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.
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.
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!
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.
Jayla grew up in Canyon, Texas and attended West Texas A&M University. She graduated with a degree in Public Service and Administration in 2015.
After college, Jayla worked in Washington, D.C. at the United States House of Representatives for three and a half years. Recognizing that her Panhandle roots run deep, she moved back to be close to her family and to give back to the place she calls home.
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.
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.
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.
Emily was born and raised in the Texas Panhandle towns of Hereford and Canyon. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Journalism from Baylor University and received nonprofit development training at The Foundation Center and The Support Center for Nonprofit Management in Manhattan. Emily served as the Foundations Manager for New York City's historic homeless shelter, The Bowery Mission; as Development Director for the Amarillo Symphony, Opportunity School, and Amarillo Children’s Home; and managed Emily Wood Consulting, a company helping nonprofits in grant writing and development.
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.
Outside of her college years, she has lived in the Texas Panhandle all her life, including Amarillo and Borger. Before coming the Foundation, she was the ABC 7 Daybreak cohost. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Arts at West Texas A&M University.
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).
Prior to joining the Foundation, she was Board of Education Clerk for a school district in Kansas and the Funds Administrator for a local educational and scholarship program.
Traci received her associate degree from Clarendon Junior College and her Bachelor of Business Administration from West Texas A&M University. She grew up in Edmond Oklahoma, but she calls Canyon home having lived there for 20 years.
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.
Beth rejoined the Foundation in January of 2018 as the Scholarship Program Assistant. 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.
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.
Amarillo Area Foundation Board of Directors
- Clay Stribling | President and CEO
- Stevie Jones | Assistant Secretary
- Roy Bara | Chair
- Lori Henke | 1st Vice Chair
- Paul Clark | 2nd Vice Chair
- Suzanne Willis | Secretary
- David Prescott | Treasurer
- Jeri Bezner | Member at Large
- Raymond Gaitan | Member at Large
- Mike Hughes | Member at Large
- Suzanne Willis | Member at Large
- Jackie Pearson | Immediate Past Chair
Roy Bara | Amarillo
Jeri Bezner | Hereford
Daniel Bradley | Amarillo
Bill Britain | Amarillo
Britt Lewis | 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
Diane Mashburn | Childress
Paul Matney | Amarillo
Charles Mestas | Amarillo
Puff Niegos | Amarillo
Jackie Pearson | Spearman
David Prescott | Amarillo
Trent Sisemore | Amarillo
Caroline Smith | Amarillo
William Ware | Amarillo
Sharon White | Amarillo
Suzanne Willis | Perryton
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
The Harrington Regional Medical Campus Board of Directors
- Clay Stribling | President and CEO
- Carolyn Witherspoon | Chair
- Linda Rasor | Vice Chair
- Dr. Steve Urban | Secretary/Treasurer
- Julie Attebury
- Mary Bearden
- Bill Harris
- J.B. Lane
- Julie Mitchell
- Fay Moore