Meet our Advancement Team

Tara Elgin Holley
Vice President of Institutional Advancement

(512) 439-0355



A development professional with a career of 30 years, Holley serves as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Beginning her fundraising career in the arts and humanities, Holley worked for both the Texas Commission for the Arts and Texas Council for the Humanities. She has held the senior fundraising positions at Museum of Photographic Arts, (MOPA) San Diego, ArtPace, San Antonio and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRHRC) at the University of Texas, Austin. Independent consulting led her to WDC where she consulted for Appleseed Foundation. Prior to returning to Texas she served as fundraising consultant and Senior Counsel for Custom Development Solutions where she led several multi-million dollar campaigns. As a student she studied and performed early music and musicology in Europe. A published author of an award-winning personal memoir, she holds the Master of Musicology degree from the University of Texas. Tara has 4 grown children: a son and a daughter and 2 step-daughters.


Andrew West
Senior Director of Annual Fund & Alumni Relations

(512) 439-0333


Andrew West serves as the Director of Annual Fund & Alumni Relations for Southwest. In this role, Andrew oversees annual fundraising and alumni activities for the institution as well as supporting other campaigns and projects in the Office of Advancement. Before joining the team at Southwest, Andrew worked for the Long Center for the Performing Arts for five years as a development officer and was part of a fundraising team that raised $82M to construct and open the facility. After leaving the Long Center, he joined the staff of Heart House Austin in 2011 as the Development Director, overseeing all fundraising activities as well as a rebranding of the organization to The BeHive. Andrew is passionate about his community and volunteer service. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Sinfonia Educational Foundation's Board of Trustees as well as serving on several committees for organizations in Austin including: Leadership Austin, Greater Austin Chapter of AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) and is a founding member of Austin Young Fundraisers. His passions outside of the office include cooking, wine, friends, family, reading and traveling with his wife. Andrew is a life-long Austinite and lives in south Austin with his wife, Mandy, and their six year old lab, Bella.

Eric Scott
Director of Donor Relations and Planned Giving

(512) 439-0326



Eric brings over a decade of fundraising experience to his role as Director of Donor Relations and Planned Giving, where he oversees Donor Stewardship, Planned Giving and Special Events for the Seminary of the Southwest.  With a background primarily in Individual Giving and Fundraising Events for the arts, Eric has run highly successful campaigns at prominent and highly respected cultural institutions in both Austin and New York, including Roundabout Theatre Company, the Irish Repertory Theatre and ZACH Theatre.
A native of Austin, Eric lived and worked in New York City for over decade after earning his BA in Drama from the University of Texas in 1998. He and his wife of 13 years, Laura, returned to Austin in 2009, where they raise their two children, Sophie and Grace. Raised in the Episcopal Church, his great-grandfather, Raymond Gumm, was a priest in the Diocese of Oklahoma. He was confirmed at St. Richard's in Round Rock, TX and he and his family are members of St. David's in Austin.


Daniel Hope
Development Associate
(512) 439-0397


Daniel began as a student at Southwest in 2008 and joined the Institutional Advancement team as an employee one year later.  Before joining Southwest Daniel worked in development at the University of Texas.  Daniel also has a background in social media strategy and has spoken at three SXSW Interactive conferences on the topic.   Daniel is an alum of the Loise Henderson Wessendorff Center for Christian Ministry and Vocation and is now a License Marriage and Family Therapy Associate with a focus on working with couples.  

Since joining the seminary he has worked in various roles including donor relations coordinator and database systems & support analyst.  Daniel is currently the department's development associate.  Daniel and his wife, Leslie, just celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary and have two young daughters, Camilla and Violet.  Daniel is passionate about ecological sustainability and is a founding board member of Farmshare Austin, a non-profit focused on providing instruction for aspiring farmers and local, organic produce to Austin's needy.  Daniel and his family grow vegetables and raise chickens on their own tiny urban farm in north Austin.


Luisa Montgomery
Development Associate

512.472.4133 ext. 301




Luisa graduated in 2013 from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. Shortly after graduation, she and her boyfriend of six years, Cody, decided to move back to Austin to be closer to their families.  Before coming to Southwest, Luisa was working in database management for the San Antonio Humane Society, where she found the second love of her life, a black lab named Zoey. Luisa enjoys hockey games, bike riding, hiking and exploring the outdoors with Cody and Zoey. Having grown up in the Episcopal Church, Luisa was thrilled last February to accept the position as Development Associate of Gift Processing and Database Management.