2016 FSS Board of Directors

 

​Family Support Services of Amarillo has an all-volunteer board of directors that plays a crucial role in determining the mission of FSS, ensuring that the organization continues to operate in the best interest of the people we serve. FSS Directors are elected by the board; they serve for three years and may serve two consecutive terms.

 

For further information about the FSS Board of Directors, please contact CEO Jim Womack 806-342-2500.

 

 

Cheryl Stallings: Board President

 

Raised in Amarillo, TX, Cheryl has worked in the finance Industry for over 30 years. Cheryl has been involved

with FSS since 2009, and currently serves as the FSS Board President; she has actively chaired the annual

FSS Harley Party for 9 years Cheryl has a heart for service and is very active in the community. Her FSS

involvement includes:

Family Support Services Harley Party Chair 2008-2017

Family Support Services Board Member 2009-2015

Family Support Giving Heart Award 2010

Family Support Volunteer of the Year 2011

Family Support Services Board Member 2017

Family Support Services Board President 2018

Other community involvement includes Beta Sigma Phi City Council Women of the Year 2015, Maverick Boys

& Girl Club board, the Amarillo Harley Owners Group, Daughters of The Nile, Ambucs board, Amarillo

Panhandle Humane Society & City of Amarillo 2009 Paw of Approval Award, Original Annual Toy Run

Coordinator 2010-2017, and the Amarillo Crime Stoppers board

Cheryl enjoys riding her motorcycle, traveling, and enjoys being with family.

“My heart is with FSS, all of the programs they have to help the community, and the people they touch each

year. I am proud to be on my second term with such a great agency!”

 

 

 

 

Jay Polvadore: Board Treasurer

 

Jay was raised in Crosbyton, TX and moved to Lubbock TX after graduating high school.  He eventually went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology from LeTourneau University.

 

During college Jay began working as a bank teller and ultimately made the choice to make banking his career.  After making the move to Amarillo in 2014, when his husband was accepted into Texas Tech School of Pharmacy, he began in his current position as a Customer Service Manager for Amarillo National Bank.

 

Jay was inspired to get involved with Family Support Services after growing up in a home with domestic violence.  Years later, in 2013, Jay’s younger step-sister was murdered during a domestic violence incident.  He has made a commitment to sharing his story and finding ways to get involved in the mission to spread awareness of domestic violence and to help others find the help that they need.

 

Jay enjoys spending his free time reading, watching documentaries, spending time with his husband and dogs, as well as traveling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robin Malone: Board Secretary

 

Robin is a native of Amarillo, Texas. Robin received her J.D. from Creighton University School of Law in 1996, and began her legal career that same year as a criminal prosecutor for Douglas County, Nebraska.  Eventually, she became the supervising attorney over the Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit.  During this time, Robin also worked as an adjunct professor for Creighton University School of Law.

 

Robin eventually returned to Amarillo and in 2008, she open the doors of her law practice.  During her tenure as a solo practitioner, she navigated those affected by family violence through the legal system by assisting them in seeking and obtaining various legal remedies, including protective orders and child custody and support orders.

 

Currently, Robin serves as the Coordinator for the Legal Studies Program at Amarillo College.  As Coordinator, she has challenged students to realize their potential, to achieve goals of graduating and working in the legal community.  In 2015, she created the first Amarillo College Walk-in Legal Clinic to assist students who face legal issues.

 

Robin has been committed to serving the community for many years.  She has participated in many community service projects.  She regularly participates in pro bono legal clinics and workshops.  Also, as a member of Anderson Chapel Sanctuary of Praise, Robin helps provide food to the Amarillo homeless population as well as providing school supplies to needy children.

 

​Robin loves spending time with family, traveling, and serving the community. Each day, Robin reminds herself that happiness does not depend on external conditions, instead happiness is attitude driven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ernesto Guzman

 

Ernesto came back home to the Texas Panhandle in 2003 after living in the Concho Valley for many years. A proud Texan, Ernesto graduated high school in the tiny town of Christoval, Texas in 1995 and attended a small trade school in nearby San Angelo. Before graduating from American Commercial College in 1998, he began working with an architectural design firm in San Angelo and has been in the architectural design field ever since.

