Waco Foundation's Staff

Waco Foundation values the opinions, experience and ideas of our fellow residents, be they community leaders, philanthropists, nonprofit staff, volunteers or those in need.  Waco Foundation staff members are available to listen, provide feedback and offer support to our community to advance our mission of improving quality of life in McLennan County.

Staff

Ashley Allison
Executive Director,
Waco Foundation

Ashley Allison is the executive director of Waco Foundation, where she manages all aspects of a $78 million community foundation with the mission of improving the quality of life in McLennan County.

Ashley obtained her Bachelor of Arts in economics at Baylor and a Master of Arts in political science from West Texas A & M University.  During her early career, she worked at a Council of Governments writing grants for public infrastructure projects through the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.  Since 1994, she has worked in the community foundation field, including a total of nine years of service with the $150 million Amarillo Area Foundation where she left as vice president, and two community foundations in the Boston area where she was president & CEO.  During her career, she has raised over $25 million in grants and contributions for various community foundation efforts. 

Ashley is a member of the Waco Business League and Waco Leadership Forum.  Locally, she serves on the boards of Rotary and Today’s Action Tomorrow’s Leaders, and she is a member of the Prosper Waco Financial Security Steering Committee, Waco Foundation’s Capacity Building Advisory Council and the City Center Waco Organization and Policy Committee.  Her past board service includes the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce. Ashley is engaged in regular advocacy work  related to charitable tax policy and pre-K education at the state and national level.  She also served nationally as faculty for the Council on Foundations Community Foundation Fundamentals Course.  Ashley is a graduate of Leadership Waco (class of 2009) and Leadership Texas (2000).

Catherine Bauer
Director of Leadership Development & Engagement,
Waco Foundation

Catherine Haynes Bauer joined Waco Foundation in 2014 to coordinate and grow the LeadershipPlenty® Institute. She brings more than 14 years of marketing and advertising experience to the organization. Prior to relocating to Waco, Texas, Catherine was the assistant vice president of marketing and public relations at Bank of Texas and managed their corporate contributions. Catherine began her career with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) as an intern while attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She left Accenture to pursue an opportunity in her degree field with GSD&M Advertising in Austin, Texas and has since marketed multiple national and regional brands such as Pennzoil, Lennox Industries, Frost Bank, Nationwide Insurance, Bank of Texas, N.A. and Total Trauma Care on both the agency and client sides. She is a member of the Junior League of Waco and serves on the boards of Communities in Schools and Cultural Arts of Waco. Catherine devotes much of her time to charitable organizations such as Avance-Waco, the Community Visioning Project’s biennial Celebration Expo, the Waco Cattle Baron’s Ball, the Heart of Texas Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Baylor Piper Center for Family Studies and Child Development and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, among others.

Catherine received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing with honors in the liberal arts from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She speaks French, Spanish and very limited Japanese.

Catherine joined Waco Foundation out of a desire to do work that is meaningful and because she believes strongly in the mission of the LeadershipPlenty® Institute. 

Rachel Hobbs, CPA,
Planned Giving Coordinator,
Waco Foundation
Rachel Hobbs joined Waco Foundation in 2011 in order to develop the Foundation’s Planned Giving Program. She works closely with donors, advisors and area nonprofits to establish a valuable resource for planned giving within our community. Rachel graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor in Business Administration and a major in accounting, subsequently obtaining her CPA license. Prior to joining the Foundation, Rachel began her career in public accounting with Jaynes, Reitmeier, Boyd & Therrell, P.C. in Waco, where she worked more than 14 years in the Tax Department, concluding her career there as a senior tax manager.  During her public accounting career, Rachel worked extensively with high net worth individuals, partnerships and corporations.

Since joining the Waco Foundation team, Rachel has received extensive training in the field of planned giving and program development. This specialization coupled with her extensive tax planning and estate planning experience makes her a valuable resource to our nonprofits, donors and their advisors. Rachel is able to focus on a donor’s charitable goals and intents while partnering with their advisors as they consider the elements of strategy best suited to achieve those philanthropic goals without compromising the integrity of their overall estate plan. Her position is unique as she not only partners with donors and their advisors, but also consults with our area nonprofits interested in developing planned gifts but find themselves in need of assistance or additional resources.

Rachel is native to the Waco community and remains very involved in community activities and area nonprofit organizations, both personally and professionally. She is a member of the following organizations: Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, Planned Giving Council of Central Texas, Central Texas Chapter of CPA’s, Heart of Texas Estate Planning Council and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Natalie Kelinske
Director of Communications & Donor Services,
Waco Foundation

Natalie Kelinske joined Waco Foundation in 2015 as the Director of Communications and Donor Services. She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Public Relations and brings more than ten years of marketing and fundraising experience to her position.

