Ron Shoopman assumed the role of president of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC) in December, 2004. Under his leadership the group has doubled in size and has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments. The nearly 130 CEO’s 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 science and technology. Ron’s extensive military and business experience has served him well in his role at SALC. A former wing commander of the 162nd Fighter Wing, he commanded the International F-16 Training Wing for the United States Air Force. Ron’s civilian experience includes 7 years with Gates Learjet Corporation as sales manager for the central US, a pilot for Continental Airlines and an instructor pilot and manager for Flight Safety International. He received professional military education at the Air War College and the Air Command and Staff College, and received his BS from Arizona State University in Aeronautical Technology.
Ted Maxwell brings a wealth of broad-based experience from his distinguished military career covering more than 29 years of service to our nation. Graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in 1984, he quickly established himself as a leader capable of motivating and managing a large diverse workforce. Ted brings extensive experience working with Congress and with foreign dignitaries. He represented the United States as the sole United States Air Force Exchange Officer for integration with the Belgian Air Force, a bilingual position. Working at Headquarters Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, Ted managed the growth of a multi-billion dollar program interfacing directly with U.S. and international chief executive officers, as well as a full range of military and Department of Defense leaders.
Shelley Watson was raised in Tucson, is a graduate of Canyon del Oro High School, 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 state of Arizona. Most recently, Watson was the COO of CapitalQuest, Inc., a fundraising consulting firm, where she partnered with community leaders and led capital campaigns that raised more than $750 million for nonprofits nationwide. Shelley has served on several nonprofit boards, including 7 years on the board of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona, where she served a term as Board President.
Pamela Speder serves as Director of Science and Innovation for SALC and as talent and organization effectiveness consultant and certified leadership coach. Pamela has 20 years of experience working with growth companies primarily in the science and technology sectors of manufacturing and service industries. Pamela has successfully guided businesses through dramatic transformations, and has helped clients lead their organizations by becoming change agents and champions focused on key business drivers. Pamela led the global talent and organization development function for Cytec Engineered Materials (NYSE- CYT). In addition, Pamela held senior strategic human resource business partner roles at Cytec and at CDI Corporation (NYSE-CDI). Pamela earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix.
Pam Duncan provides executive assistance for the CEO, President and Vice President of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council. Prior to joining the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Pam served as an office manager in architectural design firms for over 25 years in Seattle, Washington. She relocated to Tucson in 2008 after becoming enamored with the desert during several visits. Pam is proud to be part of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, working to improve the community she now calls home.
Colleen Niccum retired from Raytheon Company following a 30 year career in the defense industry as a communications executive. During her most recent 5 years with the company, she focused on expanding Raytheon’s community partnerships, improving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Arizona, and working with state and local government leaders to support the defense industry in Arizona. She has served on a number of non-profit boards, including Tucson Values Teachers, the Educational Enrichment Foundation, the Tucson Metro Chamber, Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Expect More Arizona and the UA College of Education Advisory Board. Colleen is also a governor appointee to the Arizona Ready Council, which oversees the state’s education reform efforts.
Katie Rogerson serves as Interim Executive Director of Tucson Values Teachers. She joined Tucson Values Teachers in early 2012 as Director of Marketing and Outreach. Before joining TVT, Katie served as Marketing and Outreach Director for the Arts Integration Solutions at the OMA Foundation. Prior to this, Katie worked as a community and business development associate providing marketing services and managing daily operations to support a non-profit arts and education organization. In Boise, Idaho, Katie was also a landscape designer and co-owner of Nature’s View Landscaping & Design. Katie serves on the Boards of KXCI Foundation for Creative Broadcasting, Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association and the Winterhaven Townhomes Homeowners Association. Katie holds a Bachelors of Science, double major, Studio Arts, Environmental Science and a Technical Certificate in Horticulture.
The mission of SALC is to improve greater Tucson and the State of Arizona by bringing together resources and leadership to create action that will enhance the economic climate and quality of life in our communities by attracting, retaining, and growing high quality, high wage jobs.