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

  • Mellie Bevilacqua, President
    Foundation for Southeast Texas
  • Janie Johnson, Vice-President
    United Way of Mid & South Jefferson County
  • Ron Fletcher, Secretary
    Entergy Texas
  • Joe Love, Treasurer
    First Financial Bank
  • Mary Young, Past President
    REFUGE Outreach Ministries


  • James  M. Black
    James M. Black, Attorney at Law
  • Daniel Ford
    CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System
  • Phyllis Geans
    Port Arthur ISD
  • Jean Moncla, CTFA
    Capital One Wealth and Asset Management
  • Kim Moncla
    Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas
  • Ronnie Ramirez
    Stewart Title – Edison Plaza
  • S. Donean Surratt
    Orgain Bell & Tucker, LLP
  • Shelly Vitanza
    Beaumont Enterprise


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