Leadership and Staff
Bliss Coulter is an achievement-driven executive who has dedicated over 15 years experience working to empower survivors of domestic violence, low income individuals, and families through innovative programming, leadership and strategic vision.
In 2019, Bliss was named the CEO of The Ladder Alliance. In her first year, she was able to double the amount of operating cash and reserve, transformed the annual golf event from the traditional green grass fundraiser to TopGolf, which increased new attendees by 80% and helped The Ladder Alliance achieve the “Best Place for Working Parents in 2020″ designation award.
Mrs. Coulter spent her first year at the helm doing an environmental scan/assessment of what it would take to advance The Ladder Alliance to the next level and devised a well-executed plan to ensure agency elevation. By placing substantial emphasis on capacity building, scalable and equitable community change, diversifying the existing funding portfolio and having clear outcome goals The Ladder Alliance has seen tremendous success over the past year.
Mrs. Coulter has a passion and extensive experience for serving the community in various roles, from mentoring youth and other emerging leaders, engaging key stakeholders at all levels, to creating avenues for systems change.
Bliss received her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from Texas Women’s University with a major in Counseling and Development. She previously graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree and has her certification in Business Management. Bliss is a licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas and a National Certified Counselor.
When Bliss is not working, she enjoys spending time with her wife Ashleigh, her son Stetson and her horses at her ranch.
Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations
Susan Smith has more than 35 years of service in non-profit advancement. Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Texas Christian University in English with a minor in Art History. Both disciplines remain Susan’s passions. She has been the Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations for The Ladder Alliance since 2012. In her fundraising roles, Susan has been devoted to making a difference in the lives of others.
Stacy Stelzel has over 12 years of experience at several non-profit organizations and specializes in social media marketing and management, photography, communications and web/content management. Stacy has a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University with a degree in Film and Digital Media and has been on social media since The Facebook was first introduced at Baylor. Also while at Baylor, Stacy was a member of the Golden Wave Marching Band and Sing Alliance. Stacy has a passion for photography and can be found running around with her camera, capturing life. Stacy has been with The Ladder Alliance since 2019 as the Program Coordinator.
Administrative Services Coordinator
Melissa Fabila is the Administrative Services Coordinator at The Ladder Alliance and is also a graduate of The Ladder Alliances’ Basic Computer Skills Training and Professional Office Skills Training programs. In 2016, Melissa started as an intern after completion of the programs and was hired on as receptionist shortly after. Outside of the work she does at Ladder Alliance, Melissa has made it her personal mission to reach out to low income areas to help them obtain the same opportunity she was afforded.
In her spare time, she likes to give back to the community by helping with benefits, fundraisers, back to school events and Christmas toy drives through the ULC (United Lowrider Council). Melissa also loves spending time with her dog Gizmo.
Frank Thomas has been with The Ladder Alliance since 2012. Prior to The Ladder Alliance Frank was an entrepreneur with his own tech support company that provided support services to the small office/home office business sector. He also volunteered extensively within his own community and has worked to make learning about computers and software fun if not exciting. In his spare time, Frank enjoys genealogical research, magic and just clowning around for his grandchildren.
Carrie Todd is originally from Oklahoma, and also lived in Chicago for many years before moving to Texas. Her educational instructional experiences range from training teachers on art integration into reading curriculums to teaching science principles to preschoolers. Carrie has worked at The Ladder Alliance since 2012, and one of her primary goals is to help her adult students achieve mastery in critical thinking and problem solving skills. Carrie works diligently to promote a fun and supportive classroom on a daily basis, and has been extremely successful in maintaining a stellar retention rate. She has a Bachelor’s in Speech and Theater, which helps keep the students engaged, and entertained.
Alex has worked with various schools and organizations, as an educator for English as a Second Language programs, secondary school computer tech, and refugee English survival courses. In his spare time, Alex volunteers to help immigrant citizens secure a legal pathway through volunteer programs, and is passionate about fighting for the rights of those less fortunate. Along with his volunteer efforts, Alex is an avid visitor of art museums in his hometown of Fort Worth, loves to cook at home with his fiancé, and enjoys attending rock concerts. Alex has been with The Ladder Alliance since 2019 as an IT Instructor.