SUE THIERS HESSELTINE - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Sue Thiers Hesseltine joined Our Friends Place as the Executive Director on April 4, 1994. Sue is responsible for all aspects of the agency and reports to the Board of Directors. Sue has spent many years working directly with adolescents in capacities ranging from therapeutic camping to parenting and pregnancy teen programs to inner city youth programs. Sue's education includes a Master of Education from the University of North Texas, Denton, 1995, and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Minnesota, 1982.
Melanie jones meijering — PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Melanie Jones Meijering, LMSW, joined Our Friends Place as the Program Director on August 24, 2015. In this capacity, Melanie serves both Transitional Living Centers, Pauline’s Place and Beazley House. Melanie ensures the residents are learning the skills they need for independent living. As a veteran social worker, Melanie brings 27 years of experience in psychotherapy, case management and program management. Melanie received her Master of Social Work from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
NICOLE PRICE - SITE MANAGER
Nicole Price joined Our Friends Place as a Transitional Living Center Site Manager on June 26, 2017. In this position, Nicole is responsible for all aspects of Pauline's Place Transitional Living Center. Previously, Nicole was a Reentry Program Manager working with homeless and previously incarcerated populations in Washington, DC. She also has a background working with the criminal justice system. Nicole earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Grand Valley State University in 2008 and a MS in Forensic Psychology from Walden University in 2012. Nicole has years of experience working with under-served and at-risk populations.
KADETRAH LOCKETT - SITE MANAGER
Kadetrah Lockett came back to Our Friends Place as a Beazley House Transitional Living Center Site Manager on July 25, 2016. Kadetrah was first employed at the OFP group home for the girls in 2011. Once Beazley House was ready and operating Kadetrah then served as a contract employee to cover for the site manager on an as needed basis through 2013. Kadetrah brings years of experience to Our Friends Place as she has worked at other social service agencies which adds to her capabilities and skills in providing guidance and support to the clients.
brenda Ewing snitzer -Development Director
Brenda Ewing Snitzer joined Our Friends Place as Development Director, October 28, 2015. She has been in nonprofit work in Dallas for more than 25 years, including having been a therapist at Our Friends Place in 1991. Brenda has a Bachelor's degree in Education and a Master's degree in Counseling from Baylor University and completed coursework for a doctorate in Social Work administration at U.T. A. before work and family took over life. She has worked as a Program Director, as well as a Marketing Director, Development Director and Executive Director at several well-known organizations. She has also taught in schools and was an Adult Probation Officer in Dallas. Brenda's role is to increase friends and funds at OFP, building the organization's capacity and sustainability.
caitlin doepfner - development associate
Caitlin Doepfner joined Our Friends Place as Development Associate on April 3, 2017. She is responsible for managing development and financial functions plus donor relations activities. After graduating from Ursuline Academy of Dallas, Caitlin earned a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration concentrating in Nonprofit Organization from the University of Oklahoma in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Along with her MPA, Caitlin brings development experience from nonprofit agencies in Oklahoma.
CINDY WASHLESKY - PROGRAM SPECIALIST
Cindy Washlesky joined Our Friends Place on August 23, 2016 as Program Specialist. Cindy manages the volunteer program, external agency communications, and assists the Program team with planning awareness and engagement events. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Relations and Business from Amber University. Cindy has an advertising media planning and buying background having worked at several ad agencies in Dallas prior to owning a media consulting business for 14 years.
ANA DELIA ECHEVERRIA - OUTREACH SPECIALIST
Ana Delia Echeverria joined Our Friends Place as the Outreach Specialist on June 26, 2017. She is managing the SOAR Program, which is a standalone non-residential skills program tailored to offer wrap around services when partnering with other community agencies and their programs. Ana was a support specialist working at a resettlement agency, providing help to refugees and other displaced persons (asylees, parolees, and survivors of human trafficking) fleeing persecution for a variety of reasons, as well as assisting the communities that welcomed them. Ana earned a Bachelor of Sociology degree from the University of North Texas at Dallas in 2016.