 

Ernesto has been with the long-time Amarillo firm of Shiver-Megert and Associates Architects and Engineers since his return to the Panhandle. In 2012 Ernesto attained the designation of LEED Green Associate. Leadership in Energy and  Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system designed by the United States Green Building Council to evaluate the environmental performance of a building and encourage sustainable design.

 

Ernesto came to Family Support Services in 2013 by volunteering with the annual Mardi Gras Party and then the Harley Party, before becoming a board member. Ernesto is also a member of the facilities committee at Family Support Services. Ernesto will continue to proudly serve the board of directors and volunteer for the annual fundraisers.

 

In his spare time Ernesto loves to be behind the lens of a camera searching for that classic black and white American photograph. Ernesto also loves to research his Native American and European roots and claims he learns something new about it every day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Becky Murphy

 

Becky was born in Lubbock, and has lived in Amarillo for the last twenty years. In her early twenties, Becky adopted her niece and her two nephews and has raised them as her own. She enjoys spending time with her husband, their young son, and their four dogs. The Murphy family’s free time is filled with lots of dear friends, various home improvement projects, and making their world-famous tacos.

 

Becky has worked in cosmetics at Dillard’s for the last sixteen years, and is currently a cosmetics manager. What was supposed to be a part-time summer job turned into a career; and with that, a passion for makeup and empowering women of all ages to find confidence and their own beauty.

 

Becky’s passion for helping families break the cycle of abuse stems from her personal experiences with domestic violence and sexual abuse. It was thanks to resources like Family Support Services that Becky’s mother was able to escape her violent husband and start over. She feels her involvement with FSS is a way to honor her mother and has been part of a healing process for her.

 

Though it’s been a long road, Becky is working towards earning her degree in Psychology and Social Work to further help families in the Panhandle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chester Brown

 

Chester was born in here in Amarillo and grew up on a small cattle ranch in New Mexico where he learned a strong work ethic and to stand up for what you believe.

 

After high school, Chester attended Texas Tech University as an Agricultural Communications major.  After recognizing he did not want to be a journalist for his career, Chester transferred to the engineering college to pursue a Mechanical Engineering degree.

 

Upon graduation in 2007, Chester started working for Xcel Energy as a distribution engineer in Seminole, TX.  Throughout the next four years he worked throughout the South Plains and then accepted a management position with Xcel Energy and moved to Amarillo in 2012.  Later that year, Chester received his Professional Engineering licensure in Texas and New Mexico.

 

Currently, Chester holds the position of Director of Design and Construction for the Texas Panhandle.  In 2015, he was named to the Top 20 Under 40 list by the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce and in 2016 received the same honor from the Engineering News Record for Texas and Louisiana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nathan Morrow

My name is Nathan Morrow.  I am married to my beautiful wife Chelsea and have a 5 year old daughter named Cami Kay so I have no real spare time. I enjoy teaching her new things.  My wife is a counselor so I think that gives me a different perspective than most people on issues like homelessness and poverty.  I want to help to work to make Amarillo a friendly more understanding place to people of different religions, race and sexual orientation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carla Burr

 

Carla Burr is originally from Liberal, KS, but calls herself a Texan, having lived here now most of her life.  She moved to Canyon to attend WTAMU and graduated from there with a BA in Mass Communications.  Carla was hired by the Amarillo Police Dept in 1993 as a police dispatcher. In 1996, she attended the Amarillo Police academy and has worked for APD ever since. She is currently assigned as the Sergeant over the Crime Prevention Unit and Public Information officer for the Amarillo Police Department. Carla enjoys running and CrossFit. She also enjoys traveling around the US and also has been to Iceland, France and England

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly Lindley

 

Julie Godwin

 

David Meraz

 

Alex Yarbrough

 

​Carole Hill

 

Sabre McLean

 

 

 

year. I am proud to be on my second term with such a great agency!”

year. I am proud to be on my second term with such a great agency!”

year. I am proud to be on my second term with such a great agency!”

year. I am proud to be on my second term with such a great agency!”

year. I am proud to be on my second term with such a great agency!”

year. I am proud to be on my second term with such a great agency!”

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