How My Career Led Me to Gift Planning
October 28, 2021
Rarely does someone graduate from college and declare, “I want to be a Gift Planning Development Officer. I want to help people with their wills! I want to talk with couples about Charitable Remainder Unitrusts coupled with a wealth replacement life insurance policy!” Our panelists will share how their careers have led them to the Gift and Legacy Planning world, what they find rewarding and advice for young professionals who wish to grow and make Gift and Legacy planning a part of their expertise, or professionals looking to move toward into this field of philanthropic work. The panel will be moderated by Magda Herrera, Chief Development Officer for UT School of Law and CGPH Board Member.
Amanda Irving Johnson, Executive Director of Gift Planning, University of Texas at Austin
Anne Katheryn Zamkovsky, Senior Director of Gift and Estate Planning at Baylor College of Medicine
Bobby Dean, Executive Gift Officer in the Development Division at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Amanda Brown Irving Amanda Brown Irving serves on the Texas Development leadership team working with presidential donors. She leads the Gift and Estate Planning team responsible for raising more than $100 million annually for the faculty, students and programs across The University of Texas at Austin. Amanda joined Gift and Estate Planning in 2013 helping the team close out the Campaign for Texas that doubled the university’s pipeline of future gifts to $1 billion. Previously, Amanda was director of development for UT’s Cockrell School of Engineering. Prior to UT, Amanda was a major gifts officer at Cornell University and a fundraising and board development consultant for non-profits. Amanda started her career in high-tech public relations after graduating from UT’s Moody College of Communication.
Anne Kathryn Zamkovsky, J.D., is the Senior Director of Gift and Estate Planning at Baylor College of Medicine. In her role at Baylor College of Medicine, Ms. Zamkovsky leverages her diverse legal experience to provide careful and thoughtful Gift and Estate Planning services. A graduate of Louisiana State University Law Center, she began her career working for the former Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Harvey Pitt at Kalorama Partners, serving as a regulatory compliance consultant to the financial industry. She then served as a federal law clerk for the Honorable Dee Drell in Louisiana before moving to Houston where she practiced law at a regional law firm. She is a licensed attorney in both Louisiana and Texas, a proud supporter of the LSU Tigers, and a connoisseur of Excel Spreadsheets.
Bobby Dean Bobby has almost three decades of experience in every aspect of fundraising with over 26 years working with principal, major and planned gifts. He is currently an Executive Gift Officer in the Development Division at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. His experience also includes Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving with Houston Grand Opera and as the Vice President for Development at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. Prior to his fundraising career, Bobby had a successful ten year career in the private sector. Bobby has a business degree from Wayland Baptist University and has certificates from the National Planned Giving Institute of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He received his Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2003. Bobby has served on the board of the AFP Houston, and also served on the Member and Chapter Services Committee at the international level of AFP. Bobby served as President of the Texas Plains Chapter of the AFP and served on the national Awards Committee of AFP International.
Program participants will be eligible for door prizes from vendors featured at the National Charitable Gift Planners Conference recently held in Orlando, Florida.