Executive Director of Fundraising Programs and Volunteer Relations
Kate Lucrezi serves as executive director of development for fundraising programs and volunteer relations. She is responsible for overseeing the strategic development and implementation of annual and corporate/foundation giving programs, gift planning services and development volunteer relations, including UTHealth’s development board and advisory councils. She has more than 25 years of experience in health and wellness, membership relations, fundraising and nonprofit management in the Houston community.
A strong belief in giving back and paying it forward, Kate is an active volunteer. She serves as an advisory board member for the SBISD Academy of Finance and is a member of VICTORY and the Houston Ballet Guild. Kate is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. A native of Ohio, Houston has been home for the past 30 years.
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 UTHealth 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 UTHealth, 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.
Associate Director of Corporate and Foundations Relations
Amanda Swift joined the Development Office in 2014 as the Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. In this role, Amanda helps develop cultivation and solicitation strategies and stewards gifts to maximize philanthropic support for UTHealth from corporations and foundations. Amanda is a native Houstonian and earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from the University of Houston. She has been with UTHealth since 2007, previously supporting Reach Out and Read Texas, a pediatric early literacy program of the Children’s Learning Institute. Outside of work, Amanda serves as an active member of the Junior League of Houston.
Development Board and Volunteer Coordinator
As Development Board Coordinator, Lauren serves as the main liaison between the UTHealth development board chair and UTHealth’s development office. In this role, she coordinates membership for the board’s 165 members, provides program support to the executive committees and oversees the planning and execution of bi-annual full development board meetings.