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A comprehensive approach to friend and fund raising for UT geosciences.

The Development & Alumni Relations is working with our friends and alumni to build the strongest geosciences alumni network and academic institution in the world.  We are your go-to source for engaging with the Jackson family through events, re-connecting with the 40 acres or making a gift to support future geosciences leaders. Please consider making a gift of your time, talents or treasure to advance the mission of the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin within the context of development and alumni relations.

Belle German

Belle German

Executive Director Development & Alumni Relations
bgerman@jsg.utexas.edu, 512-471-1993

Belle is the Chief Development Officer for the Jackson School of Geosciences and Associate Director of the Geology Foundation. She oversees the development and alumni relations program to deliver best practices in friend and fundraising. She is a fifth generation Texan who holds a B.A. from UT Austin and a M.P.A. from Angelo State University. Having worked and lived abroad, she brings a global perspective to the Jackson School.

Kristen Tucek

Kristen Tucek

Assistant Director Alumni Relations
ktucek@jsg.utexas.edu, 512-471-2223

Kristen is your go-to professional for alumni relations at the Jackson School. With more than 10 years of experience in non-profit volunteer management, Kristen fosters life-long relationships between our alumni and the Jackson family through regional and national programming, personal visits and meaningful volunteer opportunities. Hailing from Corsicana, TX, Kristen has a B.S. degree in Nutritional Sciences from Texas A&M University – but don’t let her Aggie background fool you. Her heart definitely bleeds burnt orange.

Marcela DeFaria

Marcela DeFaria

Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
mdefaria@jsg.utexas.edu, 512-232-8085

Marcela DeFaria serves as the Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for the Jackson School of Geosciences. An advocate of higher education and philanthropy, she has worked as a development professional in non-profit and educational institutions since 2009. In her current role, Marcela advances the mission of the Jackson School by working strategically with industry and foundation partners to maximize their philanthropic impact and to increase collaborative opportunities with Texas Geosciences. She holds a master’s degree in music performance and is an active flutist in the Austin community.

Georgia Sanders

Georgia Sanders

Development Specialist
gsanders@jsg.utexas.edu, 512-471-1282

Georgia is the glue that keeps the Development and Alumni office running. She wears many hats – office manager, event planner and administrative coordinator. More recently, she has taken on responsibilities that enable the team to provide exceptional stewardship services to our support base.

Maxine Rodriguez

Maxine Rodriguez

Development and Alumni Relations Work-Study Intern

Maxine is the Development and Alumni Relations Work Study Intern for the Jackson School of Geosciences. She was born and raised down south, near the border in Mission, Texas. Besides Mission having such vibrant Hispanic cultures, it is known as for its citrus and for all the football fanatics, where Tom Laundry was born. She is a first-generation student at UT and is currently an Undergraduate Studies major, but is leaning towards Human Dimensions of an Organization. Although she is far away from home, she hopes UT Austin and the Jackson School of Geosciences become her second home.

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