Board of Directors
Mara Aspinall is a biotech industry executive and healthcare pioneer.
Aspinall is Managing Director of BlueStone Venture Partners. Aspinall is the former President and CEO of Ventana Medical Systems division of Roche, worldwide leader in development and commercialization of tissue-based cancer diagnostics. With her great team worldwide, Ventana increased market share and growth globally and established itself as the world’s leading oncology companion diagnostics developer and manufacturer.
Mara previously spent 12 years as President of Genzyme Genetics and Genzyme Pharmaceuticals. The hallmark of her tenure at Genzyme was setting the industry standard for quality while growing the company at an unprecedented rate. The Genetics business was sold to LabCorp for $1 billion.
Aspinall is a member of the Board of Directors of Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE: SFE), Abcam plc (AIM: ABC), Castle Biosciences and Blue Cross Blue Shield Arizona.
In addition to running commercial enterprises, Aspinall is passionate about educating the healthcare community on the importance of diagnostics, genomics and personalized medicine. To that end, Aspinall co-founded the International School of Biomedical Diagnostics at Arizona State University, the first school dedicated entirely to Diagnostics as an independent discipline. The School awarded their first Master degrees in 2014 and will graduate 75 students this year.
Within Arizona, Aspinall is the Chair of the Arizona Biosciences Board, a CEO group focused on increasing capital in the state for innovation based technology companies. She is also a Board member of Sun Corridor and the Southern Arizona Leadership Council.
Aspinall is a frequent national speaker on healthcare related issues. She was named Arizona Biosciences Leader of the Year in 2016 and one of “100 Most Inspiring People in Life Sciences” by PharmaVOICE magazine.
Mara started her business career at the strategic consulting firm Bain & Company. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in International Relations from Tufts University.
Mr. Bourn is the President of Bourn Companies, LLC. Bourn Companies is a commercial real estate investment, development and services company based in Tucson, Arizona. Since its origination in 1990, Bourn Companies and its predecessors have completed over 4,000,000 square feet of acquisitions and developments, specializing in corporate office buildings, retail shopping centers and unique multi-family residential and hospitality properties.
Mr. Bourn is a member of the Board of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC), and is also a member of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO), and The University of Arizona Cancer Center.
Mr. Bourn holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska.
Garry established Brav & Foreman Construction Company, Inc. in 1973. BFL Construction Company, Inc. was formed in 1977 when Brav & Foreman formed a new company with NICO Construction Company (listed on the NYSE as LVI Group). He was responsible for the Tucson, Phoenix and Albuquerque operations. In 1984, the BFL stock owned by NICO was purchased by BFL.
Under his leadership, BFL expanded the business from tenant improvements to multi-million dollar commercial projects throughout Tucson and Southern Arizona.
Garry takes great pride in the company’s reputation for superior work and the expertise and loyalty of his dedicated employees; many who have been with the company 20 to 30 years.
His community involvement has included positions with the American Cancer Society as Chairman of the Board, Co-Chair of their Capital Fund raising campaign for their Tucson headquarters, and for 20 years served as Chair and Co-Chair of the Development Committee for their annual major fund raising event.
Garry was Chair of the Mayor’s Homeless Facilities Committee; The American Red Cross Facility Acquisition Committee; Chair of the United Way of Tucson and the Southern Arizona Construction and Mining Division; and Steering Committee Member for El Rio Community Health Center’s 30th Anniversary Fund Drive. He is past Chairman for the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Development Services Committee developing the mid-rise zoning ordinances for the Camelback Corridor in Phoenix.
Garry is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
David is a founding shareholder and Executive Vice President at Beach Fleischman PC. He was previously employed with the international CPA firms of Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG) and Laventhol & Horwath. David’s areas of specialty include tax planning and strategy, business consulting and retirement planning. His industry experience includes real estate, high tech and software, professional services, manufacturing and distribution, medical practices and professional athletes.
David has been a member of SALC for many years and is a strong believer in SALC’s mission. He has been passionate about making Tucson and Arizona great places in which to live and work. David has a long history of service to the community, often taking a leadership role. In addition to his service with SALC as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee, David’s current involvements include Centurions; Desert Angels, Executive Committee member; TMC HealthCare, Trustee; Tax 20 Group, a National Tax Director Association; Tucson Tax Study Group, Director; and a member of the VIP Breakfast Club.
In 2003, David was appointed by former Governor Napolitano to serve on the Citizen’s Finance Review Commission to review the State’s tax structure. Other past affiliations include Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Board of Trustees; Greater Tucson Economic Council (GTEC), past Treasurer; Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau (now Visit Tucson), past Chairman & Treasurer; Pima County Real Estate Research Council, Chairman (2005 & 2006); Ronald McDonald House, board trustee; Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault, President; Tucson Children’s Museum, Treasurer; Tucson Horizons, Vice President; Tucson Jewish Community Foundation, professional advisory group; United Way Volunteer in the Workplace award recipient, Father of the Year Honoree (2011); Walkup for Mayor of Tucson Committee, Treasurer (1999); Walkup for Mayor of Tucson Committee, Treasurer (2003).
