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Leadership Gifts | Gift Planning | University Development
Corporate and Foundation Relations | Advancement Services

Salma Adem

Salma Adem
Interim Vice President for Development
adem@uta.edu
817-272-0095

B.A. - Political Science, San Diego State University
M.P.A.- National University
Joined UT Arlington in 2009

Salma Adem joined The University of Texas at Arlington in January 2009. Her background includes more than 7 years of development work with United Ways in California and Texas. Prior to her work with United Ways, she worked for the City of San Diego in the Office of the Mayor.

Cecilia Blizzard-Garcia

Cecilia Blizzard-Garcia
Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Development
cecilia@uta.edu
817-272-2543

B.S. - Architecture, University La Salle, Mexico City
ACAD Training, North Lake College, Irving, TX
Joined UT Arlington in 2008

Prior to joining UTA, Cecilia worked as Administrative Assistant to the Principal for a private school in Dallas. Before entering the educational field, she and Marco, her husband of 26 years, built and designed residential homes and performed commercial work for churches and restaurants in Puerto Rico and Irving from 1984 until 2002.

Cecilia has two grown daughters. One will graduate from the University of Notre Dame in the spring of 2009. Her 14 year old son keeps her busy as a ‘soccer and basketball mom.’ Being a practicing Catholic plays a very important role in her life and her family life, too.

Leadership Gifts

 


School of Architecture

Diane R. Cooper

Diane R. Cooper
Director of Development for Leadership Gifts
diane.cooper@uta.edu
817-272-5276

B.S. – Education, Texas Christian University
Joined UT Arlington in 2008

Diane brings more than 20 years of sales and fundraising experience to UT Arlington and the Schools of Architecture and Urban and Public Affairs. After careers in teaching and marketing/sales, she began her development career with United Way of Metropolitan Tarrant County and has served as a fund raiser specializing in major gifts and planned giving at Brite Divinity School at TCU and Partners Together For Health, the foundation for JPS Health Network.

Diane is a Fort Worth native and a graduate of TCU. She is active in Leadership Fort Worth, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Berry Street Initiative and University Christian Church. Both of her adult children are married and live on the East Coast.

Mari Kosarek

Mari Kosarek
Development Assistant
kosarek@uta.edu
817-272-2316

Joined UT Arlington in 2011

Prior to coming to UTA Mari worked for Arlington ISD for seven years. Mari is married with three children and has always called Arlington home. She enjoys traveling with her family. Her oldest daughter is a UT Arlington graduate, and she has a son who is an A&M graduate. Her youngest daughter is currently attending UT Arlington.

Department of Athletics

Craig Shaver

Craig Shaver
Senior Athletic Director for Development
shaver@uta.edu
817-272-9608

B.S. - Education, Baylor University
Joined UT Arlington in 2012

Before UT Arlington, Shaver worked at Southern Methodist University as the Associate Athletic Director of Development. He managed a team of 10 people and oversaw the annual giving program, as well as capital projects for the athletic department.

Before SMU, Shaver worked at Baylor University as the Director of Development for Athletics. At Baylor, Shaver was one of the top fundraisers working in a number of capital campaigns, as well as being involved in annual giving and student-athlete scholarships.

Before Baylor, Shaver was a Business Development Manager at Electronic Data Systems in Plano, Texas, where he was responsible for managing corporate partnerships and alliances. Through these relationships, Shaver participated with his team in winning multi-million dollar contracts for the company.

Shaver has a history in athletic administration. He was an athletic director and high school coach for seven years before entering corporate development. His responsibilities included all administration duties within the athletic program, fundraising, as well as managing coaches and athletic personnel. One of his greatest accomplishments was in developing new organizations and building them into successful athletic programs.

Shaver earned a Bachelor of Science in Education at Baylor University. He lives in McKinney, Texas, with his wife Melissa. They have three children: Caroline, Mackenzie, and Joseph.

