Meet the Terry Scholars Fund Board
We take great pleasure in announcing the Board of The Terry Scholars Fund (TSF). The Board of the Terry Scholars Fund is comprised of Terry Alumni from different educational and professional backgrounds. Two members of the Terry Foundation’s Board of Directors also serve on this Board to ensure consistency in the execution of the Terry mission and vision. This committed group is tasked with ensuring that the Terry Scholars Fund successfully and responsibly supports the Terry Scholarship Program and the donors who choose to invest in future generations of Terry Scholars.TSF FAQs Ways to Give
Meyling Ly Ortiz (TAMU 1999)
TSF Board Chair
Managing Counsel of Employment and Labor
Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
From Kaufman, Texas, Meyling “Mey” Ly Ortiz is a 1999 Texas A&M University Terry Scholar. She earned her B.A. in Speech Communications from A&M in 2003 and her J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 2006. She has previously served as an Alumni Advisory Board Member for the Terry Foundation and began her service as a Board Member to the Terry Scholars Fund in 2022.
Currently, she is Managing Counsel of Employment and Labor for Toyota Motor North America, Inc. Prior to her employment with Toyota, Mey practiced in the Dallas office of the international law firm, Littler Mendelson.
Mey and her husband, Jason live in The Colony, Texas with their three children, Olivia, Orion and Owynn. In addition to her service to the Terry Scholars Fund and Terry Foundation, Mey serves on the Emerging Leaders Board of SMU Law, Community Advisory Board of the Junior League of Dallas, and President of the Podium. In her spare time, you can find her mentoring law students and young lawyers or writing for Above the Law, Attorney at Work, or her personal blog: TheMeybe.com.
Maddy Kulkarni (UT-Austin 2001)
Global Marketing Director, Sustainability & Social Impact
Maddy Kulkarni is a 2001 UT-Austin Terry Scholar. She earned a BBA in Finance and Marketing from UT-Austin in 2004 and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business in 2010.
Maddy has been a leader in sustainability & marketing for over 12 years at a Fortune 50 company. As a thought-leader in her field, she has also recently authored a textbook, Social Impact Marketing: The Essential Guide for Changemakers, for how marketing can be used to drive both business and social impact.
Maddy serves on the Advisory Board of Sustainable Brands, a global industry organization that seeks to advance sustainability in business. She is also PepsiCo’s liaison to the World Federation of Advertisers and has spoken on behalf of the organization at the United Nations Global Compact’s Leaders Summit.
Maddy has served on numerous non-profits boards and has been awarded a 40 Under 40 designation by Dallas Business Journal.
Harrison Pierce (UTSA 2008)
QA/QC & Commissioning Manager
Harrison Pierce is a 2008 UTSA Traditional Terry Scholar. He graduated from UTSA in 2011 with a B.S. in Construction Science & Management and in 2013 with a M.S in Architecture.
Harrison currently serves as the QA/QC & Commissioning Manager at Linbeck in Dallas/Fort Worth. He has helped manage multiple projects at TCU, UTD, University of Miami and Cook Children’s Medical Centers over the past eight years, which has led to numerous regional and national building awards.
Harrison is also an active professional in his community. Since 2014, he has served as the UTSA College Champion for Linbeck, attending college fairs and holding interviews for potential full- and part-time positions. In 2019 he was recognized as a UTSA CACP Rising Star Distinguished Alumni.
As a UTSA Terry Scholar he was an active member and officer in Student Government, UTSA Ambassadors, Honors Alliance, Alpha Tau Omega as well as the Terry Scholar Student Organization. He won Most Outstanding Undergraduate & Graduate student for the College of Architecture as well as multiple Jane Findling awards and the Golden Feather Award.
As a Terry Alumnus, Harrison has continued to give back in serving on interview panels, was an officer of the DFW Alumni Chapter for 6 years and was a Terry Foundation Alumni Advisory Board Member from 2015-2018. He has also been a featured Terry Banquet Speaker.
