Photo: front row, left to right: Juda Myers, Carrie Brinsden and Emmy 

Lee. Second row, India Loth and Marie Halvatzis. Third row, Erica 

Johnston, Sara Rushing and Connie Chandler. Fourth row, Katy 

Weirich and Lynn Beckwith. Fifth row, Elizabeth Chapman and Beth 

Higgins. Not pictured: Shannon Deitz



On Sunday, October 26, FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center 

held a reception to introduce the 2014 Women of Achievement. 

The women were recognized for playing a large role in building 

strength in the community through individual commitments and 

achievements. As each woman was introduced, they received 

enthusiastic applause from a room full of previously honored Women 

of Achievement. FamilyTime will honor these outstanding women and 

the organization’s 38 years of service to the community at the annual 

Women of Achievement Hearts of Gold Gala being held on Jan.17, 

2015 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Houston. ABC-13 Anchor 

Erik Barajas will once again emcee. Guests will enjoy a gourmet 

dinner, awards presentation, auctions and dancing. They will also be 

helping to raise funds so FamilyTime can continue to assist women 

and children in the community who are victims of Domestic Violence. 

Tickets are $125 per person, $1250 per table of 10. Sponsorship 

opportunities are also available. For more information, email Gala 

Chair Susan Meinholz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check 

online at 

FamilyTime provides free crisis intervention, counseling, support 

groups, a 24-hour crisis helpline, case management and legal 

advocacy services to victims of abuse, including domestic violence, 

sexual assault and child abuse. They also offer low-cost counseling 

for non-victims. “The Door,” FamilyTime’s shelter for women and 

children who are fleeing domestic violence, is the only such shelter in 

north Harris and south Montgomery counties. Since opening in July 

1996, it has provided a safe haven and crisis services to more than 

5,000 women and children.

The 2014 Women of Achievement are:


Elizabeth Chapman

The Arts

Beth Higgins


Lynn Beckwith

Spirit of FamilyTime

Katy Weirich


Connie Chandler


Sara Rushing


Emmy Lee

Community Activist

Erica Johnston

Human Services

Marie Halvatzis


India Loth

Women’s Advocate

Juda Myers

Shannon Deitz

Special Recognition

Carrie Brinsden


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