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Greater Dallas Chapter E-Newsletter                                                        December 2015
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Could you be a presenter at the 2016 DFW Philanthropy Conference? 

It's that time! The Speaker Committee for the 2016 AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference is actively seeking proposals for the education sessions that will continue to make this conference an exemplary experience for fund-development professionals. Sessions are one hour in length (50 minutes for presentation with 10 minutes Q&A) and are organized by education tracks. Click here for details on the conference, along with Speaker Guidelines and the Proposal form posted on the conference website.

Questions? Please email Speaker Committee Chair, Sherri L. Taylor at
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2015 Board of Directors


Diana Marquis, CFRE,


Sue Bailey,

Immediate Past President

Judy Wright,


Melanie Perkins,


Larry Crouch, CFRE

VP/External Affairs

Jennifer Pearson, CFRE

VP/Professional Advancement

Tori Correll, CFRE,


Mary Freeman, CFRE, 


 Leslie Clay, 




Stephanie Brigger, Programs Chair
Ashley Chellgren, At Large

Janet Davis, CFRE, At Large

Sarah Elliott, 2015 NPD Chair

Amber George,
Public Relations Chair

Darrin Goldin, JD, Governance Chair
John Honaman, CFRE,
Youth in Philanthropy Chair

Holly Hull Miori, AFP Now! Chair

Kimberly Humphries, CFRE, At Large

Mary Kardell,
Executive Conversations Chair

Deborah Montonen, CFRE, At Large
Jan Murfield, CFRE,
2015 DFW Conference Chair
Carrie Nelson, CFRE,
Hospitality C

Anne Robillard, CFRE,
New Member Orientation Chair

Luanne Samuel, CFRE,
Scholarships Chair 

Jessica Weidman, Mentor Chair

Shawn Wills, CFRE, Diversity Chair

To contact the Greater Dallas Chapter AFP Board of Directors, go to

Welcome, New Members!

Nancy Asmus
Holy Trinity Seminary

Candace Harrell

Kaitlyn Howell

Amy Johnson
The Cooper Institute

Niki McCuistion
Foundation for Responsible Television

Kristen Vogel
Dallas Black Dance Theatre


Chapter Contact Information:


Greater Dallas Chapter AFP

14070 Proton Rd. Ste 100, LB9

Dallas, TX 75244

972/233-9107 ext. 204

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Holiday Holly

Featuring Guest Speakers
John & Susan Cuellar and Catherine Cuellar

Generations of Generosity: A Family's Perspective on Volunteerism and Philanthropy

FRIDAY , December 11, 2015, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Communities Foundation of Texas
5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas, Texas 75225-8146
$45 per person
Seating is limited, reserve early!
John and Susan Cuellar
John A. Cuellar is Chairman of the Board and President of Las Tres C's, Inc. in Dallas. Previously, he was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of El Chico Restaurants, Inc. His civic activities include Chair of the Healthy Americas Foundation, Chair of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services Council, and Board President of the Friends of the Latino Cultural Center.  He also serves as board member of the Concilio, YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, North Texas Food Bank, Sammons Center for the Arts, The Senior Source, Dallas Heritage Village, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, and the Friends of Fair Park. He is an advisory board member of the Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation and Transformance, Inc. Mr. Cuellar has a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, a J.D. from Southern Methodist University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Susan DeLee Cuellar is a second generation native Dallasite and graduate of DISD (Hillcrest 1965). She is also a graduate and Senior Trustee of Austin College. In addition to being a teacher, tutor, wife and mother, she has been a docent for 40 years at the Dallas Museum of Art and volunteer for the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. (local and national), KERA, Children's Medical Center Foundation, The Legal Ethics Center of Texas, Hillcrest High School Alumni Association and many other organizations. She and her husband, John, have two daughters, Catherine (married to Paul Williams) and Laura (married to Mark Haney), and two grandchildren.
Catherine Cuellar
Catherine Cuellar is director of Entrepreneurs For North Texas at the Communities Foundation of Texas, which makes it easy for businesses to be good corporate citizens. Ms. Cuellar previously served as executive director of the Dallas Arts District, and she managed communications for five years at the largest electric power grid in Texas, Oncor. She has also spent two decades as an award-winning multimedia journalist, co-founding and reporting for National Public Radio stations (KERA & KCRW),   Sojourners magazine and The Dallas Morning News among others.

