Meet our Founder

As founder of Khambrel Foundation, it is my sincere desire to serve others, promote change, and make a dramatic difference in this lifetime.

Tonia R. Griffin - CEO, Founder Khambrel Foundation, Kindness Activist, Owner, IWEAR by Tonia Rene

Tonia R. Griffin, a native of Galveston County, Texas was taught at an early age how to work with anyone who needed assistance whether in life, school, church, organizations or communities.  Tonia developed a strong desire to give, serve others, building ministries and planting churches.  Serving under leaders began with her relationship with God.

Since the death of her mother in 2015 the vision is being fulfilled and to ensure that the legacy continues the Foundation was named “Khambrel” after my namesake and granddaughter.  The Community Chest and Reaping the Harvest Ministries were established after her mother Etta Mae Lott Tucker who worked as a maid in large homes, hotels and rooming houses.  Tonia was fortunate enough to work alongside her mother and help with housekeeping jobs at an early age.  She was able to witness firsthand what it was like to be in need and not find help.  Etta Mae was well known for a giving heart, feeding the needy, providing families with a place to stay and giving her last $1.

Retired:

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Assistant Director, Financial Aid & Veteran Affairs at The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston

Co-Chair, The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston Diversity Council Recognition & Engagement Subcommittee

Established the first Employee Resource Group at The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston for Veterans (VetsRG) and UTMB Student Veterans Advisory Group and appointed as Spokesperson at the University of Texas Systems Veterans Symposium.

President of the Veterans Civic Council of the Southeast State of Texas

Pastoral Care and Executive Director of Ministries, Church for the Unchurched

Project Manager, Marketing Director and Director of Marketing and Strategic Planning, Without An Umbrella Ministries

Assistant Youth Director, Secretary of Lincoln District Missionary Baptist Association of Texas, serving various community organizations.