About University Advancement

University Advancement is responsible for enhancing the visibility and image of Sam Houston State University.  The primary goal is to build and strengthen relationships between the university and its various constituents and encourage involvement and support of SHSU.

The University Advancement Division consists of the following departments:

  • Office of University Advancement
    Area Name Title Phone Number
    Major Gifts
    Planned Giving
    Capital Campaign
    Frank R. Holmes Vice President for University Advancement 936.294.3625
    Manage Administrative Duties for VP Kerry Berry  Executive Assistant 936.294.4289
    General University Advancement Questions Megan Ellisor Administrative Associate III 936.294.3625
  • Development
    Area Name Title Phone Number 
    Major Gifts
    Planned Giving
    Capital Campaign
    Thelma B. Mooney Associate VP for Development 936.294.4047
    Major Gifts
    Planned Giving
    Capital Campaign
    Brett Lee Director of Major Gifts 936.294.4050
    Endowments and Scholarships
    Donor Relations
    Darlene K. Andrews  Director of Donor Relations 936.294.3623
    Annual Gifts
    Faculty/Staff Campaign
    Meggan E. Thompson  Director of Annual Giving 936.294.2401
    Calling Program 
    Senior Gift Campaign
    Chantel Finley Assistant Director of Annual Giving 936.294.2402
    Calling Program Shelby Torres Phonathon Manager 936.294.2404
    Athletics External Operations
    Major Gifts
    Planned Giving
    Capital Campaign
    Russell Martinez Associate Athletic Director for External Operations and Development 936.294.4260
    Major Gifts
    Planned Giving
    Capital Campaign
    Lydia Montgomery Director of Development 936.294.4095
    Major Gifts
    Planned Giving
    Capital Campaign
    Yvonne Garcia Director of Development 936.294.2707
    Major Gifts
    Planned Giving
    Capital Campaign
    Jamie Dietrich Director of Development 936.294.2706
    Major Gifts
    Planned Giving
    Capital Campaign
    Casey Cox Director of Development 936.294.4061
    Development and Donor Events
    Development Staff Support
    Endowments and Scholarships
    Riley Kleppelid Scholarship Coordinator 936.294.2708
    Development and Donor Events
    Development Staff Support
    Rachel Allison Administrative Coordinator 936.294.3790
  • Advancement Services

    The Advancement Services team works to maintain the database of over 150,000 alumni and friends. In addition, this office processes all of the gifts, updates constituent records, and provides internal list requests. For questions regarding gift receipts, matching gifts, or tax exempt status information, contact Patty Lewis, Director of Advancement Services.

