Grant Announcement: Greater Texas Foundation Names External Committee Members

The Greater Texas Foundation Board of Directors appointed four external committee members to enhance organizational learning. Those selected will provide advice and lend their expertise to the foundation through participation in the work of the board’s four committees.

“We are proud to welcome our new external committee members,” said Ralph Rushing, Board Chair. “Each member was selected for her deep content knowledge, commitment to service, and commitment to the foundation’s mission to support Texas students. We look forward to working with and learning from these four experts.”

Ms. Tina Gridiron of Indianapolis, Indiana, will serve on the Strategy & Learning Committee, which oversees the development and implementation of the foundation’s strategic plan. Ms. Gridiron led grant initiatives at Lumina Foundation for 15 years, beginning as a program officer and culminating her work at Lumina as Strategy Director. She is now Founder and Lead Consultant of TLG Solutions, a consulting firm designed to increase the impact and influence of organizations promoting the public good. Ms. Gridiron earned a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and two master’s degrees from Stanford University.

“During my time at Lumina Foundation as a fellow funder, partner, and colleague with Greater Texas Foundation, I was always impressed by the clear vision and mission of the organization,” said Ms. Gridiron. “Now, it is my privilege to further support the work of GTF as an external advisory committee member. GTF is clearly making a difference in the lives of students and communities, and I look forward to serving alongside the thoughtful and dedicated leaders of the GTF board and staff to achieve even greater impact.”

Ms. Janet Handley of College Station, Texas, will serve on the Finance & Investment Committee, which oversees the foundation’s budget and investments. Ms. Handley has extensive experience in investment management, including 15 years as Vice President for Investments at the Texas A&M Foundation. Before that, she spent eight years working for the Shell Pension Trust in Houston. She currently serves on the board of the University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO). Ms. Handley earned a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Texas A&M University.

“I am excited by the opportunity to serve in a new capacity for an organization that furthers the availability and affordability of higher education in the state of Texas. I am particularly energized by GTF’s focus on underserved and disadvantaged groups,” said Ms. Handley.

Dr. Mary Hendrix of Wolfe City, Texas, will join the Charitable Activities Committee, which oversees the foundation’s grantmaking. Dr. Hendrix’s 32-year career at Texas A&M University-Commerce (TAMU-Commerce) included roles as Associate Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs, Interim Provost, and Vice President for Student Access and Success. Prior to joining TAMU-Commerce, Dr. Hendrix served as a middle school teacher, counselor, and curriculum director. She earned a B.S. and M.Ed. from East Texas State University and a Ph.D. from TAMU-Commerce.

“I am honored and thrilled to be asked to serve on a Greater Texas Foundation committee,” Dr. Hendrix said. “GTF’s vision of all Texas students having equal opportunity to access and succeed in postsecondary education will continue to fuel my passion for making a difference in the lives of students.”

Ms. Jodi Jones of College Station, Texas, will join the Audit & Accountability Committee, which oversees the foundation’s annual audit and manages potential risks facing the organization. Ms. Jones is a partner in the Seidel Schroeder College Station office and currently heads up the firm’s tax department for their multiple locations.  With nearly 30 of experience in public accounting, her practice includes federal tax planning and preparation for individuals, flow-through entities, and corporations. Ms. Jones earned her B.B.A. from Texas A&M University in 1989.

“I have a strong passion for children and education and am honored to serve Greater Texas Foundation in support of their mission to ensure all Texas students are prepared for and have access to postsecondary education,” said Ms. Jones.

External committee members began their service in February.

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