Jim WomackChief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Jim has decades of experience in working towards making the Texas Panhandle a healthier and safer place to live. Jim first joined FSS in 1997, and worked as a shelter advocate and educator for several years before leaving to pursue other opportunities. Jim returned to FSS in 2013 as the Executive Director after serving as the Director of Planning and Public Information for Texas Panhandle Centers Behavioral and Developmental Health. Jim believes in fighting for the oppressed and providing people with the opportunity to live the best life that they can.
Jim has years of experience in developing, implementing, and providing oversight of innovative and outside-of-the-box programs. This mindset can be traced to growing up on the high plains of Colorado, where his first job was driving a tractor at the age of 4 years old on the family farm/ranch. His dad’s hired hands had taken off, and broom-corn crops had to be brought in. So his dad developed a rigging system to secure Jim to the tractor seat, and showed Jim how to engage and disengage the clutch to make the tractor move; broom-corn could then be thrown on the sled behind the tractor as it went. His mother was not a big fan of this when she found out. But his granddad was; shortly thereafter he showed Jim how to drive his pickup in a straight line in first gear so that his grandfather could throw fence posts out of the back.
Many years later, Jim received a BS in Criminal Justice Administration and an MA in Sociology, Criminal Justice and Political Science from West Texas A&M University. Jim has worked as the Regional Director of the Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical and Mental Impairments, and as adjunct faculty for the University of Phoenix. He has worked as a probation officer, mental health caseworker, and has owned an assisted living facility. He has also worked as a barista, a custodian, a bookseller, and a librarian; he has delivered pizzas and newspapers, painted murals, and thrown his share of hay bales.
Jim currently serves on the Texas Council on Family Violence Board of Directors and the Panhandle Area Health Education Center Advisory Committee. He was a founding board member of the Randall County Prisoner Re-Entry and Education Program, and also served on the Regence Health Network Board of Directors. He has served on many other boards and advisory committees and volunteers for many non-profit causes.