Office of Development & Alumni Engagement at Tarleton State University
Seek to identify, inform, interest and involve alumni, friends and prospects with the goal that they and other potential donors will recognize that their involvement and ultimately their financial support is a critical link in assisting the University in accomplishing its mission and achieving its goals.
We will achieve this through:
- Identifying, Cultivating, and Educating Prospective Donors
and working with them to develop current and future gifts, which meet the donors' financial and philanthropic intentions while enhancing the University.
- Recognizing Donors Appropriately
for their gifts through giving levels and special events.
- Keeping Our Constituencies Accurately Informed
of gifts made, giving opportunities and progress made by the University.
- Maintaining Committed and Knowledgeable Staff
who continue to develop professional skills and obtain information in order to better serve the University.
Sabra Guerra, CFRE
Assistant Vice President for Development & Alumni Engagement
A graduate of Tarleton with a degree in communications, Sabra Guerra has worked for the university since 1989. She worked in the College of Education, in placement and school relations and in the President's office before joining Advancement and External Relations in 1992, during the infancy of the division. Sabra became the division's Director of Development in 2006 and Assistant Vice President of Development in 2011. She is responsible for the departments of Development and Advancement Services and provides leadership and management for the strategic planning of those departments as well as major gifts and planned giving.
Lori Jefferies '92 & '97
Director of Advancement Services
Lori Jefferies has been employed in Development since 1997. She worked first as the Annual Giving Officer, and later as the Planned Giving Officer. In 2006, she became the Assistant Director of Development and was promoted to the Director of Advancement Services in 2009. Lori is responsible for oversight of the overall recording and reporting of gifts as well as donor stewardship, prospect research, and donor database management. Lori has both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Tarleton State University and currently serves as an adjunct professor in the College of Business.
Jessica Evans '03 & '06
Director of Development & Alumni Engagement
Jessica Evans has been employed at Tarleton since 2002. She began her time at Tarleton in the Employee Services Department, she joined the Development Team in 2009 as the Development Officer for Special Projects. In 2011, Jessica was promoted to the Director of Development. She is responsible for the oversight of the Development Team and fundraising initiatives which include annual giving, corporate and foundation giving, special projects and support functions, donor relations, donor recognition, and KTRL, Tarleton's public radio station. Jessica received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Tarleton.
Cori Brown '08
Development and Alumni Engagement Officer, Annual Giving
Cori Brown started working at Tarleton in 2009. She joined the Development Team in 2011. Cori's primary responsibilities are the Greater Tarleton Annual Fund which includes direct mail, phonathon, 1899 Circle, and the faculty/staff campaign. Cori is also responsible for the Student Philanthropy and the President's Circle programs. Cori received her Bachelor's degree from Tarleton in 2008.
Emma Bouquet '09
Advancement Services Officer
Emma Bouquet joined the Development Team in 2012. At that time she served as the Development Officer for Corporate Giving. In 2013 she began working as an Advancement Services Officer in the Office of Advancement Services. Emma received her Bachelor’s Degree from Tarleton in 2009.
Advancement Services Officer
Elaine Bayer began working at Tarleton in 2008 in the Office of Alumni Relations and joined the Development Team in 2011 as the Administrative Services Coordinator. In 2013, Elaine moved to the Advancement Services office and serves as an Advancement Services Officer. Her duties include processing and acknowledging gifts to the university and updating donor and alumni information. Elaine is also the budget manager for the division of Advancement and External Relations. Elaine received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Texas at Tyler.