about

Since its founding in 1962, the T.L.L. Temple Foundation has invested more than $440 million, primarily to strengthen communities in Deep East Texas.

Mission

The T.L.L. Temple Foundation works alongside families and communities to build a thriving Deep East Texas and to alleviate poverty, creating access and opportunities for all.

Values

The work of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation is informed by our values. These values stem from our founding by Georgie Munz in 1962 and are shared by the Temple family today.  The T.L.L. Temple Foundation believes:

1. Systemic, multi-generational poverty affects too many people in Deep East Texas.  We will work to remove the barriers which keep too many Deep East Texans locked into a cycle of poverty and prioritize support for those with the least access to the resources and opportunities needed to move out of poverty.

2. We strive to be a good neighbor, giving back to the communities that built today’s Deep East Texas and building on the region’s many assets.  We recognize the critical role of local residents and communities in identifying problems and solutions and embrace their participation and diverse perspectives.

3. We are stewards of significant philanthropic resources for the public’s benefit in Deep East Texas.  As such, we will operate ethically and with integrity.

4. Information is critical to ensure that we are making effective use of our resources.  We value learning and are committed to utilizing available knowledge and developing new knowledge to improve our work on an ongoing basis.

5. We cannot do this work alone. We are committed to partnering with others to advance shared goals.  We are reliant on strong public and private partners to fulfill our mission.

6. We have many available tools to achieve our goals—including, but not limited to, financial assets.  We will use our voice to elevate issues of importance, bring people together to address shared concerns, develop and share knowledge, and objectively advocate for our goals.

7. We embrace our role in the region and recognize the challenges of rural isolation. We will utilize the full set of philanthropic roles and leadership to attract attention to the needs of rural Americans and bring resources to the rural communities of Deep East Texas.

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history

The T. L. L. Temple Foundation was established in 1962 by Georgie Temple Munz with an initial gift of 1,000 shares of Southern Pine Lumber Company stock worth $56,000.  The foundation is named in memory and honor of her father, Thomas Lewis Latané Temple, who formed Southern Pine Lumber Company (later Temple Inland Inc.) in 1893.

Upon her death in 1982, Mrs. Munz left the balance of her estate to the foundation, whose assets have grown to more than $400 million.  In creating the foundation, “Aunt Georgie” hoped to provide a perpetual source of funding to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Deep East Texas.  Mrs. Munz was a lifelong resident of Deep East Texas, where the Temple family primarily operated its timber business.

Today, the foundation is governed by a board composed of Temple family members and community leaders who share Mrs. Munz’s commitment to strengthening Deep East Texas.  It has invested more than $440 million, primarily in Deep East Texas.

board of trustees

Jack C. Sweeny

W.Temple Webber, III

H.J. (Jay) Shands, III

Charlotte Temple

Thomas P. Darmstadter

William “Spence” Spencer

David F. Webber

Hannah Temple

Ellen Temple

foundation Staff

Kelly Follie

Impact Lufkin

Community Office Assistant

Email: kfollie (at) impactlufkin.org

Kelly Follie, Community Office Assistant for Impact Lufkin, grew up in Silsbee, Texas. A mother of two, she is active in her church. She has plans to attend Angelina College to pursue a degree in human services. Ultimatley, she would like to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degress in social work.

Kellie said she enjoys working for the Foundation. She actually discovered her passion for helping and serving others while working as a medical assistant. She began volunteering at Impact Lufkin in March 2016 and that lead to her joining the organization.

 

Emily Gay

Impact Lufkin

Program Officer

Email: egay (at) tlltf.org

Emily Gay, MSW, is the program officer for Impact Lufkin. She has a master’s degree in social work from Stephen F. Austin State University. Emily has received several awards including the Social Work Leadership Award in undergraduate and graduate school at SFASU and the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program scholarship. She also was placed in Quito, Ecuador for her senior year of high school.

Emily has been involved with nonprofits, volunteering and service to others. She is very involved in international volunteer work and travel and she thrives on using her second language, Spanish.

Emily found her passion for community development and education by working in a rural, impoverished area in Quito, Ecuador. That profound moment led her into her career as a Master Level Social Worker. By working for the non-profit sector, she has the opportunity to continue to fulfill her passion by serving and helping others obtain his/her well-being through macro-level practice.

 

Stacie Hodges

Accounting

Email: shodges (at) tlltf.org

Stacie Hodges, accounting for the Foundation, is a native of Woodville, Texas and attended both Angelina College and Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

Along with spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends, Stacie enjoys photography, gardening, traveling.

Stacie chose to work at the Foundation because she wants to make a positive impact on the community. She said she is honored to be a part of the organization.

 

Tami Musick

Grants

Email: tmusick (at) tlltf.org

Tami Musick works with the grants for the Foundation. Originally from Indiana, Tami enjoys watersports, gardening and many other outdoor activites.

