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.
Born, raised, and educated in Tucson, Jan Lesher previously served on the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona’s Board of Trustees from 2012 to 2019, the last two years as Board Chair. In that time, Lesher led the development of several key CFSA initiatives, including the Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare and the Community Foundation Campus.
Lesher’s professional experience and public service record is extensive. She joined Pima County in the spring of 2010 and has served as Chief Deputy County Administrator since 2017. Lesher returned to her hometown in 2010 after serving as Chief of Staff for former Arizona Governor and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano since January 2003.
Prior to her time in public service, Lesher 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. She founded Lesher Communications in 1990, handling corporate, public and government relations for various entities for a dozen years.
Lesher has an impressive history of community involvement, including service as a member of the Board of Directors of the Commerce and Economic Development Commission; Arizona Town Hall; the Greater Arizona Development Authority; the Community Food Bank; and La Frontera. She was named a Woman of Influence by Inside Tucson Business and recognized with the Women Who Lead award from the University of Arizona Women’s Studies Advisory Council in 2004. She was honored as the Metropolitan Tucson Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year in 2005. In 2008, she was the Arizona Capitol Times Leader of the Year in Public Policy and received the YWCA Business Leadership Award.
Styne Hill is the President of Styne Hill & Associates, LLC, specializing in business and information systems’ strategies and integration including providing services for project management, leadership advisor, program integration and design, tools/data integration, process, data and resource management.
Ms. Hill has more than 40 years’ experience in the defense industry, having held many technical and leadership positions within Manufacturing Operations, System Engineering, Member of the Technical Staff: Mathematics, Reliability Engineering, Productivity/Quality, Supply Chain Management, System Analysis and Design, Business Management and Information Technology. Her leadership, technical skills and business experience leading large-scale programs and project management initiatives proved critical to the success of her role as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Raytheon Missile Systems and an outstanding career.
Styne is a strong, respected and passionate leader with a long history of service in the Tucson community working with numerous nonprofit organizations, committees, and volunteer teams including UA President’s African American Community Advisory Council, Arizona Technology Council: Governor’s Call to Action-AZ Health Information Technology, Tucson Urban League, UA MIS Board of Advisors, Educational strategies and committees for TUSD, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, Tucson Chamber of Commerce, and many others.
Her recognitions include: Top Women of Color in Government and Defense, Technology awards for Managerial Leadership in Defense, National Black Engineer of the Year Award, UA “Women Who Lead” Award, UA 2005 Phenomenal Women, “Top Fifty Most Important Blacks in Technology” Award, multiple years, by The Career Communications Group (CCG), Career Achievement in Industry Award, Inducted into Black Engineer of the Year Awards’ (BEYA) Hall-Of-Fame for mentoring, career development work and leadership in STEM, Computerworld Premier Top 100 IT Leaders Honoree, Volunteer of the Year Award, Women On The Move Award, CIO Magazine IT Leadership Award.
Daniel Arana is a Director with Fennemore Craig, P.C., where he focuses primarily on agribusiness, international trade and tax law, international transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. Most of his clients are companies in Mexico that open operations in the United States. Leveraging his vast experience as a business lawyer, he acts as a general counsel for these corporations, assisting them with business dealings, keeping them in compliance and partnering to ensure every legal aspect of their needs are met. The majority of these organizations are produce distributors and transportation companies looking for legal support for their U.S. distribution, as well as domestic companies looking to service Mexico and the United States.
A native of Nogales, Arizona, and the son of attorneys, Daniel studied business and accounting as an undergrad, but the lure to help people through studying the law prompted him to embark on his career as a business attorney. Along with his Juris Doctor degree, he also earned a certificate in international trade and business law. Fluent in Spanish, Daniel takes great pride in becoming an integral member of his clients’ teams, knowing their businesses, families and culture, and guiding them to success through what naturally becomes long-term relationships.
Outside of his work as an international business attorney, spending time with his wife and three kids recharges Daniel’s batteries, and he is also involved in his church and several local nonprofit organizations.
