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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kristopher Kitz is an experienced healthcare executive, having served in faith-based, secular, and public healthcare organizations during his career. His experience ranges from critical access facilities to multi-state health systems. Over the years his portfolio has included leading strategic planning, business development, marketing, communications, virtual health and telemedicine, service lines, joint ventures, ambulatory clinic operations as well as corporate functions including employee health, workers compensation, and childcare services.
Currently, Kitz serves as the Executive Director of System & Strategic Development as well as President of the Southern Arizona Hospital Alliance for TMC Health in Tucson, Arizona. In this role, he reports to the CEO of TMC Health, leads enterprise strategy, growth, and business development functions, and is responsible for TMC Health’s relationships in rural areas outside the Tucson metro area.
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 the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and its constituents.
In more than 30 years in the nonprofit sector, Mr. Kunz 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, Mr. Kunz subsequently started a consulting practice in 2000 that continues to serve nonprofit organizations regionally and nationally. From 2014-2016 he was Vice President for Philanthropy at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.
Mr. Kunz 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 LEGAYC® Southern Arizona Steering Committee. In 2005 the Southern Arizona Chapter of AFP named him Outstanding Fundraising Executive. Recognized for his expertise in the nonprofit sector, he developed curriculum and taught both Fund Development and Board Development courses for the ASU Lodestar Center on Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation for more than 10 years.
He is on the board and immediate past Chair of True Concord Voices & Orchestra, a Tucson-based GRAMMY-nominated choral ensemble. Former board memberships include those of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF), the Nonprofit Loan Fund of Southern Arizona (now Growth Partners Arizona) and the Leadership Council of the Lodestar Center on Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation at ASU. He continues to serve as an advisor to both the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, and the New York-based Episcopal Church Foundation (boards on which he formerly served). He now chairs the Standing Committee (e.g., board) of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona. He currently also serves on the board of the Cincinnati-based publishing house Forward Movement.
Mr. Kunz and his partner of 35 years Brian Arthur reside in Tucson, are the parents of three adult sons and three grandchildren, and are also former foster parents. An avid amateur musician, Mr. Kunz has for the past several years resumed his study of classical piano with a professional coach. In addition to English, he is also moderately fluent in Portuguese.
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.
Sean P. Murray is a near Tucson native and attended the University of Arizona, graduating with a degree in Finance and International Business. He also has a certificate in commercial banking from the University of Washington’s Pacific Coast Banking School. Murray currently serves as Senior Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer with Commerce Bank of Arizona.
His previous work experience includes serving as a credit analyst and then Credit Analyst Manager for National Bank of Arizona and ten years with Wells Fargo Bank as a Senior Business Relationship Manager. Murray is active in the community and serves on several nonprofit boards, including Youth On Their Own, Growth Partners AZ, Business Development Finance Corp, and The Centurions of Southern Arizona.
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.
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.
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.
Steven C. Wagner is a Partner at the legal services firm of Fletcher Struse Fickbohm & Wagner PLC. His areas of expertise are in estate planning, trust administration, and estate, trust, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxation. Steve became a certified public accountant in December 2002. Then Steve went to Rutgers 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 volunteers for Step Up to Justice and is the Chair of the Professional Advisory Committee for the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. In his free time, Steve performs with local circus companies Cirque Roots and Big Toe Acro, performing with fire and partner acrobats.
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.