Investing in Community
The Amarillo Area Foundation is the only nonprofit community foundation serving the more than 400,000 people in the Texas Panhandle. As a leader in philanthropic, nonprofit, and community issues, the Foundation is a catalyzing force that addresses the community’s most critical challenges by providing significant, shared and lasting results.
We work to provide efficient service in an honest, accountable and transparent manner.
We strive for equity, inclusiveness and opportunity in all we do, and we work to be responsive and compassionate.
We believe in teamwork and open communication.
We look for creative ways to meet community needs, and we do so with urgency and a spirit of entrepreneurship.
To improve quality of life for Texas Panhandle residents.
FROM THE CEO
As we work to emerge from the initial shock of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear the effects of this crisis are not just a memory. In 2021, we made great strides in working to transition from crisis management to addressing the specific needs of our community moving forward.
NATIONAL STANDARDS SEAL
The Foundation has met the most rigorous national standards in philanthropy for operational quality, donor service and accountability in the community foundation sector.
The Foundation’s history began in 1957 with a dream to address the healthcare needs facing the Texas Panhandle. As a result, the Amarillo medical center was established.
The Amarillo Area Foundation’s history began in 1957 with a dream and a challenge to address the healthcare needs facing the Texas Panhandle.
As President & CEO of the Amarillo Area Foundation, Clay directs the organization in fulfilling the Foundation’s mission to improve quality of life for Texas Panhandle residents. Clay is originally from the Texas Panhandle and after just short of a decade in Dallas, found himself called to return. He moved back to the area in 2002 with his son, Spencer.
President & CEO
Senior Vice President
Vice President of Finance
Melanie grew up in the Texas Panhandle and graduated from West Texas A&M University with her Bachelor of Music and Master of Business Administration degrees. It's been a joy for her to return to her roots and serve the people of the Texas Panhandle.
MELANIE SMOOT, CFRE
Vice President of Development
Panhandle Community Partnership Officer &
Strategic Initiatives Assistant
Michelle grew up in Boise Idaho, but has called Amarillo and the Panhandle home since she was 11. She is currently attending Western Governors University seeking a BA in Business Administration Management. She and her husband have three amazing sons and are avid scuba divers. During her free time, she enjoys being in nature, whether in the mountains camping and fishing, or on a beach and under the ocean. She has a passion for community improvement and engagement through educational opportunities and strongly believes in equality and reducing barriers faced by those seeking access to resources.
NSC Program Officer
Beth rejoined the Foundation in January of 2018 as the Scholarship Program Assistant and became the Scholarship Program Officer in 2020. She enjoys being a small part of removing financial barriers which could hinder deserving students from pursuing higher education. Beth has lived in Amarillo her entire life and comes to work every day excited to be part of the mission of the Amarillo Area Foundation. In addition to her work at the Foundation, Beth is pursuing a degree in Education from West Texas A&M University.
BETH CAMERON GUNN
Grants Program Officer
She grew up in Clinton, Oklahoma, moving to Amarillo in the 6th grade. She attended Palo Duro High School but eventually moved and graduated in Oklahoma from Clinton High School. She moved back to Amarillo and married her high school sweetheart, and they have one son. While working on her associates degree, she had the opportunity to work for Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch in the Donor Services Department where she was able to gain experience with children and how organizations regulate. She is proud to be a part of Amarillo Area Foundation’s mission and success in the community and looks forward to helping students prosper.
JADA CARR SIMS
Scholarship Program Officer
Broc grew up in Canyon and has a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from West Texas A&M University. Prior to joining the staff at AAF, Broc was the Director of Marketing, Communications, and Advocacy at the High Plains Food Bank and United Way of Amarillo and Canyon. Broc believes that a community cannot thrive until all parts of the community have the access and ability to thrive! He has two amazing daughters that keep him on his toes!
Director of Marketing &
The Panhandle Gives Campaign
Angela’s strong faith in God has helped her navigate through many rough waters, keeping her grounded and determined to demonstrate the love of God to others.
She brings experience from several executive and corporate backgrounds which allows her to lead and serve simultaneously. Her training spans from medical, administrative and her most recent endeavor as a family life coach. All of which she considers satisfying her “people person” strength.
As the Donor Services Administrator she will put into practice her passion of connecting and building relationship with the community by operating in the core values of the Foundation, Integrity, Respect, Collaboration, and Innovation. Angela states “The core values of the Foundation resonate with me deeply. And I believe in my role as the Donor Services Administrator I will be able to help fulfill the mission of the Foundation, while bringing new insight and direction to my role in the community”.
Donor Services Administrator
Annual Giving Officer
Sarah joined the Amarillo Area Foundation in September 2016. Prior to joining AAF, Sarah was busy full-time raising three wonderful children, serving within her church, the Junior League of Amarillo (JLA), and within various other civic and educational volunteer roles. Sarah has worked as a Communications Coordinator at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, as an accounting assistant for grants in the Controller’s Office at Rice University and assisted seven Computer Engineering Professors with grant submissions in the Electrical Engineering Department of Princeton University. Sarah also has grant writing experience through her JLA placement.
