Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center hosts summit at Lamar University

Scott McClelland
Cecilia Abbott
Beth Krueger

The Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center is hosting a nonprofit summit on Jan. 23 at Lamar University as a satellite host for the Texas Nonprofit Series sponsored by OneStar Foundation, Executive Director Deborah Drago announced.

“The day-long event will join nonprofit professionals, board members and other community leaders from across Southeast Texas to provide networking opportunities and expert nonprofit management guidance and resources,” she described.

A special guest, Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott, will welcome guests and keynote speakers, H-E-B Food/Drug Stores president Scott McClelland and Austin Gives director Beth Krueger, to the event.

H-E-B Food/Drug Stores is a $24 billion retailer that operates 390 stores in Texas and Mexico. McClelland has worked at H-E-B since 1990 after a 10-year career at Pepsico’s Frito Lay division and has served in a number of Marketing and Operations positions before being named President of all H-E-B stores in July 2017.

Previously, McClelland served as president of HEB’s Houston operation. Under McClelland’s leadership, H-E-B grew from an 11 percent to a market leading 27 percent share by opening larger stores “with a heavy emphasis on low prices, locally sourced products and tailored assortment based on the neighborhoods around each store.” McClelland has been the local face for H-E-B, starring in TV commercials along with JJ Watt, Craig Biggio and other notables.

As a professional in nonprofits for more than 25 years, Beth Krueger has “had the chance to transform organizations, ignite passion in donors and drive results” for the clients and communities served by organizations like the Austin Humane Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Center for Child Protection, Habitat for Humanity, ASPCA and United Way. Austin Gives highlights Central Texas companies that donate one percent or more of their pre-tax earnings to the local community, according to the group’s website.

Session topics for the summit include “Working with Millennials,” “Fundraising and Donor Management,” and more.

The deadline for registration is Friday, Jan. 19. General admission to the event is $75. Admission for members and individuals from organizations registering four or more participants is $60. The summit will take place in the Lamar University Event Center in the Mary and John Gray Library from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 23. To register, go to, email Deborah Drago at ddrago [at] setxnonprofit [dot] org or call (409) 832-6565.