Lubbock Christian University
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Kelli Childre

Community Relations Officer


Kelli has been a part of Lubbock Christian University since 2005. Initially serving as the Director of Public Relations for 9 years, she later transitioned to Austin due to her husband's relocation. She assumed the role of Community Relations Officer for the Austin area, facilitating connections between LCU and alumni, friends, and prospective students, while remaining a staff member of the University Relations Department.

With over 30 years of experience in marketing, public relations, and event planning, her expertise has spanned numerous high-profile events, notably including LCU's 50th Anniversary Celebration, along with recurring events like LCU's annual Big Blue Christmas community event. She has coordinated benefit dinners featuring renowned speakers like General Colin Powell, President George W. Bush, and Condoleezza Rice in LCU's "An Evening with..." series. Additionally, she has coordinated various LCU events involving an MLB player, managed presidential inaugurations for LCU's sixth and seventh presidents, L. Timothy Perrin, J.D. and Dr. Scott A. McDowell, and events with personalities like the Duck Dynasty family, Jen Hatmaker, and Bob Goff. She has overseen the production of history book projects commemorating LCU's 50th and 60th anniversaries, in addition to managing university publications.

Kelli began her career after earning bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas Tech University. She started as an intern with the Texas Department of Agriculture in the DFW metroplex before joining the Bennigan's marketing department at Metromedia Restaurant Corporation. Later, she joined Tom Thumb Food and Pharmacy as their Public Relations Manager. After relocating to Lubbock, she temporarily paused her career to focus on raising her young children before re-entering the professional world at LCU. She specializes in project management, external relations, and event planning.

As an active community volunteer in Lubbock, Kelli served in leadership roles for the Junior League of Lubbock, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, and Texas Tech University's College of Human Sciences, being named a Top 20 Under 40 in the Lubbock community. In Austin, she is active at Westover Hills Church of Christ.