LEADING WITH THEIR HEARTS
MOONLIGHT FUND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Celia Belt is the Co- founder of the award winning, Moonlight Fund Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides financial, emotional and in-kind assistance to burn and blast survivors and their families. A burn survivor herself, Celia noticed the need for care and support for burn survivors throughout the country, and, along with Henry Coffeen III, she started the charity in 1998 in San Antonio, Texas. Since then, the organization has helped nearly 10,000 people across the U.S.
Celia oversees grant writing, program development, event planning and fundraising for The Moonlight Fund. Additionally, she works hand-in-hand with staff members, attends monthly board meetings and coordinates activities and meetings involving partners and sponsors. Celia also provides support to burn survivors and their families by visiting them at the hospital, hosting support groups and by providing them with information, and access to funding. She also organizes and executes award-winning healing retreats for burn survivors and her families.
Before starting The Moonlight Fund, Celia spent 8 years in commercial and residential real estate. She received many awards in this field, including top producer, top agent and rookie of the year. Celia also spent 7 years as a national sales manager for food manufacturer VanHoltens where she successfully led a team of 280 food brokers nationwide. Celia was hands on in the development of marketing, branding, sales and new product introduction. During her time at the company she increased distribution from 7 to 31 states.
Celia has served as a public speaker for the Moonlight Fund and other organizations. In 2012, she was invited to speak at the Pentagon on behalf of the Moonlight Fund, when the charity was named the top non-profit in the country and given the Fisher House/Newman’s Own Award for improving the quality of life of military members and their families. Her audience included key military members like General Martin E. Demsey and Admiral Winnefeld. Celia continues to speak on several topics, on behalf of the needs of burn survivors, non-profit management, overcoming childhood trauma and women’s empowerment.
Celia and the Moonlight Fund have received numerous awards. In addition to the Moonlight Fund being named the top non profit in the country, Celia was awarded the business journals- Woman in Leadership Award and was chosen as a mentor, three years running for the Business Journals, Mentoring Monday. Most recently, Celia was presented with the Distinguished Citizen Medal by the Daughters of the American Revolution. (DAR) She also sits on several committees at the American Burn Association.
Originally from Rockford, Illinois, and now a Bandera, Texas resident, Celia has published various articles in prominent publications including San Antonio Medical Magazine, Dallas Safari Club and others, her book, Remarkably Intact, will be available late 2017. Celia is a member of the Phoenix Society, American Burn Association, National Association of Women Business Owners, Association of Fundraising Professionals and the San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the Aftercare Reintegration Committee at the American Burn Association.
When Celia is not caring for burn survivors or writing grants, she enjoys spending time with her three children Justin, Jarred and Hillary and her grandson, Korben. She has been an equestrian for many years, and although retired from competing, she still enjoys riding on her ranch. Celia also enjoys the outdoors, fishing, hunting and working on the land.
Hillary is the daughter of a burn survivor and spent much of her young life volunteering at Moonlight Fund events. In 2010 she joined Moonlight Fund as their Grants Manager and went on to become the funds Development Director from 2012-2017. She currently works as a design assistant at Catrina’s Interiors although she continues her volunteer work for the Moonlight Fund. Hillary has a natural born passion for the needs of burn survivors and their families.
HENRY COFFEEN III
Henry Coffeen III was raised in Oklahoma City and grew up in the car business. His grandfather was an Oklahoma car dealer and his father worked in sales. However, by the time Coffeen graduated from the University of Texas in Austin, his grandfather had passed away and his family had gotten out of the business. The 80’s real estate scene was booming, so upon graduation Coffeen took a job with a real estate company – a company that promptly bounced his first check. Coffeen says he was broke and in trouble. He stared cleaning apartments to stay afloat. After learning of Coffeen’s bad luck, his best friend’s father and the owner of a Cadillac dealership in Plano, Texas, offered Coffeen a job at his dealership. This launched Coffeen’s career path into the automotive world. Starting out in used car sales, Coffeen quickly moved through the dealership ranks, eventually becoming the sales manager at his boss’s Hyundai dealership.
Henry Coffeen has not slowed down. Recently, he purchased a Yamaha Dealership. In 2008, he was given a Texas Honda Dealership through American Honda. He built it into a 70,000 square foot, state of the art facility, and was a Gold LEED Certified Dealer, before selling it to his partner in 2013.
What Coffeen says he dislikes most about the industry today is the perception many hold that the auto industry is a shady business to be in. “Run properly, it is a great business. I was lucky enough to be partnered with the only dealership in America to ever win the Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award, so I got to go through all their training programs and understand, from a business perspective, what it means to do things right. I learned how to run a dealership differently – to do things the right way.”
After ten years of flying airshows professionally, Coffeen was in a serious plane wreck. In 1998, he parachuted from his airplane as it blew up inflight during an airshow practice. He suffered from 3rd degree burns on a third of his body. As if his accident were not enough bad luck, only a month before the crash, Coffeen’s house was completely destroyed when the hundred-year flood of the Guadalupe River filled his home with 16 feet of water. “It was a rough time between losing everything to the flood and then my extended recovery from the plane accident,” says Coffeen, “I had some great dealers who stuck by me at that time.”
