Executive Director of Development
Julie Platek, CFRE, is executive director of development for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) where she works with alumni and friends of the university on major gifts. She has nearly 20 years of development experience in the Houston community.
Before coming to UTHealth, she served as executive director for development at Rice University. During her seven years at Rice, she was a major gift officer and team leader, and worked on the successful $1.1 billion Rice Centennial Campaign. In previous years, Julie worked for Texas Children’s Hospital, the University of Houston and Catholic Charities. Julie is a Nebraska native who enjoys the warmth and vitality of Houston.
Director of Annual Giving
Born and raised in Frankfurt, Germany, Susan moved with her family to Houston in 1975. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Texas A&M University. After a successful career in teaching, Susan spent eight years at MD Anderson Cancer Center, five of them in the Development Office managing their annual giving program.
At UTHealth, Susan’s role is to create and implement successful strategies to secure annual gifts. Her annual giving program, which creates unrestricted funds for all six schools, has been honored with two awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). In 2010 Susan launched the President’s Excellence Society/Deans’ Circle, designed to solicit funds for UTHealth leadership, to enthusiastic donor response.
Director of Gift Planning
Shirley S. Druggan, as the Director of Gift Planning, is embarking upon building a new planned giving program at UTHealth. Shirley, who specializes in helping donors with complex gifts, charitable trusts, and bequests, has a Masters in Education from Vanderbilt University, specializing in Institutional Advancement; a Bachelor of Science from the University of Kentucky; and earned the specialized designation of the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP)® through The American College’s Graduate School of Finance. Most recently, Shirley served as the Vice President of Development for Star of Hope, and prior to that, the Senior Director of Planned Giving for Menninger Clinic’s $125 million capital campaign. She also served as the 2007-08 President of The Planned Giving Council of Houston.
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Marianne Dwyer joined UT Health in May 2012 as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. She is responsible for long-term strategic planning and leadership in securing philanthropic support for the university from foundations, corporations, and associations. Prior to coming to UT Health, Marianne spent twenty years with St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System and six years with the American Heart Association/Houston Affiliate. Marianne is a native Houstonian and earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently serves as a member of the Hospice and Palliative Nurse Foundation Board of Directors, Junior League Houston, Friends of Child Advocates, Texas Exes, and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.
Assistant Director of Development
Carrie works with friends of the university on major gifts. Prior to joining UTHealth, Carrie worked in the private sector for 8 years before beginning a career in development at HITS Theatre. Carrie is a native Houstonian and a graduate of Texas A&M University. She is proud to be part of the development team at Houston’s health university.