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by Sylvia B. Bodell

The Center Welcomes Beckie Wach as new VP for Finance and Administration

Fresh off a bucket list trip to Italy with friends, Beckie Wach joined The Center leadership team as the new Vice President for Finance and Administration mid-October ready to hit the ground running.

Although new to the team, she's been around The Center through her role as the North Texas Executive Director for Adult and Family Programs Executive Director at The Salvation Army. Beckie worked with The Center's PACT program at The Salvation Army Pleasant Grove, a PACT partner added with the Texas Health Resources Well Together grant in 2019.

"Beckie will provide leadership in strengthening our processes, developing our financial viability, and ultimately, enhancing our infrastructure to support our clients and our clinicians," said Dr. Brad Schwall, president and CEO of The Center. "Her oversight and support to finance, billing, client services, human resources, and administration will enable us to build capacity to meet the great demand for our life-transforming services.

"Beckie’s strong experience managing budgets, revenue from fees and grants, and programs, along with her passion for service, are the exact combination we need at this pivotal point in The Center’s long-standing history of service."

Join us in welcoming Beckie to The Center!

Share your professional background and how that work will benefit The Center:
I was an executive director in my 30’s at USA+ Foundation and Healthcare, a nonprofit that was a bridge to National Health Insurance. The 16 years I was there, I led our agency and support partners such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We helped build a marketing/development plan and sponsored their largest fundraising campaigns that exposed them to well-known country artists/radio stations who supported and facilitated radiothons – a new concept for them. These efforts allowed St. Jude to expand their research and hospital beds to help more children.

My next longest tenure career love was The Salvation Army. I started out as their finance manager right after hurricane Katrina hit, and about a year later was moved to Fort Worth. Through relationship building, we grew our substance abuse recovery programs and obtained a contract with John Peter Smith Hospital to open a recuperative program. During my tenure, one of the FW substance abuse recovery programs, First Choice, for women with children won a national award for best practices etc. I also served on their National Advisory Anti-Human Trafficking Board overseeing all efforts in recovery. During COVID I was the North Texas appointee for all COVID relief at four large centers in North Texas. This involved daily meetings with Public Health and implementing protocols to limit the spread. During that time, I was also promoted as the North Texas Executive Director for Adult and Family Programs. This involved 17 units in administering/implementing program delivery from food pantry, homelessness services and recovery and stabilization programs.

I believe my experience and education (Bachelor of Science in Management/ Psychology at Dallas Baptist University and currently working on my masters) will help me at The Center in administration/finance, insurance, and program oversight costs. I am very passionate about how people are treated and one’s well-being during their interaction with an agency I am part of, and I have a deep understanding of program costs and ROI.

I found The Center through the relationship we had with PACT. It was GOD really 😊. I am so excited to be here and already love the culture here.

Favorite road trip:
Hands down the Maine coastline during the Fall.

Hardest thing you’ve gone through and what did you learn from it:
As a breast cancer survivor, I learned that I needed to really put my family first in ALL situations. I always am available for them and never miss an opportunity to participate in school functions and extracurricular events.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received professionally or personally?What advice do you give those you’re mentoring?
When you mention a problem, always have a solution. It may not be the best solution but bring one to the table.

Favorite restaurant in North Texas: Whiskey Cake Kitchen and The Ranch

Favorite thing to do outside of work: I love to read, paint, and draw

Favorite quote:“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt