This diverse group of community leaders bring valuable expertise and a passion for supporting our region to the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.
FRED CHAFFEE, Chair, served as the President and CEO of Arizona’s Children Association, a 100-year-old statewide agency focused on child welfare, behavioral health services, early childhood development, and prevention programs. During his nearly 20-year tenure, he grew the agency 20-fold and Arizona’s Children Association is now the largest child welfare and behavioral health agency in Arizona, providing services in every county of the state. His expertise includes strategic planning, operations, and organizational development. Fred was on a number of national boards including the Child Welfare League of America and he chaired the Children’s Mental Health Advisory Board, and formerly an instructor at the Georgetown University Center for Juvenile Justice Reform. He now operates his own consulting firm, teaches at the Non-Profit Management Institute at Arizona State University and is on the National Board of Directors of The Children’s Home Society of America.
JAN LESHER, First Vice Chair is Deputy County Administrator for Pima County. She has served as Chief of Staff for former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano and then as Chief of Staff for Operations at the Department of Homeland Security under Secretary Napolitano. She was Director of Arizona’s Department of Commerce. Jan is an accomplished public servant and recognized leader in crisis communications, homeland security, policy and operations. Between her tenures of public service, Jan started Lesher Communications, a successful public relations and communications consulting firm in 1990, and served as Vice President of Communications and Marketing for the Tucson Economic Development Corporation, Executive Director of the Tucson Community Cable Corporation, and Vice President of Warner-Amex Cable. Jan was named a Woman of Influence by Inside Tucson Business in 2004 and Woman of the Year by the Metropolitan Tucson Chamber of Commerce in 2005. In 2008, she was the Arizona Capitol Times Leader of the Year in Public Policy and received the YWCA Business Leadership Award.
ANNE ROEDIGER, Treasurer, is a founding partner at Roediger Hoff PLC, a certified public accounting firm based in Tucson. A fourth generation Tucsonan, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Arizona. As a member of the Tax Practice Committee of the Arizona Board of Accountancy, Anne keeps abreast of the accounting profession’s high ethical standards and challenges by continually updating her skills with professional education in taxation, accounting standards and strategic planning. She is also an active member of the Southern Arizona Estate Planning Council, the Tucson Tax Study Group, the Arizona Society of CPAs, and the American Institute of CPAs. She has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations and has helped many organizations obtain their tax-exempt status with the IRS. In her spare time, Anne enjoys flying airplanes and studying foreign languages.
CANDE GROGAN, Secretary, has established a legacy of philanthropic leadership in Tucson through her generosity, volunteerism, and service. She was a Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona Trustee for six years, including more than a year as chair. Cande was a trustee on the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts dance board for six years, serving two years as chair. She has lived in Tucson for more than 30 years and she and her husband Tom Grogan, M.D. are past owners of Ovens Bistro and Wine Bar.
JOSEPH BLAIR is an international “ambassador” of basketball who launched his global career at the University of Arizona from 1992-1996. Drafted by Seattle in 1996, “JB” opted out of playing in the NBA and pursued a career in Europe, primarily in Italy. The bilingual hoop-star assimilated into Italy’s rich culture and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Euro league. During his 13-year career, Joseph was a Harlem Globetrotter, conducting summer camps in Tucson and other U.S. cities. He also conducted his own basketball clinics in Greece and provided a basketball academy in Italy. He has run the Arizona Basketball Academy for thirteen years, which is a pro-bono camp for young Tucsonans involved with other non-profit organizations. Joseph hosted his own radio program, and has given back to the community, serving as a master of ceremonies, judge and as Executive Director of The Blair Charity Group.
CARRIE BRENNAN is the founding principal and executive director of City High School, an innovative charter high school in downtown Tucson that opened in 2004. Carrie is a career-long educator, with extensive experience in all facets of the field, including classroom teaching, school leadership, and teacher training. She received the annual Exemplary Teacher Award from the Southern Arizona Writing Project in 2002, was honored as a 40-Under-40 for the Tucson community in 2006, and in 2008 received the Circle of Honor award recognizing Arizona’s top principals. Carrie earned her MA in Education from the University of Arizona and her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.
TONY DABDOUB is the major stockholder and managing director of the DAB Development Group, a family owned real estate development business in Nogales, Sonora since 1988. He is the State Director of FESAC (Fundacion del Empresariado Sonorense, AC). Major achievements include the construction of more than 2.2 million square feet of industrial buildings for foreign companies; the construction and development of four industrial parks; a commercial plaza; a residential development; and a business class hotel. Underway is a new integral settlement south of Nogales, Sonora; a new residential community; and a new commercial plaza. He is a stockholder in enterprises of the same family business in Arizona, with four hotels in operation and two more underway.
