The Family Place CEO Paige Flink to Retire in 2021 After 30 Years of Service

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The Agency Engages Victory Search Group to Find Next Generation of Leadership to Follow in Flink’s Footsteps

DALLAS (January 21, 2021)—Dallas-based family violence non-profit agency, The Family Place, is sending out a bittersweet announcement that current CEO Paige Flink, who has been with the organization in various leadership positions since 1991, is retiring in 2021 after helping to transition the new CEO. The Family Place, the largest family violence service provider in Texas, has hired Victory Search Group to lead the regional search for its next CEO to take The Family Place into the next chapter.

“Over the last 30 years, Paige has been instrumental in educating and changing public perception, including the North Texas community’s response to family violence,” shared The Family Place Board President Harold Ginsburg. “When she started with the organization, The Family Place had 38 employees and four facilities. Today it has more than 200 employees and eight facilities. She’s grown this organization into a national model, always putting the client first.”

During her time as CEO of The Family Place, Flink has created a fiscally sound organization through unique fundraisers such as Pepsi KidAround, Palm Night, and The Family Place Partners Card, which raises over a million dollars annually. Under Flink’s leadership, The Family Place has grown from an emergency shelter with 40 beds and one counseling office to three shelters providing 177 shelter beds each night—including the only shelter for men and children in the state—and three counseling offices in Dallas and Collin Counties. She led the organization as it built two state-of-the-art facilities and added innovative programming to meet client needs. After Faith and Liberty Battaglia were killed by their father during an unsupervised visitation in 2001, Flink led the charge to open Faith and Liberty’s Place Family Center. This program provided court-ordered supervised visitation and monitored exchange to prevent such tragedies. More recently, Flink has worked to coordinate shelter services with new technology that provides a real-time bed count to better serve clients seeking shelter.

“I’m excited about what The Family Place is going to do in the decades to come with the next generation of leadership in place,” Flink shared. “I’ve loved this job. I’ve worn a lot of hats in my life, but the one I’ve worn best is being an advocate for victims of domestic violence.”

In 2020, Flink won the D CEO award for Nonprofit Leadership Excellence and was honored in the Dallas Business Journal’s 2020 Women in Business awards program. She has received local and national recognition for her work on behalf of victims, including the Peace Award from the Sunshine Lady Foundation, the Women’s Advocacy Award from Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, the Texas Women’s Foundation Maura Award, and the Mosaic Family Services Champion of Human Rights.