Roger Wedell announced today that he will retire as executive director of Legal Hospice of Texas at the end of the year. He has served in that position since 2000.
During his tenure, the organization changed its name from Dallas Legal Hospice and expanded its service area to include a larger region throughout North Texas.
Earlier this year, the agency moved to a larger office and is now in the Design District.
“Nobody will have to worry about that,” Wedell said. “We’re here for six years.”
He said a number of things played into his decision including the move and called it the right time. Wedell is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
“December is the 40th anniversary of my ordination,” he said.
“Roger has been a tremendous asset for Legal Hospice of Texas,” Judge Barbara Houser, who chairs the LHT board of directors, said in a release. “There is no doubt that Legal Hospice of Texas is where it is today thanks to Roger’s vision and leadership. His extensive experience in the non-profit sector coupled with his broad network of professional and personal colleagues and friends has enabled Legal Hospice of Texas to provide free legal services to a growing client base. His keen insight into funding opportunities and his ability to convey his compassion and dedication to staff, volunteers, donors and the community have been key reasons for the increase in donations and grants that provide vital funding for our mission.”
Wedell said the organization is in a good position with a stable staff.
“We made it through the recession,” he said. “Why not now.”