DARRYL DOBRAS is the President of DBD Investments, Inc., a family owned, privately held investment company that has operated in Arizona since 1975. In 1980, Darryl co-founded Territorial Bank in Tucson, which was sold to Arizona Commerce Bank in 1986. He subsequently acquired an interest in First National Bank of San Diego and was a member of the Board of Directors until the bank was sold in 1994. From 1981 to 1986, he provided vessels to the offshore oil industry in Southern California, Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico. Tidewater Marine, Inc. purchased the company. In 1986, Darryl co-founded Triad Oil and Gas Company based in Ohio. He continues to be an active investor in startup companies through his DBD Fund, LLC.
NATALIE FERNANDEZ LEE is a professional in the financial industry, proud mother of four and committed to her mission of finding and implementing ways to improve and strengthen the Tucson community. Natalie works with the Greenberg Financial Group and utilizes her more than 17 years in the Financial Services Industry to create better financial futures for her many clients. In addition, she co-hosts the weekly Money Matters radio in a commitment to educate Tucson and Southern Arizona in the areas of finance and personal responsibility. Natalie is active in numerous non-profit organizations, including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, St. Michael’s Episcopal School, The Community Foundation of Arizona, The National Charity League and many others. “Lead by example” is a motto that she and her husband embrace in order to make an impact on the lives and community around them.
CLAUDIA JASSO-STEVENS joins CFSA Board of Trustees and will serve as the Chair of the Development Committee. She is the Managing Partner for Jasso Development & Planning, a development consulting firm. Claudia has over 20 years of professional experience in the public and private sector. She has directed campaigns that have attracted national attention and successfully managed extensive development projects. Claudia has worked in corporate training, managing and developing individuals across the Nation and internationally. As evidenced by her widespread volunteerism, she truly understands the value of balancing professional success with philanthropy. Claudia is a strong advocate for diversity and has pioneered successful efforts aimed at increasing cultural competence and changing cultural climates.
KAREN McCLOSKEY is a Shareholder at BeachFleischman PC where she provides tax services to include planning and compliance for closely-held businesses and their owners, as well as for not-for-profit organizations. Working in public accounting for 30 years, she has extensive experience in federal, Arizona, California, and multi-state income tax issues. Karen serves on the board for Tucson Botanical Garden as Treasurer.
RICHARD MUNDINGER is the Principal of RMH Group where his responsibility includes evaluating investment ideas, the valuation of securities, and determination of appropriateness for inclusion into client portfolios, portfolio management, asset allocation and investment policy statements for investors, charitable trusts, foundations and corporations. Prior to joining RMH, Richard was a Principal at Sunrise Capital Management, LLC, where he developed an innovative “total return” investment strategy to smooth out portfolio volatility and enhance returns, now the basis behind RMH’s approach to investment management. Before Sunrise, Richard was Vice President at RBC Dain Rauscher and has held institutional equity and derivatives positions for several investment firms in Canada. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and has written and published articles on a variety of topics, including hedging concentrated stock positions, investment policy statements and asset allocation strategies. He serves on CFSA’s Investment Committee and Board of Trustees, Rotary International and President of the CFA Society of Tucson. Richard graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute.
CHINWE MARY OKOY heads the Tucson office of Public Affairs Firm of Scutari and Cieslak. She is well versed in strategically positioning her corporate and government clients to succeed at the state, local, and federal level, by developing winning external relations , critical communications, and advocacy strategies. She has represented the interests of corporate clients such as AT&T, southwest regions. Ms. Okoye graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law and was subsequently admitted to the state bar of Arizona. She also attended the Georgetown Law Center in Washington, D.C., her third year of law school, while interning with the office of Senator Dennis DeConcini. During her career as an attorney she has worked in private practice, served as a Tucson City Court Magistrate, and was Pima County Public Fiduciary prior to accepting her position with the City of Tucson as Director of Intergovernmental Relations. As the head lobbyist, she coalesced and led teams of public, private, and community leaders in the successful pursuit of hundreds of millions of dollars of federal and state funding opportunities for downtown efforts which included the Modern Street Car project. Ms. Okoye has facilitated Town Halls, Public Meeting, and numerous focus groups on behalf of the Tucson Unified School District. A life long volunteer, passionate about and committed to the Tucson , she currently serves on numerous board including the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona and the Tucson Pima Library Foundation.
