Doss Heritage and Culture Center names Executive Director
In a called meeting Thursday evening, the Board of Directors of Weatherford’s Doss Heritage and Culture Center named Heather Castagna its executive director, completing a four-month search that Board President James May described as “extensive and comprehensive.”
Selected from more than 144 applicants from across the United States, Castagna impressed the search committee with her “skill set and personality,” said May. “Heather has everything we were looking for – enthusiasm, experience, business management acumen, passion for her work and the ability to make things happen. She is a straight-forward person who is not afraid to forge into unknown territory.”
The search committee made its recommendation to the 14 DHCC Board members present (two were absent), and the vote was unanimous in favor of hiring of Castagna. A reception was held earlier in the evening for both the DHCC Board and its parent board, Civic Development, Inc., to meet Castagna, who made a detailed Power Point presentation to the group of board members and DHCC staff, outlining a business plan for DHCC educational programming and fundraising, as well as development of more comprehensive marketing and membership and volunteer initiatives.
A native of Lubbock, currently residing in west Fort Worth with her husband Kevin and two daughters, Haylee and Holland, Castagna spent several years in restaurant and retail management in both Maryland and California before coming back to her Texas to complete her education. She earned a doctorate of jurisprudence from Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock; her bachelor’s degree is in communications and public relations from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. Prior to moving back to the Metroplex, Castagna owned a recycling business in Lubbock.
Castagna’s professional background also includes extensive experience in the non-profit sector, having raised more than $3 million in annual fund and capital campaign fundraising for All Saints Episcopal School in Lubbock. Prior to that, she was the training manager for the Institute for Litigation Studies in Plano, responsible for administration of grant funds.
“I believe I am a great fit for the Doss Center,” Castagna said. “When I first read the job description, I knew that I had the skill set to help take this beautiful place to the next level. I am excited and eager to get started and learn all I can about the Doss and the community it serves.”