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Dr. Kristen Bennett, CFRE

Vice-President/President-Elect (Position 2: 2019-2021)
Trinity Valley Community College

Kristen is new to Texas, but not the wonderful world of fundraising. Kristen has over 19 years of fundraising experience. Prior to TVCC she served as Vice President for Advancement at St. Catharine College, Director of Development at Eastern Kentucky University, Development Officer at Lexington Public Library/Foundation, Director of Development/Grant Writer at Habitat for Humanity and Major/Planned Gifts Officer at Christian Appalachian Project.
 
Kristen is pursuing her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Eastern Kentucky University and will defend in August 2017, earned a Master’s in Business Administration at Midway University in 2012 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Information Studies from the University of Kentucky in 2005. She is a CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) and is certified in fundraising management (CFRM) and nonprofit leadership (CNLE) through the Indiana University-Lily School of Philanthropy (IUPUI).

Kristen is a 2017 Leadership Athens graduate and volunteers with the following groups:

Co-Chair:

Co-Chair, East Texas National Philanthropy Day, 2016-Present

Membership or Volunteer Board Roles:

  • Kiwanis, Member
  • Athens & Cedar Creek Chamber Member
  • Athens Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
  • Athens Chamber Ambassador
  • Henderson County Arts Council, Board Member
  • AFP Faculty, 2017
  • Federal Funding Task Force (FFTF) Member Washington, D.C. 2016-Present
  • Texas Association of Community College Foundations (TACCF), Board Member
  • AFP eMentor, AFP International Mentor program
  • CASE Member, 2012-Present
  • CASE District III National Judge 2015-2016
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), 2005-present

 

Presenter/Lecturer:

  • Upcoming; AFP International Speaker, TACCF Guest Speaker, 2018
  • Previous; TACCF Presenter: How to Conduct an Advancement Audit and 1 year Development plan, 2017. CASE KY December 2015 Conference Speaker on Advancement Services. Habitat for Humanity International speaker on Capacity Building and Fundraising. 2009 & University of Kentucky lecturer on Fundraising and Grants. 2010

 

Kristen has been married to Alan Bennett for 19 years and they have 5 children together named Chad, Brandon, Faith, Angelica and Gabriella. Here newest family addition and pride and joy, is her granddaughter, Gianna, who is almost 13 months old. They have two dogs: An 9 yr. old West Highland Terrier named Gizmo Rocky and a 2 yr. old Great Pyrenees named Charmaine Aurora. Kristen loves to read, spend time with family, attend sporting events, and travel.

Kristen has a deep rooted passion to help the underserved achieve their dreams and does so by bringing supporters and students together to make a familial and societal impact for generations. She loves the genuine and hardworking people of Athens and feels she works at the best place in town at TVCC!