Tami said she loves working at the Foundation because it’s a job in which she can see she is making a difference in the lives of the people in the community.  From funding education/scholarships to feeding the hungry, the Foundation is making a huge impact for all of us in East Texas.

Wynn Rosser, Ph.D

President & CEO

Email: wynnrosser (at) tlltemple.foundation

Wynn Rosser, Ph.D, is President & CEO of the Foundation. Wynn earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Texas A&M University as well as an associate’s from Kilgore College.

Wynn has received several awards, including the H.S. Warwick Research Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in the area of Alumni Relations and Educational Advancement and the Distinguished Former Student of Texas A&M University’s Department of Agriculture Leadership Education and Communications. He also was awarded an honorary associate of arts degree from El Paso Community College.

He and his wife, Dr. Manda Rosser, and are raising three children on a farm with 12 alpaca, eight chickens, two dogs and two cats. He enjoys reading, running, cycling and he is active in his church.

Wynn is committed to collective impact and to improving education outcomes – especially for low income and rural students    as well as to the regional approach to grant making and philanthropic leadership.

He is past chair of the Grantmakers for Education Board of Directors and a lecturer in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M.

Robert Sanders

Boggy Slough Conservation Area

Director of Forest & Wildlife Management

Email: rsanders (at) tlltf.org

Robert Sanders is the Director of Forest & Wildlife Management – Boggy Slough Conservation Area. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Forest/Wildlife Management from Stephen F. Austin State University .

Robert has received numerous awards, including the Eagle Scout – 1989; Lone Star Land Steward Award – Texas Parks & Wildlife – 2007;  Leopold Conservation Award – Sand County Foundation and Texas Parks & Wildlife – 2011; Texas Big Game Awards – Statewide Landowner of the Year – Texas Wildlife Association – 2012; Land Steward Award – Texas Chapter – The Wildlife Society – 2014-2015; and the Statewide Friend of Conservation Award – Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts – 2014

Robert enjoys all aspects of being outside, whether hunting, fishing, training Labrador retrievers, searching for shed antlers, exercising, or spending time with his two sons and wife Jenny.  The family is very adventurous and loves the piney woods of East Texas as well as traveling together and experiencing God’s creations throughout our incredible state, country and beyond.

He said growing up and having deep roots in East Texas has allowed him to realize how fortunate we all are to live in such a diverse ecological area of the U.S.  Because he spent the majority of his time outdoors growing up, he believes his life was transformed and molded into the person he is today through the outdoor experiences he was introduced to by his family and close mentors.

Robert said having the opportunity to work for the T.L.L. Temple Foundation allows him to manage the valuable forest, wildlife, and water resources while at the same time introducing a wide range of East Texans to the importance of conserving our natural resources through proven, up-to-date management strategies.  Giving back to the people of his hometown area and helping them to experience what he has been so fortunate to have learned over the years is very rewarding.

 

Laura L. Squiers

Deputy Executive Director

Email: lsquiers (at) tlltf.org

Laura L. Squiers is Deputy Executive Director for the Foundation. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism with a Concentration in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin.

Laura said serving and helping others is what motivates and inspires her.  She believes strongly in the work of nonprofits and the benefits they provide to all societal stakeholders.  Working in the field of philanthropy allows Laura to assist in the support of organizations whose mission it is to change lives.

She has served on the boards of many different non-profits and managed one as Executive Director. Serving and helping others is what motivates and inspires her.  She believe strongly in the work of nonprofits and the benefits they provide to all societal stakeholders.  Working in the field of philanthropy allows Laura to assist in the support of organizations whose mission it is to change lives.

Laura enjoys reading, cross-stitching and traveling with her family.

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Jack C. Sweeny

W.Temple Webber, III

H.J. (Jay) Shands, III

Charlotte Temple

Thomas P. Darmstadter

William “Spence” Spencer

David F. Webber

Hannah Temple

Ellen Temple

Kelly Follie

Impact Lufkin

Community Office Assistant

Email: kfollie (at) impactlufkin.org

  • Read more about Kelly

    Kelly Follie, Community Office Assistant for Impact Lufkin, grew up in Silsbee, Texas. A mother of two, she is active in her church. She has plans to attend Angelina College to pursue a degree in human services. Ultimatley, she would like to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degress in social work.

    Kellie said she enjoys working for the Foundation. She actually discovered her passion for helping and serving others while working as a medical assistant. She began volunteering at Impact Lufkin in March 2016 and that lead to her joining the organization.

Emily Gay

Impact Lufkin

Program Officer

Email: egay (at) tlltf.org

  • Read more about Emily

    Emily Gay, MSW, is the program officer for Impact Lufkin. She has a master’s degree in social work from Stephen F. Austin State University. Emily has received several awards including the Social Work Leadership Award in undergraduate and graduate school at SFASU and the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program scholarship. She also was placed in Quito, Ecuador for her senior year of high school.

