About Us

President’s Letter

Reflecting on the work of the Amarillo Area Foundation is always a rewarding experience. Many years, we can highlight significant gifts.  In other years, perhaps we launch partnerships to accomplish good things for our region.  Some years, we get to share the news about the advancement of a program.  This year, we are very excited to reflect on the initiation of two new programs.

The THRIVE Scholarship has the potential to significantly impact our region for years to come. By working with our partners at Amarillo Independent School District, Amarillo College, and the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation we have initiated a program available to all qualified AISD students that allows them to attend Amarillo College for up to 60 hours at no cost to the student.  Tuition, books and fees are all covered by THRIVE.  We initiated this program in the Fall of 2018, and the excitement has been noticeable.  We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this great collaborative effort.

We also kicked off The Panhandle Gives in 2018.  This  collaboration focuses on bolstering our nonprofit partners on Giving Tuesday, the national day set aside to emphasize year end giving. We set a goal to raise $500,000 last year and ended up raising more  than$865,000.  By working with corporate partners and community donors, we raise money to amplify the gifts received by regional nonprofits during this event.  We are enthused about what this means for this initiative in 2019 and beyond. Who knows what 2019 will bring?  We only hope to build on the excitement generated by these two innovative programs.

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

President & CEO
clay@aaf-hf.org

KERALEE CLAY

Vice President of Operations
keralee@aaf-hf.org

LARA ESCOBAR

Vice President of Community Investment
lara@aaf-hf.org

TRENT HILL

Vice President of Philanthropic Partnerships
trent@aaf-hf.org

DAVID HURTT

Vice President of Finance
david@aaf-hf.org

ROXANN BALL

NSC Program Officer
roxann@aaf-hf.org

CONNIE BRADFORD

ACE Program Director/THRIVE Facilitator
connie@aaf-hf.org

BETH CAMERON

Scholarship Program Assistant
beth@aaf-hf.org

BROC CARTER

Director of Marketing
broc@aaf-hf.org

AMY FLORES

Staff Accountant
amyf@aaf-hf.org

KATHIE GRANT

Grant Administrator
kathie@aaf-hf.org

SARAH GRIFFIN

Grants Program Officer
sarah@aaf-hf.org

ANGIE KNIGHT

Executive Services Manager
angie@aaf-hf.org

AMY LOVELL

Director of Philanthropic Partnerships
amy@aaf-hf.org

JANET LUMAN

Office Coordinator
janet@aaf-hf.org

MATT MORGAN

Grants Program Officer
matt@aaf-hf.org

SUZY MURRAY

Senior Accountant
suzy@aaf-hf.org

LEEANN KOSSEY OVERSTREET

No Limits No Excuses Program Officer
Leeann@aaf-hf.org

KAREN PHILLIPS

Donor Services Administrative Assistant
kphillips@aaf-hf.org

TRACI SHIELDS

Scholarship Program Officer
traci@aaf-hf.org

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
  • Dr. Lori Henke  |  Chair
  • Paul Clark |  1st Vice Chair
  • Vanessa Buzzard  |  2nd Vice Chair
  • Mike Hughes |  Secretary
  • Cheri De Jong |  Treasurer
  • Lewis Britt  |  Member at Large
  • Nicki Crump  |  Member at Large
  • Anthony Harris |  Member at Large
  • Sharon White |  Member at Large
  • Roy Bara  |  Immediate Past Chair

Board Directory

Roy Bara | Amarillo
Christy Bertolino | Canyon
Bill Britain | Amarillo
Lewis Britt | Amarillo
Vanessa Buzzard | Pampa
Paul Clark | Amarillo
Kathy Cornett | Amarillo
Nicki Crump | Amarillo
Cheri De Jong | Hartley
Anthony Harris | Amarillo
Lori Henke | Amarillo
Jason Herrick | Amarillo
Mike Hughes | Amarillo

Mark Keys | Childress
Pedro Limas | Amarillo
Paul Matney | Amarillo
Charles Mestas | Amarillo
Puff Niegos | 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
  • Jackie Pearson |  Chair
  • Roy Bara |Vice Chair
  • Lori Henke  |  Secretary/Treasurer
  • Mark Bivins
  • Vanessa Buzzard
  • 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
  • Julie Mitchell
  • Rod Schroder
  • Carolyn Witherspoon
  • Alfonso Zambrano