Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center


About Us

A local 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.

For eleven years, the Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center has been a leading advocate, educator, and service provider for nonprofits and funders throughout Southeast Texas.  The Center’s 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 more effective and efficient.

Executive Board

Janie Johnson, President
United Way of Mid & South Jefferson County

Ron Fletcher, Vice-President
Entergy Texas

Gaye Lokey, Secretary
Nederland Independent School District

Phyllis Geans, Treasurer
Port Arthur ISD

Mellie Bevilacqua, Past President
Foundation for Southeast Texas


James  M. Black
James M. Black, Attorney at Law

Jennifer Burtsfield
Cowling & Burtsfield Wealth Management

Amber Clark
Girls’ Haven, Inc.

Daniel Ford
CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System

Natasha Garrett
G & G Enterprises Construction Corp.

Jean Moncla, CTFA
Hancock Whitney Wealth and Asset Management

Kim Moncla
Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas

Mary Young, Past President
REFUGE Outreach Ministries


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