Mel Cohen’s law practice focuses on commercial litigation and transactions with emphasis on construction, surety, real estate and business disputes. Starting in 1974 as a Pima County Deputy County Attorney he gained substantial experience in numerous construction projects including Ina Road Wastewater facility, Kino Hospital, golf courses as well as representing Pima County Planning and Zoning, Building Code, Elections, School Superintendent and the County Merit System. After leaving the County and travelling for a year, he returned to open a private practice with Howard Watt, developing a practice representing general contractors, owners, subcontractors, sureties, design professionals and developers. Joining Mesch, Clark & Rothschild, P.C. in 1989 he has continued litigation, arbitration and mediation of large commercial disputes, including lending and other commercial agreements, real estate acquisition, leases and manufacturing agreements, mergers and acquisitions, as well as construction of auditoriums, mining facilities, multi-family projects, telescopes, water and sewer projects, large private residences, highway and pipeline construction.
Community, Religious, and Civil Affiliations: Board Member of Reading Seed, now Literacy Connects. 2012 City of Tucson Bond Oversight Commission for Roads; assists in leading Shabbat and Holiday services at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging; previously University of Arizona Hillel Foundation Board of Directors and President; Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging Board of Director and Chair. Volunteer Attorney for Tourette’s Syndrome Association.
Professional Memberships: Volunteer Lawyer’s Program; Adjunct Professor University of Arizona College of Architecture + Planning + Landscape Architecture; Arizona Superior Court Judge Pro Tem; American Bar Association Forum on Construction Industry; and Fidelity & Surety Law Committee; American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator; Association of General Contractors of America Contract Documents Committee; Legus Network of Law Firms; Arizona Builder’s Alliance.
Bar Committees: Arizona Bar Construction Committee; Arizona Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee; previously Arizona Bar Fee Arbitration Committee.
Awards: Center for Disability Law Award; Volunteer Lawyer Pro-Bono Attorney.
Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors, University of Cincinnati, 1970. Juris Doctor, University of Pittsburgh, 1973. Admitted to practice, State Bar of Arizona and Federal District Court, 1974; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Training, including Harvard University and American Arbitration Association
Personal and Athletic Interests: University of Cincinnati Football 1966-67; whitewater rafting; ocean kayaking; yoga. Presently studying Tai Chi; ancient Jewish texts.
Allen Couture is vice president of Operations for Raytheon Missiles & Defense, where is is responsible for all product manufacturing, facilities, and environmental, health and safety functions. With more than 4,000 employees in seven states, Operations specializes in assembly and integration of RMS weapons systems in this nearly $6 billion business. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2018 sales of $27 billion and 67,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Rob Draper is President of O’Rielly Chevrolet, Inc., one of the nation’s largest Chevrolet dealerships and locally owned and operated since 1924. He became the Dealer Principal in July 2010. Rob is also the President of O’Rielly Ventures, Inc., which engages primarily in real estate development and investment and local venture investing.
Prior to joining the O’Rielly group in 2002, Rob was a partner in the law firm of Winston & Strawn in Washington, D.C., where he practiced for twelve years in the areas of energy and international project finance. As an energy lawyer, he represented many of the U.S. utility companies that operate nuclear power plants with respect to licensing, regulatory compliance, contractual, and business advisory matters. As a project finance lawyer, he represented project developers and agencies such as the U.S. Export-Import Bank and Overseas Private Investment Corporation in their financing and development of power plants and other energy and infrastructure projects, mostly overseas.
Rob is a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Tucson Airport Authority, Tucson Conquistadores, and Tucson New Car Dealers Association. He serves on the Board of the Catalina Council, Boy Scouts of America and hosts the Council’s annual All-Business Pinewood Derby at O’Rielly Chevrolet. He also served on the Board of Directors of “Imagine Greater Tucson.” He was a member of the TUSD Blue Ribbon Committee, which he co-chaired in 2007 with then-TUSD Superintendent Roger Pfeuffer, and remains interested in supporting and promoting quality local education.
Rob grew up in Austin, Texas and went to high school in Beaumont, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in physics and political science from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, and a law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the State Bar of Arizona, and the District of Columbia Bar.
Rob is married to Amy O’Rielly Draper, and they have three children – Katie, a graduate of University High and senior at Wake Forest University; Jack, a senior at Salpointe; and Ryan, a sophomore at University High. He enjoys travel, golf, sailing, skiing, wakeboarding, serving as a Scout leader, and assisting with and watching his kids’ sports activities.