College of Business

Julie Brown

Julie Brown
Director of Development for Leadership Gifts
juliebrown@uta.edu
817-272-2167

B.A. – Communication, University of Arkansas
M.S. – Counseling, Eastern Illinois University
Joined UT Arlington in 2009

Julie Brown joined the college on August 10, 2009. Julie is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and Eastern Illinois University. Julie has more than 15 years of experience developing, managing and implementing successful fundraising initiatives and strategies. Her most recent appointment was Senior Vice President of Leadership Giving with the public broadcast station KERA in Dallas. Her previous roles include fundraising positions with The Trust for Public Land, U.S. Disabled Athletes Fund, Inc. and The University of North Texas College of Education.

Janet Palmer

Janet Palmer
Development Assistant
jcpalmer@uta.edu
817-272-3870

Joined UT Arlington in 2008

A former U.T. Arlington student, originally from Arlington, she was a longtime resident of Dallas during her career at Delta Air Lines. She enjoys a passion for art history and served for many years as a volunteer Docent with the Dallas Museum of Art.

Now a resident of Arlington, she loves classical music and enjoys attending symphonic performances at Bass Hall in Ft. Worth and the Meyerson in Dallas. If it’s culinary, related to a museum or a symphony hall, she’s there. She is very glad to be working in Development for U.T. Arlington.

College of Education and Health Professions

 


College of Engineering

George Wendt

George Wendt
Director of Development for Leadership Gifts
gwendt@uta.edu
817-272-0775

B.S. – Speech Pathology & Audiology, Northern Michigan University
Joined UT Arlington in 2013

George Wendt joined UT Arlington on July 15, 2013, and serves the College of Engineering in their development and leadership gifts programs.  George is a graduate of Northern Michigan University.  He has more than 30 years of fundraising experience.  Before joining UTA, George held similar positions at the University of North Texas, the Oklahoma State University Foundation, the University of Michigan, the University of Nebraska Foundation, and Northwestern University.

An avid golfer, George and his wife Nancy have two grown sons and reside at Robson Ranch in Denton.

Jacky Sylvie

Jacky Sylvie
Special Programs Coordinator
sylvie@uta.edu
817-272-2502

A.A. - Social Work, Dallas County Community College
Joined UT Arlington in 2013

Jacky Sylvie joined The University of Texas at Arlington in April 2013. She works with the Corporate and Foundation Relations team and College of Engineering helping to coordinate relationships that support UTA’s teaching, research, and service mission. Her background includes over 8 years as an Employment Consultant for Adults with Disabilities and more than 10 years of non-profit work in Texas.

College of Liberal Arts

Christy Crytzer      Pierce

Christy Crytzer Pierce
Assistant Director of Development
ccpierce@uta.edu
817-272-6315

B.F.A. – Music, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.A. – Arts Management, American University
Joined UT Arlington in 2013

Christy comes to UT Arlington with more than 12 years of nonprofit arts industry experience.  She has worked in Communications with the National Endowment for the Arts, Nashville Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO), where she was also responsible for raising money from corporate, government and foundation sources.   

In addition to being a writer and musician, Christy teaches Arts Management at the University of North Texas.  A native of Pittsburgh, PA, she currently lives in Fort Worth with her husband Brad Pierce, an Asst. Professor in UTA’s Chemistry Department.

Emily Shepard

Emily Shepard
Development Assistant
emily.shepard@uta.edu
817-272-6314

BA – Philosophy and Radio, Television, and Film from the University of Southern Mississippi
Joined UT Arlington in 2013

Emily joined UTA in 2013 following 11 years at the University of Southern Mississippi.  A Hattiesburg, Mississippi native, Emily now lives in Granbury with her husband and troop of small animals.  Emily comes from a long line of family members working in academia, including a grandmother currently in her nineties and still teaching Curriculum Instruction and English at USM.

College of Nursing

Karen B. Mullowney

Karen B. Mullowney
Director of Development for Leadership Gifts
mullowney@uta.edu
817-272-0655

B.S. – Pre-Med, Lipscomb University
M.T. – Medical Technologist, Baptist Hospital, Nashville, TN
Joined UT Arlington in 2005

Karen Mullowney began her career as a medical technologist specializing in Immunohematology. She has spent more than 20 years in development for higher education and health care and currently serves as Senior Director of Development and Leadership Gifts for the School of Nursing. Prior to her appointments at The University of Texas at Arlington, Karen served in similar capacities with Austin College, Colorado State University, the University of Texas at Dallas, Southern Methodist University and Parkland Health and Hospital System.

