CFT People

Executive Leadership Team


David J. Scullin

President & CEO
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David ScullinDave Scullin joined CFT as President and CEO in January 2017 after an extensive career at two global firms, Deloitte and Arthur Andersen. He is a multifaceted leader, strategic business adviser, financial expert and CPA. Prior to his retirement in May 2016, Scullin was recognized as a top partner, holding multiple leadership roles over his career including at different times managing partner for Fort Worth and Phoenix, the lead client service partner for major global audit and non-audit clients, the industry leader of multiple sectors and creator and leader of Deloitte’s nationally-recognized North Texas CFO Forum. Dave has extensive leadership experience with public, private, nonprofit and civic groups including the Fort Worth Chamber, Greater Phoenix Economic Council and Greater Phoenix Leadership. Dave is a graduate of Marquette University and lives in Plano with Susan, his wife of forty years. His two adult children also reside in Texas.

Elizabeth W. Bull
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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Beth BullAs CFO, Beth Bull oversees financial and administrative operations. She joined CFT in August 2008 after a 26-year career with Texas Instruments, Inc., a global semiconductor company, where she served as vice president and treasurer. In 2013, Beth was selected CFO of the Year by the Dallas Business Journal. Her broad financial background and significant corporate management experience enabled her to assume key responsibilities for CFT’s already respected financial operations and investment program, while also overseeing human resources, facilities, and information technology. Beth is very involved in the Dallas community and is committed to supporting effective philanthropy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from DePauw University and a master’s degree in finance and marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

John Fitzpatrick
Executive Director, Educate Texas
737-708-8153

John FitzpatrickA former school board member, chamber of commerce executive, middle school teacher and coach, John Fitzpatrick serves as the Executive Director of Educate Texas (formerly Texas High School Project). A unique public-private initiative, Educate Texas is dedicated to all Texas students graduating high school college ready, career ready and life ready. Before taking the helm at Educate Texas, Mr. Fitzpatrick served as Executive Director of the Capital Area Training Foundation, now Skillpoint Alliance and a non-profit organization working to build relationships between industry, education, and communities to benefit Central Texans. Mr. Fitzpatrick received a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and a master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Sarah Cotton Nelson
Chief Philanthropy Officer
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Sarah Cotton Nelson serves as CFT’s Chief Philanthropy Officer. Prior to joining CFT, Ms. Nelson spent 12 years as a survey research methodologist with the RAND Corporation. Her other professional roles throughout her career inform her current work: managing a youth intervention program in inner city Los Angeles; directing grants and research for a regional women’s foundation; and uncovering policy changes needed within El Salvador’s legalization process for nonprofit organizations following the end of that country’s civil war. Ms. Nelson is deeply committed to creating a bridge from best practices identified in the research world, to the nonprofit practitioners who often face a scarcity of time to source what is being shown most effective in their fields of practice. Ms. Nelson is a 2003 American Marshall Memorial Fellow and a 1997 graduate fellow at Pontifícia Universidad Católica in Chile. She earned her bachelor’s degree in international development and Spanish from the University of California at Berkeley.

Monica Egert Smith
Chief Relationships Officer
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Monica Egert Smith serves Communities Foundation of Texas as the foundation’s Chief Relationship Officer. As CRO, she leads a team who are on the front lines of cultivating new donor relationships, stewarding existing donor relationships, and communicating the CFT story. During Monica’s tenure with CFT she previously served as Senior Director of Strategic philanthropy, where she served as a philanthropic advisor to CFT donors and fund holders on a variety of community needs and interest areas. In that role, Monica also led CFT’s grantmaking from the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation, which makes transformational investments in the areas of education, public safety and medical research. Prior to joining CFT in 2008, Monica served as Senior Director of Community Services for The Dallas Morning News and WFAA-TV, where she oversaw more than 150 Dallas-based community sponsorships and programs, and managed the annual Dallas Morning News Charities campaign, which raises money to support direct services for the hungry and homeless. A native of Canton, Ohio, Monica earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University. In her free time, she volunteers with several local nonprofit organizations including the Leadership Dallas Alumni Association, the Women’s Auxiliary at Children’s Medical Center, the Junior League of Dallas, and the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association.