Harry has more than 35 years experience in founding, operating and investing in successful rapid growth technology-related companies. He is a co-founder of Solstice Capital, and now serves as President & CFO for Radiance Therapeutics. From its inception in 1981 to 1989, Mr. George was co-founder, Director, and Vice-President of Finance for Interleaf Inc. During this time, Interleaf, a pioneer in electronic publishing, grew to be a publicly traded company with $100 million in annual revenue. In January 2000, Interleaf was acquired by Broadvision in a stock merger that valued Interleaf at approximately $900 million. Prior to this, Harry was a co-founder, Director and Vice President of Finance of Kurzweil Computer Products, subsequently purchased by Xerox Imaging Systems.
Harry has been a Director of a number of private and public companies and is currently a Director of AmpliMed, Lumidigm, High Throughput Genomics, and Regenesis Biomedical. He is a member of the Investors’ Circle and was active with the Arizona Venture Capital Conference, where he was on the conference screening panel from 1997-2003. Harry is a member of the advisory committee of the MBA program at the Eller School of Business of the University of Arizona and serves as an advisor to the Arizona Center for Innovation. From 1996 to 2003, he was a Trustee of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and he currently serves as its Vice Chair of Treasure the Desert Capital Campaign. He is also a Trustee of the Tucson Museum of Art. He received an AB from Bowdoin College.
Michael Hammond has been in commercial real estate since 1978 and is President, Founder and Managing Shareholder of Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, Southern Arizona’s leading independent commercial real estate brokerage and management firm. He has been a national trainer for the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors for 20 years, teaching sales and marketing skills to incoming real estate professionals early in their careers. In 2002, with his background in industrial real estate and interest in regional economic development, he began focusing on the border region and, more specifically, the State of Sonora, Mexico. PICOR subsequently incorporated in Mexico and is successfully expanding their services into Southern Arizona and Sonora, Mexico.
Affiliations and Achievements:
American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter – Past chair; Arizona Aerospace
Foundation – Past board member; Business Development Finance Corporation – Current Chair; Community Finance Corporation – Current Chair; Commerce Bank of Arizona – Founding and current Board Member; DM-50 – Member; Industrial Development Authority of Tucson – Past Vice-President; Southern Arizona Leadership Council – Past Chair & current Board member; Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO) – Member, Board of Directors; Tucson Chamber of Commerce – Member; Urban Land Institute – Member of the So. Ar. Steering Committee
Arizona Town Hall – Past Vice-President, Current member; Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) – Past President, Current member; Commerce and Economic Development Commission, State of Arizona – Past commissioner; Pima County Real Estate Research Council – Past chair; Urban Land Institute – State of Arizona Steering Committee
American Society of Real Estate Counselors (CRE); Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) – Member, International Advisory Committee;
Urban Land Institute – Full member
University of Washington, Bachelor of Science, Forestry Engineering
As well as serving on SALC’s Board of Directors, long-time member Duff Hearon is actively engaged in several SALC focus areas and committees, including the Governance and Infrastructure focus areas, the Membership and Strategic Initiatives committees, and the Tucson Regional Water Coalition.
For over 25 years Duff has been joint or sole Principal and the Chief Executive Officer of the Ashland Group, a diversified investment company in commercial real estate, land and securities. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona School of Law with highest distinction and holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Finance and Accounting, also from the University of Arizona. After graduation from undergraduate school, Duff was proud to be commissioned and serve as an officer in the United States Army.
Duff began his business career as a CPA in the Chicago office of a “Big 8” accounting firm (back when there were 8!). He returned to Tucson and, after his graduation from law school, practiced commercial and tax law with the largest law firm in Southern Arizona. While no longer actively practicing law, he is still recognized as an “A” and “V” rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, the National Lawyers Directory, its highest designation for legal expertise and ethics. Duff established Ashland Group in 1985.
Duff holds or has held board positions with many professional organizations including, the Board of Directors of the University Science & Technology Park, Pima County Real Estate Research Council (Chairman), the Conquistadores and the Greater Tucson Economic Council – GTEC (Chairman), and the Centurions. He also served as a Board member and Fundraising Campaign Chairman of the United Way of Greater Tucson. He is a member of Tucson Airport Authority and University of Arizona President’s Club. Duff was an initial member of the Governor’s Strategic Partnership for Economic Development (GSPED).
Duff’s proudest of raising three children (now adults) Heather, Megan and Duff James with his wife of over 30 years, Michelle. His family and good friends in this Valley and State are what inspire him daily to try to create a better and more prosperous Community.
PRESIDENT & CEO
Tucson Electric Power
David G. Hutchens is President and Chief Executive Officer of UNS Energy Corporation (“UNS Energy”) and its operating utilities Tucson Electric Power (“TEP”) and Unisource Energy Services (“UES”).
Mr. Hutchens has been with UNS Energy for over 20 years. He was named a Vice President in 2009, rose to Executive Vice President in March 2011 and was named President in December 2011 before assuming his current role in May 2014.
