JAN EDGAR LANGBEIN
Chief Executive Officer
For nearly 30 years, Jan has been an activist in efforts to end violence against women. As the CEO, she oversees internal and external operations as well as funding and community education. Under her leadership, Genesis has grown from a seven-room emergency shelter to a full-service response for survivors of domestic violence and maintained its unique status as one of the few victim services programs that accomplishes sustainability without government funding. She is also a recognized national expert on domestic violence and conducts training and workshops across the United States. In partnership with the Dallas Police Department and the FBI, she co-founded the annual international Conference on Crimes Against Women.
“Getting her help is our core mission. We're here for the woman just starting to question if her relationship is abusive, and we're here for the woman has run out of her house with nothing but the clothes on her back.”
ELIZABETH “WHEELER” TEST
Senior Director of Administration & Strategic Projects
Elizabeth handles all internal and external communications on behalf of the CEO, as well as coordinates logistics for the CEO’s speaking engagements and community involvement. Additionally, she manages various strategic projects for Genesis such as the Genesis Holiday program. Elizabeth has worked with Genesis for seven years in a multitude of roles: before her current position, she served as an evening outreach front office assistant, a case manager and the executive assistant to the CEO. Her history with Genesis gives Elizabeth a well-rounded approach to being on the leadership team and a greater understanding of the organization as a whole.
“The world cannot be safe if its women and children aren’t safe.”
Senior Director of Operations
Rosy has been an integral part of Genesis for 31 years. In her role, she directly manages the operations and maintenance of facilities. A few of her duties include serving as the primary liaison with utilities and other government agencies such as fire, police, health and safety. Additionally, she schedules expenditures, prepares an annual budget, establishes contracts and ensures proper maintenance within the organization. After her undergraduate work, Rosy fell into this field and was inspired by the accomplishments made by domestic violence survivors, and as they say, the rest is history.
“I am inspired by the courageousness of domestic violence survivors and our diligent staff. All clients are welcomed with open arms and are treated with respect and dignity.”
Director of Retail Services
Suzie has been with Genesis for 26 years overseeing operations of one of the most impactful thrift shops within the Dallas community, the Genesis Benefit Thrift Store. On a day-to-day basis, she supervises the collection and redistribution of donated, gently-used items, where all money raised is poured directly back into Genesis. Before she joined the Genesis team, Suzie worked in retail, giving her valuable insight into merchandising and sales. She has spent time volunteering for a wide variety of community organizations which has contributed to her passion for nonprofit work and her success at Genesis.
“I’m inspired to work for survivors of domestic violence because I know that there is help and there is hope for a better, safe life for these women and their children.”
National Conference Director & Executive Director for the Institute for Coordinated Community Response
Becky has worked with Genesis for nine years and serves as the National Conference Director for the annual international Conference on Crimes Against Women (CCAW). The goal of CCAW is to provide best practices training to professionals responsible for combating the many and varied forms of crimes against women. In her role, Becky leads all aspects of the administration and production of the annual conference. In addition, she serves as Executive Director for the Institute for Coordinated Community Response, which is a program of CCAW that works with rural Texas counties to create and sustain coordinated community responses around domestic violence in their communities.
“Genesis is continually reaching for the next rung and always striving to be the thought leader, not only in the field of domestic violence, but in the context of all crimes against women.”
Senior Director of Fund & Community Development
Amy has worked with Genesis for five years and leads the Fund Development team. By creating a strategic plan each year, Amy ensures that the team remains focused and productive to raise the funds necessary to continue operations at Genesis. She plans and oversees a variety of fundraisers such as special events, grants, general donations and the Heart-to-Heart recurring donor program to provide the resources to serve more than 3,700 women and children each year. Amy's previous experience working for a human trafficking and sexual assault nonprofit sparked her desire to work with women and children, so Genesis is a natural marriage of her skillset and passion.
“I have always felt a desire to stand with those who feel they do not have a voice, and to be the voice for them until they are ready to do so on their own.”
Senior Director of Major Gifts
Maria joined the Genesis team in 2019 to ensure that women and children escaping domestic violence will receive superior care in a safe environment. In her position, she focuses on fundraising major gifts and develops sustainable strategies that will continue to bring shelter and support to all Genesis clients. In the past ten years, Maria has played a key role in securing over $50 million in philanthropic gifts for a variety of organizations. She has more than 20 years of fundraising and nonprofit leadership experience, as well as an incredibly strong network of support in the Dallas philanthropic community. Her knowledge and history make her an invaluable component in Genesis’ ability to care and provide for our clients.
“I believe we can end domestic violence in our lifetime through focused education and support of our youngest citizens.”
RUTH GUERREIRO, LCSW
Senior Director of Clinical & Non-Residential Services
Ruth has been at Genesis for nine years advocating for and providing cutting-edge services to women and children who have experienced domestic violence. As the senior director of clinical and non-residential services, she supervises and train clinicians across all locations to guarantee that Genesis is providing best-practice therapies for clients. She seeks out, develops, oversees and integrates trauma-informed programs to ensure the organization and staff continue to be thought leaders in the movement to end domestic violence. Ruth is EMDR certified and a CPT provider, in addition to providing expert testimony in court on behalf of survivors.
“It is an honor to walk alongside a woman in her journey towards healing, and I
especially love seeing a mother’s and child’s relationship be strengthened and
restored through the therapy process.”
JORDYN LAWSON, MA LPC-S
Senior Director of Residential Services
Jordyn has been a key member of the Genesis team for eight years. As the senior director of residential services, she oversees all residential client programming including hotline, intake, advocacy, counseling and the children’s department. By making certain that all programs are all working together with a trauma-informed focus, she ensures the best quality and most effective services for all Genesis families. Prior to working at Genesis, Jordyn gained experience with hotline advocacy, crisis intervention, children’s advocacy and counseling.
“I am inspired daily by the strength, fortitude, resiliency, resourcefulness and courage of our clients. I am honored to witness their growth and healing.”
Senior Director of Legal Services
Sara was hired in 2016 to create, implement and grow a legal department to assist clients in need of civil legal representation. As a former felony and misdemeanor domestic violence prosecutor, Sara is well-versed on the intersection of family law, criminal law and domestic violence. In her four years at Genesis, she has grown the legal department to three attorneys, a bilingual legal assistant and several interns. She develops and implements new programming to improve legal services, strengthens community partnerships and provides top-quality civil representation.
“Learning about the prevalence of domestic violence brought me to this work.
The strength and tenacity of my clients inspire me to advocate daily in this movement for change.”
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Nancy K. Best
Dennis J. Grindinger
David M. Rosenberg
Kenneth Z. Altshuler, M.D.
Julie Forrester Rogers
Ashlee Hunt Kleinert
Gail O. Turner