Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center

 

Speakers

Cecilia Abbott

Texas First Lady


In January 2015, Cecilia Abbott made history by becoming the first Hispanic First Lady of Texas.  She has been a teacher, vice-principal and principal at several Catholic schools across Texas, and she has also worked in senior health care services.  But Cecilia hasn’t only devoted her professional life to helping others – she has done the same in her personal life.  She serves on the board of several educational organizations and is a member of many philanthropic groups.  In 2016, she launched her Texanthropy Initiative to promote volunteerism and service to others as her primary focus as First Lady of Texas.  Cecilia has also partnered with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on a similar initiative – Network of Nurture – to raise awareness about the ways Texans can support the children and families in the state’s child welfare system.  Cecilia is a proud mother to her daughter, Audrey, and a devoted wife to her husband of 36 years, the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott.

Scott McClelland

President, H-E-B

Scott McClelland is President of H-E-B, a $24B retailer that operates 390 stores in Texas and Mexico.  Scott has worked at H-E-B since 1990 after a ten year career at Pepsico’s Frito Lay division. He’s served in a number of Marketing and Operations positions before being named President of all HEB stores in July 2017. Previously McClelland served as President of H-E-B’s Houston operation. Under McClelland’s leadership, H-E-B’s grew from an 11% to a market leading 27% share by opening larger stores with a heavy emphasis on low prices, locally sourced products and tailored assortment based on the neighborhoods around each store. Scott has been the local face for H-E-B, starring in TV commercials along with JJ Watt, Craig Biggio and other local notables.

H-E-B strives to be a good corporate citizen and as such Scott serves on numerous local boards, including the Greater Houston Partnership where he serves on the Executive Board.  Scott is the former board chair of the Houston Food Bank and headed their $56mm capital campaign to fund the construction of the largest food bank warehouse in the United States. Scott spearheaded Houston Super Bowl of Caring Food Drive, which is now the largest in the state and annually collects over 2 million pounds of food for Houston’s hungry. In addition, he sits on the boards of Memorial Hermann Hospitals and Brighter Bites. In 2017 McClelland co-founded an education based non-profit called C2C focused on improving education for ALL students across Harris County from cradle to career by eliminating achievement gaps.

McClelland received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and graduated from Harvard’s Advanced Management Program.

Beth Krueger

Director, Austin Gives


As a non-profit professional for 25 + years, Beth Krueger has had the chance to transform organizations, ignite passion in donors and drive results for the clients and communities served by organizations like the Austin Humane Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Center for Child Protection, Habitat for Humanity, ASPCA and United Way.

No matter her role, as a leader, leadership team member or a consultant, her passion has been to make the world a better place by engaging people in meaningful work. When Beth was asked to serve on a community committee to explore the viability and development of the Austin Gives program she once again stepped up to serve. As a board member she immersed herself, her spheres of influence and her community leaders to get involved. When asked to take the lead as the program director she never hesitated. With the commitment of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and the support of the Austin Business community the Austin Gives program has grown to 500+ businesses and has set the bar for how business is done in Austin, Texas and beyond.

Suzanne Potts, LMSW, MPH

Director, Athletes for Hope University at Athletes for Hope

Suzanne Potts has worked her entire career to build, design and enhance the nonprofit sector. She has broad nonprofit and foundation experience, and worked as a capacity builder and funder for over 15 years. Suzanne previously worked as a Program Manager for OneStar Foundation, LIVESTRONG as the Program Officer for Community Grants, and in San Diego at the San Diego Workforce Partnership as the Youth Program Manager overseeing the design, implementation and evaluation of federal Youth Workforce Investment Act funds. She has served as a nonprofit consultant for over a decade and loves to help smaller nonprofits thrive. She and her family believe in living a life of service to others and regularly volunteer with various organizations with her husband and their two teenage sons.

Suzanne oversees the AFH University program, connecting student athletes to charitable opportunities across various communities nationwide. She was most recently the Executive Director for the Autism Society of Texas and serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Texas, Austin School of Social Work and is Faculty at the George Washington University Sports Philanthropy Executive Certificate Program.


Morning

Ann Starr

Managing Director, Forklift Danceworks

Session: Working with Millennials

Millennials are a growing part of the workforce and philanthropic community who often have a different perspective and communication style than those from other generations. Join us for this interactive session to better understand the millennial perspective and explore how to create excellent working partnerships and fundraising approaches to tap into the power of the next generation’s leadership.