He earned a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Arizona and is a former nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy.
He serves on the Boards of Directors of UNS Energy affiliated utilities FortisBC and FortisAlberta as well as Edison Electric Institute. He is past Chair of Western Energy Institute’s Board of Directors and is current Chair of Sun Corridor, Inc. He also is a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, the Tucson Conquistadores, Salpointe Catholic Education Board of Directors.
He is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Nancy Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer for El Rio Community Health Center, one of the largest federally qualified health centers in the country. She is a registered nurse as well as holding masters degrees in both nursing from the University of Illinois and marketing and business from the University of Arizona Eller College. Her doctoral research was on provider perspectives in caring for the uninsured population, leading to her completion of her PhD in Health Services.
Nancy has held positions as a clinician, a faculty member in both nursing and business, as well as an administrator. She spent over 15 years with Tucson Medical Center, building community health and wellness programs, acquiring and managing medical practices for the TMC system, and expanding community networks. Today, in addition to her role as El Rio’s CEO, she continues to serve as an adjunct clinical professor for the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She has authored a textbook with her husband, entitled “The Care of the Uninsured in America” available through Springer Publishing and most recently, an article in Nursing Administration Quarterly on Healthcare for the Homeless. Dr. Johnson is a recipient of the University of Arizona’s Cecil B. Hart Humanitarian Award.
Chief Executive Officer Rosey Koberlein oversees leadership and strategic planning for all the Long Companies, including Brokerage, Mortgage, Title and Insurance. With more than 25 years of real estate experience, Rosey has served in branch and senior management positions within Long Realty Company since 1991.
Prior to joining Long Realty Company, Rosey served as a branch manager at Mason McDuffie Financial Corporation in Northern California and Director of Employment and Training programs for the City of Cleveland, Ohio. Rosey received her Masters of Public Administration from Kent State University and is a Certified Residential Broker.
Rosey plays an active role in the Tucson community. She has served on the board of directors for the Tucson Association of REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service (TAR/MLS), the Carondelet Foundation and Habitat for Humanity Advisory Board. Rosey currently co-chairs the Southern Arizona Leadership Council P-20 Education Committee.
She is currently a member of the Tucson Airport Authority, a Board Member of Pima County Real Estate Research Council and a member of the Women at the Top (WATT).
In addition to her local commitments, Rosey frequently speaks at national levels on topics ranging from real estate to mortgage and title issues. In 2004, Rosey was awarded by Tucson Association of REALTORS® for her outstanding service, and in 2005, was recognized as one of Tucson’s “Women of Influence” by Inside Tucson Business. In 2013, Rosey was recognized as the “200 Most Powerful People in Residential Real Estate in 2013” and “The Top 20 Most Powerful Women in Residential Real Estate” by Swanepoel. In 2014, Rosey was featured in the article, “Women Who Lead,” 2014 Summer Edition by BizTucson.
John Lai is President and CEO of Mister Car Wash, the nation’s largest car wash company with over 250 stores in 21 states employing 8,000 people. John joined the company in 2002 and played a key role in crafting the company’s employee first culture and relentless focus on continuously improving the customer experience. John coordinated the move of the company headquarters to downtown Tucson and most recently announced the expansion of their new campus near 6th avenue and 6th street. Prior to being named CEO, John served as COO and was responsible for operations, human resources, and marketing. Prior to that he was Vice President of Market Development.
Prior to joining Mister Car Wash, John was VP of Sales for Financenter a provider of web based applications to the financial services industry, President of Blue Coral Systems a specialty chemical provider to the car wash industry, Direct Account Manager for Nestle USA in the consumer-packaged goods division, District Manager for Carnation in the grocery products division and General Assembler for IBM in the general products division.
John’s the Chairman of the Board for Mister Car Wash and served on the boards of the International Car Wash Association and the Western Car Wash Association. John’s a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Desert Angels, and Friends of Arizona Lacrosse.
John earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona in 1987.
Current position: Chancellor, Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona
• President, Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, Wash. Length of service: June 9, 2006-present
• Vice President for Human Resources and Legal Affairs, Shoreline Community College, January 2005-June 2006
• Vice President for Human Resources and Legal Affairs, Centralia College, Centralia, Wash.
• Special Assistant to the President for Civil Rights and Legal Affairs at The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Wash.
• Instructor, The Evergreen State College, teaching courses on Law, Civil Rights and Social Justice and Employment Law.
• Worked in a number of governmental agencies
• Board member, American Association of Community Colleges
• Participant, AACC Vocational Education Leadership Training Program
• Board chair, National Coalition of Certification Centers
• Founding member, Manufacturing Institute Education Council
• Board member and Strategic Visioning committee member, Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges
• Board member, Washington Campus Compact
• Board member, Dale Turner Family YMCA
• Member, Shoreline Chamber of Commerce
• Editorial board member and contributor, The Source online magazine
• Juris Doctor degree, Seattle University School of Law
• Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Wash.
