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Lubbock Area Foundation names new Executive Director

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From Lubbock Area Foundation:

The Lubbock Area Foundation has named Sheryl Cates as its Executive Director, effective Oct. 1, 2012. Cates, former Executive Director of Women's Protective Services of Lubbock and a nationally recognized crusader against family violence and abuse of women, will replace Kathy Stocco, who is retiring after 25 years at the LAF helm.

"The Lubbock Area Foundation is excited about the path we have been on for the past 25 years, and we look forward to many more successful years with Sheryl Cates leading our efforts," said Nita Kiesling, President of the LAF Board of Directors.

"Sheryl brings a wealth of experience in the non-profit arena, knowledge of the West Texas population and a strong philosophy of helping others," Kiesling added. "Our foundation is about providing an avenue for people to invest in their communities, to see their endowment continue giving year after year and to have a choice in directing funds to their special charities. We believe that Sheryl has the background, the skills set and the desire to continue the growth of the Lubbock Area Foundation for decades to come."

Cates, a graduate of Texas Tech, Leadership Lubbock and Leadership Texas, has more than 25 years of distinguished achievement and experience in non-profit leadership at the local, state and national levels.

Before returning to Lubbock 2 years ago and starting SBC Consulting, a private company providing a full range of marketing, strategic planning, organizational management, fundraising, board development and training and media services to assist the non-profit sector, Cates was CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline,<> National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline and the Texas Council on Family Violence for 15 years. Prior to that, she served as ED of Lubbock's Women's Protective Services, a post she held for 11 years.

Cates was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Council on Violence against Women and is a founding member of the Moms and Dads for Education to Stop Teen Dating Abuse (MADE). She has served on the advisory board to the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, the American Bar Association's Commission on Domestic Violence, the National Advisory Committee on Violence against Women,<>, the Allstate Foundation's Domestic Violence Program, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the Texas Governor's Commission for Women and the Council for Crime Victims for the Office of the Texas Attorney General.

Cates is nationally recognized for her advocacy and has been prominently featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC's Prime Time, Fox News, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, the Dr. Phil Show, the Queen Latifah Show, the John Walsh Show, CBS Saturday Early Show, the Montel Williams Show, Court TV, and the Catherine Crier Show.

In addition, Cates has been the recipient of the Ed Stout Memorial Award for Outstanding Victim Advocacy from the Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus and the Legacy Award from the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community. She has been recipient of the Liberty Bell Award from the Lubbock County Young Lawyers Association, Citizen of the Year from the National Association of Social Workers and the Women Helping Women Award from Soroptimist International, Inc.

Under Stocco's leadership and guidance, Lubbock Area Foundation has grown into one of West Texas' most effective and generous community service entities, with assets, primarily endowments, totaling some $28 million.

Its mission is to help private and corporate donors create charitable legacies for the benefit of the South Plains area. This year the Foundation will distribute $750,000 in grants and scholarship to a variety of schools and nonprofit agencies, part of $12 million LAF has returned to the area since its inception in 1981.

For additional information, contact Nita Kiesling at Westmark Realtors, 806-239-3554<tel:806-239-3554> or email<>

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