I was born and raised in Weatherford. I attended school here and graduated from Weatherford High School. My associate’s degree came from Weatherford College. I then earned a Bachelor of Science (Education) from Tarleton and Masters in Education (Counseling) from Tarleton. I am a Registered Play Therapist and certified in trauma informed care. My work experience started here working in child care and then to an educator working out of district one year and in district 8 years as a teacher. I have been a counselor for 10 years with four years at WISD and 6 years private practice. While in private practice, I had the privilege of working with foster children, CPS caseworkers and clients, and children whom had been abused or experienced trauma. I have been married for 32 years and have two children and two beautiful grandchildren who are the light of my life and motivate me to become a better person every day.
As a lifelong resident of Parker County, Dedra Vick is involved in many local community organizations. She and her husband Charley sold their convenience store in 2007, after 25 years in business. Dedra started working at the Parker County Sheriff’s office in 2010, and continued staying involved with her community. Dedra is a records clerk for the Parker County Sheriff’s office and sees the need first hand for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Parker County. As the president of the board, Dedra has a desire and passion to make sure that this advocacy center is the best one around. Dedra and her husband and Charley have a son Nathan, a daughter-in-law Ashley, and a beautiful grandson Hoyt.
Michael Baldwin was born and raised in Central Illinois. He spent four years in the Marine Corps, and has worked in emergency medical services, both as ambulance attendant and technician in trauma center. Michael was a police officer in Illinois from 1983-1986 before moving to Texas and joining the Fort Worth Police Department. After nearly thirty-one years at FWPD, Michael accepted the opportunity to become police chief at Hudson Oaks. Michael is married and has two grown children and has been a resident of Parker County for over thirty years.
I was raised in West Texas (Andrews, TX). Attend Texas Tech University in Lubbock after graduating from High School. Prior to retiring on April 1, 2014, I worked for Arthur J. Gallagher & Company for thirty-five (35) years. Arthur J. Gallagher & Company was the fourth largest insurance broker in the world and third largest in the United States. I managed two branch offices (Lubbock, and Odessa) that include 20+ employees. Many of the employees that I hired are still with the company today and climbing the ladder to success. Besides managing these offices, I also managed a book of business and ranked number four in the top ten producers in the United States.
I have been married to Marion Goff for forty-five years. Together we have five (5) grown children, seven (7) grandchildren and three (3) great grandchildren. We are both enjoying retirement. On May 19, 2014 we moved to Weatherford, TX to be close to our children and to enjoy our grandchildren.
Deena Nichols is a long- time Parker County resident. Her children attended Weatherford Schools and her grandchildren currently attend Weatherford and Springtown schools. Deena and her husband Jim have six children and are current foster/adoptive parents as well. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from UTA and has held positions with the Fort Worth ISD, University of North Texas, and Parker County having retired as County Purchasing Agent in 2014. She presently works in the County Attorney’s Office and enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pets.
Chief Weatherford Police Department
Lance Arnold was appointed as the City of Weatherford Chief of Police on June 13, 2017. Chief Arnold served with the Norman, Oklahoma Police Department for 20 years before coming to Weatherford. Chief Arnold grew up in New Boston, Texas and holds a Bachelor of Liberal Studies from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Arts with Honors in Criminal Justice from the American Military University. He is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, and Texas Police Chiefs Association. Chief Arnold also previously served on the Board of Directors for Meals on Wheels of Norman
Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain has been a Parker County felony prosecutor since 1997 and is the representative of the Parker County District Attorney’s Office to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Parker County. Prior to his tenure with the District Attorney’s Office, Jeff was a misdemeanor prosecutor with the Parker County Attorney’s Office for two years. During his career, Jeff has prosecuted thousands of felony offenses of every kind imaginable, but he has a special place in his heart for child victims of crime.
Jeff graduated cum laude from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1992 where he double majored in Political Science and Radio-TV-Film. In 1994, he graduated summa cum laude with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Houston School of Law. Jeff is a regular speaker in the community. He has taught bi-annual legislative update classes to Parker County law enforcement since 2003 and has also spoken at meetings of the Parker County Bar Association, Tarrant County Sexual Abuse Advisory Council, Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office Forensic Rounds, Freedom House Vigil, Southwest Association of Toxicologists, Texas County and District Clerk’s Association, classes at the Weatherford College Police Academy and Weatherford High School criminal justice classes, and regularly provides other training for local law enforcement agencies. Jeff is also a member of the Board of Directors for Freedom House, Parker County’s domestic violence shelter, and is the meeting facilitator for the Parker County Child Fatality Review Team. Over the years, he has coached hundreds of children on about 50 baseball and basketball teams with Weatherford Little League, Weatherford High School, Weatherford Junior League, and traveling teams. He in his fifth year as the President of the Weatherford High School Baseball Booster Club and has also served as a Cubmaster of a Weatherford Cub Scout pack.
Meredith Gray started her career with Child Protective Services in 1991 in Parker County. She served as an investigator, family based safety services worker, conservatorship worker, legal liaison and supervisor before she left in 2003. During her time with CPS she was actively involved with the court, child advocacy centers and CPS boards to insure that the needs of children of Parker County were being met. She came to understand the complex nature of child abuse cases and the integral role the team approach of child advocacy centers play in their resolution.
In 2005 Meredith became Sheriff Larry Fowler’s executive assistant and continues to serve in that capacity. She is married to Marc Gray who is retired from Weatherford Police Department and currently is an investigator with the Parker County District Attorney’s Office. Together they have 4 children.
Stephanie D Williams
Stephanie Williams Graduated Tarleton State University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science. Stephanie has worked at the Department of Family and Protective Services for 25 years, she is currently a Program Director of Investigations covering Hood, Somervell, Erath, Parker, Palo Pinto and Johnson Counties.
Stephanie has been married for 25 years and has one daughter that is 21 years old.