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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.

2022 Board of Directors

   Beth Filla, East Texas Communities Foundation

Immediate Past-President
  Kimberly Lewis, Goodwill Industries of Tyler

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

Vice-President of Programs and Professional Development
   Whitney Patterson, Literacy Council of Tyler
   Patrick Willis

reasurer/Administration Chair
    Candice Christian, UT Health Science Center at Tyler
     Leslie Watson, PATH
Vice-President of Diversity & Ethics
    Kimberly Lewis, Goodwill Industries of Tyler 

Vice-President of Marketing
   Claire Hodges, All Saints Episcopal School

   Erica Goss, UT Tyler

Chapter Administrator
    Lauren DiSalvo