By Rose Luna
Killeen Daily Herald
The fall season meant new beginnings for Families In Crisis Inc., as its staff welcomed Diane Pascoe as the executive director for the nonprofit organization.
As a licensed family therapist, Pascoe had been in private practice for more than 20 years before she took the job.
"I wanted to return to my roots in nonprofit," Pascoe said. "I like the diversity you get here. Private practice tends to attract upper-middle class. Here I get a cross-section of society."
Pascoe's passion for humanitarian work began when she was a volunteer for various organizations as a teenager.
"My dad gave us a social conscience that we should help others," Pascoe said. "I was very outgoing as a child and interested in people. I guess you could say I was an extroverted person."
With years of experience in nonprofit organizations and domestic violence, Pascoe has also served the community as a teacher, educating all levels from pre-kindergarten to graduate students.
Although her work as an executive director has been demanding, Pascoe still maintains a small caseload of patients at her home in Salado.
When Pascoe is not striving to make a difference in the community through her nonprofit work, she enjoys spending time with her three Labrador retrievers, spending time with her children and grandchildren and running a bed and breakfast.
Currently, Pascoe is undergoing program evaluation at the Families In Crisis shelter center and adding staff members where needed, including more bilingual personnel.
"I consider myself an advocate for those who are not in the position to speak for themselves," Pascoe said. "I was born with words, and I intend to use them."
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