If you would like to request additional information or explore ways to assist Galveston College students, please contact:
Maria S Tripovich
Director of Development and Galveston College Foundation
4015 Avenue Q
Galveston, Texas 77550
Maria S Tripovich
Maria Schattenberg-Tripovich serves as Director of Development and the Galveston College Foundation. She was invited to join the College in spring, 2013. Prior to accepting this position, Maria was Director of State Public Health Initiatives and Government Affairs for the Centers of Disease Control Vision Health Initiative-Prevent Blindness Texas Project for the lower Rio Grande Valley and East Texas including Galveston County. Under a grant awarded to the CDC and Prevent Blindness America-Chicago, she raised public awareness and private funds to match limited federal education dollars for eye health in Texas.
Ophthalmology, optometry societies and vision health insurance providers matched the federal resources to provide education and even provide funds for direct services in Galveston County and in the neediest counties in the Valley. She founded a 35 member academic and service institution collaborative across Texas. The Texas Vision Health Education Initiative was recognized for its excellent use of public and private resources by the 140 year old American Public Health Association, the largest non-profit research organization specializing in tracking the nation’s healthcare services and participants. After almost a decade of NIH support to the CDC for this critically acclaimed public/private sector state-wide community health effort, Congress eliminated funding for vision health.
Her island ties are strong. Maria trained as a lawyer at Creighton University and South Texas College of Law. She interned in the Galveston County Criminal Courts under former District Attorney Michael Guarino. Her first professional position was as Arts in Education Director for the Galveston County Cultural Arts Council under Executive Director, Emily Whiteside. She coordinated all major performing arts organizations from Houston to work with the Galveston Independent School District and promoted some of the earliest civic conversations regarding the restoration of the 1894 Grand Opera House under the direction of the Council.
She is a member of the Galveston-Houston Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Public Relations and Legislative Advocacy Society of America, and is an advisory board member for St. Basil’s Free Trade Coffee, a non-profit committed to alleviating poverty and promoting opportunities for women entrepreneurs in Central America.