The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona is pleased to announce several new and incoming members of CFSA’s Board of Trustees. Steven C. Wagner, JD, CPA, joined the CFSA Board of Trustees in October 2021 after several years of serving on CFSA’s Professional Advisory Committee.
CFSA is also thrilled to welcome Maribel Alvarez, Ph.D., Nicollette Daly, CPA, and Taunya Villicana, who will join the Board of Trustees in January 2022, and Clyde W. Kunz, who will join the Board in March 2022. In addition, Richard Koo is slated to join the Board in July 2022.
“With their deep history of volunteer experience and a broad array of professional expertise, these individuals are great additions to our skilled and committed trustee board and critical partners in our work to create an equitable and vibrant community for all Southern Arizonans,” said CFSA President and CEO Jenny Flynn. “We are extremely grateful for their leadership and commitment to the community.”
Steve C. Wagner, JD, CPA
Steven C. Wagner is a Partner at the legal services firm of Fletcher Struse Fickbohm & Wagner PLC. His areas of expertise are estate planning, trust administration, and estate, trust, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxation. Steve became a certified public accountant in December 2002. Then Steve attended Rutgers University’s School of Law in Camden, New Jersey, and became a member of the State Bar of Arizona in December 2005.
Steve is a member of the Southern Arizona Estate Planning Council and Tucson Tax Study Group. In addition, Steve is on the board for the Rialto Theatre Foundation and serves as Chair of CFSA’s Professional Advisory Committee. In his free time, Steve performs with local circus companies Cirque Roots and Big Toe Acro, performing with fire and partner acrobats.
Maribel Alvarez, Ph.D.
Maribel Alvarez is an anthropologist, folklorist, writer, and curator. She holds the Jim Griffith Chair in Public Folklore at the Southwest Center, University of Arizona, where she is also Associate Dean for Community Engagement in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.
Maribel is the founder and until recently served as executive director of the Southwest Folklife Alliance, an independent nonprofit affiliated with the University of Arizona. Southwest Folklife Alliance produces the annual Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival in addition to 20+ programs connecting artisanal economies, foodways, and traditional arts to community planning and neighborhood-based economic development throughout the US-Mexico border corridor.
Nicollette Daly, CPA
Nicollette has been Chief Financial Officer of the Primavera Foundation since November 2016. She joined Primavera after serving as the Chief Financial Officer for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
After spending a decade in the construction industry in California, Nicollette found her passion for accounting and philanthropy while working as a public accountant. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Accounting degrees from the Eller School of Accountancy and received her Certified Public Accountant license shortly thereafter.
A native Tucsonan, Taunya Villicana is Co-founder and Managing Partner of Affinity Wealth Management. She began her career with Merrill Lynch and has been in the industry for twenty-plus years. She was recruited by Dean Witter in 1996 and then by Morgan Stanley.
Taunya was awarded the Regent’s Scholarship and attended Arizona State University. She holds security registrations with LPL Financial: (Series 7, 65, 63, 31, and Insurance) and is an LPL Investment Advisor Representative in numerous states.
Clyde W. Kunz
In more than 30 years in the nonprofit sector, Clyde has served in various executive leadership, development, and board roles. Initially moving to Tucson in 1995 and assuming Executive Directorship of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Clyde subsequently started a consulting practice in 2000 that continues to serve nonprofit organizations regionally and nationally.
Clyde is a Past President of the Board of the Southern Arizona Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). He has also served as President of the Planned Giving Roundtable of Southern Arizona and as Chair of the LEAVE A LEGACY® Southern Arizona Steering Committee.
With 44 years of experience as a business lawyer, Richard Koo has served as outside U.S. corporate counsel to companies headquartered in many parts of the world and legal adviser to many entrepreneurs and other individuals.
When Richard moved full-time to Tucson from New York at the close of 2013, he was intent on doing something positive for his new community. Since then, he has served eight years on the Board of Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona, including a two-year term as its President, eight years on the Tucson Medical Center Ethics Committee, and until the pandemic came along, as a hospice volunteer. He looks forward to doing more through his service to CFSA and its constituents.