Children's Advocacy Center names Smith as new director

Published on Saturday, 14 December 2013 00:07 - Written by From Staff Reports

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County has announced Terri Smith as executive director of the nonprofit organization.

The selection was made after a regional search and selection pro-cess by the executive board and interim director, Jay Misenheimer.

“We are very excited about the appointment,” said Debby Gunter, president of the board in the written release. “Mrs. Smith will bring leadership and creativity to the center’s programs and a deep sense of commitment to the people in our community.

“She has served nonprofits at all program, fundraising, executive and leadership levels, and has a breadth of perspective and experience.”

As executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center, she will oversee operations, fund development and public relations for the 501(c)(3) organization.

“I am very excited about this amazing opportunity,” Mrs. Smith said in the written release. “The Children’s Advocacy Center fulfills a very important need in the community, and it is a privilege to be able to contribute to an organization that advocates for children and helps to strengthen families.”

Mrs. Smith’s resume brings more than 30 years of experience in executive planning, administration, communications and marketing.

During her 11 years at Parents Anonymous of Tyler, Mrs. Smith served as director of community development and executive director.

Her exemplary demonstration of leadership in her roles at Parents Anonymous, as well as other nonprofits, led to her appointment as executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County.

Mrs. Smith received her bachelor’s degree at Baylor University, and she has lived and served in the Tyler community since 1987.

She has been a member of the Junior League of Tyler and served as president of the League from 2001 to 2002. She co-chaired the Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala in 2004, a benefit for the American Cancer Society, and served as a member of the National Gala Task Force for the American Cancer Society.

In addition, Mrs. Smith received the Gertrude Windsor Sustainer Volunteer of the Year award by the Junior League of Tyler in 2011. Mrs. Smith was chosen for this prestigious award based on her years of service and commitment to positively impacting the present and future quality of life in the community.