TTUHSC El Paso’s President’s Development Council Works to Connect Donors with Philanthropic Opportunities

Following the Foster School of Medicine’s 10-year anniversary celebration, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso’s inaugural President’s Development Council is working hard to build the next generation of growth in research, health care and education for our community.

The President’s Development Council, made up of El Paso community leaders, meets to focus on connecting donors with philanthropic opportunities at TTUHSC El Paso. This includes expanding excellence in health care across the Paso del Norte region and preparing the university’s future nurses, physicians, researchers, and soon, dentists.

The council is chaired by L. Frederick “Rick” Francis, Chairman and CEO of WestStar Bank. Francis works with Richard Lange, M.D., President of TTUHSC El Paso and Andrea Tawney, Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement at TTUHSC El Paso, to engage council members in achieving the university’s mission through the support of private contributions.

The council was instrumental in the fundraising campaign that yielded $775,000 for medical student scholarships as part of the recent 10-year anniversary celebration of the Foster School of Medicine.

New members appointed to the TTUHSC El Paso President’s Development Council in January 2020:

Charles de Wetter, Broker, Coldwell Banker Legacy
Term: January 2020 – December 2021

Margie Escudero, TTUHSC Nursing Alumna and Community Advocate
Term: January 2020 – December 2021

Bruce Gulbas, President, National Restaurant Supply
Term: January 2020 – December 2021

Ronnie Lowenfield, General Manager, Casa Ford Lincoln
Term: January 2020 – December 2021

Inaugural TTUHSC El Paso President’s Development Council members:

James A. Cardwell, Jr., President, C & R Distributing
Term: January 2019 – December 2020

Paul L. Foster, CEO, Franklin Mountain Management, LLC
Term: January 2019 – December 2020

L. Frederick Francis, Chairman and CEO, WestStar Bank
Term: January 2019 – December 2020

Anthony Furman, Community Advocate
Term: January 2019 – December 2020

Woody L. Hunt, Senior Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hunt Companies, Inc.
Term: January 2019 – December 2020

Nick LaMantia, Part Owner and General Manager-West, L&F Distributors
Term: January 2019 – December 2020

Crystal Long, President and CEO, GECU
Term: January 2019 – December 2020

Judy Robison, Community Advocate
Term: January 2019 – December 2020

Robert Snow, Chairman of the Board, Western Heritage Bank
Term: January 2019 – December 2020

Nicholas R. Tejeda, Market Chief Executive Officer, The Hospitals of Providence
Term: January 2019 – December 2020

Gene Wolf, Partner, Kemp Smith Law
Term: January 2019 – December 2020