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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 89 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.

2018 Board of Directors

   Dennis Cullinane, East Texas Food Bank

   Whitney Patterson, Discovery Science Place

Immediate Past President
   Larry Wickham, Consultant 

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

Vice-President of Programs and Professional Advancement
   Patrick Willis, Consultant 

reasurer/Administration Chair
   William Smialek, Consultant

Vice-President of Diversity & Ethics
   Jackie Cannon, Champions for Children

Vice-President of Marketing
   Candice Christian, UT Health Northeast

   Kenny Sigler, Literacy Council

Members at Large
   Zoe Lawhorn, Meals on Wheels
   Kim Lewis, Goodwill
   David Jones, UT Tyler 

Chapter Administrator
   Rachel Ashcraft