Apra Greater Houston

2023 Board of Directors

  Ashley Estes, President

Client Advisor, Greater Houston Community Foundation

Ashley Estes currently serves as a Client Advisor at the Greater Houston Community Foundation. She has 15 years of fundraising experience in the Houston non-profit community. She began her development career at the Houston Food Bank as the organization’s first-ever Manager of Corporate Partnerships. She developed a strategic corporate partnership program and managed the Community Events Coordinator who was responsible for 8 major, annual events. In 2013, she moved to Lone Star Legal Aid to serve as the Assistant Director of Resource Development, soliciting and managing private foundation and government grants. In 2015, Ashley was recruited to South Texas College of Law Houston (STCLH) as the Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations. In her four years at STCLH, she grew the grant program more than 350% and implemented a formalized corporate partnership program. In February 2019, Ashley returned to the Houston Food Bank to work with the major gifts team as the Prospect Development Manager and then moved to GHCF in 2023. Ashley was elected to the Apra Greater Houston board as the Secretary for 2020, and moved into the VP role in 2022. Ashley is a native Houstonian, has a degree in Anthropology from Baylor University and a law degree from the University of Houston. She currently lives in the city with her husband and their pup.

  Amanda Whiteside, Vice President

Associate Director of Constituent Strategies, Baylor College of Medicine

Amanda Whiteside currently serves as an Associate Director of Constituent Strategies at Baylor College of Medicine where she supports the foundation, corporation, and grateful patient teams. Prior to joining Baylor College of Medicine in 2022, she spent 6 years at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston where she designed and implemented the first prospect management system at the Museum, successfully managed the prospect management system through a database transition, and managed prospect tracking for a $450 million capital campaign that raised more than $20 million over its initial goal. Amanda started her fundraising career as a summer intern at Holocaust Museum Houston, going on to work full-time after college as the Museum’s first Prospect Researcher. There she developed the first prospect management system for the Museum. She graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M University with a double major in Anthropology and History.

  Natasha Jesudason, Secretary

Sr. Development Research Analyst, Houston Methodist Hospital

Natasha Jesudason is a Sr. Development Research Analyst at the Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation, joining the organization in 2017. As a member of the prospect research and strategic analysis team, she is responsible for prospect management and strategic development related to research and database functions. Prior to Houston Methodist, she spent 10 years at Incarnate Word Academy, serving in a number of capacities including being an Education Edge super user (maintained the student information database and provided technical support to staff, parents, and students) and database liaison between the academic office and advancement office. Natasha is a graduate of Houston Christian University (previously known as Houston Baptist University) and earned a BS degree (double majoring in Computer Information Systems Management and English) and an MLA degree.

  Javi Mares, Marketing and Communications Director

Prospect Development Officer, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Javi Mares currently serves as the Prospect Development Officer at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He joined the MFAH in the fall of 2018, he served as the Annual Fund Coordinator and was promoted to this current role in 2022. In his current role, he is responsible for identifying prospects, conducting research on prospects, prospect management, and integrating data analytics. Prior to his tenure at the MFAH, he served as the Auction Manager at FotoFest during the 2018 Biennial season. He has an ardent appreciation for the visual arts with a special focus in photography and loves the written word. He also volunteers with Trans Lifeline, a non-profit organization that provides trans peer support throughout the U.S., where he facilitates name change microgrants. Javi earned his bachelor degrees in visual arts and psychology from the University of Houston. He lives in the second ward of Houston where he enjoys writing poetry.

Roshni Patel, At Large

Associate Director, Business Solutions, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Roshni currently serves as an Associate Director, Business Solutions in the office of Philanthropy at MD Anderson Cancer Center. In her current role, she is responsible for overseeing data governance and providing business operational support for system issues. She also assists with technical requests, oversight of the internal CRM system, and project management needs. Prior to her career in Development, she worked for a national tax consultancy firm focusing on delivering R&D tax credits to businesses across the country. She also serves as a member of Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Millennial Advisory Board and the Texas Exes Houston Chapter’s Scholarship Committee. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Government from UT Austin and graduated with a Masters of Science in Healthcare Administration from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. In her downtime, she loves to travel internationally having visited almost 30 countries.

  Joshua Marroquin, At Large

Project Manager, Donor & Prospect Engagement, University of Houston

Joshua Marroquin is a marketer, fundraiser, analyst and strategist with a main focus on advancing the digital efforts of Houston Public Media. As a part of the digital team, he helps drive revenue during fundraising campaigns, market and promote content on social media, and helps guide strategy by analyzing the stations digital trends on multiple platforms. Since joining the University of Houston in 2018, Joshua has been instrumental in the execution of highly successful fundraising campaigns and university-wide initiatives and has a robust background in using data and analytics to help guide decision making.

Joshua currently leads the prospecting and research team for the University of Houston's Advancement Division. His team is a key link between the University of Houston System’s front-end fundraisers and the offices responsible for providing prospect management, analysis, data, and research. Our primary responsibility is to set our gift officers up for success by building optimized portfolios, providing moves management support, and collaborating with leadership on strategy as we strive to reach our organizational goals. Joshua graduated from University of Houston – Clear Lake with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.

  Brittani Williams, Immediate Past President

Manager, Development Research and Operations, Houston Zoo

Brittani Williams is currently the manager of development research and operations at the Houston Zoo.  Over the past 17 years, she has held various fundraising roles for the University of Houston, ACLU of Texas and numerous local, state and national political campaigns.  She graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. in both Political Science and Psychology and in 2018 with a MBA with specializations in Global Management and Business Modeling and Decision Making. She also serves as a Trustee on the Apra Foundation with Apra International.  She has served on the Apra Greater Houston Board since 2016. 

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