Have an attendance code? Sign In to enter it. This live web event has ended. Thank you for attending. Contributors Melissa Neeley Melissa is the Development & Marketing Coordinator for Arms Wide Adoption Services, a Houston-based organization dedicated to building and sustaining strong, nurturing families for children who have endured abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Over the last six years of her fundraising career, Melissa has learned to be adaptable in positions where development was just one of the many hats she wore. Melissa earned two Bachelor of Science degrees in Public Relations and Family, Youth & Community Sciences from the University of Florida with minors in Nonprofit Leadership and Business Administration. Lauren Futch Lauren is currently an Associate Director of Development at UTHealth Science Center in Houston, Texas. She is a major gift fundraiser connecting alumni, grateful patients, and community leaders to the physicians and faculty at all six of UTHealth’s schools. Prior to her role in health care, Lauren spent two years fundraising for the University of Houston’s “Here, We Go” one billion dollar campaign. Through strategic board management and well-executed fundraising events, she helped increase annual revenue by 31%. Before moving to Houston, Lauren worked in her first fundraising role at the National Breast Cancer Foundation in Dallas, Texas. Her team collaborated with individuals and corporations to raise over 1.6 million each year to provide mammograms for underserved women.