Chris Woodruff

Chris joined the foundation in October 2017 following eight years of work in nonprofit and educational institutions where he focused on fundraising, partnership building, and management of grant-funded programs. His previous professional stops include the Center on Conflict and Development and the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, both at Texas A&M University, and Bat Conservation International …

Tessa Pennington

Tessa earned a bachelor’s degree in Middle East Studies/Arabic from Brigham Young University, where she also worked as a researcher for the WomanStats Project. Through her affiliation with WomanStats, headquartered at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service, Tessa went on to pursue a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Bush School …

Allison Pennington

Allison earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Florida College in 2009, followed by an M.Ed. in Reading Education from Vanderbilt University in 2010. She then taught fourth-graders in Nashville, TN, and Columbia, SC, for four years. In 2014, Allison stepped out of the classroom to study Education Policy at the George Bush School of …

Carol Miller

Carol received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Shippensburg University. After working in her field of study for several years, she entered the world of philanthropy in 1995 and has maintained that career path ever since. With over twenty years’ experience in grantmaking, Carol joined the foundation in …

Leslie Gurrola

As Director of Programs and Strategy, Leslie is responsible for implementing the foundation’s strategic plan to ensure all Texas students are prepared for, have access to, persist in, and complete a postsecondary credential. Leslie has served the foundation in multiple roles, including as the foundation’s first project associate and the foundation’s first strategy manager. The …

Amber Bass

Amber joined the foundation in January 2008, but her service to the organization began in 2001 as an employee of Greater Texas Foundation’s former subsidiary organizations. As Chief Financial Officer, Amber is responsible for the financial operations of the foundation, including the oversight of the investment portfolio, student loan portfolio, and grant disbursements. Specific duties …

Erin Arnold

Erin joined the foundation in January 2008. As Senior Accountant, her primary responsibility is assisting the Chief Financial Officer in planning, establishing processes and procedures, developing appropriate benchmarks and standards, and ensuring compliance with accounting standards and best practices in the nonprofit field. Erin comes from a strong background in business finance and accounting. Erin …

Nancy Mader

Nancy joined the Greater Texas Foundation team in December 2019. As Office Manager, she does a bit of everything to keep the foundation’s operations running smoothly. Nancy’s background of property management, office management, bookkeeping, and event planning make her well-suited for this work. Born and raised in West Texas, a lot of her adult life was …

Sue McMillin

Sue McMillin joined Greater Texas Foundation as President and CEO in September 2017. Ms. McMillin has worked in the field of higher education non-profit management for over 20 years. Prior to joining GTF, she held a number of leadership roles at TG (now Trellis Company) as its Vice President of Operations and its Senior Vice President …