She is past president of the Richardson Central Rotary Club and enjoys community service projects including mentoring at-risk teens and working with an outreach organization for abused women. Karen is a native Tennessean who met a native Texan many years ago and the course of her life was changed forever. They never speak of moving away from Texas but do venture east to see the mountains and visit family.

Sandra Golightly

Sandra Golightly
Development Assistant
sgolightly@uta.edu
817-272-9082

Joined UT Arlington in 2008

Sandra supports Karen Mullowney in development activities for the School of Nursing. She joined the University of Texas at Arlington after 24 years in healthcare development. Sandra is an active member of her church as pianist, 3rd & 4th grade Sunday School teacher, participating in activities with the youth and serving on the Administrative Committee. A native of Arlington she now lives in Mansfield with her husband and two children.

College of Science

Shelly Frank, CFRE

Shelly Frank, CFRE
Director of Development for Leadership Gifts
shellyfrank@uta.edu
817-272-1497

B.A., University of Illinois
M.L.A., Texas Christian University
Joined UT Arlington in 2007

Shelly Frank works with alumni and other leaders in the scientific community to fund innovative educational programs and groundbreaking research for the College of Science. She has had ten years experience in educational fundraising in the Metroplex and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive. She is also the Vice President of Nominating for the Fort Worth Metro Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Shelly and her husband, Steve, are members of the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth and have two young sons.

Carolyn Stuart

Carolyn Stuart
Development Assistant
cstuart@uta.edu
817-272-3034

Joined UT Arlington in 2010

Carolyn Stuart joined the University of Texas at Arlington in June 2010. Her background includes 25 years experience as an Executive Administrator to various CEO's and COB's throughout the metroplex. In her last position, Carolyn created and maintained a charitable donations committee and has worked with many non-profit organizations in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington.

Carolyn is an active member of Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Arlington. Carolyn has two grown children and is the very proud grandmother of two. Her son is a UT Arlington graduate, and her daughter graduated from Texas A&M University.

School of Social Work

Charlotte Duncan

Charlotte Duncan
Development Assistant
duncanc@uta.edu
817-272-2228

Joined UT Arlington in 2008

Although Charlotte (known to most of us as Char) recently relocated from Southern California, she considers herself a Southerner at heart and is delighted to be working in development for the School of Social Work. Most of Char’s professional experience is in event planning and fund-raising for non-profits, so she was a natural fit for the job of development assistant. She is a Vegan and lives a cruelty-free lifestyle in Arlington with her canine companion Casey.

School of Urban and Public Affairs

Diane R. Cooper

Diane R. Cooper
Director of Development for Leadership Gifts
diane.cooper@uta.edu
817-272-5276

B.S. – Education, Texas Christian University
Joined UT Arlington in 2008

Diane brings more than 20 years of sales and fundraising experience to UT Arlington and the Schools of Architecture and Urban and Public Affairs. After careers in teaching and marketing/sales, she began her development career with United Way of Metropolitan Tarrant County and has served as a fund raiser specializing in major gifts and planned giving at Brite Divinity School at TCU and Partners Together For Health, the foundation for JPS Health Network.

Diane is a Fort Worth native and a graduate of TCU. She is active in Leadership Fort Worth, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Berry Street Initiative and University Christian Church. Both of her adult children are married and live on the East Coast.

Mari Kosarek

Mari Kosarek
Development Assistant
kosarek@uta.edu
817-272-2316

Joined UT Arlington in 2011

Prior to coming to UTA Mari worked for Arlington ISD for seven years. Mari is married with three children and has always called Arlington home. She enjoys traveling with her family. Her oldest daughter is a UT Arlington graduate, and she has a son who is an A&M graduate. Her youngest daughter is currently attending UT Arlington.