Natalie’s commitment to improving the lives of Central Texans developed from a passion to serve others. In her role at Waco Foundation, Natalie works with donors and community supporters to promote a culture of philanthropic giving to benefit our community.

Natalie is a 2014 National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health fellow and a 2008 graduate of Leadership Pipeline, a Leadership Texas program. She served on the Prosper Waco Health Steering Committee, chaired the Women’s Health Workgroup and currently serves as a member of the West Hospital Authority Board.

Leslie Mitchell, CPA
Director of Finance,
Waco Foundation

Leslie Mitchell graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor in Business Administration and a major in accounting, subsequently obtaining her CPA license.  She spent 20 years of her accounting career with Jaynes, Reitmeier, Boyd & Therrell, P.C. in Waco, where she worked in the Audit Department, Employee Benefit Services Department and the Tax Department, concluding her years there as a Tax Manager. 

At the Foundation, Leslie prepares monthly financial statements and reports the results to the Board of Trustees.  She is responsible for overseeing the annual audit and Form 990 preparation, as well as creating and maintaining accounting policies and procedures and overseeing special projects related to financial matters. 

Through her work, Leslie has gained the confidence of donors and fundholders by conducting accurate and timely financial reporting, which ultimately maximizes the amount Waco Foundation has available to grant every year.  Leslie has been with the Foundation since 2008.

Rolando Rodriguez
MAC & Scholarship Coordinator,
Waco Foundation
Rolando Rodriguez joined Waco Foundation in 2017 as the MAC & Scholarship Coordinator after previously working for the Foundation for two years as a MAC intern. Rolando graduated cum laude from Baylor University in fall 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing & Rhetoric.

Rolando’s role with the Foundation is to help McLennan County high school seniors with the financial aid process for college. His previous experience through Baylor, working with other nonprofits and transitioning from intern to full-time staff has allowed him to effectively assist the Director of the MAC Program in providing students and parents with the assistance they need.

One of Rolando’s biggest passions is promoting the importance and value of higher education to students in the Waco community in order to increase the quality of life in McLennan County. Since he was raised in Waco, Rolando is familiar with the community, the students’ needs and the potential for our future professionals in the Waco area. Over the past 20 years, Waco has offered Rolando many opportunities to grow academically and professionally, and now he looks forward to his chance to give back to the community through the nonprofit sector advocating for education.
Kaitlyn Skinner
Coordinator of Communications & Donor Services,
Waco Foundation

Kaitlyn Skinner, a native Wacoan, joined Waco Foundation in 2016 as the Coordinator of Executive Communications after previously working for the Foundation from 2012-2014. She brings with her a background in marketing and communications, having completed an internship in London and the Disney College Program.

Kaitlyn graduated cum laude from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Public Relations and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree there in the same concentration. She was awarded both Top Public Relations Major and Outstanding JPR&NM Senior in 2014.

Kaitlyn loves helping others and playing a part in bettering her hometown: she is thrilled to see how much Waco has grown throughout her life here. She enjoys volunteering through her church and Baylor, which have provided her the opportunity to serve at places like Talitha Koum, Mission Waco and CASA. Waco’s cultural and creative arts are also an interest for Kaitlyn, and she currently serves on the Public Relations Committee for the Waco Civic Theatre.

Robbie Stabeno
Director of Scholarships & MAC Program,
Waco Foundation

Robbie Stabeno came to Waco Foundation in 1993 with an accounting background as one of its first two employees. She took over as Director of Scholarships in 1998 and now oversees MAC College Money Program as well as all scholarship funds at Waco Foundation.  

Through MAC College Money Program, Robbie helps McLennan County high school seniors with the financial aid process for college. With over 15 years’ experience with college financial aid and FAFSA, she has become a trusted resource in the community for up-to-date college financial aid information.

By helping students complete their college or technical training goals, Robbie Stabeno, through MAC College Money Program, is truly improving the quality of life in the greater Waco area.

Ashley Weaver
Director of the SmartBabies Initiative,
Waco Foundation
Ashley Weaver, a native Wacoan, brings to her position as Director of the SmartBabies Initiative extensive knowledge, background and passion. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas State University in Elementary Education as a certified teacher. She continued her education at Brown University where she received her Master of Arts in Urban Education Policy. Having served as project coordinator for the Greater Waco Community Education Alliance, Ashley gained valuable knowledge about the successes and challenges of this great community. She has extensive experience with community-based projects at a local and national level, bringing together stakeholders to achieve a goal. Ashley's experience make her uniquely qualified for this most pressing position as we strive towards a community of SmartBabies.
Jennifer Werse
Executive Assistant,
Waco Foundation

Jennifer Werse serves as Waco Foundation's Administrative Assistant. She previously served as an intern for the Capacity Building Program and accepted her current position in spring of 2015.

