About Us

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Core Values

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.

Our  Mission

To improve quality of life for Texas Panhandle residents.
Clay Stribling


The parable of the tortoise and the hare has always been a favorite of mine! Even as a youngster I could relate to the tortoise working consistently and methodically towards a goal.

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The Foundation has met the most rigorous national standards in philanthropy for operational quality, donor service and accountability in the community foundation sector.

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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.

Our History

Our History

The Amarillo Area Foundation’s history began in 1957 with a dream and a challenge to address the healthcare needs facing the Texas Panhandle.

Staff Members

Clay Stribling

Clay Stribling joined the Amarillo Area Foundation as President & CEO in May 2011. Prior to joining the Foundation, he had a successful career as a health care attorney. First with Jenkens & Gilchrist of Dallas and then with Brown & Fortunato of Amarillo, Clay provided health care regulatory counsel to hospitals, pharmacies, and durable medical equipment providers and was a nationally recognized speaker and author on Medicare billing and compliance matters. He is a 1988 graduate of West Texas State University and graduated with honors from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in 1999.
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 wife, Katherine, and son, Spencer.


President & CEO

Keralee Clay

Keralee grew up in Amarillo and is a proud Amarillo High Sandie. She received a BA in Vocal Performance from Arizona State University and lived in NYC for 10 years where she pursued a performing career. During this time, she also maintained a “day job” with her consulting company, Red Clay Consulting, assisting small firms with HR, training, and IT. After the birth of her son, she and her family returned home to Amarillo and she worked as the Director of Ticketing for the Civic Center/Globe-News Center. She joined the Foundation in 2016 as the Director of Operations, became the VP of Operations in 2019, and Senior Vice President in 2021. She oversees HR, IT, Operations, Communication, and Special Projects. In addition, she has an enhanced role supporting promotion of the foundation's mission through community outreach. She and her husband have two amazing kids and she can occasionally be seen on stage with her cabaret act. Keralee goes to work every day excited to collaborate with the dedicated and creative AAF staff, working to improve quality of life for her Texas Panhandle neighbors.


Senior Vice President

Lara Escobar


Vice President of Community Investment

David Hurtt

David Hurtt joined the Foundation as the Director of Accounting in 2015. He was promoted to Vice President of Finance in 2019. He has lived in the Panhandle since 1998 and calls Amarillo home. David has over twenty-five years of experience in accounting, internal auditing, and operations management. Prior to joining the Foundation, he held positions as a Controller, Director of Internal Audits, and Director of Administration. David graduated magna cum laude from Texas Tech University and holds a degree in Accounting. He is a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Fraud Examiner.


Vice President of Finance

Melanie Smoot

Vice President of Development

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2021, Melanie was the Development Director for a non-profit in Frisco, Texas. She began her career in the non-profit field 18 years ago in Amarillo and has raised funds for various non-profit organizations throughout the state of Texas since then. She loves meeting new people and hearing their stories.

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.


Vice President of Development

Kimberly Anderson

No Limits No Excuses Program Officer

Kimberly joined the Foundation in 2020 as the No Limits No Excuses Program Assistant and became the No Limits No Excuses Program Officer in 2021, overseeing NLNE programs and facilitating collaborative relationships between its partners. Kimberly is a lifelong Amarillo resident with a passion for the power of education, constantly seeking to use her time and talents to advance equitable education practices and increase equitable access to quality education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from West Texas A&M University.


NLNE Program Officer

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Roxann Ball

Roxann Ball has over 20 years of nonprofit management, accounting, and fundraising experience and has been a resident of Amarillo for the last 14 years. Roxann served as Business Manager at Marian High School, a nonprofit girl’s academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and in the accounting department of Upper Hudson Primary Care Consortium, providing data for the organization’s grant writer. She joined the Amarillo Area Foundation in 2007 and currently serves as Program Officer for the Nonprofit Service Center where she directs the Center’s consulting, education, and peer group activities. Roxann is committed to using her skills and the resources of the Amarillo Area Foundation in exceptional service to the nonprofit community of the Texas Panhandle. Roxann is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree.


NSC Program Officer

Connie Bradford

Connie started working at the Amarillo Area Foundation in September 2004 as the ACE Program Director. She currently oversees the ACE Scholarship Program and is the Thrive Facilitator. Connie has a passion for all students but is especially drawn to first generation students. She believes education is the way out of poverty and will lead to better lives for the entire family unit.
Connie grew up in Elk City, Oklahoma, but moved to Amarillo, Texas in 1986. She attended Amarillo College and then West Texas A&M University where she received a BS in Mathematics. Before starting at Amarillo Area Foundation, Connie worked at West Texas A&M University where she taught mathematics and was an advisor for special populations (First Generation Students).


