T.L.L. Temple Foundation Announces Staff Changes

Two new distinguished and diverse members join the leadership team.

Lufkin, TX: The T.L.L. Temple Foundation is proud to announce that two remarkable individuals have joined its staff: John Calahan as Director of Operations, Melanie Colclough as Senior Program Officer for Human Services. In addition to the two new team members, longtime Senior Program Officer Laura Squiers will be moving into an important new foundation role as Coordinator of Organizational Capacity Building.

“We are thrilled to welcome John Calahan, and Melanie Colclough to the T. L. L. Temple Foundation team,” said Dr. Wynn Rosser, President and CEO, “Their diverse backgrounds, expertise, rural experiences, and dedication to service will enrich our efforts to create positive change in rural East Texas communities.”

Calahan, Director of Operations, brings experience garnered from diverse sectors. With a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree from King’s College, University of London, Calahan’s background includes a military career spanning 21 years as an infantry officer. Prior to his tenure at the foundation, Calahan held administrative roles at Stephen F. Austin State University and served as the vice president of a risk management consultancy. His commitment to community service is evident through leadership roles in various organizations including CASA Deep East Texas and the City of Nacogdoches Capital Needs Advisory Committee.

Assuming the position of Senior Program Officer for Human Services, Melanie Colclough brings over two decades of experience in the nonprofit and public sectors including the South Carolina Arts Alliance. A graduate of the University of South Carolina and the City University of New York, Colclough has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to the creative industry and for community advocacy. Her accolades include the Tribute to Women in Industry Award and the Inspiration Award for Outstanding Partnerships from the Municipal Association of South Carolina. Colclough’s dedication to community building and foster/adoption advocacy is a testament to her commitment to social justice.

L. Squiers who has served the T.L.L. Temple Foundation in a variety of roles over the past 11 years, most recently as Senior Program Officer responsible for the Foundation’s human services, & arts and culture portfolio is transitioning to a new role as Coordinator of Organizational Capacity Building. This role will allow Laura to focus on her passion of increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations to serve their community and capitalizes on her knowledge of the region and the nonprofit sector.   

For media inquiries or further information, please contact the foundation at (936) 634-3900.