Jennifer moved to Waco in August of 2010. She is originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (near Miami) where she met her high school sweetheart and married him in 2008. Her husband, Nick, is a PhD student with Baylor’s Religion department and a graduate from Truett Seminary. Jennifer graduated with High Honors at McLennan Community College and she will be receiving her Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences at Tarleton State University in summer of 2015.

Jennifer has had many opportunities with nonprofit agencies and humanitarian relief. Her biggest passion involves social justice, and she and her husband enjoy getting involved in community outreach programs.

Nicole Wynter
Senior Director of Community Investment & Operations,
Waco Foundation

As the Director of Grants & Capacity Building for the Waco Foundation, Nicole’s primary responsibilities are centered on facilitating the Foundation’s efforts to strengthen and support area nonprofits. Specifically, she helps the Foundation with its responsive grantmaking; the proactive delivery of programs and services designed to help nonprofits meet their mission (capacity building); and a local leadership skills development initiative.

Nicole has held a lifelong interest in and commitment to serving the nonprofit and public sector through the promotion of economic and community development initiatives that seek to provide quality of life enhancements. Her work in the nonprofit sector began in 1994 as a Program Assistant in the Fund Development Division of the Atlanta Paralympic Organizing Committee.  Nicole has worked in a variety of positions since that time. In addition to promoting economic development in Waco, Texas (the place she proudly calls home), she has worked to facilitate the delivery of quality health services and English language education programs in international venues. In her current role with the Foundation, Nicole serves on the planning committee for GEO‘s (Grantmakers for Effective Organizations) 2014 National Conference and represents the Foundation in the Nonprofit Management Alliance of Texas. Nicole has completed professional development coursework in economic development (IEDC), nonprofit board education and facilitation (BoardSource), grantsmanship and fundraising (The Grantsmanship Center, The Foundation Center).

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Georgia State University, a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Baylor University and is pursuing coursework for a Master of Professional Studies in Community & Economic Development in her spare time. 

Interns

Brianna Bassett
Public Relations Intern,
Waco Foundation
Brianna Bassett joined Waco Foundation in January 2017 as the Public Relations Intern. She is a Denver, Colorado native pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Business Administration from Baylor University. She has loved her time in Waco and is excited to be part of the Waco Foundation team. During her free time Brianna enjoys spending time outside and writing.
Richard Fuentes
MAC Program Intern,
Waco Foundation

Richard joined the Waco Foundation in July 2015 as a MAC Program Intern. Richard has lived in Waco for 16 years and graduated high school from A.J. Moore Academy. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from Baylor University. Richard is glad to be a part of Waco Foundation and feels it is a great way to contribute to his community. During his spare time Richard enjoys quality family time and staying active.

Damian Moncada
MAC College Money Program Intern,
Waco Foundation
Born and raised in Houston, Damian Moncada joined Waco Foundation in 2017 as a MAC College Money Program intern, truly believing in fostering the next-generation of educated leaders and innovators through community support.

Damian will graduate from Baylor University in May 2018 with a bachelor’s of business administration in international business and entrepreneurship and corporate innovation, along with a minor in poverty studies and social justice. As a multi-organizational campus leader in multicultural affairs, Greek life, the Hankamer School of Business and student development, Damian is a large advocate and driver for equity, education and collaboration.

Elated to drive change in the Baylor and Waco communities, Damian will relentlessly pursue a career filled with societal progress and service, striving to blend capitalism, global affairs and social policy to develop unprecedented community potential.
Juan Tello
MAC College Money Program Intern,
Waco Foundation
Juan joined Waco Foundation in January 2017 as a MAC College Money Program Intern. Juan has lived in Waco since 2003 and graduated from University High School in 2014. He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Tarleton State University. Juan is delighted to be a part of the Waco Foundation team, and he hopes to make a positive contribution to the Foundation. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and watching sports.
Brionna Watkins
Marketing Intern,
Waco Foundation

Brionna Watkins, a recent Midway High School graduate and McLennan Community College freshmen, joined the Waco Foundation team in May of 2016. Her central responsibilities lie in marketing, social media work and photographic support. More specifically, she will work to capture the philanthropic moments of our community and publish them for all to see. Her three years of photography training at MHS aid her in those duties.

Once she has completed the necessary classes at MCC, she plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Photography at the University of North Texas. Her long-term goals are to become a professional journalistic photographer for a women’s empowerment magazine or company. From a young age, she has enjoyed uplifting others and hopes to continue this in her career.

 As a new member of the Foundation, she is thrilled to be a part of an organization that truly believes in improving the lives of those in their community, thus enriching the world around us.

Contact

Phone: 254-754-3404
Fax: 254-753-2887

Location

1227 N. Valley Mills Drive
Suite 235
Waco, TX 76710
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