Herbert serves as the Managing Principal for the Tucson office of CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. He has more than 41 years of tax consulting experience. Herbert currently specializes in tax consulting for corporations and partnerships for a variety of industries including real estate, manufacturing, distributors, technology, and service providers. He is a member of the firm’s construction and real estate industry group.
Herbert has lectured to various groups and state CPA societies around the country as part of CLA’s Tax Advisors Update group. He holds a B.A. in business administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan and M.S. in taxation from Walsh College, Troy, Michigan.
Faisal Adil s CEO of Sunstreet Mortgage, a locally owned and operated company with 130 employees. He has worked for 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 an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. As a married dad of three boys, he makes the time to use his pilot license and spend time with his family.
For over twenty-five years, as Broker and Owner of Centra Realty on 4th, Colette has been instrumental in promoting and facilitating homeownership in Arizona. She has aided thousands of businesses and individuals in the journey to purchase land and real estate; commercial, income and residential. Colette mentors and educates Real Estate Agents and believes strongly in property ownership as one of the cornerstone foundational rights of our country. She has tirelessly worked to see thousands in the LGBTQ community successfully purchase land and real property. She believes property ownership strengthens community and gives people roots to thrive.
Colette owned Colette’s West an iconic Tucson Bar that welcomed all from the LGBTQ community and straight allies. Colette’s bar provided a safe place for a marginalize community to meet friends, network and socialize. Colette’s Bars were often meeting places where pride events were planned, where people debated who was the best candidate to vote for and friendships were started. She is a proud proponent for LGBTQ rights and continues to tirelessly work towards the goal of LGBTQ equality and acceptance.
Colette is a champion and fighter for ethical inclusion of all people with a special focus on LGBTQ community and women. She is a valiant warrior and outspoken leader for campaigns and practices the values she believes in by publicly supporting causes and fighting for the rights of others. She is an advocate for help and treatment for those who suffer from alcoholism and drug dependence, working with The Haven and Pima County Jail continuing to make a difference for those who suffer with addiction and for the people who love them.
She is a leader that has empowered women to overcoming gender-biased issues and other personal obstacles by leveraging her own experiences and showing the way through example. Colette is a board member/volunteer for charities and non-profits and is an outspoken voice for civil rights. She inspires others to stand with her for social change and campaigns against injustice by leading in community efforts focusing on positive changes in the community.
Colette has generously promoted the welfare of others through her philanthropic endeavors, either by financial donations or through using her skills and talents to donate time effort and energy to community organizations and charities helping them thrive under her leadership and help. Among the many organizations that Colette has supported and or volunteered her time for are: Community Foundation or Southern Arizona, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, United Way, Arizona Human Rights Fund, Compass Health Care, Wingspan, Lesbian and Gay Public Awareness Project, and Community Profile, Desert Voices, The Haven, SAAF, The Alliance Fund, Primavera Men’s Shelter and Pima County Jail and many Women’s Groups.
FRED CHAFFEE, former CFSA Board 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, since 1992.
In his career, Fred has been involved in helping a number of organizations focus on their missions and financial viability. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, operations, and organizational development and growth. In addition to his current position, 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.
Over the years, Fred has had many professional affiliations including: Arizona Child Care Association, State Re-Design Team for Social Services, State Planning Council for Family Preservation, United Way Executive Committee, Children’s Action Alliance Steering Committee, Child Welfare League of America, Child Welfare League of America, and many others.
Raised in Nogales, Mexico, Marcel Dabdoub attended high school in Tucson and thereafter earned his bachelor degree from Boston University with a double concentration in finance and international management. After working as an analyst out of college in a financial firm that specializes in securitizations, Marcel went back to school to earn his JD and MBA at the University of Arizona and worked as an attorney for several years in Tucson and Mexico City until he transitioned to business full-time in 2005.
Since then Marcel has been a real estate developer, entrepreneur and business consultant. Through various successful partnerships, Marcel has ownership in over two million square feet and actively manages over a million square feet of industrial, commercial, office and residential properties in the United States and Mexico. His projects include the construction, redevelopment and/or acquisition of over 1,000 rental housing units in Southern Arizona, the conversion of an industrial facility in Mexico into a multi-tenant shopping center, the adaptive reuse of more than a dozen separate historic structures in Downtown Tucson, and several large-scale developments in the downtown core.
