Officer Bios

President Jada Garrison is the Executive Director of Prospect Management, Research & Analytics at The University of Texas at Austin. She has 25 years of experience in higher education advancement, including 23 years in the field of prospect development. Jada began her research career at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, where she served for two years as Grants and Research Officer. She joined the staff of UT Austin in 1995 as a Development Researcher and since 1997 has had responsibility for the University Development Office’s research function. As Director of Research, Jada led the program through the successful completion of the We’re Texas campaign, which concluded in 2004 with $1.63 billion raised, and the Campaign for Texas, which concluded in 2014 with $3.12 billion raised. She previously served on the Apra Southwest Chapter Board of Directors and is the former chair of the Board of Directors of Art Alliance Austin, a 67-year-old organization that produces the annual Art City Austin, the largest art festival in Central Texas. Jada earned her BS from Texas Christian University.


Vice President Julie Domel is the Prospect Researcher at Trinity University. She is relatively new to the field of prospect research having joined Trinity in 2016. Prior to that, she was a news researcher and librarian at the San Antonio Express-News for 16 years where she used a lot of the same skills to investigate story subjects and others of interest. Her proudest professional moment came in 2015 when she was listed in the credits of the book “San Antonio: Our Story of 150 Years in the Alamo City,” which celebrated the Express-News‘ 150th anniversary; it is, coincidentally, published by the Trinity University Press. As a native San Antonian, Julie’s knowledge of the community and its people have proven useful throughout her career. She is equally new to APRA, but in her life as a news librarian, she was active in the Special Libraries Association (SLA), having served as Treasurer of the Texas Chapter and as Editor of News Library News. She has also presented and moderated panels at SLA conferences. Julie is currently Treasurer of her church and Vice President of its ladies’ auxiliary. She has a BBA in Finance/Business Honors and a MLIS from The University of Texas at Austin.


Treasurer Carrie Hernandez is the Associate Director of Prospect Development at Southwestern University.  She has been involved in the prospect research industry for more than  fifteen years.   She first joined the world of nonprofit fundraising in early 2000 as a development associate for DePaul University in Chicago, and later that year, she became a development research analyst. In 2002, Carrie and her husband moved to Austin, Texas where she joined the Seton Foundations as a development researcher. As the Seton Foundations’ sole researcher, Carrie built and enhanced Seton’s research capabilities through the years, providing support as the department grew from two foundations to four and underwent several successful multi-million campaigns. In 2013, the expansion of the Prospect Development team enabled Carrie to lead the creation of the first uniform prospect management system for the Seton Foundations. Carrie is a long-time member of Apra and has trained development professionals from several Central Texas and Ascension organizations on all aspects of prospect research. She has presented on the topic of prospect research for regional Association of Fundraising Professionals and Association of Healthcare Philanthropy meetings and at local CFRE review courses. Carrie received her BSEd in Social Science Education from the University of Georgia in and her MA in History from the University of Texas-El Paso.


Secretary Juliet Carpenter is a Research Analyst at The University of Texas at Austin, working with the research team since 2015.  While at UT Austin, she has worked directly with the College of Fine Arts, the Jackson School of Geosciences, and Texas Exes, UT’s alumni association.  Currently, her research efforts are dedicated to the McCombs School of Business.  Previous to joining the research team, Juliet worked with UT Austin’s Gift and Data services team for two years.  Prior to joining UT Austin, Juliet worked in several small non-profit shops and wore many administrative hats in the Kansas City area.  She earned her degree in U.S. History from the University of California at Santa Cruz and is a proud Americorps alumna.


Membership Director Lucy Poludniak is a Prospect Research Consultant.  Previously, she was the Assistant Director of Prospect Management and Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has ten years of experience working in higher education. Prior to working in prospect research, she was an Adjunct Librarian for Alamo Colleges after making a career switch from the marketing field, including four years in Admissions Marketing with St. Mary’s University. Lucy holds an MLS from Texas Woman’s University, an MA in Communications from St. Mary’s University and a BA in Art from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. She has served as a chapter board member and Newsletter Writer and Editor for the Association for Women in Communications and Vice President for Public Relations for the American Marketing Association. Lucy’s daughter is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston, and her son is a junior at The University of Texas at Austin.


Communications Director Marissa Moses is Assistant Director of Prospect Development and Research at St. Edward’s University. She began her development career in 2003 at Southern Methodist University in the Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations writing grants for programs campus-wide. In 2005, she moved to her hometown of Austin and joined the development team at The University of Texas at Austin, first with the Gift & Data Services team and later with the Research Team, working under Apra-Central/South Texas Chapter President Jada Garrison. Her development career also included roles at the Austin Humane Society and the Texas Historical Commission before returning to the prospect research field at St. Edward’s. In addition, Marissa served as a board member of the Native Prairies Association of Texas, a non-profit land trust dedicated to the conservation, restoration and appreciation of native prairies, savannas and other grasslands in Texas. Marissa earned her BA in Public Relations from the University of North Texas and her MA in College Student Development from St. Edward’s.


Director at Large Will Elliott is the Associate Director, Prospect Management at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston since January 2015. A former Apra-Southwest Board Member, he began his development career in 1999 at St. Mary’s University as a Prospect Research Coordinator. In 2006, he joined the development staff at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston as a Prospect Research Manager. He returned to St. Mary’s in 2010 as the Director of Prospect Management for four years. An Air Force brat, Will attended high school in Austin before heading to San Antonio to receive a BA in History from St. Mary’s. A loyal alumnus, he has volunteered as a stage manager at Fiesta Oyster Bake yearly since 1997.


 

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