ACE Program Director/THRIVE Facilitator

Beth Cameron

Beth originally joined the Amarillo Area Foundation in 2008, working with the Community Youth Development program in the “79107” Program, first as a Youth Coordinator at Palo Duro High School and then as the CYD Program Assistant. This grant was focused on providing prevention and early intervention services to at-risk youth in the 79107 zip code, where Beth grew up. While at Palo Duro High School, she worked closely with the Foundation and Amarillo ISD staff members in the ACE office. It was during this time that Beth developed a passion for education as a means to improve quality of life.
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.


Scholarship Program Officer

Jada Carr

Scholarship Program Assistant

Jada started working for Amarillo Area Foundation in 2021 as the Scholarship Program Assistant, working closely with the Scholarship Program Officer to help give students an opportunity to gain an education without financial barriers. She wants to be able to make a difference in children’s lives through her work. She received her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice at Amarillo College and is currently a student at West Texas A&M University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

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.


Scholarship Program Assistant

Broc Carter

Broc started working at the Foundation in July of 2015 as the No Limits No Excuses Program Officer. He was promoted to Director of Marketing in July of 2018. He oversees the blog, podcast, and marketing for AAF. His goal is to tell the incredible story of the Amarillo Area Foundation.

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

Kathie Grant

Kathie is Grant Administrator for the Foundation. Kathie began at the Foundation as a receptionist in 1995. Those duties included assisting the assistant executive director with all aspects of the discretionary grant program. She also managed the Nonprofit Service Center Library for several years before joining the grants team exclusively. Born in Amarillo, Kathie graduated from Tascosa High School and attended classes at Amarillo College. She raised two daughters and is the proud grandmother of three boys and two girls.


Grant Administrator

Sarah Griffin

Sarah is a Grants Program Officer overseeing the external grant programs administered through Amarillo Area Foundation (AAF) including grants from the CNS Pantex Community Investment Fund, Pattern Panhandle Wind Civic and Education Funds, Women’s Philanthropy Fund, and the Louise Bowers Slentz Foundation Fund. Prior to this role, Sarah assisted with the AAF grants program as an Administrative Assistant for both the internal and external grant programs.

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.


Grants Program Officer

Kyla Hodges

Database Coordinator

Kyla joined the Amarillo Area Foundation in 2020. As the Database Administrator, Kyla is responsible for maintaining accurate records for all of our constituents.

Kyla was born in Espanola, NM. She attended high school in Lancaster, TX and attended Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. She moved to Amarillo in 1998. She spent 6 years in Nashville, TN and moved back to Amarillo in 2017 to open her own business prior to joining the AAF staff.


Database Coordinator

Angie Knight

In addition to performing the duties of Executive Assistant to the Foundation’s President and CEO, Angie also acts as liaison to the 37 members of the Foundation’s three Boards of Directors and their sub-committees.

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. She has lived in Amarillo for 32 years.


Executive Services Manager

Evans Langat

Evans Joined Amarillo Area Foundation in 2021, after working as an intern, for a CPA Firm in Amarillo. As a Staff Accountant, Evans oversee the foundation’s payables, depreciation, account reconciliations, and various fund accounting tasks.

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.


Staff Accountant

Amy Lovell

As the Director of Development, Amy helps donors meet their philanthropic needs by assisting them with major gifts. In addition, she oversees annual giving programs such as Panhandle Partners in Philanthropy and The Panhandle Gives.

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2017, Amy served as a public school teacher, adjunct professor, museum director, and owned her own social media management business.

Amy grew up in East Texas and moved to Lubbock, Texas to attend Texas Tech University where she obtained a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology. After living in New Mexico and Colorado, she moved to the Panhandle in 1997. Amy now resides in Claude, Texas and considers herself to be a lover of small towns, people, and the Texas Panhandle.


Director of Philanthropic Partnerships

Janet Luman

Janet joined the Amarillo Area Foundation in 2006 as the Office Coordinator. Her responsibilities include greeting guests, fielding calls, filing, keeping track of room schedules, and working directly with the Vice President of Operations in coordinating office tasks and staff needs.
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.


Office Coordinator

Lucia Mendez Polston

Lucy is currently the Director of Community Engagement and Impact at the Amarillo Area Foundation where she is responsible for strategy development and its implementation and contributes to stewarding strategic partnerships and initiatives that build the Foundation’s impact, visibility, service, and thought leadership.