Susan Swan Smith
Chief Giving Day Officer
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Susan Swan SmithSusan Swan Smith, Chief Giving Day Officer, leads the foundation-wide team charged with producing North Texas Giving Day – the largest community-based day of giving in the nation. Having pumped more than $156 million into the North Texas since its 2009 inception, Giving Day is a fundraising juggernaut which benefitted more than 2,500 charities with more than 142,000 gifts in 2016 alone. Susan served as CFT’s Chief Relationship Officer from 2010 to 2016. Prior to that she was Assistant Head of School at The Hockaday School and Assistant Vice President for Development & External Affairs Operations at Southern Methodist University. A graduate of Duke University and The George Washington University, Susan and her husband Ken have four adult children. Susan and Ken focus their philanthropy on literacy, gender equity, clean water, and social justice issues.

George Tang
Chief Operating Officer, Educate Texas
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George TangAs Chief Operating Officer for Educate Texas (formerly the Texas High School Project), George ensures the organization's day-to-day operations align with its mission of preparing all Texas students to graduate from high school ready for college, career and life. Prior to joining Educate Texas, George co-founded Rosetta, an advertising agency fueled by its analytical approach to creating marketing strategies. He was responsible for external client cultivation and management at Rosetta, along with internal infrastructure development. After returning to Dallas from the East Coast in 2009, George began to focus on the significant gaps and challenges in our education system. Educate Texas allows him a data-driven platform to marry his entrepreneurial passion with his desire to help all students achieve solid foundations for their futures. George earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from New York University.

Donor Services and Relationships


Relationships


Monica Egert Smith
Chief Relationship Officer
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Jenna Wade Fowler
Jenna-Wade Fowler

Executive Assistant, Relationships
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Kelly Maltese
Kelly Maltese

Executive Assistant, Relationships
214-750-4229

Donor Relations


Carolyn Newham

Senior Director of Donor Relations & Fund Administration
214-750-4146


Geri Jacobs
Director of Charitable Gift Planning
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Sarah Beeks Higdon
Sarah Beeks Higdon
Development and Corporate Relations Officer
214-750-4247

Kathryn L. McGill
Advisor Relations Officer
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Sally Kurtz
Sally Kurtz

Palacios Area Fund Coordinator
361-972-3960

Donor Services


Elizabeth Liser
Director of Donor Services
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Melissa Hardage
Donor Initiatives Officer
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Amelia Barber
Amelia Barber
Donor Initiatives Officer
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Katie Kuehl
Katie Kuehl

Donor Services Associate
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Ami Doshi
Donor Initiaitves Officer
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Sejal Desai
Sejal Desai
 
Program Director, EFNT
214-750-4239 

Finance and Administration


Finance and Administration

Beth Bull
Beth Bull

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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Stephanie Barr-Hughes
Stephenie Barr-Hughes
Executive Assistant to the President/CEO and CFO
214-750-4242

Accounting & Finance


Kristine Thomas

Vice President, Accounting
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Brian Doyle
Brian Doyle
Chief Investment Officer
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Leigh Schaefers
Leigh Schaefers
Director of Accounting
214-750-4245

Josh Chastant
Josh Chastant
Investment Analyst
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Donna Langdon
Disbursement Administrator
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Ruth Polanco
Ruth Polanco

Senior Accounts Payable Administrator
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Jennifer Parkinen
Jennifer Parkinen
Investment Assistant
214-750-4121

Contact Me - April Lynch
April Lynch
Grants Administrator
214-750-4129

Michelle Koval
Michelle Koval
Administrative Assistant
214-750-4101

Chris Coleman
Chris Coleman
Staff Accountant
214-750-4217

Administration


D'Etta Hughes

Sr. Director, Human Resources
214-750-4214

Teresa Pottorff
Teresa Pottorff
Human Resources Manager
214-750-4228

Staff
Ann Marie Warrick
Manager, Employee Engagement
214-750-4126

Jessica Robinson
Jessica Robinson
HR Administrative Assistant
214-750-4138

Erica Lopez
Erica Lopez
Front Desk Coordinator
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Facilities

Beverly Garner
Beverly Garner
Facilities Director
214-750-4250


Lisa Causey
Events Manager
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Rebecca DeButts
Meeting and Events Associate
214-346-5514

