Hope of South Texas hires new director

Sonny Long

March 12, 2013 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated March 11, 2013 at 10:12 p.m.

Ric Tinney has been named the new executive director of Hope of South Texas children's advocacy center.

The organization's board of directors made the announcement via a news release Tuesday.

Tinney has more than 25 years of experience in helping professions and has served in a variety of administrative capacities centered on program development, public relations, marketing and development and fundraising, according to the news release.

"Mr. Tinney brings a wealth of experience and competence to this position that will enable the organization to successfully carry out its mission of stewardship and service for the protection of our community's children and the overall benefit of our community," said Don Polzin, president of the board of directors.

Tinney, facility manager at Sodalis Elder Living, has also worked for the Devereux Foundation and has been a case supervisor for Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Golden Crescent as well as a psychology instructor at Victoria College.

"I look forward to the challenges ahead and value the input and support of the board of directors and the community," Tinney said. "Our children are our most valued resource for the future; we need to assure their safety and well-being."

Tinney has a Bachelor of Religious Education degree from Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing, Mich., a Master of Science in Family Studies and a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University in Abilene.

Tinney is expected to begin his duties with Hope of South Texas on April 1.


Because of funding shortfalls, Hope of South Texas suspended its sexual assault crisis center and 24-hour crisis intervention hotline in September.

Its children's forensic interview services were shifted to The Harbor in Port Lavaca.

In November, Mid-Coast Family Services expanded its sexual assault services program, including a sexual crisis hotline, to fill the gap left by Hope's suspension of services.

With the hiring of Tinney, Hope of South Texas will renew its child advocacy efforts - at least for the time being.

"Right now, the plan is to focus on the children's advocacy center functions," said Thomas Eisman, agency spokesman. "When those have been restored, the executive director and the board will determine what other functions the organization may want to resume."


Eisman said funding Hope of South Texas will also be a top priority.

In 2011, because of a clerical error in submitting its funding applications, Hope of South Texas lost its Crime Victims Compensation grant funding through the Texas Attorney General's Office.

But, Eisman said, financing the agency is doable.

"We still have active grants and funding available to Hope of South Texas," Eisman said.

"The administrators of the grants have been instrumental in offering guidance to the board during our reorganization effort to make sure we comply with the requirements of those grants so they continue to be available to us when we restart operations."



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