    Emily has been involved with nonprofits, volunteering and service to others. She is very involved in international volunteer work and travel and she thrives on using her second language, Spanish.

    Emily found her passion for community development and education by working in a rural, impoverished area in Quito, Ecuador. That profound moment led her into her career as a Master Level Social Worker. By working for the non-profit sector, she has the opportunity to continue to fulfill her passion by serving and helping others obtain his/her well-being through macro-level practice.

Stacie Hodges

Accounting

Email: shodges (at) tlltf.org

  • Read more about Stacie

    Stacie Hodges, accounting for the Foundation, is a native of Woodville, Texas and attended both Angelina College and Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

    Along with spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends, Stacie enjoys photography, gardening, traveling.

    Stacie chose to work at the Foundation because she wants to make a positive impact on the community. She said she is honored to be a part of the organization.

Tami Musick

Grants

Email: tmusick (at) tlltf.org

  • Read more about Tami

    Tami Musick works with the grants for the Foundation. Originally from Indiana, Tami enjoys watersports, gardening and many other outdoor activites.

    Tami said she loves working at the Foundation because it’s a job in which she can see she is making a difference in the lives of the people in the community.  From funding education/scholarships to feeding the hungry, the Foundation is making a huge impact for all of us in East Texas.

Wynn Rosser, Ph.D

President & CEO

Email: wynnrosser (at) tlltemple.foundation

  • Read more about Wynn

    Wynn Rosser, Ph.D, is President & CEO of the Foundation. Wynn earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Texas A&M University as well as an associate’s from Kilgore College.

    Wynn has received several awards, including the H.S. Warwick Research Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in the area of Alumni Relations and Educational Advancement and the Distinguished Former Student of Texas A&M University’s Department of Agriculture Leadership Education and Communications. He also was awarded an honorary associate of arts degree from El Paso Community College.

    He and his wife, Dr. Manda Rosser, and are raising three children on a farm with 12 alpaca, eight chickens, two dogs and two cats. He enjoys reading, running, cycling and he is active in his church.

    Wynn is committed to collective impact and to improving education outcomes – especially for low income and rural students    as well as to the regional approach to grant making and philanthropic leadership.

    He is past chair of the Grantmakers for Education Board of Directors and a lecturer in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M.

Robert Sanders

Boggy Slough Conservation Area

Director of Forest & Wildlife Management

Email: rsanders (at) tlltf.org

  • Read more about Robert

    Robert Sanders is the Director of Forest & Wildlife Management – Boggy Slough Conservation Area. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Forest/Wildlife Management from Stephen F. Austin State University .

    Robert has received numerous awards, including the Eagle Scout – 1989; Lone Star Land Steward Award – Texas Parks & Wildlife – 2007;  Leopold Conservation Award – Sand County Foundation and Texas Parks & Wildlife – 2011; Texas Big Game Awards – Statewide Landowner of the Year – Texas Wildlife Association – 2012; Land Steward Award – Texas Chapter – The Wildlife Society – 2014-2015; and the Statewide Friend of Conservation Award – Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts – 2014

    Robert enjoys all aspects of being outside, whether hunting, fishing, training Labrador retrievers, searching for shed antlers, exercising, or spending time with his two sons and wife Jenny.  The family is very adventurous and loves the piney woods of East Texas as well as traveling together and experiencing God’s creations throughout our incredible state, country and beyond.

    He said growing up and having deep roots in East Texas has allowed him to realize how fortunate we all are to live in such a diverse ecological area of the U.S.  Because he spent the majority of his time outdoors growing up, he believes his life was transformed and molded into the person he is today through the outdoor experiences he was introduced to by his family and close mentors.

    Robert said having the opportunity to work for the T.L.L. Temple Foundation allows him to manage the valuable forest, wildlife, and water resources while at the same time introducing a wide range of East Texans to the importance of conserving our natural resources through proven, up-to-date management strategies.  Giving back to the people of his hometown area and helping them to experience what he has been so fortunate to have learned over the years is very rewarding.

Laura L. Squiers

Deputy Executive Director

Email: lsquiers (at) tlltf.org

  • Read more about Laura

    Laura L. Squiers is Deputy Executive Director for the Foundation. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism with a Concentration in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin.

    Laura said serving and helping others is what motivates and inspires her.  She believes strongly in the work of nonprofits and the benefits they provide to all societal stakeholders.  Working in the field of philanthropy allows Laura to assist in the support of organizations whose mission it is to change lives.

    She has served on the boards of many different non-profits and managed one as Executive Director. Serving and helping others is what motivates and inspires her.  She believe strongly in the work of nonprofits and the benefits they provide to all societal stakeholders.  Working in the field of philanthropy allows Laura to assist in the support of organizations whose mission it is to change lives.

    Laura enjoys reading, cross-stitching and traveling with her family.