Ann Starr has more than 20 years experience as a nonprofit fundraiser, educator and strategist. In addition to her work as a consultant and facilitator for OneStar Foundation and other select clients, Ann is the Managing Director at Forklift Danceworks, an innovative community-based arts nonprofit in Austin. Prior to joining the Forklift Danceworks team, she served as the Director of Education for Mission Capital (formerly Greenlights). Ann holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Kent State University and a Masters in Human Services from St. Edward’s University.

Elizabeth Darling

President & CEO, OneStar Foundation

Session:  Community Asset Mapping – Using Data to Explore the Demographic and Nonprofit Landscape in Your Region

This interactive session will focus on using data to learn more about the demographic landscape and network of nonprofit and community services in your region. Attendees will learn about tools and data sources that can help to identify community needs and services, the technique of asset mapping and strategies for using community data to inform decision-making and collaborative work. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in the discussion and share examples of local collaborative work and social impact. Attendees will also learn how to partner with various Texas state agencies to improve or expand the reach of their services.

Elizabeth Darling was appointed President & CEO of OneStar Foundation in 2009. OneStar was created by Executive Order to promote service and volunteering in Texas. OneStar serves as the state commission for AmeriCorps. Previously, Elizabeth was Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in Washington DC, where she provided oversight and management of AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, VISTA and disaster response.  In 2003-5 Elizabeth served as Deputy Secretary for the Maryland Department of Human Resources providing oversight for Child Support Enforcement; Child Care; Child Welfare and Workforce Services.  In 2001 Liz was appointed the founding director of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  She has a BS in elementary education from Baylor University, a certificate of Nonprofit Leadership and Management, is a Certified Association Executive, and a Certified Fundraising Executive. Liz has been recognized nationally by her peers through the 2014 & 2015 & 2016 NonProfit Times Power and Influence Top 50.  Liz is the national board chair for America’s Service Commissions (ASC), and a former national chair of the Board of Trustees for Camp Fire. Liz lives in Austin, Texas.

Twila Baker, CPA

Senior Director of Sponsored Programs, Lamar University

Session: Harnessing the Power of University-Community Partnerships

Learn about becoming a university community partner and how to seamlessly integrate student learners into your organization. Discover service learning best practices and impact and how to collaborate with university faculty.

Twila Baker, CPA, serves as Commissioner for Jefferson County Emergency Services District, Precinct 1 and has been a leader at Lamar University since 1994. Ms. Baker has held several roles at Lamar University, including Director of Internal Audit, Associate Vice President for Finance and Senior Director for Research and Sponsored Programs. She belongs to numerous civic and charitable organizations.

Joanne Brown

Director of Development/Foundation, Lamar Institute of Technology

Session: Harnessing the Power of University-Community Partnerships

Learn about becoming a university community partner and how to seamlessly integrate student learners into your organization. Discover service learning best practices and impact and how to collaborate with university faculty.

Joanne Brown is an inspired business, professional and civic leader with significant community connections. Working closely with nonprofits and businesses since 1993 she has served on advisory boards for Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth, Catholic Charities, the Symphony of Southeast Texas, Kelly High School, and Leadership Southeast Texas. A Rotary Club member, and former president of the Junior League of Beaumont, Brown is the Executive Director of Development/Foundation at Lamar Institute of Technology.

Tammy Henderson, PhD, CFLE

Family & Consumer Sciences Department Chair & Professor, Lamar University

Session: Harnessing the Power of University-Community Partnerships

Learn about becoming a university community partner and how to seamlessly integrate student learners into your organization. Discover service learning best practices and impact and how to collaborate with university faculty.

Dr. Henderson serves as Department Chair and Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Education and Human Development at Lamar University, where she conducts research in the area of family policy, law, and diversity. She has served as a co-guest editor and guest editor and writer for premier journals in the area of Human Development and Family Science, and she serves on editorial boards of three top-tiered journal in the social behavioral sciences: The Journal of Family Issues, Family Relations, and The Journal of Family Theory and Review.

