The CLASS Development Team
Dean John Roberts 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 Dean John Roberts. 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.
Emily Church began at the University of Houston in February 2012 as the Director of Development of Blaffer Art Museum. In 2013 she joined the development team of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, where she is thrilled to be a part of the largest and most dynamic college at the university. Emily was educated at Yale University and the University of Notre Dame, and holds a B.A. in Film, Television, and Theater. She came to University of Houston from Rice University, where she oversaw Rice Gallery's membership and development programs. Prior to that, she worked in advertising and as a professional chef.
Additional Development Support in CLASS
As the Director of Outreach and Engagement for the Moores School of Music, Patricia cultivates and stewards donors with the objective of raising funds for scholarships, special projects and educational opportunities for music students at the University of Houston. She works closely with the Moores Society, a philanthropic support organization, and volunteers to maximize participation in special events and programs that benefit music students. Patricia has a Master's degree with honors from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and over nine years experience in donor centered outreach and engagement for the Moores School of Music and non-profit organizations in the community.
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.
Henry (Hank) James
When it comes to working for State institutions, Hank is no stranger. He brings 15+ years from the UT System with his most recent stint at UT Health Science Center in Houston where he was able to serve on its University Classified Staff Council. He obtained a B.S. in Health Care Administration while working at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.