JIM ROWLEY is a partner in Strongpoint Marketing, a Tucson-based public relations, market research, and crisis communications agency with offices in San Francisco and Wilmington, Delaware. In 2011 he retired as Vice President for Audience Development at the Arizona Daily Star. His 45-year newspaper career is highlighted by awards for Lifetime Achievement from the Newspaper Association of America, the Silver Medal Award for Community Service from the American Advertising Federation, and he is a four‐time winner of the Gannett newspapers President’s Ring for Marketing Excellence. Jim was named one of the 25 most influential people in support of the Tucson Pima Arts Council. He was the marketing director for the prototype newspaper, which became USA Today. He is past president of Tucson’s American Advertising Federation, the Newspaper Association of America Marketing Federation and the Tucson Pima Arts Council. He studied printing technology and management at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and marketing and economics at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
BARBARA SMITH is a Senior Loan Officer with Sunstreet Mortgage. Passionate about civil rights and justice, she serves on the Board of Directors for the LGBT&S Alliance Fund and volunteers with Wingspan. Other volunteer positions include Tu Nidito, Tucson Community Food Bank, Casa de los Ninos and Pathways. She is also a volunteer docent at Reid Park Zoo where she handles small animals and speaks about conservation. Barbara studied art and architecture, and upon completing graduate school, designed commercial and residential interiors for Parker and Alford Interiors, Architecture One and California Design Center.
R. MICHAEL SULLIVAN is a wealth advisor at TCI Wealth Advisors (“TCI”), one of the largest independent registered investment advisory firms in the West with an uncompromising commitment to the happiness of clients and staff. Mike brings 35 years of experience providing comprehensive wealth management for high net worth individuals, families, foundations and endowments. Prior to joining TCI, Mike worked for BMO Private Bank and was the managing director for Tucson and the regional investment manager for the Western United States. Mike graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the Tucson Society of the CFA Institute.
JODY SUMMERSET ROLL has a Master’s degree in social work and has extensive training in disaster response and is trained in canine pet therapy. She works at the University of Arizona on the crisis assistance team which responds to disasters and traumatic events that occur on the university campus or with university students or employees. She is also the administrator for the Jasam Foundation, a charitable organization whose primary mission is to provide resources for social services and education. She and her golden retriever sunshine visit hospitals and retirement homes providing pet therapy. In the past she has worked in the hospital setting using her social work degree and has worked at Family and Children Services with battered women and in school settings as a school counselor.
CRAIG WISNOM is a Certified Specialist in Estate & Trust Law by the State Bar of Arizona and a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. Craig is a Tucson native who has practiced law for over 17 years in Arizona focusing on estate planning, elder law, estate and gift taxation, probate, and trust administration. He is also an Arizona licensed fiduciary and his law firm regular serves in fiduciary roles, including Trustee, Guardian, Conservator, and Personal Representative. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel. Craig and a former Chair of the State Bar Probate & Trust Section for the State Bar of Arizona, and the Estate and Trust Advisory Committee, which tests applicants and oversees the requirements for specialization through the State Bar. Craig earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Arizona in 1992, and his J.D. from the University Of Arizona College Of Law in 1995.
MARIAN LALONDE, Ex-Officio, is an attorney for the Tucson office of Quarles & Brady, LLP. She is a member of the firm’s Energy and Environmental Practice Group and enjoys a multi-dimensional practice, specializing in civil litigation, corporations (for profit and non-profit), pubic land, natural resources, mining, environmental, equine/animal and administrative law. Having graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in Agricultural Education and a Minor in Political Science, she received her J.D. from the University of Arizona in 2006. While in law school, Marian lobbied the 47th Regular Session of the Arizona Legislature and secured passage of the Emancipation of Minors law. She was also a member of the 2006-2007 Moot Court Board and participated in the Law School’s Child Advocacy Clinic where she represented children involved in the State Foster Care System. Formerly, Marian worked as a rule writer for the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality. Marian actively participates in local homeless youth and child advocacy efforts. An alumnus of Youth on Their Own (YOTO), she presided as president and is now and ex-officio member of the YOTO board. She has been a presenter and keynote speaker at various seminars and events related to homeless and at-risk youth, foster care, emancipation, and the legislative process. In addition to serving on the Komen Southern Arizona Board, Marian sits on the Board of Trustees for the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona. In 2008, Marian was honored as the Tucson Business Edge 40 Under 40 Woman of the Year. In addition to her community work, she enjoys competing regionally and nationally with her horses, Scarlett, Brooklin and Bre.