• Recipient, Pacific Region 2009 Chief Executive Officer Award from the Association of Community College Trustees.
• Speaker at national and international conferences, most recently the International Conference on Community Colleges, and the American Association of Community Colleges’ 20th Annual Workforce Development Institute on “The Keys to Collaboration: K-12 and workforce relationships.”
• Member, Washington State Bar Association
• U.S. Army veteran. Born in Korea, grew up on three continents. Graduated from high school in the Olympia, Wash., area.
Joining Cox in 2008, Lisa Lovallo is responsible for all the Southern Arizona business, public affairs and community relations functions in both Pima and Cochise Counties.
Prior to Cox, Lovallo was a District Manager at Procter & Gamble in the Los Angeles market. Lovallo left P&G to start her own business, North American Enterprises, where she spent 14 years building and growing a successful international import and export company.
After the sale of North American Enterprises, Lovallo began teaching as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management and served as the Director of Student Advancement and Development. During her tenure at the U of A, Lovallo also ran for the Arizona State Legislature.
Lovallo serves on numerous community boards including Sun Corridor, the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, the Tucson Airport Authority, The University of Arizona College of Science, Tucson Medical Center and the Reid Park Zoo. In 2017, Lovallo was named a board member of Unisource Energy, a subsidiary of Fortis Inc. and the parent company of Tucson Electric Power.
Lovallo was been named “Woman of the Year” by the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce, “A Woman of Influence” by Inside Tucson Business, a “Woman on the Move” by the YWCA and was given the “Spirit of Philanthropy” award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Lovallo has also received the Ray Davies Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tucson Unified School District Foundation and the “Phyllis Ehlinger Women of Excellence Award” from the American Advertising Federation Tucson.
Lovallo grew up in Tucson and is a graduate of the University of Arizona. At the U of A she earned a bachelor’s degree in English, was the Student Body Vice President and played on Arizona’s Women’s basketball team. Lovallo received her MBA in 2017, from the University of Arizona Eller College of Management and graduated with academic honors (Gamma Beta Sigma). Lovallo is an avid golfer and loves to travel.
Steve serves as Chief Strategy Officer for NuPOINT Marketing. Prior to this, Steve was Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at both UNS Energy Corporation and Tucson Electric Power Company. In that capacity, he was responsible for positioning both UNS Energy and TEP with regulators, customers and the greater community. He was responsible for customer service, corporate communications, consumer relations, community affairs and government relations for both UNS Energy and TEP. Steve joined UNS Energy and TEP in 2000.
From February to August, 2005, Steve also served as the Interim President and CEO of Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc. (TREO). This regional economic development organization is a joint venture of city/county governments and the business community in eastern Pima County.
Prior to joining UNS Energy and TEP, he spent sixteen years as CEO and owner-partner at Nordensson Lynn & Associates, Inc., one of Arizona’s leading marketing communications firms based in Tucson. In 1994, Steve was named Tucson’s Advertising Professional of the Year by the Tucson Advertising Federation.
Steve is a graduate of The University of Arizona and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Communications. In 2007, he was presented with the “Distinguished Citizen” Award by The University of Arizona Alumni Association and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. And in 2009, Steve received a Doctor of Letters degree (Honoris Causa) from The UofA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Education.
Active in the community, Steve serves as Chairman of The University of Arizona Health Network, Chairman of The UofA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Advisory, Board, Past Chairman of Arizona’s First Independent Redistricting Commission (2001-2011), Past-Chairman of the Downtown Tucson Partnership, Past-Chairman, and current board member, of the Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board (First Things First), and Past-Chairman of Southern Arizona Leadership Council Board of Directors. He was honored as Tucson’s 2007 “Man of the Year” by the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2008 Arizona Capitol Times’ Leader of the Year in Volunteerism.
His many other civic activities, both past and present, include board memberships on the Arizona Hospital and Health Care Service Corporation, Downtown Development Corporation, University Physicians Healthcare, and the Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc. He is also a member of the DM – 50 support group, and was a founding board member of the Science Foundation Arizona.
Steve and his wife, Nancy (a retired high school guidance counselor), have been married since 1969 and have two adult daughters. One is a paramedic pre-hospital specialist at Northwest Hospital in Tucson, and the other is the Talent Supervisor on the popular syndicated television shows, ‘Dr. Phil’ with psychologist Phil McGraw, and ‘The Doctors’. He has lived in Tucson since 1964.