Information Technology

Brad Furry
Brad Furry

Chief Information Officer
214-346-5512

Amy Aughinbaugh
Amy Aughinbaugh
Business Analyst
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Philanthropy and Grants

 

 
Sarah Nelson

Chief Philanthropy Officer
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Wende Burton

Community Philanthropy Director
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Stefanie Valenzuela
Stefanie Valenzuela
Philanthropy Operations Associate
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Lori Price
Lori Price
Community Impact Specialist
214-750-4258


Ashley McIver

Community Philanthropy Officer
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Tina Lin
Tina Lin
Strategic Initiatives Officer
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Celeste Arista 
Celeste Arista
Community Philanthropy Officer
214-750-4102

Kim Yates 
Kim Yates
Executive Assistant, Relationships
214-750-4231

 

Educate Texas

 

Senior Leadership

John Fitzpatrick
John Fitzpatrick

Executive Director
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George Tang

Chief Operating Officer
214-750-4124

Staff


Priscilla Aquino-Garza
Deputy Director, Policy
737-708-8155


J. Chris Coxon

Managing Director, Programs
214-750-4140


Shelly Haines

Executive Assistant, Austin
737-708-8152

Amy Groff
Amy Groff

Managing Director, Finance and Administration 
214-750-4108

David Patterson
David Patterson
Deputy Director, Finance
214-750-4237


Lora McKeown

Finance Assistant
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RGV FOCUS

Luzelma Canales
Luzelma Canales
Executive Director, RGV FOCUS


Eugenio Longoria Saenz
Deputy Director, RGV FOCUS


Katherine J. Diaz
Deputy Director, RGV FOCUS

PROGRAMS

Reo Pruiett
Reo Pruiett, Ed.D.

Director, Programs
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Kelty Garbee

Deputy Director, Programs
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Andy Scripps
Andy Scripps
Deputy Director, Programs
214-346-5508

Kate Putney
Kate Haisten 
Deputy Director, Programs
214-750-4119


Susan Henderson

Deputy Director, Programs
214-750-4122


Natalie Farinacci
Natalie Farinacci
Associate, Programs

POLICY

Jarrad Toussant
Deputy Director, Policy
512-279-7854

Melissa Henderson

Melissa Henderson

Deputy Director, Policy
737-708-8154


INSIGHTS & ANALYTICS 

Kristin Kuhne
Kristin Kuhne

Director, Insights & Analytics
214-750-4259

Nischal Prakash
Nischal Prakash
Associate, Insights & Analytics
214-750-4149

Zimo Banta

Zimo Banta
Associate, Insights & Analytics
214-750-4109

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

Beth Hook
Beth Hook
Director, Marketing
214-750-4236

Morgen Brown
Morgen Brown
Marketing & Communications Associate
214-750-4103

DEVELOPMENT

Amy Desler
Amy Desler
Deputy Director, Development
214-750-4148

Marketing and Communications


Carol Pierce Goglia
Senior Director of Marketing & Communications
214-750-4136

Emily Jackson
Emily Jackson
Digital Marketing Coordinator
214-750-4128

Cathryn McClellen
Cathryn McClellen
North Texas Giving Day Fellow, Relationships
214-750-4125

North Texas Giving Day and Gift Processing

Susan Swan Smith
Susan Swan Smith
Chief Giving Day Officer
214-750-4256

Matt Allen
Matt Allen
North Texas Giving Day Program Manager
214-750-4233

Kaitlin Guthrow
Kaitlin Guthrow
Director of Sponsorships and Nonprofit Relations
214-750-4253

Asia Rodgers
Asia Rodgers
North Texas Giving Day Data Administration Specialist
214-750-4104


Teresa Fougerousse

North Texas Giving Day Coordinator
214-750-4254

Gift Processing and Constituent Records

Yvette Elkins
Yvette Elkins
Data Integrity Manager
214-750-4252

Leslie Chatman
Leslie Chatman
North Texas Giving Day Project Coordinator
214-750-4114


Janice Mitchell
Data Entry Associate
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Our Key Programs:

 North Texas Giving DayEducate Texas - a public policy initiative of Communities Foundation of Texas Entrepeneurs for North Texas - a program of Communities Foundation of Texas W.W Caruth, Jr. Foundation - at Communities Foundation of Texas

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