I received my two university degrees from The University of Texas at Austin.
The first was a Bachelor of Arts (With Honors), Middle Eastern Studies, College of Liberal Arts (1977); the second a Master of Arts, 19th Century American Art History, College of Fine Arts. During graduate school, I was the recipient of the Meredith Long Scholarship in American Art. I was also elected to membership in the national academic honor society, Phi Kappa Phi. I was also pleased to author and co-author articles for such publications as the book, Collecting the West: The C. R. Smith Collection of Western American Art (The University of Texas Press, 1988); Gilcrease: Magazine of American History and Art; and The Magazine Antiques.
The same year that I obtained my Master’s Degree, I participated in and completed the intensive grant training course offered by The Grantsmanship Training Center in Los Angeles, California. Hence, my development career was founded on grant research and writing.
Today, I am pleased to be a Certified Fund Raising Executive (since 2004 and twice recertified), and a member of the international organization, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (since 1998). I have also helped to teach the CFRE Review Course for AFP in the State of Texas, focusing on capital campaigns (2008).
Professional memberships are maintained with such educational organizations as CharityChannel; Greenlights for Nonprofit Success; NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network; and the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning San Antonio.
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