CEO and Board Chairman
The Terry Foundation
Rhett Campbell served on the original Terry Foundation Board of Directors and worked closely with Howard and Nancy Terry in the creation and management of the Foundation from its inception in 1986 until today. He was named Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2000 and Chief Executive Officer in 2013.
Rhett holds both a B.A. (with high honors) and J.D. (with honors) from Southern Methodist University, where he was a Hatton Sumners Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Order of the Coif, and Order of Barristers. He served as a captain in USAF JAG from 1973-1977, and practiced law in Houston, Texas from 1977-2012. Rhett retired from the practice of law in 2012 from the firm of Thompson & Knight LLC.
Rhett is married to Houston native Susie Seybold. They have three children, six grandchildren, and reside in Houston.
Yvonne Moody (TAMU 1987)
President and Executive Director
The Terry Foundation
Yvonne Rode Moody was named as the Foundation’s first Executive Director in August of 2012. She was named Foundation President in 2015. Originally, she was selected as one of the first 17 Terry Scholars as part of the inaugural class in 1987. She joined the Foundation Board of Directors in 2000, one of the first Alumni Scholars to be named to the Board.
A native of Fredericksburg, Yvonne received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M in 1991. Her professional experience includes working for Chevron as a Retail Construction Project Manager. Her volunteer interests include a variety of church, school and civic organizations, but her passion has always remained with the Terry Foundation and its growing number of Terry Scholars and Alumni.
Yvonne was married for 23 years to her late husband Ted Moody. Their two daughters both attended Texas A&M in College Station. She lives in Houston and is an active member of Faith Lutheran Church in Bellaire. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Scholarship Providers Association.
Ways to Give
Match Fellow Donor Gifts
Gifts of Stock
The Terry Scholars Fund is proud to offer a variety of giving options to support current and future Terry Scholars. Donors should choose the option that best suits their personal philanthropic goals.
For assistance choosing the best giving method for you, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (713) 552-0814.
Donate online using our donation form. Gifts can be made using a credit card, a direct transfer from your bank account (ACH), or using Apple Pay or Google Pay. You can make a one-time gift or set a gift to automatically recur either monthly, quarterly, or annually. You may also call (713) 552-0814 to complete the form over the phone with a Terry staff member (9am-5pm CST; Mon.- Fri.)
For gifts larger than $1,000, we recommend using a wire transfer or sending a check to avoid high transaction fees.
Transfer a gift directly from your bank account to the Terry Scholars Fund Account. Contact us at email@example.com to receive instructions for setting up a wire transfer.
Complete our offline donation form and mail it with your check to:
The Terry Scholars Fund
3336 Richmond Avenue, Suite 450
Houston, TX 77098
Donor-Advised Fund (DAF)
A donor-advised fund is a type of account set up for the sole purpose of supporting charitable organizations. Donors can support their cause(s) of choice while receiving many tax benefits. As a public charity, the Terry Scholars Fund qualifies for grant recommendations. You may also name the Terry Scholars Fund as the beneficiary during your estate and legacy planning.
When granting through your donor-advised fund, please use the following information
Grantee: Terry Scholars Fund
Terry Scholars Fund
3336 Richmond Avenue, Suite 450
Houston, TX 77098
If you have already made a gift to the Terry Scholars Fund through your DAF, please let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Terry Scholars Fund and Terry Foundation do not provide tax or legal advice. Speak with your professional advisor with questions about donor-advised funds and gifts to the Terry Scholars Fund.
Amplify your gift by requesting a match through your employer. Keep the Terry Scholars Fund in mind during giving events or corporate responsibility programs at work.
Match Fellow Donor Gifts
Commit to matching gifts from other donors or fellow Terry Scholars under conditions you specify. This is usually done up to a pre-determined amount during a certain time period. Some examples:
“I will match any gifts from fellow UH Terry Alumni made on Terry Legacy Day (11/27), up to $1,000.”
“I will match any donation made in honor of my birthday, up to $500.”