University Initiatives

Cathleen Anderson

Cathleen Anderson
Director of Development for Leadership Gifts
cfanderson@uta.edu
817-272-9703

B.S. - Business Administration, University of Missouri-Columbia
M.B.A.- The University of Texas at Austin
Joined UT Arlington in 2012

Cathleen joined the University of Texas at Arlington in 2012 and serves as their Director of Development for Leadership Gifts for the College of Education and Health Professions. Prior to joining the University of Texas System, Cathleen was the Regional Development Director for Major Gifts supporting Washington University in St. Louis. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia and her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Kitty Little

Kitty Little
Development Assistant
kitty.little@uta.edu
817-272-5297

B.S. - Marketing, George Mason University
Joined UT Arlington in 2013

Kitty joined UTA in 2013.  Kitty received a BS in Marketing from George Mason University and has done various kinds of administrative work for over 10 years.  Kitty and her husband recently relocated to Arlington from Eugene, Oregon.

Research

Vanessa Reaves

Vanessa Reaves
Director of Research and Prospect Management
vanessa.reaves@uta.edu
817-272-0037

Joined UT Arlington in 2013

Vanessa Reaves joined University of Texas at Arlington in 2013 and serves as their Director of Research and Prospect Management.  Prior to joining UTA, she worked at the Mississippi State University Foundation for over eighteen years, mostly in the research and prospect management area.

Vanessa and her husband, Kenneth, have three children and a miniature dachshund.  They are active in church ministry and have joined Bisbee Baptist Church.

Roni Ido

Roni Ido
Senior Development Researcher
rido@uta.edu
817-272-7188

B.A. - Sociology and Education, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Joined UT Arlington in 2011

Roni Ido joined the UTA Office of Development in 2011 as the Senior Development Researcher. Prior to joining UTA, Roni owned her own consulting firm that specialized in prospect research. As a consultant Roni worked with leading nonprofit organizations in the DFW area. Before opening her own firm, Roni developed the prospect research area at the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas.

She has earned her BA in Sociology and Education from Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

Roni lives in Plano with her husband and two children.

Jaime Olinske

Jaime Olinske
Senior Development Researcher
jolinske@uta.edu
817-272-3354

B.A. - Psychology, University of Oklahoma
M.H.R. - Human Relations, University of Oklahoma
Ph.D. - Organizational Leadership, University of Oklahoma
Joined UT Arlington in 2008

Dr. Jaime Olinske joined the UTA Office of Development in 2008 as the Senior Development Researcher. She relocated to Arlington in October 2008 from Oklahoma, although she was born and raised in Indiana. Prior to joining UTA, Jaime worked as a prospect researcher for The University of Tulsa.

Amy Kling

Amy Kling
Prospect Management Coordinator
akling@uta.edu
817-272-9344

Joined UT Arlington in 2011

Amy joined the Development Office at University of Texas at Arlington in 2011. She works with the Associate Vice President for Development, major gifts Development Directors and support staff to strengthen and advance the university's prospect management system. Prior to joining UTA, she was employed with an independent consulting firm in fundraising management. While there she assisted over 100 clients in fundraising endeavors. Over seven years of experience in the fundraising industry and 11 years in database management come with her.

Gift Planning

Jeffrey Steed, '94, MBA

Jeffrey Steed, '94, MBA
Director of Gift Planning
steed@uta.edu
817-272-9682

B.A. – Finance, University of Texas at Arlington
M.B.A. – Finance, University of Texas at Arlington
M.Div. – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
D.Min. – Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Joined UT Arlington in 2013

Dr. Jeffrey Steed joined the University of Texas at Arlington in February 2013.  Jeff is responsible for all gift planning activities for UT Arlington including working with prospective donors on gift plan development, existing planned gift donors, professional advisors as a gift planning resource, and other responsibilities.

Prior to moving to Texas, he was the Vice President of the Arkansas Baptist Foundation in Little Rock for over ten years where he worked in the area of gift planning, investment management, administration, marketing, trustee responsibilities and other areas.  Jeff has also served on the adjunct faculty of two colleges as a business instructor.  He has authored several articles in the area of gift planning and nonprofit leadership for various publications.

Jeff is a native of Texas and an alumnus of UT Arlington. 