Steve’s more than forty years of experience, as well as his many recognized accomplishments, make him an exceptional consultant in the areas of:
– Strategic Planning
– Marketing Planning
– Customer Relations
– Marketing Communications
– Interpersonal Communications
– Crisis Communications
– Product Development
– Focus Group Facilitation
– Executive Coaching
– Public Affairs Issues
– Government Relations
– Health Care Planning and Marketing
Edmund Marquez owns three Allstate Insurance Agencies in Tucson, Arizona. He is the largest captive insurance agency in Southern Arizona, and the second largest Hispanic-owned Allstate agency in the U.S. Edmund was born and raised in Tucson, attended Sabino High School (Hall of Fame inductee in 2013), and earned a Bachelors in Communications from the University of Arizona. He currently serves on eight Boards of Directors, including The Tucson Hispanic Chamber, the Metro YMCA, Pima Community College Foundation, Jewish Family Children Services and more. He is also a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC) and the Davis Monthan AFB 50. He was the Businessman of the Year in 2004, and awarded the Breath of Life Award in 2012. Edmund is an avid cyclist, and rides with the Jim Click Racing Team.
Tom is Vice President and Regional Manager of Psomas, a leading consulting firm offering professional services in civil engineering, water resources, transportation planning and engineering, traffic engineering, environmental, land planning, construction management, and land surveying. In 1985 he co-founded the Tucson engineering firm of McGovern, MacVittie, Lodge & Associates (MMLA), taking it through its merger with Psomas in 2004. He is a Principal in the firm and has served on the Psomas Board of Directors.
Tom, who is a member of the SALC Board and co-Chair of its Infrastructure Focus Area, has been actively involved in both the community and his profession. He is currently Vice Chair of the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He was chair of the Pima Association of Government’s (PAG) 2030 Regional Transportation Plan Update Task Force. He then served on the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Regional Transportation Authority, during the successful campaign to enact Pima County’s regional sales tax for transportation.
His work on regional transportation issues was recognized by the PAG Governing Board when they presented him with the inaugural Thomas L. Swanson Regional Leadership Award in 2004. Currently, Tom is Vice Chair of PAG’s Economic Vitality Advisory Committee.
Among his numerous professional activities, Tom is a Past-President of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Arizona, and is a Past President of the Arizona Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, with whom he has achieved the grade of Fellow.
Tom has been heavily involved in supporting the University of Arizona’s College of Engineering, serving on its Industry Partners Board. He has also remained connected to his home department, the Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department (CEEM), participating on committees to assist with accreditation, reviewing curriculum, organizing and raising funds for CEEM’s centennial celebration, and chairing the department’s Alumni-Industry Council. He is a regular guest lecturer for CE courses and is currently part of a group of practitioners who organized and continues to teach a novel bridge design course that received a 2009 Engineering Award from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). His commitment to the University has been recognized by his receipt of the Distinguished Achievement Award from the UA Alumni Association, as well as the Distinguished Alumni Award from the CEEM Department.
A rare Tucson native, Tom grew up here in a family of boys (six – only one sister!). Since then, it’s been all girls — he and his wife of 42 years, Lorene, have two daughters, both living here in Tucson. Shannon is a PhD Psychologist and Meghan is a Biomedical Engineer – Girls Rule!
After growing up in Tucson, Mark attended the University of Arkansas where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration in 1984 and received an MBA from Arizona State University in 1986. Mark played football at the University of Arkansas where he was an All Conference wide receiver and Team Captain for the Razorbacks.
Mark has been the President of BBVA Compass Bank for Southern Arizona for the past 15 years. He began his career with Valley National Bank in Phoenix before moving back to Tucson in 1987. Mark worked in various positions with Valley National Bank/Bank One before joining Compass Bank in 1999.
Mark has served on numerous non-profit boards in the Tucson community. He is currently on the National Board of Advisors for the University of Arizona Eller College of Management and serves on the Board of Directors for the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO), The Diocese of Tucson Catholic Foundation, Our Mother Of Sorrows Parish Endowment Board, and Habitat for Humanity Executive Advisory Board. Mark is a Past Chairman of The Board of the Metropolitan Tucson Chamber of Commerce. Other past involvement includes serving on the Boards of the Tucson Parks Foundation, Junior Achievement of Southern Arizona, and Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic School. He has also given his time to the Prima Vera Homeless Shelter, United Way of Southern Arizona, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, and St. Vincent DePaul. Mark also coached his son’s youth sports teams for many years.
Mark has been married to Kathy for 28 years and they have three sons.
M3 Engineering & Technology board chair Dan Neff is a professional civil & structural engineer and has over 40 years in the consulting engineering business.
Dan serves as a board member of Amigos, and is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of America. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering and MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona. Dan is an avid Wildcats fan!
Manuel Ramos worked in the metals and mining industry since 1974 when he started for Grupo Mexico as a shift supervisor in the Sinter Plant at the Chihuahua Lead Smelter. He was given increased levels of responsibility through 1980 at which time he went to train for the Start Up of the Zinc Refinery in San Luis Potosi where he worked as the Acid Plant Superintendent and Leaching and Purification Superintendent. In 1983 he was promoted to Operations General Superintendent.
