The LVTRise Board of Directors announced today that it has selected Paige Charbonnet as the interim executive director. Charbonnet has served the agency as a board member and most recently as the board secretary. Since its inception, LVTRise has dedicated its work to collaborating with community partners, empowering community members through training and case management and impacting the Las Vegas Trail community addressing education, improved quality housing and reducing neighborhood crime.
“Paige is a true servant leader, who always answers the call of service,” said Ty Stimpson, LVTRise Board President. “When I approached Paige about serving as in this capacity, she was not only willing to serve, but ready to hit the ground running and take LVTRise to the next level. As we go through this transition, there is no doubt in my mind that we have a strong, committed leader at the helm of LVTRise.”
Charbonnet is a life-long Fort Worth resident. She is married to Justice of the Peace Jason Charbonnet and have two children, Knox and Grier. Being active members of the community is important to her and her family. The Charbonnet family live in a neighboring area near Las Vegas Trail, and after learning about the needs in the LVT community, she became heavily involved in working with the newly formed organization.
“LVTRise and Rise Community Center have become a valuable resource to this community,” said Charbonnet. “I look forward to furthering our partnerships and the release of the eventual transformation plan.”
Charbonnet further explains that she is dedicated to seeing the organization and community center into the next chapter and providing leadership to continue the work to empower the area’s residents and impacting the trajectory of the future.
Charbonnet’s work began under the leadership of former Fort Worth City Councilman Dr. Brian Byrd and other community leaders in the initial phases of LVTRise and has enjoyed watching the nonprofit grow. She continued her work and working with the other members of the board and executive leadership through a strategic plan and working alongside current City Councilman Michael D. Crain, District 3.
“Paige has been an excellent leader of LVTRise since its inception,” said Councilman Crain. “I am excited to have her energy, insight and passion for change in this new role as we move forward with the Las Vegas Trail Revitalization Plan.”
LVTRise began as a mobile community center providing social services and access to resources for the area when the Star Telegram and community stakeholders initiated a series of town hall to uncover a number of the deficiencies and a lack of resources needed in the area. In 2018 the Las Vegas Trail Revitalization Project became registered non-profit currently known as LVTRise, Inc.
In October of 2020 Rise Community Center opened to the public providing a permanent home for LVTRise. In January 2021 the City of Fort Worth opened a branch of the public library system in the community center furthering the resources available. Currently Phase 2 of the community center is under construction with an estimated completion date later this year.