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Degree(s): BS (Human Development and Family Studies)

Certifications: CFRE

Melissa Garlington has 26 years of leadership experience within the nonprofit sector with her most recent role as marketplace marketing at Deloitte. Previously, she has served as he the senior director of advancement for major & capital gifts at St. Francis and the title of vice president of development at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston (BGCGH). During her time there, she was responsible for all aspects of fundraising and special events including managing a staff of five. Prior to joining BGCGH, she spent over five years as the director of development for the Children’s Museum of Houston, more than five years as the senior director for the Memorial Hermann Foundation at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and more than 14 years serving in multiple positions at Houston’s Ronald McDonald House. Garlington is a graduate of St. Agnes Academy and holds a BS in human development and family studies from the College of Human Science at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. She was recognized by Texas Tech University as a Distinguished Alumni from the College of Human Sciences in 2002. Garlington holds the distinction of being a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) since 2002. She served as an active member of the Junior League of Houston for 20 years, recently becoming a sustaining member and currently serving as a Sustaining Charity Ball Underwriting Committee Member. The Junior League of Houston honored Garlington in 2013 with the Sara Houstoun Lindsey Award,the top volunteer honor for an active member. She is also an active member of the Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club, currently serving as the Houston recruitment chairman.

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