The Philanthropy of George & Gladys Abell


Mark Palmer, Executive Director

Mark Palmer

Mark is the Abell-Hanger Foundation's, Chief Executive Officer. He has been with the foundation since 2011. He served as the Special Projects Manager until July of 2016 and during that time was responsible for the community collaboration that yielded Midland Shared Spaces.

Mark is a Texas Tech University graduate with a B.A. in Psychology and a Teaching Certificate. Mark is married to Susan and resides in Midland. They have two sons, Preston and Samuel.

“Without a doubt, I have the best job in Midland and get to work with the finest people.

I’m grateful to be a steward of the gifts given by George and Gladys Abell so many years ago.”

Wade Kuehler

Wade began working for the Abell-Hanger Foundation in 2016 and currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO).  He possess 30 years of management experience, primarily in the financial services field. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Economics from Texas Tech University, and a Masters in Banking from the Southwest Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. 

Additionally, Wade is a Certified Information Systems Auditor and has completed the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certification program.

Bobbie Chappell, office administrator

Bobbie Chappell

Bobbie is the Assistant Treasurer and Office Manager of the Abell-Hanger Foundation.  She has been with the foundation since August 1989.

Bobbie is married to David and resides in Midland.  They have three children and six grandchildren.

“I have been blessed beyond measure to have the privilege to work for such a wonderful organization.  Even though I play a very small part, I am humbled at the opportunity to be instrumental in carrying on the vision and passion of Mr. and Mrs. Abell.  I have also been so blessed to serve their vision with the most professional, caring, compassionate, genuine people in all the world.”

Helga Hoban

Helga is the Foundation's Grants Officer. She joined our staff during April 2018, she brought with her fifteen years of banking, information technology, and risk management experience.

Helga is married to Lyle and has a son, Wesley, and a daughter, Hannah.

"Life has come full circle for me personally. As a lifetime Midlander, I attended Midland College with financial assistance from the Abell-Hanger Foundation. I am blessed beyond measure and so deeply honored to be part of a vision and love Mr. and Mrs. Abell had for our community so many years ago. I am just one of thousands that the philanthropy of Mr. and Mrs. Abell has personally impacted leaving only the best to come for the community we love and call home."

Julia Vickery

Julia joined the Abell-Hanger Foundation’s staff in July 2022 as our program manager. She brings 25 years of experience in higher education with her.  Her responsibilities include managing the Students and Philanthropy program and our soon-to-launch Leadership Acceleration Program. 

Julia holds a bachelor’s degree from Graceland University, where she concentrated in Biology, Business, and Communications. Her master’s in microbiology (Molecular Genetics emphasis) was earned at the University of Kansas. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Abilene Christian University in their Leadership EdD program.

Julia is married to Eric.  They have a son, Benton, and a daughter, Railey.