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    Support a Healthy Tomorrow

    UT Health Northeast is dedicated to benefiting human health and improving quality of life. As a university medical center, we achieve this by:

    • Providing patient care
    • Preparing the next generation of physicians and other health professionals through education
    • Conducting research to save lives and improve health for future generations

    When you contribute to UT Health, you become our partner in health and you help make all this possible. Your gift today supports a healthy tomorrow, which can positively impact healthcare across Northeast Texas for generations to come.

    Please consider making a gift that will help UT Health Northeast continue to provide quality healthcare to our community. With state funds providing less that 30% of our budget, philanthropy at UT Health creates a margin of difference that helps us fulfill our vision. Your support provides additional funding for our signature programs, including pulmonary and cardiovascular care, oncology, research, and our family medicine residency program.

  • These are the different ways you can give to UT Health and support a healthy tomorrow.

    Annual Giving

    Annual giving is essential in enabling UT Health Northeast to advance its work in many different treatment and research areas, giving our physicians, scientists and staff the resources and flexibility needed to quickly respond to critical patient needs and new initiatives.

    Unrestricted gifts to UT Health Northeast are scrupulously directed to the areas of greatest need and the highest priorities throughout the institution.

    Annual gifts are critical in advancing our continuing mission as the East Texas region’s only academic medical institution and health science research center. Philanthropic support for our Signature Programs is vital as state funds only provide 33% of our overall budget.

    For more information about the UT Health Northeast Annual Giving Program and how you can make a difference, please contact Derrith Bondurant at derrith.bondurant@uthct.edu or (903) 877-5135.

    Memorials and Honorariums

    Consider memorial and honorary gifts to pay tribute to loved ones who have passed before us or extraordinary people who continue to influence our lives. Your gift can be made in memory of a deceased family member or friend or in honor of a living person or special occasion.

    Memorial and honorarium gifts made to UT Health support patient treatment services, research initiatives and projects that benefit the patients and families we serve throughout East Texas and beyond.

    For more information about making a memorial or honorarium donation to UT Health Northeast, please contact Derrith Bondurant at derrith.bondurant@uthct.edu or (903) 877-5135.

    Memorial and/or honorarium gifts can be payable to UT Health Northeast and mailed to:

    UT Health Northeast
    Office of Institutional Advancement
    11937 U.S. Highway 271
    Tyler, TX 75708-3154

    Research Society

    UT Health’s extensive research efforts involve a wide range of important initiatives.

    Our work ranges from cutting-edge research into new treatments for lung and heart diseases such as Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, drug-resistant tuberculosis and synthesis cell proteins, to clinical studies involving potential new therapies for diabetes, cystic fibrosis, MAC (mycobacterium avium complex), COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder), and sleep disorders.

    As a member of the UT Health Northeast Research Society, you can provide vital financial support for seed grants to help our scientists begin new projects and make important new discoveries. When you join the Research Council, you contribute to the future of healthcare.

    For more information about joining the UT Health Northeast Research Society, please contact Derrith Bondurant at derrith.bondurant@uthct.edu or (903) 877-5135.

    President’s Council

    The UT Health leadership team focuses on implementing a culture that ensures all decisions and projects support our strategic and financial goals while exemplifying our on a day-to-day basis.

    Members of the UT Health Northeast President’s Council are an integral part of this plan as we move forward. Funds from the President’s Council help set the pace for philanthropy at UT Health and create a margin of difference that help us fulfill our vision.

    They also provide additional funding for our signature programs, including pulmonary and cardiovascular care, oncology, our family medicine residency program, and biomedical and clinical research.

    Join the UT Health Northeast President’s Council in our pursuit of medical and research excellence. For more information, please contact Derrith Bondurant at derrith.bondurant@uthct.edu or (903) 877-5135.

    Planned Giving

    Planned gifts to UT Health Northeast allow donors to leave a legacy. Planned giving provides creative and flexible strategies for estate and charitable planning. Gifts can be in the form of will bequests, charitable trusts, and gift annuities. Click here to learn about options in Planned Giving and estates.

  • The Office of Institutional Advancement thanks you for your interest in giving to UT Health Northeast and supporting the work of our physicians, researchers, and staff. Please contact us with any questions and requests for more information.

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    Derrith Bondurant
    Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Chief Development Officer

    Derrith comes to UT Health Northeast with extensive experience in philanthropy, marketing, and non-profit management. She most recently served as alumni director and development officer for the University of Texas at Tyler. Derrith has been responsible for raising millions of dollars for arts, scholarships, programs, and facilities. Her career includes executive directorships for America’s Heartland, East Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse, and Opera East Texas. As vice president of the Kinder Institute in Dallas, Derrith produced the audio book”Winning Strategies in Selling,” for Roger Staubach. She also served as marketing director for Bobby Vinton and The Osmond Family Theater in Branson, Missouri. Derrith graduated from the University of Mississippi and has since spent more than 30 years in numerous leadership and board positions throughout East Texas.

    Candice Christian


    Candice Christian
    Annual Fund Director

    Candice has been with UT Health Northeast since 2012, and recently joined the Office of Institutional Advancement as Annual Fund Director. She brings more than a decade of fundraising experience, as the development coordinator and alumni director for the First Academy in Orlando, Florida. In addition to managing the school’s annual giving campaign and school magazine, she oversaw all fundraising activities including the Payne Stewart Benefit Golf Tournament. Candice has an additional 21 years’ experience in various leadership positions with AT&T, and another seven years’ medical practice, urgent care and hospital experience. She has a passion for community service and volunteers with the American Cancer Society and the United Way.

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    Dixie Alexander
    Development Specialist

    Dixie has been with UT Health Northeast since 1993, and joined the institution after a decade of federal civil service at various Air Force bases around the world. She began her UT Health Northeast journey as an administrative assistant, supporting physicians in our Department of Internal Medicine. Dixie has since served in the Fiscal Affairs Office and as Special Assistant to the President. She joined the Office of Institutional Advancement as a development specialist in 2008 and was promoted to executive assistant for the department in 2013. Dixie is a graduate of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a minor in computer science.

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    Jeff Johnson
    Donor Communications Director

    Jeff brings more than 25 years’ experience as an Associated Press award-winning broadcaster and journalist to his position as donor communications director. Immediately prior to joining UT Health Northeast, Jeff worked on the air and behind the scenes at Tyler radio stations KGLY and KVNE, which won nationwide “Station of the Year” awards four of his five years with the stations. Jeff came to Tyler after spending nearly a decade in Washington, D.C., as an investigative reporter for the world’s first Internet-only news wire service, and as a talk show host on Sirius Satellite Radio and other regional and national networks. Jeff also has experience as a television news anchor and reporter, as well as having managed communications and media for numerous congressional and local political campaigns. He is a graduate of Excelsior College in Albany, New York, with degrees in political science and communications.

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    Lisa Chatterton, CMP
    Event Director

    Lisa, a Certified Meeting Professional, is the former program development manager for corporate services at Tyler Junior College (TJC). Before joining TJC, Lisa worked for corporations such as Nortel Networks – where she was responsible for international marketing, sales and events management – and nonprofits such as the American Heart Association – where she oversaw professional membership development. She also owned and operated her own event marketing and consulting business, serving clients such as Cisco, Humana, Merck, FedEx, the Canadian Consulate and Meeting Professionals International. Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a specialization in marketing from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as an associate’s degree from Tyler Junior College. She is also a member of the Tyler Chamber of Commerce and the Tyler Rotary Club, as well as being an alumna of Leadership Tyler.