Dave Scullin, president and CEO, said CFT is blessed with extraordinarily talented individuals who put those talents to use to improve the quality of life in North Texas.
“Every one of the promotions we announce today reflects on the hard work and insight provided by these individuals to make our communities stronger,” Scullin said. “Communities Foundation of Texas is fortunate to count these individuals among our employees, the Executive Leadership Team and the entire staff congratulates these excellent leaders.”
Wende Burton, Senior Director – Philanthropy
Wende Burton joined CFT as a project management consultant in January of 2010 when the organization took on more than 35 individual projects related to its strategic plan approved by the board. In November 2010, she joined the Philanthropy Department. From early support of the annual North Texas Giving Day to the creation and stewardship of the D3 Institute and the Working Families Success programs, Burton has been a powerful contributor. Her growing local and national expertise in economic security capacity building has been recognized multiple times over the past two years through numerous awards and accolades. Burton’s appointment as senior director acknowledges her broader leadership role within the philanthropy department and across our local and national communities.
Beverly Garner, Senior Director – Property & Facilities
Beverly Garner joined CFT five years ago after more than 13 years as Corporate Facilities and Security Director for Fannie Mae. In addition to her wealth of experience, she brought a strong and positive communication style, exceptional vendor management skills, and a focus on problem-solving and delivering results. She most recently led a multi-million-dollar remodel of our first-floor office area and community room, which was delivered on time and under budget. She was critical to the implementation and management of the open concept offices on the second floor, the “Turning Flower: sculpture, the Ruth Altshuler library, the award-winning renovation of the smokehouse, and the Educate Texas Austin offices. Her perceptive negotiations with some of our largest vendors, including locking in low multi-year rates with TXU, have saved CFT tens of thousands of dollars. Last year she was recognized by her peers in the International Facility Management Association as “DFW’s Facilities Manager of the Year.”
Kristen Kuhne, Senior Director – Educate Texas
Kristin Kuhne created and led CFT’s Insights and Analytics team over the past seven years and in doing so has played a key leadership role in improving the organization’s impact through analysis and guidance on the portfolio of initiatives. Kuhne’s contributions include establishing CFT’s annual reporting cycle for assessing the progress of projects, building relationships with external research partners to support initiatives, developing important research, and building a data platform and tools. She also has played an important internal role in building Educate Texas’ organizational culture through her collaborative nature, strategic input into organizational priorities and thoughtful guidance across the foundation.
Dr. Reo Pruiett, Senior Director – Educate Texas
Over the past decade, Dr. Pruiett has led the growth and expansion of the foundation’s College and Career Readiness portfolio of schools (Early College High Schools, Texas STEM Academies, Industry Cluster Innovation Academies, and Pathways to Technology Early College High district-wide STEM/ECHS initiatives). She has played a key leadership role in building a team to advise the network of over 350 schools that impact nearly 200,000 students across the state. Dr. Pruiett has served as Educate Texas’ primary liaison with the Texas Education Agency, managed a team of 20 coaches, and established strong relationships with external partners such as Shell, STEMx National Network, and Texas Instruments Foundation. In addition to her contributions to student success, she has also played a critical role in supporting the foundation’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team, Operating Committee, and CEO Advisory Council and served as mentor to many foundation staff.
Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) works with individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and private foundations to build thriving communities locally and across the state through a variety of charitable funds and strategic initiatives. The foundation professionally manages 1,000 charitable funds and runs several key initiatives like Educate Texas, North Texas Giving Day, and the W. W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation. CFT has awarded over $1.8 billion in grants since its founding in 1953. Learn more at www.cftexas.org. Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CFTexas/) or Twitter (twitter.com/GiveWisely).
About CFT’s Educate Texas
A leading catalyst for progress, Educate Texas is a public-private initiative of Communities Foundation of Texas that brings together an innovative alliance of public and private groups that share a common goal: improving the public education system so that every Texas student is prepared for success in school, in the workforce, and in life. Launched in 2004 as Texas High School Project, Educate Texas brings together key organizations committed to improving education in Texas, working with school districts, community colleges, technical schools and regional universities to implement programs and practices promoting postsecondary readiness, access and success for all students. Educate Texas’ public-private partners include: the Texas Education Agency, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Governor’s Office, Texas Legislature, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, The Meadows Foundation, and Greater Texas Foundation. For more information, please visit: edtx.org