The Philanthropy of George & Gladys Abell


Mark Palmer, Executive Director

Mark Palmer

Mark is the Executive Director of the Abell-Hanger Foundation. 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 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, Special Project Manager

Wade Kuehler

Wade is the special projects manager for the Abell-Hanger Foundation.  Wade began working for the Foundation during 2016.  Wade possess over 25 years of management experience, primarily in the financial services field. 

He holds a bachelor of science in agriculture economics from Texas Tech University, 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.

Wade is married to Karen and they have two children Morgan and Jay.

Suzanne Thomas, Grants Officer

Suzanne Thomas


Suzanne is a veteran staff member having been with the foundation since 1988. Along with her grants management duties, since 2007 she has been the foundation's coordinator for the Students in Philanthropy program overseeing eight campus programs.

Suzanne is a long time Midlander and graduated from Lee High School and Texas Tech University. She has a son, Justin.

Bobbie Chappell, office administrator

Bobbie Chappell

Bobbie is the office administrator, bookkeeper and minerals tech 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.”