Staff Leadership Team

Executive Director - Becky Orander, MSW
E-Mail:  borander@arlingtonlifeshelter.org
Director of Client Services - Megan Waguespack, LMSW
E-mail:  mwaguespack@arlingtonlifeshelter.org
Capital Campaign Manager - Jim Reeder
E-mail: jreeder@arlingtonlifeshelter.org 
Corporate Engagement Manager - Tara Hutchins-Welsh
Donor Engagement Manager - Dawn Chapman
Director of Finance - Marcella Weyandt, BA
E-Mail: mweyandt@arlingtonlifeshelter.org  
Director of Volunteer Services - Chandra Thompson, MSW
E-Mail:  cthompson@arlingtonlifeshelter.org
Director of Shelter Operations - Rachel Madzima, MSW
E-Mail: rmadzima@arlingtonlifeshelter.org


Board of Directors

Brad Jay, Weaver

Vice President, Fund Development
Elena Fernandez, Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott LLP

Vice President, Board Governance
LaTonya Copeland-Berry, Fort Worth ISD

Vice President, Strategic Planning
Kecia Mays, Texas Comptroller

Gregg Wilkinson, No Frills Grill & Sports Bar

Casey Campbell, PSK LLP

Past President
James Mihills, Weaver

Campaign Chair
Sissy Day, Day and Associates



Bill Brangers, AmerisourceBergen

Rachel Cooper, First Rate

Dan Gatze, University of Texas at Arlington

Jennifer Gause, Healthy B.Y.T.E with Jen

Stevie Hansen

Beth Fite Harris, Keller Williams Realty

Benjamin Mogendi, Pappasitos

Bryan Perry, Chambers Master Planning, Architecture & Design

Danielle Snailer, FirstRate Investments

Angie Summers, Community Volunteer

Tim Von Hatten, FW Lawn Sprinkler Company


Advisory Council

Council Member Sheri Capehart

Carolyn Casselberry, Ebby Halliday

Dr. Robert Cluck, Former Mayor

Bowie Hogg, School Trustee

Kirk King, Texas Health Resources

Mike McCoy, Meadows Foundation

John David Moritz, Moritz Management, LLC

Victor Munson, CPA

Barbara Nash, Community Volunteer

Sylvia Nichols, PALS Auxiliary Founder

Scott Reading, Frost Bank

Dr. James Sammons, Texas Health Resources Arlington Memorial Hospital

Dr. Allan Saxe, University of Texas at Arlington

State Representative Chris Turner

Council Member Kathryn Wilemon


Mission & Services

To promote self-sufficiency by providing shelter, employment programs, and transitional services for North Texans impacted by homelessness.


Make a Donation

Now more than ever we need your help to continue to fulfill our responsibilities to the men, women and children we serve. We provide keys to success such as food, shelter, health and social services, etc.



To volunteer when the residents are present, volunteers MUST be age 18 or older. This includes food teams serving breakfast or dinner. This is to protect the privacy, safety, and dignity of our youngest residents.


Contact Us

Arlington Life Shelter, 325 W. Division Street, Arlington, TX 76011
(817) 548-9885

Arlington Life Shelter® 2012-2019