“This conference is a first-of-its-kind event in deep East Texas, “ Dr. Michael Simon, president of Angelina College, said. “Five strong nonprofit advocates are coming together to provide local agencies hands-sessions to help them improve their operations.”
Speaker Bios: East Texas Nonprofit Leadership Conference
Wynn Rosser joined the Lufkin, Texas based T.L.L. Temple Foundation as president and CEO on September 1, 2016. He previously served almost 10 years as the chief executive of Greater Texas Foundation. Rosser is known for his commitment to collective impact and to improving educational outcomes–especially for low income and rural students–and for his regional approach to grantmaking and philanthropic leadership. Rosser is past chair of the Grantmakers for Education Board of Directors and is an alumnus of the Texas Lyceum. An advocate for Texas public education, Rosser is chair-elect of the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium (TEGAC). He is a lecturer in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Rosser earned an associate’s from Kilgore College and baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Texas A&M University. The Rossers are raising three children ages 10, eight, and four on a farm with 10 alpaca, 11 chickens, three rabbits, two goats, two horses, three dogs, and four cats.
Beth Krueger started her adult life as a small business owner with a great passion for her community. When called to serve she took on roles such as event chair, board member and citizen advisory council member as a way to give back to the community that had given her so much. When she sold her business she spent some time exploring what was next. It was then she fell into an opportunity to take her business mind and put it to work for her passion for community. As a no-profit professional for 25 + years Beth had the chance to transform organization, ignite passion in donors and drive results for the clients and communities served by organizations Austin Humane Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Center for Child Protection, Habitat for Humanity, ASPCA and United Way. No mater her role as a leader, leadership team member or a consultant her passion has been to make the world a better place by engaging people in meaningful work. When Beth was asked to serve on a community committee to explore the viability and development of the Austin Gives program she once again stepped up to serve. As a board member she immersed herself, her spheres of influence and her community leaders to get involved. When asked to take the lead as the program director she never hesitated. With the commitment of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and the support of the Austin Business community the Austin Gives program has grown to 500+ businesses and has set the bar for how business is done in Austin TX and beyond. Beth dreams that together businesses and non-profits can forge partnerships that can make any community a great place to live for all its residents.
William A. Brown is a professor at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and holds the Mary Julia and George Jordan Professorship. He serves as the program director for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management. He teaches the Nonprofit Management, Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, and Capstone courses. He received a bachelor of science degree in education from Northeastern University with a concentration in human services. He earned his master’s and doctorate in organizational psychology from Claremont Graduate University. Prior to joining Texas A&M University, he was an assistant professor at Arizona State University, where he worked as the program coordinator of their Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership and was an affiliated faculty member with the Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management. He has worked with numerous organizations in the direct provision of services, consulting, and board governance. He served on the board of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) from 2007-2012 and chaired the Education Committee from 2009-2011. His research focuses on nonprofit governance, strategy, and organizational effectiveness. He has authored numerous research articles, technical reports, and several practice-oriented publications. Examples of his work include exploring the association between board and organizational performance and developing the concept of mission attachment. Publication outlets include Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, International Journal of Volunteer Administration, and Public Performance and Management Review. He has completed an edited volume entitled Nonprofit Governance: Innovative Perspectives and Approaches (Routledge, July 2013) with Chris Cornforth. A textbook entitled Strategic Management in Nonprofit Organizations was published in March 2014 (Jones & Bartlett).
Deborah L. Kerr, PhD, joined the graduate faculty of the Bush School of Government and Public Service in 1999. She is an associate professor of the practice at Texas A&M University in the Bush School. She teaches graduate courses in public policy theory, organizational performance measurement, and management. Her teaching has been recognized with the University’s 2008 Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching (based on nomination and support from current and former graduate students) and with Silver Star Awards given by the Classes of 2009, 2014, and 2015 for outstanding service and dedication.
Dr. Kerr is a co-founder and partner at Affintus, headquartered in Austin, Texas. The Affintus pre-hire assessment and decision support software combine to help hiring managers find the candidates who are most likely to be future high performers, using technology that provides objective data on the three key job success factors: cognitive, personality, and work culture preferences.