Seating is limited! Online registration closes on Friday, December 4, 2015 at 10 PM. After that date, register by fax, mail or email using the downloadable form posted at .

Dear Friends,
Diana Marquis

December marks the beginning of the last month of the year and for me, the beginning of the last month of my term as President of the Greater Dallas AFP Chapter. It has been an honor to serve. It's also been a blast! I've worked with a fabulous board of directors. We've presented intelligent, educational programs throughout the year. Our membership has long surpassed 400 members. We have an established Mentoring Program, a Young Professionals recruitment effort, and a bigger presence on social media.
We cannot take for granted the DFW Philanthropy Conference, the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, the Fundamentals of Fundraising seminar and the CFRE Review Course. All of these events take place year after year, yet remain relevant to the professional development of you, our members. And, we have scholarships!
Penelope Burk and Terry Axelrod, both giants in the fundraising world, were brought to Dallas this year by our Chapter.
The new kid on the block is our collaboration with the North Texas Chapter of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (PPP) and their volunteer-supported, Planned Giving on the Run course. This is the perfect introduction to planned giving. Make your plans to sign up as soon as the next course opens up.
This year we also introduced our Professional Development Subscription Package. I took advantage of the pre-pay package this year and didn't have to worry about registering for each monthly luncheon program.
In keeping with our December Holiday Luncheon tradition of inviting local philanthropists to share their story, Susan and John Cuellar and their daughter, Catherine Cuellar, will be our speakers this month. If you haven't signed up, now is the time.
Next month you will be hearing from Judy Wright, 2016 President of the Greater Dallas AFP Chapter. She has some new ideas and a great board of volunteers to help make things happen. I can't wait!

Diana Marquis, CFRE
2015 Greater Dallas AFP President 

  Greater Dallas AFP President Diana Marquis says "Stay in touch with your Greater Dallas AFP Chapter and don't miss news of important events and opportunities!"  Changed jobs? When your title, business and/or mailing address, email, or any other contact data changes, be sure to go to   immediately and update your personal record. The Greater Dallas Chapter receives updates monthly, but if you only correct your information locally, it will be overwritten when we import the latest national spreadsheet into our local database.
News of Note

The North Texas Chapter PPP presents a " Gift Acceptance Policies Boot Camp" on December 15, 2015. Click here to register.

Click here to read a report and view photos from the 2015 NPD luncheon! The acceptance speeches of our 2015 award honorees are posted at

Deborah Montonen received the U nited Way of Metropolitan Dallas's Executive Visit Award at the October 20th of the United Way Campaign Cabinet.

Michelle Lemming, President/CEO of the Texoma Health Foundation, was recently recognized by Women of  Visionary Influence as a 2015 nominee for Mentor of the Year.

Grant Writing USA will hold a Grant Writing Workshop in partnership with the North Central Texas Council of Governments in Arlington, December 7th-8th. Use the discount code AFPDallas for a $30 discount off the registration fee. Click here for more information.

The Eastern Oklahoma Chapter AFP will offer an online CFRE Exam Prep Workshop , December 3rd and 4th, 9 AM to 5 PM.  Register by November 20th at or contact Lindsay Jordan at 918-858-2370, . Participants must have access to technology, including virtual conferencing capability, and will be provided official CFRE Course Review materials 24-48 hours before the workshop begins.
Attention, AFP members! If you've been recognized with an award, promotion or honor, share the news with your Dallas Chapter friends! Send your news item (up to 50 words)
Moving? Changed Jobs?  When your title, employing organization and/or mailing address, email address or any other contact information changes, you must go to   and update your personal membership record. Any local updates would be overwritten when we import the latest national spreadsheet into our database