Ted Maxwell joined the Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC) in April 2013. He assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2018. The more than 140 CEOs, business and community leaders of SALC are actively involved in creating a vibrant future for the Tucson region and state of Arizona by engaging the critical issues of education, infrastructure, healthcare, governance as well as economic growth and innovation.
Ted’s extensive leadership and command experience from nearly 34 years of military service have served him well in his role at SALC. Ted retired as a Major General in 2018. His final military position was as the Commander of the Arizona Air National Guard. In that role he oversaw and was responsible for over 2700 Airmen and the operations of units flying the F-16, the KC-135 and the MQ-9 aircraft supporting the Air Force at home and abroad. He has over 4300 flying hours predominantly in the F-16.
Ted was a 1984 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy earning a Bachelor’s of Science. He received his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Arizona in 2014.
Ted currently is serving as the Chair of the Southern Arizona Defense Alliance. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Air Force Museum Foundation, the Arizona Town Hall, the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl and Tucson Values Teachers.
Shelley Watson was raised in Tucson and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University. She began her career at the American Heart Association where she was Executive Director of the Southern Arizona Region, and VP for Research & Community Programs for the Arizona Affiliate. Prior to joining SALC, Watson was the COO of a national fundraising consulting firm, where she partnered with community leaders and led capital campaigns that raised more than $750 million for nonprofits from Alaska to Maine. Shelley serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations including Sister Jose Women’s Center, Expect More Arizona, Achieve60AZ, and is a past board president of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona.
Nicole P. Barraza is originally from Nogales, Sonora and is a graduate of Salpointe Catholic High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wellesley College, and her Master’s and Ph.D. from Stanford University in Sociolinguistics and Peninsular Literature. Prior to joining SALC, Nicole was a Spanish instructor at Pima Community College. She was selected as a 2020 Flinn-Brown Fellow by the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation.
John J. Pedicone is an educational consultant, having served as the Superintendent of Tucson Unified School District until his retirement on June 30, 2013. Prior to this appointment, he was a Distinguished Senior Faculty Fellow in the Educational Leadership Program in the College of Education at the University of Arizona, and the Vice-president of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council. Dr. Pedicone retired from Flowing Wells School District, where he served as an administrator for 22 years. His administrative leadership in the district included serving as junior high school assistant principal, high school principal (during which time the high school was selected as the #1 school in the State of Arizona A+ program and received the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School award), assistant superintendent and superintendent.
Dr. Pedicone earned a B.A. with honors in English (pre-law) from St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minnesota, an M.E.D. with Distinction in Curriculum and Instruction from DePaul University in Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Dr. Pedicone has received numerous awards and recognitions including, most recently, the Dr. Raymond Sterling Kellis Leadership Award in 2018, the Metropolitan Education Commission lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, the Educational Enrichment Foundation Ray Davies Humanitarian Award in 2016, the Higher Ground Transformation Award in 2016, the Arizona Superintendent of the Year in 2002 and the Arizona Representative to the AASA National Superintendent of the Year Program in 2003. He was honored by Flowing Wells School District for his dedication to student achievement and the Arts by the Governing Board naming the fine arts center in his honor.
Dr. Pedicone served as a member of several state-level boards including the Arizona State Board of Education, the Arizona State School Readiness Board, and the Governor’s Education Advisory Board. He currently serves on a number of civic boards and is committed to supporting effective leadership at the local, state and federal levels.
He is married to Francine for 44 years and has three sons, John, Michael and James, and a grandson, Luca.
Pam Duncan has provided executive assistance for the officers of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC) since 2009. Prior to joining SALC, Pam served as an office manager in architectural design firms for over 25 years in Seattle, Washington. She relocated to Tucson after becoming enamored with the area during several visits. Pam is proud to be part of the SALC team, working to improve the community she now calls home.