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Allison Brings Extensive Nonprofit Experience to Arthritis Foundation

Today, the Arthritis Foundation South Central Region announced the recent hiring of Twyla Allison at its Dallas headquarters.  Allison joins the Arthritis Foundation as the organization’s Controller. Under her new position, Allison will be responsible for the Foundation’s business accounting activities for the South Central Region, which serves more than 5 million constituents in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.  She will manage all financial stewardship and hold responsibilities for budgets and compliance, as well as overseeing related fiscal activities in support of the organization and the board.  She will report to Susan Carter, Chief Executive Officer, Arthritis Foundation South Central Region.  

 “The further expansion of our management team continues to strengthen our ability to meet the needs of our constituents in the communities that we serve across the South Central Region, including more than 1.8 million right here in North Texas who live with arthritis pain every minute of every day,” said Carter. “Twyla comes to us with more than 13 years of nonprofit experience and she has held numerous top positions in finance and accounting.”  

Allison’s impressive financial background is reflected in her demonstrated leadership though her previous experience with two of Dallas’ most well-respected nonprofit organizations including the Dallas Women’s Foundation and The Family Place.  

As an accountant later advancing to Controller, Allison played an instrumental role at the Dallas Women’s Foundation.  The organization is the largest regional women’s fund in the world and a leader in advancing positive social and economic change for women and girls. Allison executed month-end closings, including financial statements and approval reconciliations for bank and investment accounts.  She was also responsible for cash management, banking relationships, cash flow, forecasting and external audits.

Prior joining the Women’s Foundation, Allison served at The Family Place as the Funding and Compliance Manager and was later promoted to Assistant Director of Finance.  Allison managed all government and private grants including research, funding opportunities, grant writing, billings and compliance.  She was also instrumental in account reconciliation, oversight and revision of internal controls.  Allison also served in a leadership capacity supervising payroll and grant accounting.

Prior to her work with nonprofits, Allison held related positions as the General Ledger and Payroll Supervisor for Dallas Nephrology Associates and as Business Manager for the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association and NIADA Services, Inc. in Arlington. 

Alison is dedicated to community service and has been an invaluable member in a variety of organizations including:  Society for Human Resource Management; Association of Certified Fraud Examiners;  Sigma Beta Delta, TWU Chapter - International Honor Society in Business, Management, and Administration; Dallas Women’s Foundation Grant Review Committee; and the North Central Texas Council of Governments Criminal Justice Policy Development Committee.  

Allison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Fashion Merchandising from Abilene Christian University. She later earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Texas Women’s University graduating with honors.

The work of the Arthritis Foundation South Central Region supports the organization’s fight against arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability.  Currently, 53 million Americans (one in five) are living with arthritis pain every minute of every day.  The Arthritis Foundation leads initiatives to support research to find a cure, provide public health/educational programs for those who have arthritis, and continue its advocacy efforts throughout the South Central Region and across the U.S. 

Please join us in welcoming Twyla Allison to the Arthritis Foundation South Central Region team. For more info call (214) 826-4361; email

About the Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation ( is committed to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of arthritis, which strikes one in every five adults and 300,000 children, and is the nation’s leading cause of disability. To conquer this painful, debilitating disease, we support education, research, advocacy and other vital programs and services.




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Wednesday, January 29, 2014