If you would like to set up a match, please contact us at email@example.com
Gifts of Stock
For stock held in brokerage accounts, your broker can assist you in making a gift of stock via a direct transfer to the Terry Scholars Fund. This may be more tax advantageous than selling the stocks and donating the net proceeds.
- You allow the Terry Scholars Fund to receive the full pretax value of those appreciated assets.
- You may avoid long-term capital gains taxes you might otherwise owe.
- You may be able to deduct the full value of the stock on your tax return as a charitable gift.
- You may also save on brokerage fees when you transfer ownership rather than selling the stock.
Donor Spotlight: Kathryn Flowers
Kathryn Flowers (UT 2007) has been a monthly donor to the Terry endowment since 2020. Before adding donations to her give-back commitment as a Terry Scholar, Kathryn served as an interview panelist, an officer for the Terry Scholar Alumni Association’s Austin Chapter, a member of the Terry Scholar Alumni Advisory Board, and most recently as a new member of the Terry Foundation Board of Directors. When asked why and how she chooses to give back to the Foundation, Kathryn said:
The question of giving back for me was never really a question at all. Growing up my mom always believed that if you did good things for other people, that “energy” would come back to you. Mr. and Mrs. Terry’s gift to me was very personal in that way – I have always felt that becoming a Terry Scholar was, in many ways, an incredible stroke of luck, even after all the hard work I had put in. I worked hard and was recognized – but many others worked hard too, without the same chance. I give back because I want to amplify what the Foundation is able to do. We can only help so many students directly.
“The question of giving back for me was never really a question at all…I give back because I want to amplify what the Foundation is able to do.– Kathryn Flowers (UT 2007)
I started by giving my time, but I received so much back from that experience that I wanted to do more. When I could, I did. There is no cause dearer to me than the Terry Foundation. Being a Terry Scholar altered the course of my life. My twin boys will have every opportunity they could dream of, many of which I could not have imagined myself growing up. It’s not all because of Mr. and Mrs. Terry. But more of it is than seems possible.
If I can change the course of just one young person’s life through giving back financially, I want to do that. I know my time has done wonders for the Foundation, and it brings me deep joy. But I want the endowment to live in perpetuity while still maximizing the scholarships we give – that’s what motivates me to donate.
Why TSF? Notes from the Board
The Board of the Terry Scholars Fund is comprised of Terry Alumni from different educational and professional backgrounds. Two members of the Terry Foundation’s Board of Directors also serve on this Board to ensure consistency in the execution of the Terry mission and vision. This committed group is tasked with ensuring that the Terry Scholars Fund successfully and responsibly supports the Terry Scholarship Program and the donors who choose to invest in future generations of Terry Scholars.Full Board Member Bios
Meyling Ly Ortiz (TAMU 1999)
TSF Board Chair
To me, being a Terry means doing what you can with what you have to make your community a better place for all. It is living the legacy of “giving back” and “paying it forward,” because that is what the Terrys did for so many. My “Give Back” to the Foundation shows up as time and energy as a board member and “pay-it-forward” through donations and community work. I choose to give back to the Foundation because it is the Foundation that gave me “My Shot” (Hamilton fan anyone?).
Maddy Kulkarni (UT-Austin 2001)
TSF Board Member
For me, being a Terry means being a part of a community that is bound together by the values of Leadership, Service, and Academics. Once I moved to Dallas, I started signing up to help with our Terry interviews. Each year, I loved the burst of inspiration that came from meeting our college-bound seniors – it never gets old! After being involved in our alumni group in Dallas, attending fall banquets, and serving on the Advisory Board, I’m now part of the team that is establishing the Terry Scholars Fund.
Foundation CEO and Board Chairman
TSF Board Member
The Terry Scholars Fund exclusively supports the mission of the Terry Foundation: developing future leaders of Texas through access to education. The TSF is intentionally “cost free” in the sense that it bears no overhead burden, which rests entirely by the Foundation. The TSF functions as a “pass through” so that giving to the TSF directly supports our educational goals. I am passionate about Howard and Nancy Terry’s vision of educating young people and the TSF is an excellent way for all of us to contribute to this important task.
