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.
NANCY M. DAVIS, CFSA Board Chair, has been a Tucson resident since 1999 and has served in many capacities as a community volunteer here. She was General Chair of Angel Charity for Children in 2006 and has been on the Angel board Executive Committee numerous times, including two years as Treasurer. She is a current board member of the UMC Foundation and runs an annual event, “Laps for Life,” founded with her husband, Peter, to benefit the UMC Cancer Center and Diamond Children’s Medical Center. Past board memberships include the Opening Minds through the Arts Foundation, the Tucson Urban League, and Project YES. Her professional experience includes 18 years as Vice President of Human Resources for Fidelity Investments in Boston. She holds an MBA in Finance from Northeastern University.
ROGER VOGEL, CFSA First Vice Chair, is Chairman, President, and CEO of Vante Medical Technologies (formerly known as Sebra), which is a developer and manufacturer of medical instruments and other products for the transfusion medicine and medical manufacturing industries. Roger joined the company in March 2005 after a 20-year career with IBM, where he served as Vice President and General Manager of the IBM Tucson laboratory, and was a member of the IBM Senior Leadership Team comprised of the top 300 executives in the corporation. During his career, he held positions in development, engineering, manufacturing, and customer support with worldwide responsibility. Roger graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute earning a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, the Arizona Technology Council, the Research Park Development Corporation, and Tucson Values Teachers. In addition, he is co-chair of the Pima County Business/Education Roundtable and works with various public and private organizations in Southern Arizona, concentrating his efforts on the improvement of education in the community.
DARRYL DOBRAS, CFSA Secretary, is the President of DBD Investments, Inc., a family owned, privately held investment company that has operated in Arizona since 1975. In 1980, Darryl was a founder of 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.
RICHARD MUNDINGER, CFSA Treasurer brings over two decades of investment management experience to serving RMH Investment Management’s clients’ investing needs. 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. Richard enjoys spending time with his wife Kathy and children Clay and Erica, playing golf, mountain biking, reading and traveling.
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 a dozen years, which 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. He’s known not merely as a “big man,” but a man with a “big heart.”
CARRIE BRENNAN is the Founding Principal of City High School, an educational nonprofit organization and new charter high school started in Tucson in 2003. The school has grown from 10 teachers and 85 students to 25 staff members and 165 students. Carrie has taught health education and social studies at a Hanover High School in New Hampshire; English as a foreign language at Escuela de Idiomas in Granada, Spain; and social studies and humanities at Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson. She has a master’s degree in education from the University of Arizona and is part of the National School Reform Faculty, Southern Arizona Writing Project, and Spring Symposium on School Improvement. Carrie has lead local, state, and national conferences on small school reform, professional learning communities, and curriculum development.
FRED CHAFFEE 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. He now operates his own consulting firm and teaches at the Non-Profit Management Institute at Arizona State University and is an instructor at the Georgetown University Center for Juvenile Justice Reform.
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.
BOB FRIESEN retired as Chairman and CEO of APTA Software, a Tucson company that provides software for financial services, government and nonprofit organizations. Before his APTA career, Bob worked for IBM, where he held numerous positions for 32 years, including Vice President of Development and Manufacturing and General Manager of IBM Tucson. Bob has served on many boards including United Way, University of Arizona Foundation, Arizona Theater Company and Tucson Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado.
CANDE GROGAN 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 a stint 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. They have two children and five amazing grandchildren.
NIKKI HALLE has started and sold five companies since graduating from Arizona State University in 1988. She came to Tucson as the Director of Marketing for Rancho Vistoso in 1997 and obtained her real estate license. After many years of success in selling, Nikki purchased a Windermere Real Estate franchise, which she owned and operated for several years and sold in 2007. Her accomplishments include sales person of the year, seven years on the MLS standards committee, Foothills Magazine’s “Women Who Move the City”, SASIE Award Winner, and Volunteer of the Year for New Beginnings. She was Field Director for the American Heart Association in Phoenix; served on the Heart Ball Committee and the Board of Directors for the Hearth Foundation in Tucson; and chaired and volunteered for New Beginnings for more than a decade. Nikki now serves as Vice President on the Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation. She is leading a collaboration called H2H to bridge the gap between homelessness and self-sufficiency.