Sarah was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and attended the University of Texas at Austin where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Learning and Development for Elementary and Special Education. Sarah and her family moved to Amarillo in 2010 and has thoroughly enjoyed living and serving in the Texas Panhandle.
Director of Grants & Community Investment
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2016, Angie was the Executive Assistant to the CFO of Hastings Entertainment, Inc. until its untimely closure that same year. Angie also previously held positions in the Mortgage and Home Equity Lending Departments of Amarillo National Bank prior to becoming the assistant to the Executive Vice President of Operations at AIG Annuity.
After growing up on the East Coast, Angie moved to the Texas Panhandle in the late 1980s. She completed her secondary education at Tascosa High School prior to attending Amarillo College.
Executive Services Manager
Evans graduated from West Texas A&M University in 2017 with a Bachelors in Finance & Accounting, and a Masters in Professional Accounting in 2020.
Evans lived in Amarillo for four year, and one year in Dallas before returning to Amarillo in 2018. He and his wife have been blessed with one son.
Janet has lived in the Texas Panhandle all her life. Amarillo is her home town although she has deep family roots in Armstrong County where her family has farmed for 4 generations.
Janet graduated from Amarillo High School and received an associate degree from Amarillo College. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for 25 years.
Suzy is native to the Texas Panhandle, being reared in Dalhart. She attended Texas Christian University and Texas Tech University, graduating cum laude from Texas Tech in 1982. She taught accounting for several years at Dalhart High School, and after moving to west Texas, she found her niche in tax preparation and fund accounting. Suzy and her husband returned to the Panhandle in 2013 and have made Amarillo their permanent home.
Director of Accounting
As the Major Gifts Officer, Stephanie will assist individuals and corporations to streamline their giving, agencies to find stability through an endowment, and aide communities in how they can support their local efforts. Prior to joining the Amarillo Area Foundation, Stephanie was the Fund Development Coordinator at the Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains and the Fund Development Director at The Salvation Army.
She has been affiliated with various committees and organizations including: Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Round-Up Club, Amarillo Downtown Kiwanis Club, Amarillo Hispanic Chamber Bienvenidos Committee, American Advertising Federation, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Beans and Cornbread Committee, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), Welcome Pardner!, and the Women of Distinction Committee. Stephanie loves serving her community and spoiling her Maine Coon, Lincoln Hawk.
Major Gifts Officer
Board of Directors
The Amarillo Area Foundation is the only community foundation serving Texas’ northernmost 26 counties. Since its inception in 1957 and into the future, the Foundation provides grants and services to strengthen nonprofit organizations and the services they deliver. The Foundation is enriching the Panhandle communities we call home as a result of partnerships between area philanthropists and social entrepreneurs. The Foundation is governed by a Board of private citizens dedicated to their leadership role on philanthropic, nonprofit, and community issues.
AAf Board of Directors
Amarillo Area Foundation Board of Directors
- Clay Stribling | President and CEO
- David Hurtt | Assistant Secretary
- David Prescott | Chair
- Cheri De Jong | Vice Chair
- Mike Hughes | Treasurer
- Sharon White | Secretary
- Lewis Britt | Member at Large
- Trent Sisemore | Member at Large
- William Ware | Member at Large
- Suzanne Willis | Member at Large
- Vanessa Buzzard | Immediate Past Chair
Scott Biddy | Amarillo
Lewis Britt | Amarillo
Helen Burton | Amarillo
Vanessa Buzzard | Pampa
Trevor Caviness | Amarillo
Sonja Clark | Amarillo
Nicki Crump | Amarillo
Michael Cruz | Amarillo
Cheri De Jong | Hartley
Andrew Hall | Amarillo
Lori Henke | Amarillo
Mike Hughes | Amarillo
Jackie Kingston | Amarillo
Bowden Jones | Amarillo
Mark Keys | Childress
Pedro Limas | Amarillo
Charles Mestas | Amarillo
Kristen Moudy | Wheeler
David Prescott | Amarillo
Stella Sauls | Borger
Trent Sisemore | Amarillo
William Ware | Amarillo
Sharon White | Amarillo
Suzanne Willis | Perryton
Harrington Foundation Board of directors
The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation Board of Directors
- Clay Stribling | President and CEO
- Paul Clark | Chair
- Vanessa Buzzard | Vice Chair
- David Prescott | Secretary/Treasurer
- Lori Henke
- Mark Bivins
- Dyke Rogers
- Richard Ware II
HRMC Board of directors
The Harrington Regional Medical Campus Board of Directors
- Clay Stribling | President and CEO
- Dr. Steve Urban | Chair
- J.B. Lane | Vice Chair
- Julie Mitchell | Secretary/Treasurer
- Mary Bearden
- Judy Day
- Bill Harris
- Rod Schroder
- Carolyn Witherspoon
- Alfonso Zambrano