Additionally, Marcel and his partners own and operate a private equity fund based in Austin, a car financing company with offices in Arizona and New Mexico, a consulting firm that offers corporate training in the United States and Latin America, and a smart apartment technology company based in Tucson. He also owns a hemp fiber processing operation in Pennsylvania with a focus on bioplastics, biofuels and sustainable alternatives for textile and paper products.
Marcel is committed to his community, serving as board president of the Casa Hogar Madre Conchita girls orphanage in Nogales, Mexico and board member of the Southern Arizona Community Foundation and the Carondelet Heath Network, and having served on the board of Casa de los Niños, the Catholic Tuition Support Organization, the Southern Arizona Center against Sexual Assault and the Tucson Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He is also a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and was named 2017 Businessman of the Year by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Nancy Davis moved to Tucson in 1999 after living in Boston, MA with her late husband, Peter, for over 17 years. They chose to retire to Southern Arizona because of its warm climate, its location as home to the University of Arizona, and its diverse and welcoming residents. The Tucson community also offered numerous opportunities for a “second career” for Nancy in many volunteer and non-profit activities.
Nancy retired from Fidelity Investments in 1998. At Fidelity she had senior management positions in Human Resources and Operations. She joined Fidelity in 1981, after having worked in Human Resources for the Gillette Company and Polaroid. She has a BS in History from the University of Tennessee and an MBA in Finance from Northeastern University.
Since then Nancy has served the community in many areas. She is a member of Angel Charity for Children and served on its board and as General Chair in 2006. She was a member of the board of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona from 2004 until 2013 and was board chair from 2011-2013. She has been a long-time member of the CFSA Investment Committee and was re-nominated to the CFSA board in 2020. She is a current board member of the Humanities Seminars Program at the UA College of Humanities. She is also a member of the board of the Banner Health Foundation and a past member of the UMC Foundation board.
Nancy is an enthusiastic golfer at Tucson Country Club who accepts that she will NEVER shoot her age. She also loves travel and has visited every continent except Antarctica. She has taken over 35 Humanities Seminars courses at UofA, and dotes on her Welsh Springer Spaniel, Katie.
Matthew Harrison, CFA is the founder of Harrison Wealth Management, a company helping individuals and families achieve their financial goals through prudent investment management and comprehensive financial planning. After graduating from The University of Arizona, Matthew began his career as a stock analyst at a hedge fund in San Diego. He later spent several years as a portfolio manager at The Northern Trust Company and M&I Wealth Management.
During his time at both institutions, Matthew worked closely with individuals, families, nonprofits, foundations, and pension plans ranging from the newly retired to the complex business owner. He joined RMH Investment Management as co-Principal until 2016. Matthew taught Applied Portfolio Management to graduate and under-graduate students at The University of Arizona where he remains a frequent guest lecturer. He is chair of the Investment Committee for the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, a member of the Finance Committee for Archaeology Southwest, and is former president of CFA Society Tucson. Matthew and his family are longtime Tucson residents and enjoy family participation in the community as well as supporting the lives of pediatric cancer patients, a cause close to them.
Dr. Ron Marx is Professor of Educational Psychology and former Dean of Education at the University of Arizona. His previous appointments were at Simon Fraser University and the University of Michigan, where he served as the chair of the Educational Studies Program and the co-director of the Center for Highly Interactive Computing in Education (winner of a Computerworld-Smithsonian Laureate for innovation in educational technology) and the co-director of the Center for Learning Technologies in Urban Schools (winner of the Council of Great Cities’ Schools Urban Impact Award).
Ron has had an active research career having raised nearly $40M for research and development projects over his career. He has published over 120 scientific papers and articles. His interdisciplinary research focuses on enhancing science education and developing teacher professional development models. His recent work with psychologists, early childhood educators and public health researchers focuses on early education and school readiness.
