About Joshua

How many people do you know that built the very first computer they ever owned? When Joshua McLemore was 15 years old, he thought “why not” and purchased, piece-by-piece, his first computer. He meticulously put it together, plugged in the power source, flipped the switch and heard a loud pop, and then, nothing. He learned that day, don’t ground a computer’s motherboard to the metal casing or you’ll have a whole the size of a dime in the middle of the processor. No refunds offered.

From a very young age, Joshua found himself fascinated by technology. That early fascination led him to where he is today as a pioneer in the digital fundraising era.

Before his first experience in the nonprofit sector at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, Joshua worked in a smorgasbord of jobs. From retail to food service, hotel night auditing to answering calls at multiple call centers, Joshua has a great deal of perspective in a lot of different industries.

When Joshua arrived at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, he experienced his first taste of nonprofit fundraising. He fell in love with “selling” changed lives to a compassionate community of supporters. He learned the fundamentals of fundraising and experienced how different working for a nonprofit organization is than a for-profit organization.

With destiny calling out to him, Joshua took a position as the project manager of a creative team within one of the largest churches in Amarillo, Texas. In this position, Joshua had a great opportunity to flex his leadership muscles, managing a department of multiple graphic designers, writers, videographers and photographers. One of the functions within the creative department was to manage the organization’s website. Drawn to technology and learning, Joshua’s manager recognized the website would be an excellent place to allow his gifting and skills to flourish. And flourish they did!

Over the course of the next year, Joshua taught himself various website languages such as HTML, CSS, Javascript, and PHP as well as developing websites within various content management systems. These website development skills enabled him to do things with the organization’s website that had not previously been explored.

Recognizing a unique opportunity, Joshua accepted a position with Children’s Medical Center Foundation in 2011. There he combined his newly learned skills of website design and development with nonprofit fundraising. The result of this unique set of skills allowed Children’s Medical Center Foundation to build and maintain its own website and create a digital fundraising program that brings in almost half a million dollars each year. Online giving to the Foundation has been increasing year-over-year by an average of 17 percent and has become a pivotal program to the organization.

In 2009, Joshua met his wife, Katie. Where? Online, of course. Katie moved to Amarillo while the couple dated and they married in 2011. In 2013, Joshua and Katie co-founded a nonprofit organization of which he served as the president of the board for two years and as a board member for an additional two years.

In 2015, Joshua and Katie adopted Carson, a baby boy born at just 24 weeks gestation. Carson weighed just under two pounds when born and was two months old when the couple met and adopted him. Carson spent a total of four months in the NICU at Cook Children’s in Fort Worth, Texas. He was able to give Katie the very best birthday present, coming home on her 30 birthday.

Joshua completed his Bachelor of Science, Business Management and Master of Science, Management and Leadership degrees at Western Governors University and now serves as the Web Strategies Program Administrator at Children’s Medical Center Foundation. With over nine years of nonprofit fundraising experience and over six years as a website developer, Joshua has discovered a passion within a unique niche in digital fundraising and is a leading expert within the field.

In his spare time (what’s that?!), Joshua enjoys writing, reading, tinkering with technology, shaking his fist at politics and giving his unsolicited opinion to others.

The most important part of Joshua’s life is his relationship with Jesus. Faith, family, friends and work … in that order. He came to know Jesus and accepted his loving sacrifice while he was a junior in high school. Since that time, he has found out first-hand that following Christ is hard, yet completely simple.

Joshua’s personal life mission statement: “To be a man who lovingly serves; first God, family, friends and a career that makes a positive impact in the world around us and improves the lives of others.”

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  • I love the theme song for the tv show Cheer’s. One line tells you all you need to know about the group: “where everybody knows your name.” Two years ago I took another job with the title “mom” and had to say goodbye to my “Cheers” group. That’s why it’s so sweet to be back with them again today. #businesswoman #localbusiness #plexusone
  • My husband is amazing after a long day a work. He told me get out of the house for a little bit. So I can finish my homework for this week bible study. Love you baby. #husbandandwife #love #nochildren #stayathomemom #momofboyslife #momofboys
  • Sometime life is not always happy. #lovejesus #happy
  • Football season is over. 😢 But who is read for baseball season?! While I like football, my true love is baseball. #baseball #baseballlove #football #texasrangers #homerun
  • This is why I wear red. I’m 1 in 110 people with congenital heart disease. I was 1 in 400,000 when I was born with CHD in 1986. I wear red because I survived five surgeries and a stroke. I wear red because some children don’t survive, but deserve to be remembered. For those parents that have a child that didn’t survive, know that the memory of their life  lives on. If you’re wearing red, why? If not, why not? #whyiwearred #chdwarrior #cdh #cdhsurvivor #chdawareness #heart #hearthealth #
  • Did you know that magnesium has many health benefits? Many of which you might not know about. For example, magnesium is better for your bones than calcium. 90% of Americans are magnesium deficient. Good news! Plexus Bio Cleanse is packed full of magnesium and helps get your digestion on track by speeding up the removal of harmful microbes and substances to support your body’s natural detoxification process. #biocleanse #healthylifestyle #gut #plexus #body
  • Good morning February! The month we’re animal comes out of a whole. My birthday and to top it all off,Love.  Before all that happens. This morning I’m thinking of my goals and what I want to accomplish this amazing month. #newmonth #love #heart #goals #february #bosslady #lovemylife
  • Do you have a truck in your closet? Because I do!! #boys #momboylife #trucks #playdevelopment #growingboy #lovemylife #toyseverywhere #momlife
  • Please wear red on Friday. I will be wearing red for all the survivors of congenital heart disease. #chdwarrior #childrenwithchd #chd #wearred #heart #friday #adultswithchd

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