Meet the Staff
Mary Ann Amelang, CFRE
Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Foundation Executive Director
Mary Ann has over 25 years’ experience in resource development, the last 15 of which have been at community colleges. She returned to College of the Mainland in September 2013 after seven years at Lee College in Baytown, Texas, as executive director of institutional advancement. She had served as executive director of resource development at COM from 1999 to 2006. She holds a Master of Arts in humanities from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Houston. Mary Ann served for four years on the board of the Council for Resource Development. Before starting her career in community college advancement, she secured a $21-million-dollar HUD grant for homeless services for the Harris County-City of Houston Coalition, and she wrote numerous successful grant proposals for nonprofit organizations and educational institutions throughout the Houston-Galveston area. Over the past 14 years, Mary Ann has presented resource development and grant writing workshops on a regional and national basis.
Matthew Busby, CFRE
Matthew works closely with individuals, corporations and organizations to establish new scholarships, endowments and college initiatives. He is the staff liaison for planned giving, annual gifts and community engagement with alumni and friends of the college. Passionate about building relationships and connecting people with opportunities, he joined College of the Mainland in 2014 after six years with Hill College. He is a sixth-generation Texan, Temple College alumni and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Baylor University. He has presented regionally and nationally on using LinkedIn within higher education. He was elected as president of the Texas Association of Community College Foundations in 2017. Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife, family and friends; reading; dancing and fencing.
Advancement Services Specialist
Lisa is the newest member of the COM Institutional Advancement team. She has over 20 years of administrative and database experience, mostly recently utilizing those talents in support of our troops overseas in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. She has lived on every coast in the U.S. and traveled extensively throughout the world – even Cuba. Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Rutgers University before coming to live here on the Gulf Coast with her husband and two dogs. She loves traveling, scuba diving, reading, cooking for her husband and friends, and absorbing as much knowledge as possible from the world around her. She has a nurturing nature and loves helping people any way she can, even if it’s just a smile.
Susan Weeks, Ph.D
Grants Development Officer
Dr. Susan Weeks has over ten years of grant writing experience and has worked at a variety of nonprofit agencies, including a multiservice agency, a public health department, a food bank and a women’s center. She has been a board member of the SAAFE House in Huntsville, the Commission on the Status of Women at Washington State University and the King County Women’s Advisory Board in Seattle. She holds a doctorate in sociology from Washington State University, a Master of Science in studies of the future from University of Houston-Clear Lake and a Bachelor of Arts in literature from the University of Houston. Susan enjoys reading, kayaking and fiber arts in her spare time.
Grants Compliance Officer
Cindy is a proud BOI (born on the island) Galvestonian and arrived at College of the Mainland in 2015 with a wealth of experience. She holds a M.A. and MBA from University of Houston-Clear Lake. As the grants compliance officer, she is responsible for ensuring compliance of all grants/contracts awarded to COM. Whether providing expertise and guidance in fiscal, programmatic and outcomes/evaluations required of each funding source or working with program managers to track budgets and reports she enjoys seeing the impact higher education makes in people’s lives.
Tammy joined College of the Mainland in 1994 and in November 2011 transferred to COM Foundation. She provides scholarship support through data entry and data maintenance into the STARS system. She works closely with students, local high schools, colleges, universities and COM staff, and serves as a point of contact for questions regarding the scholarship application and awarding process. Tammy is a graduate of COM with an Associate of Arts and attended Sam Houston State University.
Executive Administrative Assistant
Denese has been a COM employee since 1998. She joined the Institutional Advancement Office in 2013 as executive assistant to the vice president for institutional advancement. A COM graduate, Denese supports the Institutional Advancement Office and the Foundation Board by assisting with various IA events, providing support to IA staff and working with board members and donors. In her spare time, Denese enjoys family time and pursuing her passion for travel and exploring new places.
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