Steven Price

Steven Price
Development Assistant
prciesl@uta.edu
817-272-5388

Joined UT Arlington in 2014

Steven joined the University of Texas at Arlington in 2014 as the Development Assistant for Gift Planning. Steven is a veteran of the US Air Force, and prior to joining UTA spent close to 4 years with the Government of the District of Columbia (Washington, DC) in the Department of Employment Services as an Unemployment Insurance Compensation Claims Examiner.  He has a background in data analysis, adjudication, administrative management and media relations.

A native of Los Angeles, CA, Steven has traveled the US extensively, and has resided in Arlington since 2014.  He has one daughter, Talaya, and spends his free time writing, traveling, cooking and spending time with family.

University Development

Mark LaVelle

Mark LaVelle
Assistant Vice President for University Development
mlavelle@uta.edu
817-272-5235

B.A. in Theater, Saint Louis University
Joined UT Arlington in 2007

Mark joined the University of Texas at Arlington in 2007. He leads the University Development team, which is responsible for UT Arlington’s annual giving programs and for development and leadership gift activity for the UT Arlington Library, Graduate School, Honors College and the Division of Student Affairs. Mark is a native of Saint Louis, Missouri and a graduate of Saint Louis University. Prior to moving to Texas he worked in the development offices of Webster University, Saint Louis University, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Jennifer Hawthorne

Jennifer Hawthorne
Senior Associate Director of University Development
hawthorne@uta.edu
817-272-7057

B.S.B.A. - Business Administration, Park University
Joined UT Arlington in 2012

Jennifer Hawthorne has more than 26 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and public relations. Before joining UT Arlington she worked at Camp Fire USA First Texas Council, Cancer Care Services and Trinity Habitat for Humanity. Prior to moving to the DFW area in 2004 she worked in nonprofit organizations in greater Kansas City. She is a 14-year member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and was named a Chamberlain Scholar in 2009 by the Fort Worth Metro Chapter. She chaired AFP’s 2012 DFW Philanthropy Conference. She is also a member of the Grant Professionals Association, Council for Advancement and Support of Education and Optimist Club.

Jennifer and her husband live in Mansfield among a herd of grateful rescued cats.

Brandon Nelson

Brandon Nelson
Associate Director of University Development
bnelson@uta.edu
817-272-1365

B.S. – Business Marketing, Hampton University
M.B.A. – Eastern Illinois University
Joined UT Arlington in 2012

Brandon joins UTA team with a variety experiences in higher education, community relations, special events and nonprofit fundraising.  Prior to arriving at UT Arlington he worked within the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, Eastern Illinois University, The Steven Jackson Foundation, St. Louis Rams, and Atlanta Braves.

With his role in University Development, Brandon’s main job responsibilities include managing the Dail-A-Mav telephone outreach program, developing the senior class gift program, educating current students and alumni on the importance of philanthropic giving and implementing  strategies to increase awareness of gifts and UT Arlington via social media platforms and electronic communications.        

Brandon is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and resides in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Zachary Mayo

Zachary Mayo
Development Assistant
zachmayo@uta.edu
817-272-9328

B.A. - Communication Studies, University of North Texas
Joined UT Arlington in 2012

Zach came from Mouser Electronics, a Berkshire-Hathaway corporation based in Mansfield. He spent four years as a Product Assistant completing countless data-entry-based facets of the electronics distribution realm.

Zach was born in Red Oak, but grew up in Arlington. He spends his free time playing music at various venues in the DFW/Austin area with his three bands. He currently lives in Arlington with his girlfriend, Sarah Jane, their Great Pyrenees, Suzy Q.

Donor Relations

Julie Barfield

Julie Barfield
Director of Donor Relations
barfield@uta.edu
817-272-0040

B.B.A. - Marketing, Baylor University
Joined UT Arlington in 2013

Julie comes back to UT Arlington after more than 5 years at Cook Children’s Health Foundation in Fort Worth, where she was a member of the Donor Relations team. Julie was responsible for creating several new donor engagement programs while at Cook Children’s, and is looking forward to doing the same at UT Arlington. Prior to her appointment at Cook Children’s, she worked at UT Arlington as a Development Funds Assistant and as the Special Events Coordinator. She is so excited to be back on campus and is looking forward to growing the Donor Relations program!

Julie graduated from Baylor University, where she was active in Student Foundation. She and her husband, Drew, who also works at UT Arlington, reside in Arlington with their young daughter.

