Office of Development

Advancement Operations

Advancement Operations manages gift administration, prospect research, donor database management and endowment/gift compliance. For information or assistance, call 713-500 3204.

Lisa Christison

Lisa Christison

Managing Director of Advancement Operations
713-500-3204
E-mail: Lisa.M.Christison@uth.tmc.edu

Lisa Christison has worked in the field of development for 12 years, and has worked at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston since early 2004. As the managing director of advancement operations, she supervises four departments: gift processing, prospect research, donor database management, and endowment/gift compliance. 

Data Management

Kaufman Sharon

Sharon Kaufman

Data Management Analyst
713-500-3443
E-mail: Sharon.Kaufman@uth.tmc.edu

Sharon Kaufman graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a BA in psychology. She spent several years working at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center as a Health Information Specialist. She has a background in database management across various industries, including healthcare, non-profit and international business. As a Data Management Analyst at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, she assists in the administrative management of the Office of Advancement’s donor database.

Gift Compliance (endowments and current use gifts)

Ty Sponberg

Ty Sponberg

Sr. Gift Assurance Officer
713-500-3210
E-mail: Edward.Sponberg@uth.tmc.edu

Ty Sponberg has more than 20 years of compliance experience with the State of Texas. As the gift compliance officer he is responsible for processing new endowment agreements, ensuring that endowments comply with relevant rules and regulations, and seeing that university staff are kept informed on endowment issues. Ty is the key contact for questions concerning endowment and gift compliance.

Gift Administration

Melissa Guerrero

Melissa Guerrero

Gift Administration Specialist
713-500-3075
E-mail: Melissa.Guerrero@uth.tmc.edu

Melissa Guerrero is responsible for the many aspects of gift processing, making deposits, keeping departmental gift records, and sending out pledge reminders. She has clerical/receptionist experience and has held customer service-oriented positions. Melissa's extra training includes certificates in computer applications in business and in word processing.

Michael Musters

Michael Musters

Manager, Gift Administration
713-500-3203
E-mail: Michael.V.Musters@uth.tmc.edu

Michael Musters graduated from Sam Houston State University with a B.A. in Management. He comes to us with over eleven years of experience with a non-profit organization where he was responsible for all programs, payroll and benefits, accounts payable/accounts receivable, audits and event planning. As the manager of gift administration he is responsible for overseeing the handling of all charitable contributions to UTHealth.