Wanda is a volunteer CEO with leadership, integrity and commitment helping to improve the quality of life for those in need, especially women, girls’ minorities, and the underserved populations.
An active member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.; a sorority of 250,000 college educated women committed to public service. Wanda is an active member of the local Tucson Alumnae Chapter. She served five years as the Arizona State Coordinator representing the state of Arizona in the Farwest Region. She serves as member of the board of Deltas of Southern Arizona, the sorority’s 501 C3.
In December 2019 Wanda was the recipient of the Brain Bateman Superb Service Award. 2017 Woman’s Foundation of Southern AZ (WFSA) award, she received the Outstanding Community Service Award from the Tucson chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., The 2016 Tucson Urban League Henry Quinto Award for Community Service, 2015 Prince Chapel award for Faith Based Community Service, the 2014 Governor’s Volunteer of the Year Award for the State of AZ, the 2013 Vanguard Harriet Tubman Award for Community Health Volunteer, 2012 one of the 25 Most influential African Americans in Southern AZ and in 2011 she received the University of Arizona “Mary Ann Fay Women’s Heart Health Advocate of the Year Award” for her outreach work in Heart Health Education for Women of Color. She is a member of the UA Sarver Heart Advisory Board, the UA Women’s Heart Health Education Committee, chair of the Minority Outreach Committee, chair of the Community Coalition for Heart Health Education for Women of Color The WFSA Advisory Board and a member of the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona African American Initiative Board. She is actively working in the Tucson community with her sorority to build the first endowment for research in heart disease for Women of Color.
Wanda served for the eleven years on boards and commission with legal professionals in the State of Arizona. In March 2003 she was appointed to the Arizona State Personnel Board, by Governor Janet Napolitano. She served on the Personnel board from 2003-2006 and as chair from 2004- 2005. In 2006 she was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court Bar Commission on Character & Fitness for a 7 year term. She served as a public member of the committee to evaluate the moral character and fitness of all applicants who wished to practice law in the State of Arizona.
Her community service is evident in her many awards and certificates. A member of the AHA Circle of Red Society from 2011-2014, she was among the 100 Women honor at the 100th Anniversary of Girls Scouts 2012, and named on the UA Plaza of Honor African American Women’s Arch, She was recognized by the Farwest Regional Director of Delta Sigma Theta for Excellence in Social Action, Civic Responsibility, Advocacy, Coalition Building and Contribution to Public Policy & Service, in 2008 she received Lincoln J Ragsdale Sr. Outstanding Directors Award. She is an advocate for Voters Rights and an active Poll worker, the recipient of the 2008 “Breaking the Silence Award” for HIV/AIDS in the African American Community, serving as the Social Action Chair for her chapter in 2006-2008 the Sorority was recognized by the African American Aids Awareness Alliance for their continued advocacy for HIV/AIDS Education and Awareness in the Tucson Community. Wanda was the recipient of Carondelet Health Network Community Trust Award and the Tucson Alumnae Chapter 2002 Honoree for community service . She was named “Phenomenal Woman 2006” by the University of AZ Black Alumni for her outstanding community work and established a scholarship under the Black Alumni for African America students at the University.
Additionally she has served on the Board of the Tucson Urban League for 6 years, Chair of TUL 2005 Gala and receive recognition for her outstanding work with the board in 2005, Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, Black Board of Directors Project, Community Foundation of Southern AZ Board, Sahuaro Girls Scouts Nominating Committee, Habitat for Humanity Women Build program and the Executive Leadership Chair for the 2006 American Heart Association Go Red for Women Campaign. Wanda has been a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc for the past 28 years with an uncompromising commitment to serve and empower women and girls.
She is college educated, a wife (Jimmy D Moore, retired Raytheon Missile Systems), mother of three children, grandmother of one, community leader & activist, and community volunteer. She is the oldest of six siblings born in the south. They considered her bossy and in charge she contends that it was just a matter of getting things done when needed. She enjoys teaching, writing, reading, bowling, entertaining and especially the game of golf.
