensacola, Florida. During the same period, he graduated from the University of West Florida with a master’s degree in communications.

Here locally, Mark is a graduate of Leadership Southlake.

Stacy Pacholick, Director of Programs

Stacy joined the GRACE staff in 2013 as Director of Programs.  In this capacity, she oversees GRACE’s Client Services, Clinic, Food Pantry, Transitional Housing, and the Friends & Family program as well as seasonal events like Feed Our Kids and the Christmas Cottage.  Prior to her work with GRACE, she gained eight years of management experience with other social service programs, including The Parenting Center in Fort Worth, where she served for six years, and The Salvation Army in Kansas City.

Stacy and her husband, Rick, have two daughters, Mallory and Presley.  In the past, she and her daughters volunteered for GRACE through the National Charity League, working at the Food Pantry and Donation Station.

Additionally, Stacy served on several committees with GRACE representatives during her time with The Parenting Center. She is a graduate of Leadership Grapevine.

Melissa Simpkins, Executive Assitant

Melissa joined GRACE in 2008 as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director where she serves as the cohesive unit to the leadership team.  She has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a focus in human resource management from the University of North Texas.  Melissa also has 12 years of experience in the staffing industry specializing in payroll, human resources, and risk management, and is a Certified Administrative Assistant.

Prior to coming to GRACE, Melissa volunteered in youth ministry at an Irving church and also at the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.  She has helped with a Habitat for Humanity build and currently volunteers as a children’s ministry teacher at her church. She is a graduate of Leadership Grapevine and is participating in Leadership Colleyville.

Melissa and her husband, Rob, have three young daughters, including twin girls.

Teresa Wiliamson, Director of Finance & Operations

Teresa joined GRACE in 2016 as the Director of Finance & Operations. Teresa is originally from Iowa and has made Texas her home for the last 8 years with her two children. Her family is involved at 121 Community Church, where she serves in the children’s ministry. She is also the Treasurer of the Byron Nelson Swim and Dive Booster Club. Teresa holds a BSBA in Accounting from Creighton University.

As the Director of Finance for Child Care Associates in Fort Worth, she managed multiple grants for youth care with a collective worth of $70M. Of her many hallmark achievements; she was also responsible for streamlining many processes through unprecedented automated systems, which led to additional revenue stream to assist families and children.