    Area Name  Title Phone Number
    Alumni & Donor Records 
    Reports
    Patty Lewis Director of Advancement Services 936.294.4265
    Database Maintenance 
    Reports
    Amanda Crowley Assistant Director 936.294.3604
    Gift Processing Courtney Benjamin Donor Records Specialist 936.294.3369
    Gift Processing
    Faculty/Staff Payroll Deductions
    Brooke Scott Donor Records Specialist 936.294.2494
    Data Integrity Andrea Boyd-Scheel Data Analyst 936.294.4283
    Alumni Memberships Martha Mendiola Alumni Membership & Records Assistant 936.294.3922
    Prospect Research Ginger Harrell Johnson Development Research Analyst 936.294.3182
    Prospect Research Kenneth Rigali Development Research Analyst 936.294.2635
  • Marketing & Communications
    Area Name Title Phone Number
    Communications
    University Marketing
    Kris Kaskel-Ruiz Associate VP for Marketing & Communications 936.294.3492
    Communications
    University Marketing
    Stephanie Knific Director, PIO Marketing & Communications 936.294.1833
    Today@Sam
    Media Relations
    Publicity
    Heritage Magazine
    Emily Binetti Associate Director of Communications 936.294.4406
    University Marketing
    Social Media
    Amanda Coleman Assistant Director of Marketing 936.294.4308
    Graphic Design Amy Bass-Wilson Associate Director of Creative Services 936.294.4044
    Publications Writer
    News Releases
    Wes Hamilton Communications Manager 936.294.1837
    Graphic Design Kevin Anderson Digital Graphics Technician 936.294.1858
    Graphic Design David Hernandez Sr. Graphic Designer 936.294.4374
    Graphic Design Matt Owens Jr. Graphic Designer 936.294.3430
    University Marketing Isaac Moen Marketing Specialist 936.294.4372
    Graphic Design
    Photographer
    Brian Blalock Graphics Coordinator/Photographer 936.294.3048
    Video Producer
    Videographer
    Mike Foster Video Producer/Videographer 936.294.2504
    Writer Hannah Haney Communications Writer 936.294.2638
    Print Services
    Ordering
    Invoicing
    Lori Proctor Assistant Director of Print Services 936.294.1856
    Print Services
    Production
    Ordering
    Stuart King Manager of Print Services 936.294.1768
    Print Production Justin Simms Print Specialist 936.294.1974
    Print Fulfillment Elaine Lewis Fulfillment Specialist 936.294.3669
    Print Fulfillment Doug McKerall Fulfillment N/A
  • Alumni Relations
    Area Name Title Phone Number
    Alumni Relations Charlie Vienne Associate Vice President  936.294.1840
    Membership and Marketing Donna Gilbert Associate Director for Membership and Marketing 936.294.3924
    Alumni Clubs Justin Haynes Assistant Director for Regional Clubs and Programming 936.294.2403
    Alumni Events Hollie Garza Special Events Coordinator 936.294.4123
    Alumni Sponsorships, Programs and Marketing Joseph Reed Coordinator of Programs, Sponsorships and Marketing 936.294.4492
    General Alumni Information Theresa Garvin Administrative Associate  936.294.2259
    General Alumni Information Stephanie James Administrative Assistant 936.294.1841
    Student Engagement Teona Hughes Student Engagement & Program Coordinator 936.294.2220
  • Sam Houston Memorial Museum
    Area Name Title Phone Number
    Museum Management Mac Woodward Director 936.294.3931
    Administrative Support JoAnn Purvis Administrative Associate 936.294.1831
    Exhibits & Displays
    Museum Store
    Museum Website
    TBD Curator of Exhibits 936.294.3292
    Exhibits & Displays
    Museum Store
    Museum Website
    Megan Buro Marketing Coordinator 936.294.3839
    Property Management Yesenia Marroquin Rental & Custodial Coordinator 936.294.3201
    Property Management Gregoria McGuire Rental & Custodial Assistant 936.294.3201
    Gifts & Donations
    Museum Buildings & Grounds
    Collections
    Michael Sproat Curator of Collections 936.294.4895
    Gifts & Donations
    Museum Buildings & Grounds
    Collections
    Rebecca Lewis Museum Registrar 936.294.4712
    School and Tour reservations 
    Visitors Information
    Public Programs
    Derrick Birdsall Curator of Education 936.294.3153
    School and Tour reservations 
    Visitors Information
    Public Programs
    Briana Beaulieu Interpreter II 936.294.3291
    School and Tour reservations 
    Visitors Information
    Public Programs
    Taylon Black Interpreter II 936.294.3371
    School and Tour reservations 
    Visitors Information
    Public Programs
    Jude Routh Interpreter II 936.294.4240
    School and Tour reservations 
    Visitors Information
    Public Programs
    David Barker Interpreter I 936.294.1831
    School and Tour reservations 
    Visitors Information
    Public Programs
    Nancy Gajan Interpreter I  936.294.3291

    Grounds Management

    Peter Grivich Groundskeeping 936.294.1832

University Advancement Organizational Chart

University Advancement Policies

Contact Us

Visit us:

Bobby K. Marks Administration Building
Suite 120
Huntsville, TX 77340

Call Us:
(936) 294-3625

Write Us:
Division of University Advancement
Sam Houston State University
Box 2537
Huntsville, TX 77341-2537