New 2023 board trustees

CFSA Welcomes Eight New Trustees

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona is pleased to welcome eight new trustees as we begin the 2023-2024 fiscal year.

The new additions include David Baker, Ed.D., Shawn Best, M.S., CFP®, Meredith Hay, Ph.D., Billy Hayes, Nancy Johnson, Ph.D., Bonnie Kampa, Ana Nygren, and Eric E. Schindler, Ph.D.

“I am delighted that each of these savvy, community-minded, and generous individuals agreed to join the CFSA Board of Trustees,” shared President and CEO Jenny Flynn. “As a group, they contribute critical knowledge, skills, and abilities from numerous sectors, including healthcare, finance, science, education, and nonprofit, philanthropic, and business leadership, to the work of our mission to build a thriving Southern Arizona through philanthropy.”

A Special Thank You

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has been fortunate to have an extremely dedicated and talented Board of Trustees to further our mission and lead our efforts to create a vibrant and equitable community for all Southern Arizonans.

Last month, five long-serving Trustees completed their terms of service with CFSA. Our staff and board wish to extend our sincere appreciation to the following outgoing Trustees for their generosity and commitment.

Nancy Davis
Matthew Harrison, CFA, CFP®
Ron Marx, Ph.D.
Richard Mundinger, CFA
Allison Vaillancourt, Ph.D.

Please join us in celebrating their contributions to CFSA and the Southern Arizona community.

Meet Our New Trustees

Dr. David Baker was the superintendent of Flowing Wells School District in Tucson, Arizona. His 30-year career began when he accepted a position as a fourth-grade teacher. David worked as an assistant principal, elementary school, and middle school principal prior to moving into district administration. As an associate superintendent, he spent ten years overseeing technology, curriculum, and instruction. He earned his Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Arizona and worked as an adjunct instructor for graduate courses at The University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University prior to his hiring as superintendent.

Shawn Best, M.S., CFP®, is a financial advisor at TCI Wealth Advisors. With more than fifteen years of experience in the financial industry, Shawn cares deeply about getting to know his clients and helping them reach their short and long-term goals. Before joining TCI in 2022, Shawn served as Vice President and Senior Wealth Manager within the Consumer and Wealth Management Division of Goldman Sachs. Shawn utilizes his industry experience in retirement planning, estate planning, tax planning, education planning, investment management, and wealth transfer to serve individuals and families, small business owners, and non-profit organizations. Coupled with his passion for helping people from all walks of life, Shawn provides his clients with an experience that empowers them to reach a greater purpose for their wealth. 

Meredith Hay, Ph.D., is the former Executive Vice President and Provost of The University of Arizona. Dr. Hay was the University of Arizona’s chief operating officer with responsibilities for the entire $1.8B university budget, including the Arizona Health Sciences Center. Currently, Dr. Hay leads an active brain research laboratory at the University of Arizona College Of Medicine Department of Physiology and the Evelyn  F. McKnight Brain Institute, where she is a tenured Full Professor.  Her laboratory studies the neurobiology of peptide and hormone actions in the brain with an emphasis on sex-related differences in blood pressure regulation.  Dr. Hay and her team were the first to discover that estrogen acts on brain cells to modulate blood pressure. 

Billy is the co-founder and President of Pedroza & Hayes Accounting and Consulting. His fiscal background is further highlighted by higher education at Grand Canyon University, where he earned an MBA, and professional positions as a Financial Analyst for Pima County and a Financial Specialist at the City of Tucson. Community volunteer work is important to Billy, and he remains active in the community.

Dr. Nancy Johnson is the former Chief Executive Officer for El Rio Community Health Center, one of the largest federally qualified health centers in the country. She is a registered nurse graduating with a BSN from Illinois Wesleyan University. Dr. Johnson also holds Master’s degrees in both Nursing from the University of Illinois and a Master’s in Marketing and Business from the University of Arizona Eller College.  Her doctoral research was on provider perspectives in caring for the uninsured population, leading to her completion of her Ph.D. in Health Care Administration. 

Bonnie Kampa has more than 30 years of executive leadership, development, and board roles in the nonprofit sector. She retired in 2015 after serving 13 years as the Chief Executive Officer of Interfaith Community Services (ICS), a Tucson-based organization helping people in need throughout Pima County, Arizona, achieve stability, health, and independence.  

Bonnie is currently an Advisor on the Board of the David and Lura Lovell Foundation. She is a partner with Tucson Social Venture Partners and is an active member of St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, having served as a Trustee and on numerous planning committees. She also served as Trustee and Board Chair of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.  

Ana Nygren graduated from New Mexico State University with two Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Management. Ana has worked in the accounting field for over 30 years. Her present position is as President of the John and Helen Murphey Foundation. The Murphey Foundation is dedicated to promoting education opportunities and supports both the University of Arizona and Pima Community College through scholarships.   

Ana is an active member of AAUW (American Association of University Women) at the local, state, and national levels. She was president of the local branch for two years and has been president of the state for the past four years. Ana is on the DE&I committee for the national organization.  

Since 2005, Dr. Eric Schindler has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Child and Family Resources, Inc. (CFR), a statewide community, nonprofit organization based in Tucson. Providing services in all counties of the state, CFR works in communities to promote strong, healthy families and ensure high-quality early childhood education so children can reach their full potential.

Dr. Schindler received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona in 1982. After postdoctoral studies in child and family psychology at U.C. Davis, and pediatric psychology in Chicago, he has spent the last 40-plus years in Tucson working in community settings as an administrator, director, professor, and private practitioner.

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