BILL HOLMES has a long history of serving our community, beginning in 1975 as a touring staff member of the international performing group, Up With People. He has chaired the boards of many nonprofits including Catholic Community Services, Pima Youth Partnership, and The Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He is a 1983 graduate of the Tucson Police Department’s Reserve Academy, has served as a Board member of Fleur de Lis Institute, and was an advisory board member of Life Directions. Bill now serves on the boards of Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson, Saguaro Girl Scouts, El Rio Foundation, and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation
MARIAN LALONDE is an associate in the Tucson law offices of DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C., focusing her practice primarily in the area of public land, natural resources, agricultural, environmental and administrative law. Marian received her law degree from the University of Arizona in 2006. While there, she lobbied the Arizona Legislature and secured passage of the Emancipation of Minors law. As a past member of the Moot Court Board and the Law School’s Child Advocacy Clinic, she has represented children in the State Foster Care System. Marian is active with homeless youth and child advocacy efforts in the community, serves as President of the Board of Directors for Youth On Their Own, serves as the Vice-President of the Old Adobe Arabian Horse Association, and competes nationally with her horses. She has been honored with a 40 Under 40 award and as 2008 Woman of the Year.
JAN LESHER 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.
PAUL LINDSEY is the immediate past-chair of the CFSA Board of Trustees. He is semi-retired since selling Coldwell Banker Success Realty, Catalina Title and Tower Rentals. Paul continues to be active in the business community as the owner of several small local businesses. He founded COPE Behavioral Services in 1974 and has been involved in the social services community on a volunteer basis ever since, including the leadership of a number of local boards: Tucson Housing Authority, Santa Cruz Museum Authority, Pima College Foundation, Greater Tucson Leadership, and SACASA. Paul is involved in a variety of business organizations including the Tucson Association of Realtors, the Southern Arizona chapter of the Certified Commercial Investment Members, and the Tucson 30. He is currently is active on the boards of Planned Parenthood, the Loft Cinema and the HandiDogs Foundation. Paul is a member of the national advisory boards of the Eller School of Management and the College of Education at the University of Arizona. He is a native Arizonan born in Buckeye and raised in the Phoenix area. He and his wife Kathy Alexander split their lives between Tucson and British Columbia.
DON LURIA is the Founding President of Tucson Originals, the Tucson Culinary Festival and past chair of the Council of Independent Restaurants of America. He has served with the Good Business Partnership program for the City of Tucson, and has board associations with more than 27 arts, culture and community groups. He served on the national Board of Museum Trustees Association and the Advisory Board of the Project for Arizona’s Future. Don has received numerous awards for his contributions to the arts and the community through the years. He was Director of Research for a planning commission in Eastern Pennsylvania; with IBM’s Advanced Systems Development Division he worked with Mayor Richard Lee in New Haven, Connecticut; and with System Development Corporation worked with Mayor John Belk in Charlotte, NC. He was a consultant with the Assistant Secretary of Policy Development and Research for HUD; Chief of the Center for Applied User Research at the U.S. Census Bureau; and Director of Research for Mayor Marion Barry in Washington, D.C. After moving to Tucson and starting his culinary career, Don and his wife Donna Nordin, along with other partners, started Café Terra Cotta. He is currently Board Chair of Slow Food Southern Arizona and Chairs the Culinary Committee for the Tucson Festival of Books.
