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Development & Alumni Relations Staff

Meet the team responsible for making sure your gifts make the biggest impact.

Renee Rehfeld, Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations
Renee has worked in the development office of TLU since 2006. She earned a BS in Business Administration as a marketing major from the UT-Knoxville and her MBA from Texas A&M Commerce. Renee oversees all development, alumni relations and advancement services for the university. She works with key alumni and friends to increase engagement and secure giving. Away from work, Renee enjoys time with family, friends, fishing, and football.

Noel Vella, Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

Noel has over 20 years of development experience in Higher Ed. He received his MBA from Texas A&M-CC and is a Certified Fundraising Executive. Noel is a member of the Planned Giving Council of San Antonio. He and his wife, Nilda, have two children, Matthew a graduate of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Natalie a 2015 TLU graduate. Noel enjoys working out and playing golf. Noel works with alumni and friends in the South Texas, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, and West Texas areas to increase engagement and secure giving. He also manages the planned giving marketing for the department.

Kim Gannon, Director of Major Gifts
Kim has over 30 years of experience in Higher Education and Alumni Relations. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications and has a background in fundraising, volunteer management, event planning and program management. Prior to joining TLU, she worked for Texas State University. Outside of work, Kim enjoys listing to live music, baking, playing with her animals and spending time with family. Kim works with alumni and friends in the Houston and San Antonio areas to increase engagement and secure giving.


Jeanne Heinen, Associate Director of Development

Jeanne earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology before completing her master’s in sociology at Texas State University. Prior to TLU, she worked in Development at her alma mater where she was instrumental in creating and implementing processes assisting in Student Affairs fundraising. After hours, you can find her along the San Marcos River with her daughter, dog, and a book in hand. Jeanne works with the university’s mid-level annual donors to increase engagement and giving.

Carrie Hallmark, Development Events and Stewardship Coordinator

Carrie has worked at TLU for 12 years. Prior to joining the Development and Alumni Relations team, Carrie worked with Admissions and Financial Aid. She enjoys going to the beach, spending time with her family and watching her kids participate in sports. Her daughter Kayla is a Biochemistry major at TLU and a member of the TLU Goldstars dance team.

Violet Glover, Development and Planned Giving Assistant

Violet came to Texas Lutheran University after working for ten years at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She became a member of the Texas Lutheran Development Office in 1978 as Administrative Assistant to the Vice-President for Development. According to Violet, Texas Lutheran and the Development Office is where she belongs.

Jena McKinzie, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Jena has over 12 years of nonprofit development experience, with the last seven years in higher education. Jena received her master’s degree in human services administration as well as a certificate in Nonprofit Management (CNP). Hailing from North Louisiana, Jena loves spending time with her family and daydreaming about their next road trip. Jena works with corporate and private foundations, governmental granting agencies and businesses to secure grants for university funding.

Taylor C. Carleton ‘97, Executive Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement

Taylor, a TLU public history graduate, has worked in the office for 10+ years. Prior to TLU, she worked at IBM. Taylor loves giving back, promoting events and working with donors to find their passion for TLU. She is a proud military brat and has called South Texas home for over 20 years. You’ll see Taylor and her family at Bulldog events throughout the year.

Taylor Collins ‘14, Assistant Director of Digital & Alumni Engagement

Taylor earned his bachelor’s degree in both history and political science at TLU before continuing on to receive his MBA from Texas A&M-CC, and his certification in content marketing. Taylor has over 10 years experience in event coordination and project management. In his spare time, he’s often found reading, enjoying the outdoors, or spending time with his family.

Fonda Mathis, Director of Development Services

Fonda earned her bachelor’s degree at Southwest Texas State University. She started her career in the information technology field supporting software platforms for a variety of business applications. Eventually moving to a position in the development office, as Director of Development Services, she supports database management, advancement reporting, gift recording, data integrity, data security and research. Fonda enjoys volunteering and community service.

Meredith Pomaville ‘12, Assistant Director of Development Services

Meredith is a 2012 TLU alumna. She earned her first bachelor’s degree in business administration and earned a second bachelor’s degree in accounting in 2017 from Southern New Hampshire University. She has worked in several industries such as banking, mortgage and aviation before joining higher education. On weekends, you can find Meredith spoiling her adorable hound dog, reading books, running or cycling.

Barbette Wills, Gift Coordinator

Barbette has served as the Gift Processor/Data Coordinator for Development and Alumni Relations since 2007. She and her husband, Casey, have five children and six grandchildren, and are known as Gigi and Papa. Their family farm is home to cattle, goats, chickens, nine dogs, and one cat. TLU has been a great blessing to the Wills Family.