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
President & CEO, United Way of Mid & South Jefferson County

Ron Fletcher, Vice-President
Customer Service Manager, Entergy Texas

Gaye Lokey, Secretary
Curriculum Coordinator, Nederland ISD

Phyllis Geans, CPA, CFO, RTSBA, Treasurer
Assistant Superintendent for Business & Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Port Arthur ISD

Board

Mellie Bevilacqua, Past President
Executive Director, Foundation for Southeast Texas

Jennifer Burtsfield
Partner, River Trust Capital Management LLC

Amber Clark, M.Ed.
Lamar Institute of Technology

Daniel Ford, M.Div., M.A., FACHE
Regional Vice President – Mission Administration, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System

Natasha Garrett
President & CEO, G & G Enterprises Construction Corp.

Jean Moncla, J.D. and C.T.F.A.
Vice President & Trust Advisor, Hancock Whitney Private Wealth Management

Kim Moncla
Executive Director, Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Foundation

Mary Young
REFUGE Outreach Ministries

Staff

Deborah Drago, M.B.A.
Executive Director
700 North Street, Suite O
Beaumont, Texas 77701
Work 409.832.6565
ddrago@setxnonprofit.org