Executive Director / Karen Hildebrand
Karen Pieper Hildebrand has served as Executive Director of Crisis Center of West Texas since December 2013. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in public administration and came to Crisis Center of West Texas with 31 years of previous nonprofit experience. Karen is a native Odessan and takes pride in doing this important work that improves the lives of others in her community.
Community Services Director / Lydia Garcia
Lydia B. Garcia took on the role of Community Services Manager in November 2014, and was promoted to Community Services Director in December of 2016. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in public health. She is fully committed to her job as a prevention worker and enjoys promoting health among underserved populations. Native of Chihuahua City, Mexico, Garcia is bilingual in Spanish and takes pride in helping the Hispanic community.
Client Services Director / Lauren Thompson
Lauren Thompson joined Crisis Center of West Texas in December 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from Texas Tech University. In January 2017, she was promoted to the Director of Client Services, where she practices her passion for equal access to social services. Her interests include politics, local government, and celebrating cultural diversity. As an native Odessan, Lauren aspires to build healthier and safer communities in West Texas. Lauren is bilingual in Spanish and cherishes supporting the Hispanic community.
Finance Director / Bruce Gilmore
Bruce Gilmore has served as the finance director of Crisis Center of West Texas since 2014. He has a bachelor’s in business administration from Southwestern University and has a CPA. He’s been a certified accountant since 1981 and is certified in both Texas and New Mexico. His experience extends beyond non-profit work to Oil & Gas, education and banking.
Community Services Manager & BIPP Coordinator / Aaron Thomas
Aaron Thomas joined the Crisis Center of West Texas team in October 2017 as the BIPP Coordinator/Community Service Manager. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from UTPB in Business Management. Before college, he served in the army for three years and did one tour in Iraq before moving back to Odessa. Aaron is an active member of the Young Professionals of Odessa and has served on the Family Health Clinic board for over 3 years. Aaron is a native Odessan and he is motivated to improve the lives of others in the community.
Community Services Manager / Victoria Martinez
Victoria Martinez joined the Crisis Center of West Texas team in November 2016 as a Community Service Manager, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at El Paso. Martinez, originally from El Paso, is bilingual and brings creativity as well as experience in working with survivors of domestic violence to the team.
Community Services Manager / Hannah Horick
Hannah Horick joined Crisis Center of West Texas’ team in November 2017. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Hannah, a Tyler, Texas native, brings public policy and communications experience from previous roles in political organizations and the state’s legislature. She strives to help support the building of healthier relationships in our communities.