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About Our Chapter


The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) East Texas Chapter was founded in January 2008. At the time, it was the largest new chapter in AFP International history, with over 40 founding members.  

Since its inception, the chapter has grown considerably with nearly 80 active professionals. The AFP East Texas Chapter advances philanthropy and fosters ethical and effective fundraising. The chapter usually meets the first Tuesday of every month from 11:30 am - 1 pm in Tyler, for lunch, networking and an educational program. Guests are welcome, but reservations are required.

2019 Board of Directors

   Whitney Patterson, Tyler Junior College

   Kenny Sigler, UT Health Science Center at Tyler

Immediate Past President
    Dennis Cullinane, East Texas Food Bank

Vice-President of Membership & Member Relations
   Beth Filla, East Texas Communities Foundation 

Vice-President of Programs and Professional Advancement
   Patrick Willis, Signature Consulting

reasurer/Administration Chair
   Candice Christian, UT Health Science Center at Tyler

Vice-President of Diversity & Ethics
   Kimberly Lewis, Goodwill Industries of Tyler

Vice-President of Marketing
   Zoe Lawhorn, Literacy Council of Tyler

   Jackie Cannon, Champions for Children

Members at Large
   Erica Goss, University of Texas at Tyler
   Scott Harrison
   Donna Spann, East Texas Food Bank
   Leslie Watson, PATH

Chapter Administrator
La'Keidra Lincoln