BILL NEUBAUER, M.D. is retired from private practice. He served as Chief of Surgery, Chief of Staff, and as a member and Chairman of the Board of Directors for El Dorado Hospital, Tucson Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital at various times. He was President of the Pima County Medical Society, and served on the boards of directors of the Arizona Medical Association, Arizona Town Hall, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson for 25 years, where he also served as President. Dr. Neubauer now serves as Board Chairman for the Santa Cruz Community Foundation (a CFSA affiliate), as Co-Chairman of the Health Services Committee of the Arizona Mexico Commission, and as a Trustee of Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales. He has received numerous community service awards and is a Tucsonan since the age of five, graduating from Catalina High School and the University of Arizona. His medical degree is from Washington University of St. Louis. Dr. Neubauer lives on the Rock Corral Ranch in Tumacacori.
BRADLEY NYSTEDT is an attorney in private practice with the firm of Hawley, Nystedt & Fletcher, P.C., specializing in tax, estate planning, and estate and trust administration. Brad is a CPA and Certified Tax Specialist with the State Board of Arizona, a member of the Tax Advisory Committee Planning Council, and a member of the Professional Advisory Committee to the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. He received his law degree with distinction (Order of the Coif, recipient of Prentice-Hall, Inc. Student Award in Taxation) from the University of Arizona.
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.
ROMAN SANDOVAL is President and owner of Motto Productions, Inc., President of M4 Studios and CEO of Sandoval Media Group, an advertising syndication and multimedia production company. At 20, while studying film and television arts at Pima Community College, he went to work for a local advertising company’s broadcast department, where he produced hundreds of syndicated and national broadcast commercials for some of the state’s most prestigious accounts. The on-the-job training was invaluable. From 1997 to 2001, Roman continued to produce and direct advertising for many national and local clients, and in 2002, he created Motto Productions, a creative resource for advertising agencies and in-house marketing professionals. The firm produces local, regional, and national advertising from their Tucson based production facility. Roman has a strong commitment to family and the Hispanic community.
R. MICHAEL SULLIVAN is Managing Director/Tucson and Regional Investment Manager/ Western United States for Harris Private Bank, which provides comprehensive financial services to affluent clients. Michael oversees a team of wealth management professionals dedicated to providing private banking and investment services to high net worth clients. He joined Harris in 1994 and has more than 29 years of investment experience, specializing in developing specifically tailored asset management programs for large and complex trust and investment relationships. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Arizona and a 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 and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Tucson Museum of Art.
BETH WALKUP has more than 45 years of successful marketing, fundraising, sales, and volunteer management experience. She has managed staffs of up to 127, always increasing productivity and efficiency, controlling budgets, and producing annual income. Beth’s responsibilities have included long-range planning and implementation of major growth goals. She has more than 35 years of experience as a group facilitator with a focus on strategic planning. When she was “First Lady of Tucson,” she organized numerous “startups,” including Mayor Bob Walkup’s Youth Board, Good Business Partnership, Operation Safe Tucson, Jobs for Life, Family Arts Festival and the Mayor’s Costume Ball for the Arts. Appointments include the 15-member Institute of Library and Museum Sciences national Advisory Board by President Bush and the statewide School Readiness Board by Governor Napolitano.
CRAIG WISNOM is a Certified Specialist in Estate and Trust Law by the State Bar of Arizona, and has practiced law for 14 years in Arizona in the areas of estate planning, estate and gift taxation, probate, and trust administration. In 2009, he was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel. Craig is the former Chair of the State Bar Probate & Trust Section, and has served on the Non Uniform Laws Drafting Subcommittee revising Arizona statutes, and the Estate and Trust Advisory Committee, which tests applicants and oversees the requirements for specialization through the State Bar. Craig earned his law degree from the University of Arizona in 1995. He is a board member for the Southern Arizona Estate Planners Council and is active in developing and presenting continuing legal education programs. He is a native Tucsonan, and an accomplished writer who combines humor and law for the State Bar’s Arizona Attorney magazine. Craig regularly appears on KVOA’s News at 4 as the station’s legal contributor. He and his wife Patti, also an attorney, have two sons, Scott and Erik.