For twenty years before founding Affintus, she worked as an executive in private, public, and nonprofit organizations. Her expertise includes performance management and measurement, talent management, and manager and executive performance.
While an executive at the Texas State Auditor’s Office (SAO), she led the development of one of the nation’s first public sector balanced scorecards; and in 2004, the SAO and its measurement system was recognized as one of the world’s best when it was elected to the Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame. She also helped implement other innovative work processes that were adopted by audit organizations across the US.
Immediately prior to founding Affintus, she was as an executive at the American Heart Association. She teaches occasional classes for the University of Texas’ Continuing Professional Education program. For the Maxwell School of Government, Syracuse University, she served on the National Advisory Panel for Human Resource Performance Measurement to develop public sector performance measures for the “Grading Government” studies published by Governing magazine.
Dr. Kerr has worked with various public, nonprofit, and private sector organizations to improve performance and measurement. Her measurement work has been called “best practice” by the Society for Human Resource Management. Her work has also been written about in Austin American-Statesman, Austin Woman, and Financial World magazine, and her work on performance measurement systems was featured in both Paul Niven’s book Balanced Scorecard Step by Step and Mohan Nair’s Essentials of the Balanced Scorecard.
Dr. Kerr’s articles have been published in Texas CEO, The Austin Chamber Magazine, Perform magazine, and the Journal of Accountancy; her articles have been re-published in Italy and India as well. She co-authored a chapter on consulting to public sector organizations for the textbook In Action: Building a Successful Consulting Practice. She blogs and writes on evidence-based management at www.affintus.com.
Dr. Kerr is frequently asked to speak at national, regional, and state conferences about measuring results and managing people. She holds degrees from St. Mary’s College (Notre Dame), Columbia University (New York), and The University of Texas at Austin.
Catherine Cole serves as adjunct faculty at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. She is currently leading a capstone project with TxSmartSchools. Dr. Cole received her master’s degrees in social work and business administration from the University of Texas at Austin and Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, respectively. She earned her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University’s College of Education & Human Development. Her dissertation, Women as Vital Human Resources to Impact Foreign Direct Investment: A Mediated Model through Corruption and Healthcare, used structural equation modeling to examine the relationships between and among the numbers of women in legislative leadership throughout the world, levels of perceived corruption, investments in healthcare, and foreign direct investment (FDI). She found as the number of women in legislative leadership increased, levels of perceived corruption decreased, national investments in healthcare increased, and FDI in turn increased. Dr. Cole has worked both domestically and internationally within the nonprofit sector. Locally, she has served on the Steering Committee of the United Way of the Brazos Valley and as the Senior Administrator for Community Services for the Brazos Valley Community Action Agency. Internationally, Dr. Cole led World Vision United States’ 2008 fraud examination of $1.9 million in unsupported U.S. Agency for International Development funds on-the-ground in Liberia. She facilitated capacity building with local internal audit staff in Port au Prince, Haiti, pre and post 2010 earthquake. Additional countries in which she has worked include Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania.
Dr. Kelly J. Zúñiga serves as the Executive Director at the Holocaust Museum Houston which is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors’ legacy. She is responsible for all museum operations and reports to a 30 member Board of Trustees and a 75 member Board of Advisors.
Her past work experience includes key fundraising positions with the Houston Community College Foundation, Houston Zoo, Inc.; University of Houston System; Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut; Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California; and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She earned her Doctor of Education from the University of Houston in Administration and Supervision where her dissertation focused on a study of donors who have made online contributions to universities. In addition, she has earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from San Diego State University.
Dr. Zúñiga is a Lecturer for Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government & Public Service graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management program and serves on the faculty for Art of Fundraising I & II at the Rice University Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. A frequent presenter at fundraising conferences, Dr. Zúñiga is an emeritus trustee-at-large on the (CASE) Council for Advancement and Support of Education Board of Trustees. She also serves on the Greater Houston Partnership’s Executive Women’s Partnership Steering Committee and the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Development Committee and was named in 2013 by Houston Woman Magazine, “Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2012.”
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