New Executive Director: Heather Castagna, JD

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.”

Attention Summer Brides

The Doss Heritage and Culture Center is the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony and reception or reception only.  Our outdoor and indoor venues provide a beautiful space for your celebration.

We have recently reduced our summer rates and have limited availability remaining, but are also open to extending those rates to the fall, should you choose our facility.

Our garden and hall are a wonderful combination of elegance and country charm which will help make your event truly special.

Please contact Shelby Presnell for a tour and more information. 817-599-6168 or events@dosscenter.org.

Local businessman wins DHCC trip…..

Lauren Chambers of Millsap drawing the winning ticket!

With her fellow stitchers watching, Lauren Chambers of Millsap drew the winning ticket for the Doss Heritage and Culture Center’s recent fundraiser while Linda Bagwell, DHCC board member , looks on.  Lauren, about to begin one of the Doss Center’s summer children’s programs-this one in needlework-reached in and selected among the tickets the name of the person who bought the first ticket from Board member Carolyn Glenn: Pat Hamilton of Weatherford. Hamilton, president of the Weatherford branch of Plains Capital Bank, has a long-standing relationship with the Doss family though banking and friendship, “and I’m just delighted to further strengthen that bond,” he said.  “Of course, Sharon and I are happy to support the Doss Center’s activities and programs, and am especially honored that one of the children taking a class at the center this summer actually drew my name.  The children’s educational programming at the Doss has become an important aspect of its offerings.”

Hamilton’s winning ticket allows him to select from among several trips, including a four-day trip to Napa, Calif.; a Caribbean or Alaskan cruise; or a week’s stay in Paris, France.

James may, DHCC Board president, was “very satisfied,” he said, with the fundraiser.  “Thanks to the generous support of many of our fine citizens, the Doss Center programming has been strengthened financially, but, just as importantly, we appreciate the show of support for the Doss Center itself, its exhibits and programming.  Our community is becoming more aware of the asset that the Doss Center is to our area.  We invite everyone to come visit and see for themselves!”

Win a Trip……

Win a Trip and Help the Doss Heritage  and Culture Center of Weatherford! Napa Valley VIP wine tour, Paris, or a Celebrity Cruise to Alaska, Bermuda or the Caribbean, – if you win you get to choose your dream trip.

The Doss is selling only 400 raffle tickets for $100 each for your chance to win one of the fantastic vacations listed above.  Tickets go on sale April 26, so hurry and get yours before they are all gone! 

                                                        The winner will be announced on June 28!   

 ***Sorry for any inconvenience, we extented the date for the drawing to Tuesday June 28th at the next Board Meeting. We had not received all the sold tickets on 5/24 due to the bad weather on that day.

Each trip includes luxury accommodations, Paris and Napa include airfare, applicable tours and more.

Tickets can be purchased at the Doss

“Creative Connections” at the Doss

We are so excited about our new workshops! Let the Doss connect you with your creative side!  We will offer workshops by artists in many areas that will be of interest to all-from photography, sculpting, painting to stitching, creative writing and on and on.  Our first workshops will begin in May and feature jewelry artist Karren Lucas and embroidery artists Barb Patterson and Mendie Cannon.  Please call the Doss at 817-599-6168 or check schedules, photos of projects and registration on website.