Vice President for Institutional Development
Betty Hewell comes to the seminary from The Seton Fund where as Senior Director of Development she served as Campaign Director for the $50 million fundraising campaign for Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, the new teaching hospital.
Betty joined The Seton Fund in December 2012 after working for her alma mater, The University of Texas at Austin, for eight years in major gifts in the University Development Office and leading the major gifts team on the $3B fundraising campaign. She worked closely with various university leaders to successfully raise millions of dollars for programs, building projects, and endowments to benefit university endeavors. Previously, she worked in development for three years at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and for five years at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Houston.
Hewell is a multi-generation Texan and a member of Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church where she has been elected to the position of Elder.
Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations
In December 2015, Kelly joined the Institutional Advancement team as the new Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations. Kelly will be overseeing alumni activities and events and the Annual Fund for the seminary. She brings over eight years experience building sustainable annual giving and stewardship practices for non-profits and universities. Her most recent position was serving as Development Director for the Sustainable Food Center in Austin. Prior to that role, she was the Director of Annual Giving at the Oklahoma State University Foundation.
An alumna of the University of North Texas, Kelly graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in History and a minor in Women’s Studies in 2010. As a life-long learner, Kelly continues to improve upon her knowledge of development by working toward her Certificate in Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and volunteering with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Austin Chapter. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys traveling, attending concerts, practicing pilates, and hiking with her pup around the numerous trails in town.
Manager of Development Services
512.472.4133 ext. 301
Luisa graduated in 2013 from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. Shortly after graduation, she and her boyfriend of six years, Cody, decided to move back to Austin to be closer to their families. Before coming to Southwest, Luisa was working in database management for the San Antonio Humane Society, where she found the second love of her life, a black lab named Zoey. Luisa enjoys hockey games, bike riding, hiking and exploring the outdoors with Cody and Zoey. Having grown up in the Episcopal Church, Luisa was thrilled last February to accept the position as Development Associate of Gift Processing and Database Management.
Executive Assistant & Development Associate
Benjamin moved from California in 2014 with his fiancee Colleen after completing his Master’s degree in Christian and Islamic Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union. When he’s not passionately studying mysticism, he’s often wandering aimless around the woods with his dog and calling it study. He also enjoys collecting new music and comic books. New to the development world, he is excited to help contribute to the work of the church in any way he can.