Crystal D. Hadnott is the Chief Development Officer for Family Houston. In this position, she provides leadership, direction and coordination for all fundraising strategies and activities that enable the organization to support Houston’s community through various programs and services.
Crystal is a seasoned non-profit executive & consultant with over 15 years of experience; a results driven leader with proven experience in developing integrated fundraising programs, multi-channel marketing, innovation and donor/volunteer engagement, strategic planning, fundraising and constituent care.
Passionate about fundraising and always up to date on trends and new opportunities, Crystal has been recognized for developing cross-functional teams, establishing a sales culture within his teams and creating strategic partnerships to further the mission of the organizations she has worked with. Where a need is identified, she does not wait for someone else to satisfy it. She takes ownership of the situation, assembles the necessary partners, identifies the best solution and implements the necessary strategies. She has the demonstrated ability to recruit, develop, motivate and build cohesive, diverse teams that are results driven, including profitability in entrepreneurial ventures.
In addition to her position with Family Houston, she also serves as a board member of the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, where she plays an active role with the Fund Development Committee. She is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals with her Certified Fund-Raising Executive credentials.
Through our many programs and outreach services, Family Houston builds stronger families by teaching the life skills necessary to face financial, health, relationship and other critical challenges.
Dr. Hadnott became a student of nutrition after a medical crisis in her 20s and being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. After conducting many hours of research on the healing properties of food, she became passionate about studying nutrition, which lead to her receiving several certifications and publishing numerous scholarly articles. Crystal has comprehensively studied over 100 dietary theories, the science behind food as well as innovative methods in integrative wellness in developing her professional principles and private practice.
She is a Certified Integrative Nutritionist, Functional Wellness Coach, Health Educator, speaker, author and advocate curating a holistic health revolution to help people operate at peak performance and reach optimal wellness.
Her wellness philosophy is one that looks at the complete person and focusing on the full spectrum--physical, mental, emotional, spiritual wellness of the individual. She believes that since people are multi-dimensional, health has be addressed with a multi-faceted approach.
As an authority in the industry, she has authored her memoir and will be releasing her highly anticipated second book, Living Nourished: Nurturing Principles Beyond the Plate.
Crystal is a an alumnae of University of Houston, Texas Southern University, Maryland University of Integrative Health along with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Crystal is available for nutrition consulting, wellness counseling, health coaching, conferences, lectures, seminars, workshops and retreats.
Among her many accomplishments since taking her fate in her own hands, Crystal Hadnott has run well over 150 full and half marathons since October 2006 and on several different occasions, she has also run a 202-mile relay race. In addition, she is known to bike 150 miles in the BP MS-150 in support of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Her next challenges are running all 50 states, the world majors as well as conquering her first ultra marathon.
As an authority and expert on all things nutrition, fitness, health and wellness. She has published several scholarly articles, she authored her first book, "The Finish Line was Just the Start: A Marathon Runner's Memoir of Relentlessness, Resilience & Renewal."
She is set to release two more books in 2021.
After creating a transformative brand, to further her mission through community engagement, advocacy and diplomacy, she wanted to do her part by expanding Synergy through her charities initiatives to provide change, "Growing Up Growing."
With an understanding that limited access to nutritious food and proper nutrition education is systematic, structural and institutional racism.
Growing Up Growing not only provides community gardens for youth within their neighborhoods but also offers educational workshops giving social instructions and interactions around the food that they are growing--potentially leading to economic development and sustainability within that community.
This philanthropic action lead to her advocacy action, Growing on the Go, which will kick off during the Spring of 2021.
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