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Keturi DeLong

Vice President for Institutional Advancement


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 Institutional Advancement 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


Ray Garvin

Senior Director of Strategic Giving
College of Science & Engineering


After spending two seasons with the Lion Athletic Department, Ray Garvin now takes over as the Associate Development Officer for the College of Education & Human Services, while also coordinating the university's Planned Giving program. Prior to his arrival in Commerce, Ray worked at Abilene Christian University, the Western Athletic Conference and at St. John's University in Queens, NY. Ray earned his B.A. in Psychology from Texas Southern University ('09), his Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law ('12) and he also obtained his LL.M. from St. John's University School of Law ('13).

These past experiences as a student athlete, and in the legal field, have helped shape his passion for students and higher education. Ray is excited to work with alumni and faculty to help provide first-class education experiences for current and future Lions.

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." -Nelson Mandela


Baleigh Whitlock McCoin

Director of Development
College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
College of Business
Nursing & Health Sciences


Baleigh earned her B.S. in Public Relations in 2016 from A&M-Commerce where she was a cheerleader for the university and a student worker for Advancement Services. She enjoys building relationships and interacting daily with donors. Fundraising and higher education are all things she is passionate about and believes in strongly.

Abbie Harper

Abbie Harper

Director of Development


Taylor Phelps

Executive Director of Lion Champions Fund


Lion Champions Fund

April Carl

April Carl

Director of Development
College of Education & Human Services
College of Humanities, Social Sciences & Arts
College of Innovation & Design


Jill Stephenson

Jill Stephenson

Senior Philanthropic Advisor - Dallas


Annual Programs

Raymond Williams

Mumbo Williams

Coordinator of Communication Outreach


Mane Messengers

Advancement Services

The Advancement 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

Director of Donor Relations



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


Cammi Derr

Cammi Derr

Data Analyst/Prospect Manager


Cammi received her BBA in MIS in 1994 and MS in Technology Management in 2014.

Cammi returned to the university in 2008 where she has continued to apply her expertise in IT. She manages the donor and alumni database and provides research and analysis functions to Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations as well as external department on the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus.

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