Early Afternoon

Patty Riddlebarger

Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Entergy Corporation

Session:  Exceptional Volunteer Engagement

If your nonprofit relies on volunteers to fulfill its mission, then focusing on exceptional volunteer engagement is essential to your success. Join Corporate Social Responsibility expert, Patty Riddlebarger, to learn how to design a volunteer program that is truly exceptional. You’ll leave the session with fresh ideas for how to recruit and retain a variety of volunteers who feel great about making a difference in their community by working with you.

Patty Riddlebarger is tasked with developing ways to create sustainable value for Entergy’s shareholders, 2.8 million customers, 13,000 employees and communities in eight states. Patty received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and her MBA from Tulane University. She joined Entergy in 2000 as manager of corporate communications at Entergy Texas. In the role of corporate social responsibility director, she inspires fellow employees to volunteer in local programs and influences improvements in communities companywide through her passion and perseverance to make a difference.

Francisco Gónima

Owner & Principal, Francisco Gonima Executive Coaching & Strategy

Session:  The Adaptive Leader – Keeping Up With the Pace of Change

In the age of social media, big data and even bigger public expectations, nonprofit and community leaders have never had to be more nimble than now to stay relevant. In order to stay ahead of the power curve, today’s adaptive leader must have a toolbox full of practices that help them monitor their key constituents, including clients, funders and partners to name a few, for shifting expectations. Combine that with staying on top of trends in social entrepreneurship and your nonprofit’s economic model and you will be equipped to adapt, adjust and overcome anything the changing landscape will throw at you. Rely on business as usual practices while keeping your head down, however, and you may soon find yourself critically behind. This session will provide participants with a toolkit of critical practices for maintaining situational awareness as well as a primer on emerging trends in the nonprofit sector that funders, donors and clients will be expecting you to keep up with.

Francisco Gónima has been working with leaders during periods of crisis and change for over two decades. The first half of his career was spent with the American Red Cross where he worked nationally on disaster planning & response, leadership development and as an internal change agent for agency wide initiatives. His last eleven years in private practice have been dedicated to working with non-profit, elected and business leaders across the country on community wide strategies and internal change and leadership development initiatives as an executive coach. Based out of San Antonio, Texas, he is an International Coach Federation Professional Certified Coach, a Marshall Memorial Fellow, a Lumina Foundation Collective Impact Coaching Fellow, and an actively involved community leader.

Amy Jackson, CFRE

Director of Development, Caritas of Austin

Session: Donor Relationships: The Key to Success

Fundraising is all about relationships.  Whether you’re talking about an online donor who makes a $25 gift to your organization, a couple that donates $100 each year to your annual campaign, or a major philanthropist who gives $1 million to your next capital campaign – in some way, a relationship is behind each of them, which motivated them to give.   And during times of uncertainty and ever-increasing competition of your donors’ dollars, relationships are KEY to your organization’s long-term success!   Amy Jackson, CFRE will present practical and informative ways to build and sustain relationships with your current donors, and how to cultivate new ones.

Amy Jackson has over 15 years of development and resource management experience.  She currently serves as the Director of Development for Caritas of Austin—an Austin-based organization for over 50 years whose mission is to make homelessness rare, brief and non-reoccurring.  Prior to moving to Austin in 2011, Amy served as the Director of Special Gifts and Director of Development for Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson & Ellis Counties for over 10 years.  She has also consulted for smaller nonprofits in resource development and contracted with the Texas Public Policy Foundation working on their annual Policy Orientation and capital project.

Amy is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and holds a Masters in Public Administration with a certification in Nonprofit Management from the University of Texas at Arlington.  She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) receiving her accreditation in June 2008.   Amy has been a member of AFP since 2003, having served on the Fort Worth Metro Chapter Board and now the Austin Chapter Board as the Director of Legislative Affairs.

Mid Afternoon

Mellie Bevilacqua

Executive Director, Foundation for Southeast Texas

Session:  Successful Grant Proposals:  A Panel Discussion with Funders

Mellie Bevilacqua has served as Executive Director for the Foundation for Southeast Texas, a Community Foundation serving Hardin, Jefferson and Orange counties, for three-and-a-half years.  She is a life-long resident of Beaumont and a graduate of Lamar University with a BA in Finance.  Mellie was involved in many nonprofit organizations prior to her role at the Foundation and serves in many capacities for a number of professional and volunteer organizations, including as Board member of the Rotary Club of Beaumont, President of the Southeast Texas Estate Planning Council and Vice President of the Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center.

