Meet Our Staff



William Pherigo

William Pherigo serves as Executive Director of WestAid. During this time WestAid has transition from service agency under Catholic Charities Fort Worth Diocese to a fully independent 501(c) 3 nonprofit. Under his leadership WestAid has moved locations three times with each enabling an expansion of services. WestAid now serves a about 50 households per day.
He is originally from Oklahoma and proud of his Choctaw Indian ancestry. He is married to Beverly. Their daughter lives in Dallas and son and daughter-in-law in Houston.

After receiving his master’s degree, William served with First Baptist Church in Brownwood, Texas. As Community Minister he administered a variety of community outreach programs of the church, pastored the mission church and organized InterFaith Ministries which led to the establishment of the current county-wide Good Samaritan Ministries.

William is an ordained minister and focuses on the ministry opportunities through WestAid. He is responsible for the overall WestAid program including fundraising; client services; business, community and church relations; volunteer leadership.


Virginia Richardson

Virginia works three days a week at WestAid tracking client information, client relations, compiling information, maintaining reports and general functioning of the office.

She has been a life-long resident of Benbrook – except for five years when she lived in the nearby suburb of Fort Worth! Virginia and her husband have four grown children. They have one granddaughter and two grandsons; and one great grandson.
Virginia worked for Montgomery Ward for over 20 years then volunteered for several years at the John Peter Smith Hospital and later for two years at WestAid before beginning the part-time staff position at WestAid. She enjoys reading, quilting and counting cross-stitching.




Sarah Lewis

Sarah has been with WestAid since October 2014. She has four amazing kids who love coming up to WestAid and volunteering. Sarah is an active member at Faith Lutheran Church in Fort Worth. While being at WestAid Sarah has found her calling working with the homeless and those with food insecurities in Fort Worth. Sarah loves coming to work, interacting with the clients and coming up with fun new food drives and fundraisers for WestAid.






Denise McWilliams

Volunteer Coordinator