Dean Steven Craig has assembled a team of top-notch development professionals to guide the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences’ giving campaigns and connect with its donors and alumni networks.
Ellen Happe Phillips
Chief Development Officer
Ellen leads the CLASS Development team and their work with Steven Craig. Ellen has extensive experience in relationship building, cultivating and stewarding major gifts. She has worked at Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, St. Agnes Academy, UT-Health Sciences Center and the Houston Symphony. She secured the second largest gift in the history of Texas Children’s Hospital. The gift was designated to the Pavilion for Women allowing the hospital to advance women’s health services and ensure the delivery of health babies. Ellen is a graduate of Sam Houston State University where she currently serves as an Alumni Board Member.
Director of Development
Kim has served in several development capacities at University of Houston for nearly 20 years, working at Houston Public Media, Blaffer Art Museum and CLASS. She holds a BFA from University of Oklahoma and a Masters in Public Administration from University of Houston.
Director of Development
Lyndsey joined the University of Houston in July 2013 after serving as Development Officer at the University of Oklahoma where she directed fundraising and development communications activity for the College of International Studies. She began her career as Development Coordinator for the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, D.C. Educated at the University of Oklahoma and American University Washington College of Law, Lyndsey holds a B.A. in International & Area Studies and a J.D. A native Oklahoman, Lyndsey is enthusiastically cultivating her newfound love of Houston; starting with the food scene.
Additional Development Support in CLASS
As the Director of Special Events for the Moores School of Music, Taylor plans all special events with the objective of raising funds for scholarships, special projects, and educational opportunities for music students at the University of Houston.Taylor most recently worked for KIPP Houston Public Schools where she managed their events, including the Annual Dinner and NO SHORTCUTS 5K.Taylor is a native Houstonian who graduated from Episcopal High School and has a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the University of Kansas. She has over 5 years of experience in special events and development and is very excited to be a part of the Moores School of Music. Taylor is involved with the Junior League and enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Lolin Wang-Bennett has worked with two major private educational and medical institutions in Houston. Besides her academic background, she has served as a board member for several non-profit organizations and helped with organizational strategic planning. She is specialized in faculty and program development to meet institutional goals.
CLASS Development Coordinator
Jennifer became part of the CLASS Development team in June 2014, after spending several years working on political campaigns and doing political fundraising. Jennifer is a native Houstonian who graduated from Jersey Village High School and has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Texas. Jennifer enjoys traveling, cooking, running, and exploring her hometown’s food, art, and music with friends.