Courtney Glazener

Courtney Glazener
Development Assistant
glazener@uta.edu
817-272-6252

B.A. - American Studies, Baylor University
Joined UT Arlington in 2014

Special Events

Susan English

Susan English
Director of Special Events
english@uta.edu
817-272-5373

B.S. - Education, St. Bonaventure University
M.A. - Education, Truman State University
Joined UT Arlington in 1984

Susan joins the Office of Development after a twenty-two-year career working in several different capacities within the Division of Student Affairs. She has been directly responsible for the development of programs within the UT Arlington Leadership Center, worked as an Advisor and consultant for E.X.C.E.L. Campus Activities, and has served on several University planning committees. She brings extensive knowledge of leadership development, and event planning and implementation to this position. A Maverick since 1984, she has seen The University evolve and grow in many exciting ways, and is glad to be a part of it.

Elizabeth Fernandez-Duarte

Elizabeth Fernandez-Duarte
Special Events Coordinator
elizabethfernandezd@uta.edu
817-272-5372

B.A. - Applied Arts and Sciences, Lamar University
Joined UT Arlington in 2008

Elizabeth has been with UT Arlington since 2008, working both in the School of Social Work and at the Fort Worth Center prior to joining the Development Team. She has lived in Fort Worth for eighteen years, and considers it her hometown. She shares her home with her Australian Shepherd, Hachiko.

Corporate and Foundation Relations

Salma Adem

Salma Adem
Interim Vice President for Development
adem@uta.edu
817-272-0095

B.A. - Political Science, San Diego State University
M.P.A.- National University
Joined UT Arlington in 2009

Salma Adem joined The University of Texas at Arlington in January 2009. Her background includes more than 7 years of development work with United Ways in California and Texas. Prior to her work with United Ways, she worked for the City of San Diego in the Office of the Mayor.

Brian Builta

Brian Builta
Senior Grant Writer
builta@uta.edu
817-272-0278

B.J. - Communications, The University of Texas at Austin
Joined UT Arlington in 2010

Brian came to UT Arlington from Tarrant Area Food Bank in Fort Worth, where he was a grant writer for three years. He spent six years as senior writer at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and as a stringer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He began his career teaching composition, English, and journalism at The Oakridge School in Arlington.

Brian was born in Fort Worth, grew up in Euless, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, and is well-traveled in Pantego, where he and his wife live in perpetual motion with two children and a turtle named Tina.

Shawn Farrell

Shawn Farrell
Director of Foundation Relations
shawnf@uta.edu
817-272-9635

B.A. - American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
Graduate Certificate - Not-for-Profit Management, University of Oregon
M.G.A. - Governmental Administration, Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania
Joined UT Arlington in 2012

Shawn comes to UT Arlington from historic Jefferson, Texas, where he served as City Administrator.  Prior to his public service, Shawn spent fifteen years in the nonprofit sector.  After beginning his career in social services as a VISTA Volunteer in the Pacific Northwest, Shawn moved to the Mid-Atlantic and transitioned into fundraising.  While in Philadelphia, Shawn worked at the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design and the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University, the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences, and the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at University of Pennsylvania.  In 2008, Shawn relocated to Washington, DC and held national fundraising positions at the NPR Foundation and Americans for the Arts.  Today, Shawn lives in Fort Worth’s Berkeley neighborhood with his wife and two children.   

Mathew Tonne

Mathew Tonne
Director of Corporate Relations
m.tonne@uta.edu
817-272-0169

B.A. – Broadcast Journalism, Texas Tech University
Joined UT Arlington in 2012

Mat brought his experience in Corporate Relations to UT Arlington’s College of Engineering from United Way of Metropolitan Dallas in 2012.

As Director of Corporate Relations, Mat’s desire is to foster mutually beneficial partnerships between the College of Engineering and the corporate community.

An avid college sports fan, Mat enjoys cheering on his Red Raiders and is excited to do the same for the Mavs.

Though a native of Tarrant County, he and his wife now reside in West Dallas, where they are actively involved in mentoring and youth literacy programs. Mat and his wife Crystal are members of Watermark Community Church.

