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 a Principal at Clifton Larson Allen LLP. He has more than 38 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 lectures 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.
Marcel Dabdoub has been a real estate developer, financial services entrepreneur, and business consultant since 2008. His real estate projects cover a wide range of industrial, commercial and residential developments. He is also part owner of a car financing business, a title and escrow company, and Nexus Private Capital.
Marcel earned his bachelor degree from Boston University with a double concentration in finance and international management. After working as a financial analyst for a few years after college, he went back to school to earn his JD and MBA. Marcel worked as an attorney for several years with a focus on real estate and commercial transactions before transitioning to business full-time.
Marcel is committed to his community. He serves as board chairman for the Casa Hogar Madre Conchita girls’ orphanage in Nogales, Mexico and the Madre Conchita Foundation (founder), and as a board member of Community Foundation for Southern Arizona Properties, the Pima County Real Estate Research Council, the Catholic Tuition Support Organization, and the Downtown Tucson Partnership.
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.
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 Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness for Segal Consulting. Her clients are varied, but Allison’s primary focus is on supporting the success of higher education institutions throughout North America. Prior to joining Segal, Allison was a faculty member and Vice President of Business Affairs & Human Resources at the University of Arizona.
Allison serves as a leadership advisor to organizations such as the American Association of Medical Colleges and National Association of College and University Business Officers, writes about organizational culture issues as a regular Chronicle of Higher Education columnist, and provides pro bono organizational consulting and executive coaching for local nonprofits. In addition to her Community Foundation for Southern Arizona engagement, she is currently active with the Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review, Tucson Social Venture Partners, and the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona.
She earned a B.A. in political science and an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado’s School of Public Affairs.
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.