Yvonne Moody (TAMU 1987)
Foundation President and Executive Director
TSF Board Member
The creation of a new public charity to support the efforts of the Terry Foundation is an exciting opportunity! From the moment Terry Scholars accept the gift of a debt-free education, they are challenged to give back or “pay it forward.” For many years our Scholars and Alumni have given freely of their time and talent to support current students and impact the world around them. With the Terry Scholars Fund we have created an avenue to make it easier for our alumni and friends to invest in future Terry Scholars through financial giving. As the cost of higher education continues to rise, we hope the Terry Scholars Fund will enable us to help even more students in the future.
Welcome New Advisory Board Members!
The Foundation is proud to welcome the newest members to the Terry Scholar Alumni Advisory Board (TSAAB). These new members were chosen through an application process hosted by the Advisory Board Application Committee and began their three-year term at the beginning of February 2023. The Terry Scholar Alumni Advisory Board is comprised of Alumni who have distinguished themselves in their service to the Foundation and to their fellow Terry Scholars. These individuals represent the Foundation at Terry functions, such as banquets and picnics, and participate in discussions about strengthening and supporting the Terry Community.Full Member List
Baltazar Camacho (UT-Austin 2004)
Baltazar grew up in Brownsville, TX and was a First Grade Teacher in Austin for 5 yrs before switching to Real Estate full-time. He is now a residential real estate investor with additional venture/tech investments. His interests are Central Texas Real Estate, Potential World Changing Technologies, and helping young people live fun lives while reaching their full potential.
“I am looking forward to listening and learning most importantly. After that I’d like to help the students or the Foundation any way I can, where I see an intersection of my skills and Foundation/student needs.“
Katie Clifford (TWU 2013)
Katie graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 2017 with a B.S. in Government – Legal Studies and a B.S. in Sociology. She is a nonprofit management professional with six years of experience. She first joined Communities In Schools of North Texas as an intern in the Volunteer Department in 2016 during her senior year of college and fell in love with the positivity, camaraderie, and sense of close community that the CISNT team creates. She then spent five years developing sustainable grant funding for the organization as the Director of Grant Development. Katie is currently the Senior Director of Strategic Development and is responsible for securing strategic funding and resources that will sustain and grow CISNT programs and services. In her spare time, Katie loves to spend time with her family, her husband, Tim, and their cats Daisy and Dandy.
“I am truly excited to dig deeper into the workings of the foundation and to give of my time and energy to support this incredible organization who has given me so many life‐changing opportunities.”
Kaeli Faires (TTU 2014)
Kaeli graduated from TTUHSC Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy in 2021 with her PharmD. and currently works as a community pharmacist with a passion for travel health. Kaeli lives in Lubbock, TX with her husband, two siblings, three cats, and four dogs. She spends much of her free time taking care of her zoo, doing embroidery, and reading.
“I am excited to be involved in improving alumni‐alumni and alumni‐scholar relations for a stronger future together.”
Roxi Fam (UH 2015)
Roxi is a Terry Transfer Terry Scholar who graduated in 2017. Upon graduation, Roxi embarked on her journey in various fields including recruiting and marketing. After experiencing unexpected challenges, Roxi’s spark and interest in entrepreneurship ignited. She is currently an entrepreneur‐in‐the‐making and devotes her time to giving back to the community through participating in the Terry Alumni Advisory Board and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
“I look forward to bringing the Terry Scholar Community of current students and alumni together. My passion for learning about and pursuing entrepreneurship has grown my personal development, and I desire to cultivate a growth mindset for those who are interested in or pursuing entrepreneurship. I am happy to support the Terry Family and provide a sense of belonging.”