Before joining the Amarillo Area Foundation, Lucy was a Senior Analyst at Education Forward DC, a grant making organization focused on increasing the number of college and career ready students in DC public schools. At Education Forward DC, Lucy worked as a funder on the Public Engagement team and provided grants to organizations working to amplify the voices of students and parents in public education.

After graduating from Texas Tech University in 2013, Lucy moved to Washington, DC to pursue her Masters Degree at American University, where her research lead to the creation of the LISTO college prep program in 2014 in partnership with the DC Public High School, Cardozo Education Campus.

In 2014, the LISTO program was recognized by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education for its college access model and efforts to close the achievement gap for Hispanic students. Lucy later went on to intern for the White House Initiative and would co-author Graduate 2.0: A College Planning Guide to Success, informed by her experiences as a first-generation student as well as her research and practical experience creating and managing the LISTO college prep program.

After receiving her master’s degree from American University, Lucy transitioned to work at the national level to influence large-scale education initiatives and policy to better serve students. This included positions at Achieving the Dream, the U.S. Department of Education, and Hispanic Federation.

Lucy was born and raised in Friona, Texas and earned a BA in Political Science and Sociology from Texas Tech University and a MA in Sociology from American University in Washington, DC.


Director of Community Engagement and Impact

Matt Morgan

Matt started working for the Amarillo Area Foundation in 2018 as a Grants Program Officer. Matt oversees the Foundation’s Discretionary, Catalyst, and HRMC grants. He is passionate about the Texas Panhandle and sees AAF grants as an opportunity to create lasting impact on the lives in our community.
Matt grew up in Amarillo, TX but left for 4 years to earn a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. Prior to joining the AAF team, Matt was the Director of Personnel for a bank equipment and security company. Since Matt began his career in non-profit work, he is excited to be back in that community.


Grants Program Officer

Suzy Murray

Suzy joined the Amarillo Area Foundation in 2015 as Staff Accountant. As Staff Accountant, Suzy handles the Foundation's payables, receipts, depreciation, accruals, reconciliations and various fund accounting tasks.
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

Karen Phillips

Karen was born in East Texas but moved to Amarillo in 1962. She is a proud Tascosa Rebel and attended Amarillo College. Karen began her career in the nonprofit sector at Downtown Women’s Center as Director of Development.
Charlotte Rhodes hired Karen as her assistant in 2013 as Donors Services Administrative Assistant. Karen’s responsibilities include processing and acknowledging all contributions and providing administrative support for the development department. She especially enjoys the creative writing opportunities that her position often requires.


Director of Donor Services

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.

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Amarillo Area Foundation Board of Directors

  • Clay Stribling  |  President and CEO
  • David Hurtt  |  Assistant Secretary
  • Paul Clark  |  Chair
  • Vanessa Buzzard |  1st Vice Chair
  • David Prescott  |  2nd Vice Chair
  • Sharon White |  Secretary
  • Cheri De Jong |  Treasurer
  • Lewis Britt  |  Member at Large
  • Nicki Crump  |  Member at Large
  • Trent Sisemore |  Member at Large
  • William Ware |  Member at Large
  • Dr. Lori Henke |  Immediate Past Chair

Board Directory

Roy Bara | Amarillo
Christy Bertolino | Canyon
Bill Britain | Amarillo
Lewis Britt | Amarillo
Helen Burton | Amarillo
Vanessa Buzzard | Pampa
Trevor Caviness | Amarillo
Paul Clark | Amarillo
Kathy Cornett | Amarillo
Nicki Crump | Amarillo
Michael Cruz | Amarillo
Cheri De Jong | Hartley
Lori Henke | Amarillo

Mike Hughes | Amarillo
Bowden Jones | Amarillo
Mark Keys | Childress
Pedro Limas | Amarillo
Charles Mestas | Amarillo
Jackie Pearson | Spearman
David Prescott | Amarillo
Stella Sauls | Borger
Trent Sisemore | Amarillo
Caroline Smith | 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
  • Lori Henke |  Chair 
  • Paul Clark | Vice Chair
  • Vanessa Buzzard  |  Secretary/Treasurer
  • Roy Bara
  • Mark Bivins
  • Dyke Rogers
  • Richard Ware II

HRMC Board of directors

The Harrington Regional Medical Campus Board of Directors

  • Clay Stribling  |  President and CEO
  • Bill Harris |  Chair
  • Dr. Steve Urban |  Vice Chair
  • J.B. Lane |  Secretary/Treasurer
  • Mary Bearden
  • Judy Day
  • Julie Mitchell
  • Rod Schroder
  • Carolyn Witherspoon
  • Alfonso Zambrano