Meet the


The Board of Directors is the source of authority for the administration of the organization. The primary purpose of our board is to assure that First Step fulfills its mission and meets its goals. Our board members meet at least once a month.



Laura Hetrick


Chair, First Step Board of Directors
Assistant Director
Midwestern State University Counseling Center

Packiaraj Arumugham

Ph. D.

Vice-Chair for Board Development
Associate Professor of Social Work
Midwestern State University

Amanda Vickers


Board Treasurer
Department of Family and Protective Services- Conservatorship

Austin Kureethara Manuel Ph. D.

Board Secretary
Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction
Midwestern State University

Bill Humphrey    

Board Member
Community Volunteer

Danny Martinez

Board Member
Local Business Owner

Derek Andrews 

Board Member
Community Volunteer

Mary Jane Clark

Board Member
Community Volunteer

Austin Hamby

Board Member
Assistant District Attorney

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Have questions about First Step and our services?

Leave a message and we will respond during business hours, or call our 24-hour hotline at

1-800-658-2683 to speak to an advocate right now. 

(If you are in immediate danger, call 911)


624 Indiana Suite 304

Wichita Falls, TX 76301



(24-Hour Hotline)


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First Step, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Wichita Falls, TX, serving 12 counties in North Texas.

First Step, Inc. provides free, confidential, and comprehensive domestic violence and sexual assault services.

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