Kristen Gilmore (UTSA 2012)
Kristen graduated from UTSA in 2016 with a B.S. in biomedical engineering. Since then, she has found her way north to Austin (Buda to be exact) and currently works at Agilent Technologies as a Senior Quality Engineer in the Genomics division focusing on new product introduction. Kristen lives with her husband and 3‐year‐old daughter and is expecting another daughter in July!
“I look forward to learning new ways to individually contribute to the Terry Foundation’s mission, as well as encourage other Alumni to do the same and make an impact on the Terry Family as we continue to grow year after year.”
Courtney Jaekel (UTA 2015)
While at UTA, Courtney studied Industrial Engineering and was heavily involved in the Terry student organization. Following graduation, she accepted a Project Management position with Nokia and has remained with the company since. As an Alumna, she has served as an Alumni DFW Chapter officer for the past 4 years and is currently the Chapter Co‐President.
“As an Advisory Board member I am most looking forward to getting engaged with the Terry Foundation at a deeper level and fulfilling my promise to give back.”
Tina Lin (UT-Austin 2011)
Tina graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Masters in Professional Accounting. During her time at UT, Tina worked with the China Care Foundation whose mission is to provide orphans a second chance at life. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Tina spent five years with PwC Austin focusing on audits of public and private for-profit companies. She currently works as the Assurance Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she oversees the grantee audits and internal audit portfolios. In her free time, Tina enjoys painting, baking, and practicing yoga.
“I am looking forward to learning about the operational aspects of the Foundation from Scholar selection to all the steps leading up to Alumni engagement after graduation. I’m beyond excited to contribute to further the mission of the Foundation!”
Chelsea Moore (TXST 2012)
Chelsea graduated from Texas State with a BA in Psychology and a Master of Social Work. She has specialized in administrative and operational roles in the education system, starting with running community‐based organizations to support college and career preparation in local school systems. She is now managing professional development pilots for K‐12 educators to implement new curriculum in the classroom. She resides near Austin, where she spends her free time doing macrame projects, playing Dungeons & Dragons, and spending time with her partner and their gentle giant of a Rottweiler.
“I am really excited to learn more about how the Foundation operates and to encourage more alumni to network and build community with each other.”
Daphne Newaz (UT-Austin 1999)
Daphne has been an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas since 2011. In this role, she prosecutes individuals accused of violating various federal laws. She serves as the communications chair of the Terry Scholars Alumni Association’s San Antonio Chapter. Her free time is spent coaching her children in basketball and otherwise attending far too many sports practices and games.
“I am looking forward to learning more about the Foundation, connecting with current and former Terry Scholars, and honoring my pledge to give back.”
Bryton Praslicka, PhD (TAMU 2015)
Bryton graduated from Texas A&M with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2019 and a Ph.D. in the same in 2023. During his Ph.D. program, he published 10 peer-reviewed articles and invented 4 technologies (patent pending). He now lives in College Station, TX, and is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FluxWorks, an engineering startup company with 5 full-time employees.
“The Terry Foundation changed the trajectory of my life, and enabled me the freedom to be mentored, mature professionally, and develop lifelong friendships. As a part of the Alumni Advisory Board, I aspire to create opportunities to create opportunities for the Terry Family to develop relationally and professionally.”
Lexy Salinas (TAMUG 2014)
Lexy graduated from Texas A&M University at Galveston with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology. She then then studied Arctic ecology at the University of Notre Dame, later graduating with a Master of Science. She is a a Senior Field Ecologist for the Long Term Ecological Research Network studying fire ecology in Arctic Alaska. During the off‐season, Lexy is a substitute teacher for Northside ISD in San Antonio and a virtual subject/test prep tutor for StudyPoint, Inc. She loves hiking, scuba diving, and traveling.
“I am most excited for the opportunity to give back as an Advisory Board member and help enhance alumni‐scholar relations and DEI within the Terry Foundation!”