Debi Derrick

Public Affairs Contributions Coordinator, Entergy Texas, Inc.


Session: Successful Grant Proposals: A Panel Discussion with Funders

As the Entergy Texas grants coordinator, Debi Derrick serves as the organizational arm of the Texas Contributions Committee, receiving grants, coordinating committee meetings, maintaining budgets and ensuring that grant requests are reviewed by appropriate personnel for decision-making purposes. She also works with nonprofit agencies to assist them with the grant-making process. Debi came to Public Affairs from Entergy’s communications department where she served as senior communications specialist, dealing primarily with external communications and media. She has been active in the community and is past president and current member of the board of directors of Family Services of Southeast Texas. She is also on the board of directors for the Lamar University Alumni Advisory Board.

Jean Moncla, JD and CTFA

Vice President & Trust Officer, Capital One Wealth & Asset Management

Session: Successful Grant Proposals: A Panel Discussion with Funders

Jean Moncla has more than 27 years of financial services experience; currently with Capital One Wealth and Asset Management where she is a Senior Trust Administrator.  In this role, she is responsible for the administration of trusts, estates and court ordered trusts as well as foundation and grant management.  Jean is a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA), and earned her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in Plan II and her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law at Austin.  She is very active in the professional and nonprofit communities in Southeast Texas and was a founding board member of the Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center.

Francisco Gónima

Owner & Principal, Francisco Gonima Executive Coaching & Strategy

Session:  The Sustainable Leader – Setting Boundaries, Self Care & Staying in it for the Long Haul

Meeting INFinite needs with Finite resources – that is the nonprofit leader’s perpetual task.  Without some guiding personal practices to manage boundaries, maintain a healthy balance, and leader your team in a way that teaches them to do the same, the road to burnout is assured.  Your leadership is too important to your community and your mission to be reckless with keeping yourself focused, innovative, and fruitful for the long haul.  This session will help participants build some critical insights into setting professional boundaries at work, for themselves and others, emotional intelligence to be able to read what your people need, and how to make a discipline of doing both.  The Sustainable Leader is changing the world and living their life joyfully while doing it.  Does that sound like you?

Francisco Gónima has been working with leaders during periods of crisis and change for over two decades. The first half of his career was spent with the American Red Cross where he worked nationally on disaster planning & response, leadership development and as an internal change agent for agency wide initiatives. His last eleven years in private practice have been dedicated to working with non-profit, elected and business leaders across the country on community wide strategies and internal change and leadership development initiatives as an executive coach. Based out of San Antonio, Texas, he is an International Coach Federation Professional Certified Coach, a Marshall Memorial Fellow, a Lumina Foundation Collective Impact Coaching Fellow, and an actively involved community leader.

Suzanne Potts, LMSW, MPH

Director, Athletes for Hope University at Athletes for Hope

Session: Strategic Nonprofit Alliances

With ever increasing demands and perpetually limited resources, it’s more important than ever for nonprofits to find ways to maximize their reach and impact. Join us for an interactive exploration of the ins and outs of partnerships between nonprofits that can lead to much greater outcomes for all. We’ll share lessons learned from established nonprofit collaborations, plus ideas and actions you can use right away to embark on nonprofit strategic alliances that have the power to transform your work.

Suzanne has worked her entire career to build, design and enhance the nonprofit sector. She has broad nonprofit and foundation experience, and worked as a capacity builder and funder for over 15 years. Suzanne previously worked as a Program Manager for OneStar Foundation, LIVESTRONG as the Program Officer for Community Grants, and in San Diego at the San Diego Workforce Partnership as the Youth Program Manager overseeing the design, implementation and evaluation of federal Youth Workforce Investment Act funds. She has served as a nonprofit consultant for over a decade and loves to help smaller nonprofits thrive. She and her family believe in living a life of service to others and regularly volunteer with various organizations with her husband and their two teenage sons.

Suzanne oversees the AFH University program, connecting student athletes to charitable opportunities across various communities nationwide. She was most recently the Executive Director for the Autism Society of Texas and serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Texas, Austin School of Social Work and is Faculty at the George Washington University Sports Philanthropy Executive Certificate Program.