Elizabeth Coen, '97

Elizabeth Coen, '97
Coordinator for Development Programs
coen@uta.edu
817-272-2344

B.A. - Psychology, The University of Texas at Arlington
Joined UT Arlington in 2010

Elizabeth Coen joined The University of Texas at Arlington in February 2010. She works with the Corporate and Foundation Relations team helping to coordinate relationships that support UTA’s teaching, research, and service mission. Her background includes more than 15 years of non-profit work in Texas.

Advancement Services

Selma Permenter, '91

Selma Permenter, '91
Senior Director of Development for Advancement Services
asebedo@uta.edu
817-272-3735

B.A. – English, The University of Texas at Arlington
M.S. – Information Science, University of North Texas
Joined UT Arlington in 1992

Selma Permenter has been with the Development Office since 1992. Over the years she has worked in gift processing, prospect research, annual giving and advancement services. Selma earned a BA in English from UT Arlington in 1991 and a Masters in Information Science from The University of North Texas in 1993.

Joan Caudle

Joan Caudle
Director for Endowment Services
bcaudle@uta.edu
817-272-2510

Joined UT Arlington in 2005

Joan Caudle joined The University of Texas at Arlington after five years of retirement from Southwestern Bell Yellow Pages where she worked for 24 years. Nineteen of those years she served as a manager in yellow pages production. A former UT Arlington student and native Texan, she resides in Arlington with her husband and daughter. Joan worked as a gift processor for her first year at UT Arlington. On February 1, 2007 she accepted a position in Endowment Services for the Office of Development.

Joseph Talkington

Joseph Talkington
Director of Advancement Services Technology
joseph.talkington@uta.edu
817-272-2198

B.B.A. - Information Systems Management, St. Mary's University
Joined UT Arlington in 2007

Joe joined UT Arlington in 2007. He holds a degree in Information Systems Management from St. Mary's University. Prior to UT Arlington he worked for Trinity University in the Alumni Relations field. As Director of Advancement Services Technology he oversees all technology needs and provides solutions for the Office of Development.

Lisa Barnard

Lisa Barnard
Development Funds Assistant
lbarnard@uta.edu
817-272-2041

Joined UT Arlington in 2004

Lisa was raised in Arlington. After ten-years following her husband in the US Air Force, she was glad to return to her hometown. She has three kids and worked for Arlington ISD for four years. Lisa has been with UT Arlington since 2004 and worked in the School of Social Work for three years prior to the Office of Development.

Cindy Francis

Cindy Francis
Endowment Services Coordinator
cfrancis@uta.edu
817-272-5225

Joined UT Arlington in 2006

Cindy assists with the logistical aspects of planning, implementation, and evaluation of high profile university and community events. She is also responsible for many of the administrative requirements related to managing over 50 events a year. Prior to joining UTA, Cindy was an Administrative Assistant for five years for the Work Family Division at Camp Fire USA, First Texas Council.

Cindy attended four years at UTA and was born and raised in Arlington. She has been married 29 years, has three grown children, and two sons-in-law.

Evelyn Knight

Evelyn Knight
Development Assistant
ejknight@uta.edu
817-272-3923

B.B.A. - Business Administration, University of North Texas
Joined UT Arlington in 1995

Evelyn started working at The University of Texas at Arlington in 1995. She spent one year in Student Activities working for the Attorney for Students and Director of Special Events, and has been with the Development Office for the last 15 years. She holds a BBA from the University of North Texas.

Jovana Sanchez-Melendez

Jovana Sanchez-Melendez
Development Assistant
jovana@uta.edu
817-272-5296

B.S.- Human Services Management and Leadership, Sociology, Alternative Dispute Resolution, University of North Texas
Joined UT Arlington in 2012

Jovana joined UTA’s Development team in 2012. She has more than five years’ experience in nonprofit leadership. She has served as a consultant for small nonprofits and currently sits on the board for a childhood cancer foundation. Before joining UTA, Jovana worked with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in an operations role. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at UTA in Public Administration.

Jovana was raised in Dallas and has been married for four years. She enjoys spending as much time with her family as possible and is an advocate for seizure first aid education.