About Us

ETCF Staff

Kyle Penney

Kyle Penney

President

LISA JUSTICE

LISA JUSTICE

ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT

LINDSAY SNEED

LINDSAY SNEED

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

HOLLY MCFARLIN

HOLLY MCFARLIN

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS

BETH FILLA

BETH FILLA

DONOR RELATIONS SPECIALIST

DANA DURMAN

DANA DURMAN

PROGRAM OFFICER

KATHRYN MARTINEZ

KATHRYN MARTINEZ

PROGRAM OFFICER

OUR HISTORY

East Texas Communities Foundation was founded in 1989 by visionary leaders who saw the need for a community foundation to serve the people and communities of East Texas. The strong leadership of early organizers like Isadore Roosth, Norman Shtofman, “Dub” Riter, and an investment of the United Way of Tyler/Smith County launched the Foundation. By 1994, the Foundation’s assets had grown to more than one million dollars.

In 1997 the Foundation’s Board of Directors made a bold commitment to its future growth and vitality: each director made a personal three year financial commitment to allow the Foundation to hire a full-time executive director.

With permanent staff and with the continued vision, energy and leadership of a strong Board of Directors, ETCF has experienced strong annual growth in the last decade. The number of charitable funds, the collective assets in those funds and the grant dollars distributed from those funds have all established positive long-term growth trends. ETCF’s success comes from sound financial management, strong leadership, the flexibility of our donor services and, most of all, the generosity and wisdom of the people of East Texas.

We are a giving people-and supporting the charitable needs of our communities, our region and our world is important to our daily lives.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

TIFFANY KIRGAN
Board Chair
Financial Advisor/ Partner at Johnson Financial Group

SHANNON GLENNEY
Vice Chair, Governance Chair
Community Volunteer

 

ALAN ROSEMAN
Investment Chair
Owner/ Advisor Roseman Wealth Advisors

RICHARD PERRYMAN
Audit Chair
Retired Investment Advisor

 

BARBARA BASS
Grants Chair
Benefits / Fundraising Auctioneer

MARK HAGAN
Marketing Chair
Senior VP Wealth Management, CFP/ CAP KNH Wealth Management UBS Financial Services

CRAIG ADAMS
Policy Chair
Attorney, Adams & Coker, P.C.

TONY MORGAN
Immediate Past Board Chair
Founding Partner
Gollob Morgan Peddy P.C.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CRAIG ADAMS
ATTORNEY
ADAMS & COKER, P.C.

MARILYN ABEGG GLASS
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
ABEGG & ASSOCIATES

RICK ALLEN
CPA / SHAREHOLDER
HENRY & PETERS, P.C.

DOUG BOLLES
PARTNER, WORTHPOINTE WEALTH MANAGEMENT

PETER BOYD
SENIOR EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
SOUTHSIDE BANK

B. GARNETT BROOKSHIRE
PRESIDENT
PEOPLE’S PETROLEUM

ANTHONY BROOKS
CEO, AZALEA ORTHOPEDIC AND SPORTS MEDICINE

DIRK COLEMAN
CPA, AEP, VICE PRESIDENT
CURTIS BLAKELY & CO., P.C.

CINDY FEATHERSON-SHIELDS
OWNER, THE PROPERTY SHOPPE GROUP, EXP REALTY

JAY FERGUSON, Ph.D.
HEAD OF SCHOOL
GRACE COMMUNITY SCHOOL

KIMBERLY FISH
FREELANCE WRITER &
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER

LEE GEARHEART
PARTNER
GEARHEART + GEARHEART, PLLC

HON. JUDITH K. GUTHRIE
RETIRED FEDERAL MAGISTRATE JUDGE, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

EDWIN HOLT
CEO
HOLT CREATIVE GROUP

JOHN JONES
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
JONES LEGACY VENTURES

GREGORY T. KIMMEL
ATTORNEY, PARTNER
ALLEN, LOTTMAN, KIMMEL P.C.

DALE LUNSFORD
PRESIDENT
LETOURNEAU UNIVERSITY

DAVID MCWORTER
PRESIDENT OF GANS & SMITH INSURANCE AGENCY

GORDON NORTHCUTT
VICE PRESIDENT & TRUST OFFICER
VERABANK

STEVE ROOSTH
PRESIDENT
ROOSTH PRODUCTION COMPANY

KRISTEN SEEBER
VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNITY RELATIONS, HOSPICE OF EAST TEXAS

SCOTT TERRY
RETIRED INVESTMENT ADVISOR

MARK WHATLEY
PRESIDENT & CEO
BURNS COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES

ADVISORY BOARD

W. FRED SMITH, JR.
PRESIDENT
THE GATHERING

EMERITUS BOARD

ALLEN BURT
ALLEN M. BURT FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.T. SMITH
MANAGING PARTNER
RUTLEDGE CAPITAL

NORMAN SHTOFMAN*
THE SHTOFMAN COMPANY

A.W. “DUB” RITER, JR.*
RITER MANAGEMENT CO., L.C.

F. WILLIAM MARTIN
RETIRED CIVIC LEADER

*DECEASED

GREGG COUNTY ADVISORY COMMITEE

MARK BOON
BOON , CALK, ECHOLS, COLEMAN & GOOLSBY, P.L.L.C.

JOSH BLACK
US TITLE COMPANY

DIRK COLEMAN
CURTIS BLAKELY & CO., P.C.

KRISTEN ISHIHARA
ROSS &  SHOALMIRE, P.L.L.C.

RICHARD MANLEY
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER

JEFF MOORE
HENRY & PETERS

MIKE STARR
COGHLAN & CROWSON, LLP

LINDA THOMAS
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER

GORDON NORTHCUTT
VP & TRUST OFFICER AT VERA BANK

KIMBERLY FISH
FREELANCE WRITER & COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER

DALE LUNSFORD
LETOURNEAU UNIVERSITY

Financial Documents, Assets + Resources

Total Assets as of 12/31/20

$124,929,630

2020 Contributions

$12,332,929

2020 Grants

$9,231,115

Net Investment Activity

$11,757,541

Net Operating Expenses

$897,776

Total Assets 12/31/19

$110,032,479