Community Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) is pleased to announce that it has elected six new members and one honorary member to its Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees governs the organization, establishes policy, sets priorities and approves grant recommendations. All members are volunteers and serve three year terms.

“We serve the entire southern Arizona community,” commented Fred Chaffee, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “We are pleased to add such a distinguished group of individuals to our board that represent and have deep experience with our diverse region. Their leadership, expertise and knowledge combined with our existing Trustees enable us to better serve our donors and increase our impact on the community we all serve.”

 FAISAL ADIL, is the CEO of Sunstreet Mortgage, a locally owned and operated company with 130 employees. He was worked over 20 years in the finance fields in both domestic and international banking. Mr. Adil is a native of Dubai in the UAE and has an undergraduate degree from Queens College in Canada and a MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. As a married dad of three boys, he makes time to use his pilot license and spend time with his family.

CHETAN BAFNA from Yuma is currently attending the University of Arizona majoring in Agribusiness Economics and Management. Chetan comes from a family of Agribusiness entrepreneurs. While in high school Chetan was elected by his Junior States America peers to be Governor of the State and leader of the statewide convention.

CELESTINO FERNANDEZ, PH.D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona, Dr. Celestino Fernández served as Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona for 39 years (retired July 2015), where he also served in several administrative positions, including Vice President for Academic Outreach and International Affairs.  Celestino has extensive experience in topics pertaining to culture, Mexican immigration, ethnic diversity and higher education.

XAVIER MANRIQUE is a Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo and relationship manager for a portfolio of Middle Market banking customers with annual revenues of $20 Million or greater. A Tucson native          Javier was honored by the Arizona Daily Star and The Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as one of Tucson’s 40 under 40 in 2012.

DOREEN MCPAUL is Special Counsel to the Chairman and Vice-Chairman for the Tohono O’odham Nation where she has worked since 2009. Doreen has been practicing Indian Law for 14 years; she is the immediate past President of the national Tribal In-House Council Association.

SAUNIE L. TAYLOR, PH.D. is a retired University of Arizona administrator and faculty member where she served as Sr. V.P. for Campus Life from 1992-2006. Saunie currently chairs CFSA’s African American initiative which has a simple goal – to direct dollars and foster collaboration among organizations and individuals serving the most pressing needs in the African American community.

RICARDO PINEDA, Honorary, is Cónsul de México in Tucson,  Cónsul Pineda has served in many high ranking positions in both Boise and San Diego for the Mexican Consulate. Since assuming his position in 2014, Consul Pineda has been instrumental in promoting closer ties between the United States and Mexico and developing the Arizona-Sonora megaregion as a global economic center.

For complete bios and full listing of our Board of Trustees, please click here.