Fast forward to 2015 – life is good and business is booming. Today, Coffeen’s free time centers around his two kids – a 14-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter. They live on a Texas ranch in the Fort Worth area. The ranch is a cutting horse ranch where they do breeding and training. Cutting horses are agile saddle horses trained to separate individual animals from a cattle herd. Coffeen and his family are also regular boaters and water-skiers. “My kids grew up water skiing and they are now both ski instructors in the summer at water skiing camp.”
“We all have to be a student of the business,” says Coffeen, “If you aren’t constantly monitoring what’s going on in our industry and staying on top of it, it’s going to pass you by. With technology advancing at a crazy speed, things are happening fast right now. You have to be really focused on what’s gong on and what’s there to help so you can funnel it into something that’s going to make money.”
Paul Martin began his investment career with Merrill Lynch and then Oppenheimer & Co. in New York City from 1985 to 1989. Since then he has been the managing partner and chief investment officer of Martin Capital Advisors, LLP, a registered investment advisor with offices in Austin and San Antonio. The performance of the firm’s investment portfolios over the past two decades has often been ranked at or near the top of all diversified investment strategies.
Mr. Martin is an active participant in the Austin and San Antonio communities through leadership positions in a variety of cultural and civic organizations, including the San Antonio Public Library Foundation (board member, chairman of the investment committee and executive committee member), the San Antonio Museum of Art Contemporaries (executive committee member), the Thomas Jefferson Center at the University of Texas at Austin (chairman of the advisory board), the Artist Foundation of San Antonio (advisory board member), the Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship at UTSA (team mentor), the Masters Leadership Program of San Antonio Alumni Association (board member) and the Mind Science Foundation (board member). Additionally, he has served as board president of the Southwest Texas Council of American Youth Hostels, board president of the Austin chapter of the American Association of Individual Investors, executive committee president of the McNay Contemporary Collectors Forum, board vice president of The Jung Society of Austin, board treasurer and secretary of the Austin Investment Association, and chairman of the investment committee of the Board of Governors of the Middle East Institute. He is an active member of the CFA Societies of Austin and San Antonio, the Rotary Club of San Antonio, the San Antonio Business and Economics Society, the Harvard Business School Club of San Antonio, the Association for Corporate Growth (Central Texas Chapter), the World Affairs Council of San Antonio, and a lifetime member of the Naval War College Foundation and the UDT-SEAL Association.
Mr. Martin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1980 and is an active supporter of the college. As a member of the Board of Visitors and Governors of St. John’s College, Mr. Martin chaired the investment committee and was instrumental in establishing a formal investment policy for the college. He has been active in the St. John’s College Alumni Association for many years and is currently co-president of the Austin/San Antonio chapter and serves on the Alumni Association Board’s nominating committee.
Additionally, Mr. Martin is a retired U.S. Navy Reserve commander. As a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO), his service included eight years in Naval Special Warfare and a two-year tour as a U.S. Navy Reserve SEAL Team commanding officer.
In summary, I was a commercial banker for 38 years. I was a Group Vice President at World Savings responsible for Deposit Operations (16 departments). I worked for World at total of 21 years. Locally, I was a Treasury Management Officer at Broadway Bank for 3 years. I was the president and board member of Majestic Ranch Arts Foundation, president and board member of Hill Country Family Services, Boerne. I am a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and past board member of the Hill Country CASA, Kerrville.
Partner at the law firm of Murphy & Vickers, P.C. which specializes in Corporate, Probate and Real Estate law.
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Attended Texas Military Institute in high school. Received bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University. Graduated from South Texas College of Law in 2005.
Was on the Board of Directors for Prevent Blindness Texas from 2007-2011.
Currently on the TMI Alumni Board of Directors.
During his time off Tom enjoys mountain biking, playing guitar, running, anything involving the outdoors and spending time with his family.
Sandy is a results driven, highly motivated and seasoned marketing professional with experience delivering innovative solutions to various ad, sports and entertainment brands. She’s a respected manager with commitment to people, team development and a strategic vision to engage consumers and drive revenue growth.
Sandy is currently obtaining a second Masters degree at the University of Texas Health and Science Center -SA in occupational therapy to merge her professional background and experience as a burn survivor into a rewarding career benefiting the burn community.
DEBORAH ORTIZ DE LA PENA
Deborah has close to a decade of experience in Advertising, Media and Public Relations. During her career, she has worked in several Texas cities, New York City, and the Washington, D.C., metro area. A native of Mexico City, Deborah has a passion for languages and culture. She is a certified professional translator in Spanish and English and she is also fluent in German and conversant in French. Deborah is the owner of DOH Marketing and Bilingual Communications; a communications consulting firm in San Antonio, Texas that offers media, public relations, writing and Spanish-English translations services.
Additionally, Deborah works as a public relations consultant for Pennino and Partners, an agency that specializes in media relations and publicity, writing, business development, issues and crisis communications, internal communications and industry relations.
During her career, Deborah has worked for some of the top advertising and media firms in the country including Wieden + Kennedy, the second largest private advertising agency in the world and GateHouse media, one of the nation’s most prominent newspaper conglomerates.
When she is not working, Deborah enjoys spending time with her husband and two-year-old son. She also enjoys traveling, learning about new cultures, writing and cooking new dishes to share with friends and family over a good bottle of wine.
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