In 1990 he was transferred and promoted to General Manager at the Chihuahua Lead Smelter until the closure of the Plant in 1996. He was then named General Manager of the Copper Refinery in La Caridad, Sonora with the start up of Grupo’s new refinery.
In 1999 when Grupo Mexico acquired Asarco, Mr. Ramos took over as Vice President of Lead and Specialty Metals and in 2004 he became the Vice President of Metallurgical Plants for Asarco. In 2009 after Asarco emerged from bankruptcy, Mr. Ramos was named President & COO.
Mr. Ramos received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from San Luis Potosi State University. He also has a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters in Human Resources from Chihuahua State University.
He is now retired and currently lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife Soledad. They have two daughters.
Mr. Ramos is an avid hiker, bicyclist and outdoorsman. He has climbed Pico de Orizaba (18,493 ft) and Popocatepetl (17,930 ft) in Mexico and has participated in the El Tour de Tucson – Platinum division.
Mr. Ramos was instrumental in leading Asarco back into profitability while increasing productivity at its operations, maximizing the potential of its properties and emphasizing concentrated efforts on safety and environmental compliance. His motto: “Do it Safe, Do it Right!”
Judy Rich has had a varied healthcare career since she received an undergraduate degree in nursing from New York’s Roberts Wesleyan College and a graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Judy has held roles from staff nurse to CEO. She started her professional experience at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After moving to Palm Beach, Florida, Judy held management positions at St. Mary’s Hospital for 15 years.
Judy served as the COO at Wellmont Health System, in Kingsport, TN, and then moved to Tucson in 2003. She held the position of COO for Tucson Medical Center until 2005. During that time Judy was appointed by Governor Janet Napolitano to serve on the Arizona State Board of Nursing. Judy worked with The Bard Group in Boston as a Senior Consultant for two years. In this role she worked in large academic medical centers with a focus on physician engagement.
Upon returning to Tucson Medical Center in June 2007, Judy led the team in a financial turnaround as the President and CEO of the 607-bed nonprofit hospital.
Judy serves on the boards of the American Hospital Association, Vizient West Coast and Southern Arizona Leadership Council. She is the immediate past Chair of the Arizona Hospital & Healthcare Association. She is the past Chair of the 2011-2012 United Way Campaign for Tucson and Southern Arizona and she previously served on the Boards of VHA National and EMERGE! Center Against Domestic Abuse and Executive Advisory Council of United Healthcare. Additionally, Rich is a member of the Chairman’s Circle of Sun Corridor, Inc.
Dr. Robert C. Robbins assumed his position as the 22nd president of the University of Arizona on June 1, 2017. Previously, he served as president and CEO of the Texas Medical Center (TMC) in Houston from 2012 to 2017. In this role, he significantly enhanced TMC’s commitment to collaboration, introducing five cross-institutional research initiatives centered on innovation, genomics, regenerative medicine, health policy and clinical research.
Prior to his time in Houston, Dr. Robbins served as professor and chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, founding director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, president of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, president of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association, president of the American Heart Association Western States Affiliate, president of the Bay Area Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and chair of the American Heart Association Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia Council, among other roles. In 2016 he served as president of the American Heart Association Southwest Affiliate.
An internationally recognized cardiac surgeon, Robbins has focused his clinical efforts on acquired cardiac diseases with a special expertise in the surgical treatment of congestive heart failure and cardiothoracic transplantation. His research work includes the investigation of stem cells for cardiac regeneration, cardiac transplant allograft vasculopathy, bioengineered blood vessels, and automated vascular anastomotic devices. Robbins is the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and a former guest editor of the Circulation Surgical Supplement.
In addition to his role at the UA, Dr. Robbins serves on the boards of the Arizona Commerce Authority, Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. He is also a member of the Chairman’s Circle of Sun Corridor, Inc., and a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership. While at TMC, Robbins served on the Houston branch of the Dallas Federal Reserve board, the board of directors of the Welch Foundation, and the American Heart Association Southwest Affiliate in 2016. He served on an independent blue ribbon committee to evaluate the Veterans Affairs health system, and the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston honored him as the 2016 International Citizen of the Year.
His educational background includes a B.S. in chemistry from Millsaps College, medical degree from the University of Mississippi, general surgical training at the University of Mississippi, cardiothoracic training at Stanford University, postdoctoral research at Columbia University and the National Institutes of Health, and congenital heart surgical fellowships at Emory University and Royal Children’s Hospital.
SALC member Calline Sanchez serves as Vice President, IBM Enterprise Systems Storage. In this role Calline is responsible for worldwide development of IBM’s Enterprise Storage Systems including DS8000, Physical/Virtual Tape, and back up/archive solutions. Prior to this role, she was Vice President of IBM Systems Storage Program Management. Calline led a worldwide team of program managers, engineers and scientists representing locations worldwide to deliver the IBM Systems Storage Product Portfolio. Her execution focus is to deliver the best of breed technology products/solutions to the marketplace.