Shannon Terry (UH 2013)
Shannon graduated with a BS in Political Science from the University of Houston and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. She serves as in-house counsel for CenterPoint Energy, supporting Land and Field Services and Facilities in Minnesota and Texas. She also manages CenterPoint Energy’s auto litigation docket. Prior to joining CenterPoint Energy, Shannon worked as a litigation associate for Hicks Davis Wynn and Winstead PC, representing CenterPoint Energy and other oil and gas clients in large eminent domain projects, condemnation proceedings, and general commercial matters.
“I am excited to serve on the Terry Alumni Advisory Board and I am looking forward to helping the Foundation and the Alumni network grow.”
Introducing the Terry Scholars Fund
The Terry Foundation is pleased to introduce The Terry Scholars Fund, a new public charity created to support the success of the Terry Foundation’s mission: to develop future leaders of Texas through access to education.
The purpose of the Terry Scholars Fund is to provide an effective way for donors to support the Terry Scholarship Program. 100% of every donation will go directly to Terry Scholarships.
We will provide more information about supporting the Terry Scholars Fund later in February. In the meantime, please see below to learn more about this exciting way to help carry the Terrys’ vision into the future.
The Terry Scholars Fund was established to provide the most effective and impactful option for Terry Scholars who choose financial donations as a way to honor their give back pledge. The Terry Scholars Fund has intentionally been created as a public charity so donors can receive maximum benefits for their contributions while also enjoying a wider range of donation options, like corporate matching programs, donor advised funds, estate planning, etc. These benefits were previously limited by the Terry Foundation’s IRS status as a private foundation.
Like all entities, the Terry endowment is impacted by volatility in the financial markets, but rest assured, the endowment is strong.
The Terry Scholars Fund’s purpose is to help Alumni and philanthropists who want to advance the mission of the scholarship program do so in a way that maximizes impact as well as donor options.
Every dollar donated brings us a step closer to impacting another student. If you have a passion for investing in education, the TSF can help you invest in students the way Howard and Nancy Terry did for you – through an established program that also offers a supportive lifelong community.
100% of donations to the Terry Scholars Fund go to Terry Scholarships.
Your donation to the Terry Scholars Fund will be used exclusively for scholarships that cover up to the full cost of attendance, not just student tuition, room, and board fees. The Terry Foundation endowment will continue to fund overhead (staff, etc.), Scholar engagement activities, and wrap-around services for the Scholars (on-campus organizations, mental health resource, etc.)
The Foundation will activate the Terry Scholars Fund online donation page on March 22nd for Terry Give Back Day. Existing recurring donors to the Terry Foundation will also have the ability to move their donations to the TSF at that time.
If you have questions about donation options, please contact Amber Masso at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (713) 552-0814.
The Terry Foundation is a type of private foundation, as defined by the IRS, and there are greater limitations on donations to the Foundation as compared to those made to the Terry Scholars Fund, which is a public charity. Major differences include:
1) The maximum tax-deductible donation amount is higher for public charities versus private foundations.
2) Donors cannot give to private foundations via many corporate or workplace matching programs.
3) Donors cannot give to private foundations via donor-advised funds.
The disclosure requirements are also different. Donors to a public charity can opt to remain completely anonymous in the organization’s reporting. However, those who donate over $5,000 to a private foundation will be disclosed on the organization’s tax returns (including name and mailing address).
Additional Questions and Comments
Please direct all questions and comments to Amber Masso at email@example.com or at (713) 552-0814.
About the Logo
The Terry Scholars Fund logo is round, representing every Terry Scholar’s pledge to give back to the Foundation by “circling back” and supporting the Terry Community and endowment for future generations of Terry Scholars. The white ring inside the blue circle symbolizes the ripple effect and impact that can extend outward when a student has access to education.
A Familiar Face in a New Place
The Terry Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of a new position, Manager of Terry Scholar Engagement. Christen Barron (UH 2007) will transition to this new role from the Scholar Relations Team in May 2023. In her role as Manager of Terry Scholar Engagement, Christen will work with Amber Masso, Director of Communications and Alumni Engagement, to build and strengthen relationships with our students, alumni, and supporters.