Mr. Mundinger brings over 38 years of investment management experience to serving clients in their planning and investing needs. He is currently principal & portfolio manager at RMH Investment Management. RMH invests with a “total return” strategy to smooth out portfolio volatility and enhance returns, through fixed income, equities and alternative investments.
Before he moved to the United States, he held positions in institutional equity and derivatives for several investment firms in Canada. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute.
Ethan Orr grew up in Tucson and is a fourth generation Arizonan. Currently, he is the Assistant Vice President for Government Affairs and Community Partnerships at the University of Arizona (UA), focusing on applying science to help address issues that face our state. Previously, he served in the Arizona legislature passing numerous bills benefiting southern Arizona; including creating the Mental Health First Aid Program and helping develop the commercial space flight industry. He helped bring over $35 million in additional funding to the Tucson community.
Before working at the UA, he was the Executive Director of Linkages, a statewide nonprofit which helped over 1,000 people with disabilities find meaningful employment every year; he also started a small business helping ex-offenders transition into the workplace. He has served in senior level economic development positions for the City of South Tucson and the City of Tucson.
Ethan started the Empowerment Zone in Pima County, which has generated over $500 million in tax credits for the community and created nationally recognized housing and employment programs. He has a Masters of Public Administration from the UA and has taught at the UA, Northern Arizona University, and Pima Community College for over 17 years. He and his wife Kristen have been married for 18 years and have three wonderful children.
Anne Roediger 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.
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 LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund at CFSA and volunteers with Wingspan. Other volunteer positions include Tu Nidito, 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.
Allison M. Vaillancourt, Ph.D. consults on strategy, change, and organizational issues as a Vice President and Senior Consultant in Segal Consulting’s Organizational Effectiveness practice. Her clients are varied and include higher education institutions throughout the United States. Prior to joining Segal, Allison was a faculty member and Vice President of Business Affairs & Human Resources at the University of Arizona.
In addition to her Community Foundation for Southern Arizona engagement, she is a Tucson Social Venture Partners board member and Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona Advisory Council member. She regularly provides pro bono consulting and executive coaching services to Tucson-area nonprofits.
Kendal Washington White was born in the Empire State (NY) and raised on the rural Eastern Shore of Virginia. The middle child and only girl, she is a first generation college student where a college education was an expectation in her family thanks to her mother and grandmother.
Kendal is the Vice Provost for Campus Life and Dean of Students at the University of Arizona, overseeing departments that provide direct service to students (Housing and Residential Life, Campus Health, Campus Recreation, Disability Resource Center, and many more). In her 27 years at the University of Arizona, she has served in a variety of positions yet values most the relationships developed with generations of students, the employment and development opportunities she was able to provide to undergraduate and graduate students, and the amazing colleagues she has hired, supervised, advised, and counseled over the years.
Her engagement in the Tucson community includes serving as a Board Member of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, Chair of the African American Legacy Fund, a Board Member of the Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse, and the President of the Tucson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Kendal is married and adores her sons, who inspire her personally and professionally. They were raised with an understanding that academic achievement, pursuit of higher education, and service as core values, and she can’t wait to see them fly.
Rafael Barceló Durazo was appointed Consul of Mexico in Tucson, Arizona, and took office on August 1st, 2020. Previously, he served as Deputy Director General for International Policy on Human Rights at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responsible for international migration and refugee on multilateral fora, and for the representation of cases at the Universal and Inter-American Human Rights Systems, as well as other civil and political rights.
He is a career diplomat in the Mexican Foreign Service since 2010. He also served as a Press and Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of Mexico in Brazil and as Political Affairs and Human Rights Attaché at the Embassy of Mexico in Costa Rica, also performing as Mexican liaison officer at the Inter-American Human Rights Court. He was also a consultant at the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice, a supervisor at the Institute of Youth in Sonora state, and at the Mexican Investment Consultant Office located in Hermosillo, Sonora.
Consul Rafael Barceló is a Lawyer by the University of Hermosillo and has a master’s degree in Administration and Public Policy by the Mexican Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE). He was an exchange student at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University (New York) and was a professor on public policy and public finances at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.
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), public 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 an 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 for 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.