In 2011, as the IBM Data Protection and Retention Development Director, Calline led the Backup System Strategy enabling the Virtual and Physical Tape teams. Prior to this position as the Enterprise Disk Storage Development Director she led the transformation to improve execution and substantiate a foundation for delivering IBM Enterprise Disk into the marketplace.
In 2008, Calline was on temporary assignment at IBM Corporate Headquarters in Armonk, New York. The role consisted of learning from Nick Donofrio, Executive Vice President and champion supporting IBM’s technical community worldwide. Visiting 30+ countries in this role, she engaged in projects that NMD led within Innovation, Technology, Government Programs, Corporate Citizenship, IBM Research, and Education.
Calline began her career with IBM in 1999 as a co-op in Markov Chain Statistical Tools and accepted a full time position with the Storage tools team. As the team lead, Calline contributed significantly to the development of assertion based models and coded in C for FCP, SCSI, and FICON interfaces for both disk and tape products. She has B.S.B.A. in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona, B.A. in Communications from the University of Arizona, and an MBA with an emphasis in Finance from the same university.
Calline is pleased to be a member of SALC, and serves on SALC’s Innovation Economy Focus Area committee.
Sarah Smallhouse is President of the Brown Foundations in Tucson. Their focus areas are STEM education, Economics education, Workforce Development and Civic Leadership. Significant grant recipients include the University of Arizona, Pima Community College, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, Literacy Connects, the YWCA of Southern Arizona, and the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership in partnership with the Flinn Foundation. University of Arizona grants include support for student scholarships, research, and community outreach programs such as professional development for K-12 teachers in math and economics, K-12 enrichment programs such as the Cooper Center and the School Garden Program, and community forums on the political economy.
Sarah is a Tucson native and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in Economics, her MBA from the University of Arizona, and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. She has served on the boards of several departments at the UA and the College of Science, TREO, C-Path, and the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center. She is a current member of the SALC board and co-chairs the governance committee. She is a past chair of the University of Arizona Foundation Board and co-chaired the Arizona Now capital campaign. She and her husband, David, have two children, Tom and Laura.
Cristie Street co-founded Nextrio sixteen years ago and serves as the managing partner of this Tucson-based IT consulting firm of more than 40 IT professionals. With Street at the helm, Nextrio has been recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest growing businesses in the US and recently was one of two Arizona-based companies to rank in the top 500 of IT service providers worldwide. Last year, Cristie was honored to be named “Woman of the Year” by Greater Tucson Leadership for her community involvement. She was also named “Business Leader of the Year” in 2012 by the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce and was recognized with the “Sonoran Spirit Award” at the Governor’s 2014 State of the State Address. In addition to helping small and mid-sized organizations improve their technology and accelerate productivity, Cristie underwrites and volunteers with many civic organizations including the Ronald McDonald House, Social Venture Partners, Youth on their Own, Tucson Jewish Community Center, Arizona Public Media and the Rothschild Fund for Civic Innovation. As a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Charter 100, Women at the Top and the Breakfast Club of Tucson, Cristie doubles-down her investment in mentoring women into careers in technology, while still managing to wrangle 6-year old Liam and 12-year old Scarlett, with her perfect match in life and business – husband Bill Street.
Julie Williams joined Southwest Gas in 1997 as an Engineer in the Company’s Central Arizona Division where she was then promoted to Supervisor/ Engineering in 1999. Subsequent promotions in the Central Arizona Division include Manager/Engineering in 2004, Manager/New Business Projects in 2006, and Director/Central Support in 2008. Williams was promoted to Vice President/Northern Nevada Division in 2010 and in 2014 was named Vice President/Southern Arizona Division. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University. She is the immediate past Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Easter Seals Nevada.
Judy Wood has owned Contact One Call Center Inc. since 1981. Her son Jeff Wood and daughter Jennifer Hoffman joined her in the business in the nineties. Contact One provides in- bound and out- bound customer service support, live chat and e-mail response for a wide range of organizations, including the Arizona Office of Tourism, P. F. Chang’s China Bistro, Drive Time, UPH, U. S. Geological Surveys, medical practices, law offices, and service businesses. Contact One provides service throughout the United States in both English and Spanish.
Judy is active in the community and currently serves on the board of directors for the Beacon Group, the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and the Arizona Commerce Authority. In addition she was appointed by both Governor Napolitano and Governor Brewer to the Governor’s Council on Small Business, which she now chairs. She belongs to a variety of other clubs and organizations in Tucson and has served on the board of directors and as President of the Association of Teleservices International.
Judy and her husband Cliff are both third generation Arizonians from pioneer ranching families. In her free time she enjoys, hiking, horseback riding, gardening, cooking, entertaining, traveling, and spending time with her four grandsons.