Christen is humbled to contribute to our Terry community that is filled with diverse talent, immense dedication, and raw passion. In her new role as the Manager of Terry Scholar Engagement, Christen says, “I am most excited to cultivate meaningful relationships with extraordinary Terry Scholars and work to ensure all Terry Scholars benefit from our supportive community.”
Christen Barron is a 2007 UH Terry Scholar from Rosenberg, Texas. As a first‐generation college student from a single parent home, receiving the Terry Foundation Scholarship afforded her access to countless opportunities that changed the trajectory of her future while also making a great impact on her family. Christen identifies with the shared experience of many Terry Scholars. The Terry Foundation Scholarship lifted a tremendous financial burden and empowered her with direct access to a valuable community of established Terry Scholars.
Christen received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Nonprofit Management and later earned a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Houston. Christen has served as a Scholar Relations Manager at the Terry Foundation since 2015. After almost eight years of supporting current Terry Scholars, Christen looks forward to advancing opportunities for the Terry community to remain engaged and thrive as the Terry Foundation surpasses 35 years of awarding scholarships to deserving students.
During her time away from the Foundation, you can find Christen with her husband, Andre, in the backyard playing t‐ball with their sons, A.J. (4) and Kayden (2), and their adorably clumsy pup, Max. Christen is celebrating that she read nine books in 2022, learning to embrace that she will forever trip on toy dinosaurs that have taken over her home, and hoping for a life filled with the precious joys of good belly laughs.
New Terry Staff
The Terry Foundation is pleased to announce the recent expansion of our Scholar Relations Team. Please help us welcome Shaunon McClellan and Kyle Knight, our newest Scholar Relations Managers.
Shaunon and Kyle are already hard at work helping our 2023 Interview Panelists prepare for their service on panels and meeting with Terry students and university partners. We are thrilled to have them on the Foundation team!
Shaunon McClellan is a native of Houston, Texas. She is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Health Studies, and Oklahoma State University, where she received her Master of Science in Healthcare Administration. Shaunon is currently a doctoral candidate at Texas Woman’s University and is pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Family Studies. Her research interest explores the intersections of human rights, equity in health care, and families among underserved populations.
Prior to joining the Terry Foundation, Shaunon worked at Texas Woman’s University Houston campus from 2015 – 2019 and the Dallas campus from 2020 – 2022 and served as the Assistant Director of the Pioneer Center supporting undergraduate and graduate students’ academic success. Upon returning home to Houston, Shaunon worked at CHI Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center as the Educational Specialist, where she supported medical students, residents, and fellows from Baylor College of Medicine. When Shaunon is not working, she values spending time with her family and serving her community as an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Incorporated.
Kyle Knight is a Houston native and a 2013 Terry Scholar. He earned dual bachelor’s degrees in Corporate Communications and Liberal Studies from the University of Houston while also receiving induction into Phi Beta Kappa. Kyle is also a Certified Nonprofit Professional credential recipient and Honors College graduate. He brings with him eight years of broad experience as a Community Relations Manager with Legacy Community Health in Baytown, a College Completion Coach with Breakthrough Houston, and a Campaign Director with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Kyle’s well-honed skills in relationship building, project leadership and execution, and data management will directly inform his work at the Foundation.
Kyle is also a former Terry Scholar Student Organization President, a former Terry Scholar Alumni Association President, and a former HLSR scholar with significant presentation experience and scholarship data management. He maintains a personal blog, “Day by Knight,” in which he authors and shares articles regarding civic engagement, policy advancement, and local activism. In his free time, Kyle and his wife Joyce enjoy hikes, adventures with their cat Collynn, and experiencing the latest season of any Star Wars or Marvel series. Kyle is looking forward to giving back to the Terry Foundation and coaching new scholarship recipients onward towards completion of their undergraduate degrees.
Meet Our New Chief Investment Officer
The Terry Foundation is pleased to announce that Kristin “K.K.” Eschbach (TAMU 2004) has joined our team as Chief Investment Officer (CIO). K.K. will replace Edward Cotham, Jr., former Foundation President and current Chief Investment Officer when he officially retires at the end of 2022.
