Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center


About Us

A very special group of funders had a vision of an organization that would nurture a community of strong nonprofits to improve and transform the quality of life in Southeast Texas. The Center would provide management support services to nonprofits and funders enabling them to effectively serve the surrounding counties. This vision became a reality in April 2008, as the Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center opened its doors to serve the community.

The Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center is a 501c3 public charity organization offering programs and services to support nonprofits and funders.  We have reached over 5,000 individuals since our doors opened in 2008.   Our Board of Directors is a diversified and well-informed group of community leaders whose goal is to lead this organization in assisting nonprofits to become effective and efficient.


Executive Board

  • Mary Young, President *Apr ‘15
    REFUGE Outreach Ministries
  • Mellie Bevilacqua, Vice-President *Sep ’14
    Foundation for Southeast Texas
  • Joe Love, Treasurer *Feb ‘13
    First Financial Bank, N.A.
  • Kim Moncla, Secretary *Feb ‘16
    Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas
  • Ronan Ramirez, Past President *Feb ‘13
    Stewart Title – Edison Plaza


  • James Black *Apr ‘17
    James M. Black, Attorney at Law
  • Daniel Ford *Feb ‘16
    CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System
  • Ronald Fletcher *Feb ‘16
    Entergy Texas
  • Phyllis Geans *Feb ‘16
    Port Arthur ISD
  • Janie Johnson *Feb ‘16
    United Way of Mid & South Jefferson County
  • Jean Moncla, CTFA *May ‘06
    Captial One Wealth and Asset Management
  • Donean Surratt *Feb ‘13
    Orgain Bell & Tucker, LLP
  • Shelly Vitanza *Feb ‘16
    Beaumont Enterprise

*Indicates beginning of service term


  • Deborah Drago
    Executive Director
    700 North Street, Suite O
    Beaumont, Texas 77701
    Work 409.832.6565