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Keturi DeLong

Vice President for Philanthropy and Engagement


Keturi previously served as the Senior Director of Development for the College of Education at the University of North Texas. In this role, she redesigned major gift solicitation strategy, aligned the strategic priorities of the university’s College Development Board, implemented a peer solicitation program, and integrated communications, alumni, marketing, events and strategies to support college and campaign goals. Prior to her time at UNT, DeLong held advancement positions with The Hockaday School, where she served as the Director of Planned Giving and Stewardship and the Director of Annual Giving.

Amy Bassham

Executive Assistant to the Vice President


B.S. 2003, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Amy manages the business operations for the office of Philanthropy and Engagement and provides support to all areas of the division. After graduating in 2003, Amy joined the university full-time. Her background with Texas A&M University-Commerce includes both academic and administrative experience which is invaluable in her role. She loves getting to know the alumni and looks forward to continuing to help in the efforts of raising money for A&M-Commerce.  She also serves as the Executive Secretary to the Texas A&M University-Commerce Foundation.

Development Officers

Taylor Phelps

Senior Director of Principal Giving


April Carl

April Carl

Director of Philanthropy


Jill Stephenson

Jill Stephenson

Senior Philanthropic Advisor - Dallas


Alessandra Ginzalez

Alessandra (Ali) Gonzalez

Director of Philanthropy


Annual Programs

Justin Ferrel

Justin Ferrell

Director of Annual Giving and Special Programs


Mane Messengers

Philanthropy and Engagement Services

The Philanthropy and Engagement Services functions include coordination of the stewardship program, endowments and scholarships, prospect management, donor recognition, constituent management and other related activities.

Amber Countis

Amber Countis

Executive Director of Philanthropy Operations



Brenda Morris

Restricted Funds and Executive Events Administration


B.S., Texas A&M University-Commerce

Brenda is excited to support the fundraising arm of the University where she gets to interact daily with the past, present, and future of the University -- the faithful alumni and friends who are providing for the students of today who will in turn enable future students to receive an education.

Kim Jefferies

Kim Jefferies

Coordinator of Gift Processing


Haley Marshall

Haley Marshall

Philanthropy Coordinator


Nicole Wittlin

Nicole Wittlin

Assistant Director of Philanthropy Data


Alumni Relations

More than 125 years since our founding, we remain a purpose-driven community of former graduates of East Texas Normal College, East Texas State Normal College, East Texas State Teachers College, East Texas State College, East Texas State University, and Texas A&M University-Commerce who believe greatness is something bigger than ourselves. In 1890, the first class of students completed their course program from the university and banded together to form the Alumni Association. Today, we are proud to continue the tradition of giving back as alumni of a dynamic educational institution. Through these memberships, along with generous donations, we help provide more high quality learning experiences for those with the kind of determination we call grit, and help them achieve their own greatness.

Derryle Peace

Derryle Peace

Director of Alumni Relations


Sam Walker

Sam Walker

Executive Director of Alumni Engagement


Stephanie Fiorisi

Stephanie Fiorisi

Assistant Director of Alumni Events


Gabby Tucker

Gabby Tucker

Membership and Communications Coordinator