K.K., along with the Board of Directors, will oversee the investments and investment managers of the Foundation’s endowment. She will manage and position the Foundation’s assets to support a healthy endowment into perpetuity, as the Terrys envisioned. Her oversight will enable the Terry Foundation to invest in future generations of Terry Scholars for many years to come.
A message from outgoing CIO, Edward Cotham, Jr.:
As Howard and Nancy Terry intended, the Foundation’s vision is to create a community of educated leaders who utilize their talents to strengthen the state of Texas and impact the world. Since 1987, the Foundation has awarded over 6,000 scholarships and invested more than $338 million to send students to 13 Texas universities. Our community of educated leaders continues to grow and thrive. I think that Howard and Nancy Terry would be proud of their Foundation’s accomplishments, and I know that they would be delighted to see its future management in the hands of people who care so passionately about its mission. The Foundation has a talented and dedicated leadership group, many of whom (like K.K.) are Terry Scholar Alumni. I hope you will join me in welcoming K.K. to the Foundation in her new role.
K.K. Eschbach was selected as a Terry Scholar at Texas A&M University in 2004. She earned a BBA in finance from Mays Business School in 2008, where she graduated magna cum laude. Prior to joining The Terry Foundation, K.K. spent her career in investment management, working in the private wealth management group at Goldman Sachs & Co., followed by a position in the Private Bank at Credit Suisse. Since 2015, K.K. has worked in a family office setting as well as serving as Senior Director of Investments and Financial Services at USD Group LLC.
K.K. (right) and fellow Terry Scholar Australia Clark (TAMU 2004) at the 2008 Winedale Picnic
K.K. (far right) pictured with Mr. Terry and fellow Terry Interview Panelists in 2011
K.K. was an early member of the Titans of Investing program (Titans 2) at Texas A&M University, taught by the former CEO for Bridgewater Associates and current President, CEO, and CIO of UTIMCO. She is passionate about The Terry Foundation and has interviewed students since 2008. She is an active member of The Terry Foundation investment committee and previously served on the Alumni Advisory Board from 2015-2018. She also serves as a member of the Texas A&M University Mays Business School Advisory Board and actively contributes her time and resources to Child Advocates, where she recently served on the board of directors for a three-year term. She previously served on the Child Advocates development and finance committees and served as the Friends committee president for two years. She is a member of Tallowood Baptist Church and is a volunteer in the children’s ministry.
K.K. lives in Houston with her husband, Stephen and their three children.
A native of Coahoma, Texas, K.K. earned her private pilot license in 2009, enjoys fishing, and stays actively involved with her kids’ activities.
2022 Terry Scholarships
The Terry Foundation is proud to announce the selection of our 2022 Scholar cohort. 225 exceptional high school seniors from across the state of Texas were chosen based on their academic achievements, demonstrated leadership, and financial need. These new Terry Scholars will attend 11 affiliated public universities in Texas with last-dollar, full-ride scholarships for up to eight semesters. They will also have the opportunity to utilize a study abroad stipend.
The entering 2022 Terry freshmen will live together for their first year and will join thriving communities of their fellow Scholars, who are already leaving their mark on campus. They will also be part of an ever-expanding network, comprised of over 6,000 Terry Scholars in various fields of study and industries across the globe.
The Terry Foundation has invested more than $320 Million toward access to higher education since its inception and will provide over $17.5 Million in funding to approximately 730 enrolled Terry Scholars during the 2022 – 2023 school year.
2022 Terry Interviews Snapshot
- 420 invitations extended to nominated students
- 220 in-person interviews in Houston or El Paso
- 166 virtual interviews
- 91 volunteers served as interview panelists and candidate preppers…
- … and collectively dedicated over 2,800 hours to selecting the next class of Terrys
We want to thank everyone who made this Terry Interview Season a success. We can’t wait to welcome the 2022 Terry Scholars at their orientations in August!