We are grateful to our diverse team that helps make community-driven philanthropy possible in Southern Arizona. If you have a general question, please contact us at 520-770-0800 or email@example.com.
Missy Bowden has been the Chief Financial Officer for the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona for nearly seven years. She previously spent 25 years in banking, the last 17 of which as Chief Financial Officer of the Bank of Tucson and Vice President of Bank Performance for Capital Bancorp Ltd. where she was a “virtual” CFO to multiple banks in the Western US. She developed an interest in working in the nonprofit sector by serving on the board of La Paloma Family Services for 11 years. She also served on the board of the Arizona Center for the Study of Children and Families.
A native Tucsonan and Arizona’s youngest LGBTQ+ legislator, Andrés has a deep understanding of the local LGBTQ+ community. He will prioritize the growth of philanthropic investments and the Alliance Fund’s capacity to uplift Southern Arizona’s LGBTQ+ communities.
Zoey understands computers and information technology, but better yet, she knows how to help us understand computers and information technology! Zoey works with our database and systems and assists with operations of both CFSA and CF Campus. Zoey has spent her career with Community Foundations and particularly loves supporting the programs and mission of CFSA. When she’s not working Zoey is involved in several volunteer political organizations, and enjoys spending time with her fiancé and dog, Daisy.
Natalia Gabrielsen serves as the Gifts and Grants Finance Associate for Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, supporting gift processing and grant distributions. Previously, she was the Grants and Services Manager with the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, where she oversaw grants funding local artists and arts organizations. She is excited to bring her knowledge of funding processes and community investment to CFSA. She has a background in museum databases and collections, and holds a master’s degree in art history from the University of Arizona. Natalia loves German food, Zion National Park, and Dance Dance Revolution.
Kelly Huber has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector working in all aspects from executive leadership, fundraising/development, and programmatic capacities. However, some of her favorite work since starting at CFSA in 2014 surrounds building funder collaboratives and community partnerships. In her current role as Senior Director, she is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of all community investments, including competitive and donor grantmaking, supporting organizations, programs/initiatives, and awards/scholarships. Every day she feels lucky to work with and learn from the amazing southern Arizona nonprofit community…#nonprofitlife. She earned a BA in Spanish, BS in Environmental Science, and MS in Nonprofit Organizational Management. Personally, as the mother of two young boys, she has learned more about Lego and Minecraft than she ever needed to know and, as a native Tucsonan, her favorite Eegees flavor-of-the-month is Lucky Lime.
Chelsey Johnson, a native Tucsonan, graduated from the University of Arizona with the goal of using business principles to positively impact the community. She truly enjoys working with nonprofits because of the endless opportunities available to make a difference in her home town. Chelsey was the 29th Wilma T. Wildcat at the University of Arizona and currently performs as different Disney Princesses throughout Southern Arizona.
Cat Kiesel has been in the accounting field for over 22 years, 15 of which have been right here at CFSA. A natural problem solver, Cat finds joy in her day-to-day work organizing and creating efficient processes for our team. Cat believes in a work-life balance and is passionate about health and wellness, fine art, fun crafts, and raising her amazing daughter.
Laci Lester jump-started her career in service work through the Lodestar Center’s Public Allies program in 2008. She brings a touch of service and a lens for diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of her work. Laci seeks to use her experience in service to make connections and build trust between CFSA and the communities we serve. Laci holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is both an AmeriCorps alumna and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. Outside of her professional endeavors, Laci is an avid reader and performance artist.
Megan Litwicki, a Tucson native, joined the CFSA team in August 2020 and serves as the Communications Manager in the Philanthropic Services department. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA degree in Film + Television and a MS degree in Marketing Management. After previously working in local tourism and film, Megan is excited to promote the sustainability of Southern Arizona’s nonprofit community through her marketing and communications work at CFSA. In her free time, you will likely find Megan renting too many movies at Casa Video, waiting around for Halloween, or hanging out with her dog Otis and cat Thomas O’Malley.
Mary Louise Luna, Senior Director of Gift Planning
Mary Louise Luna’s journey took her from Texas to Washington, D.C. before making her way to Tucson in 1991 and entering the world of philanthropy. She remains passionate about opening doors for donors to help them fulfill their philanthropic wishes; for her, it’s about relationships and trust. Mary Louise knows no two people are alike, and the motivations and options available to philanthropists reflect that same diversity. She almost switched gears in graduate school and considered entering the restaurant industry with Tex-Mex/Polish/French fusion, but finished her Master’s degree instead.
As Senior Director of Philanthropic Services, Tamara oversees the Foundation’s donor services and development activities, as well as marketing and communications efforts.
A Tucson native, Tamara has more than 20 years of experience in communications, management, fund development, and operations in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Prior to joining CFSA, Tamara served as the executive director of a Southern Arizona nonprofit focused on health and food insecurity. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and her MBA from the University of Illinois, and loves being part of a team dedicated to supporting our community’s vital nonprofit partners and generous donors.
Tamara is the proud mom of two amazing young women and enjoys reading mystery novels, playing pinball with her husband, and gardening with native plants to keep her bees and hummingbirds happy.
Community and family are strongly linked in Enedina’s heart. Enedina’s work as a Program Manager in the Community Investments department at CFSA gives her the honor of positively impacting the community in which she was born and raised. She has a big family and loves spending time with her husband, their two kids, and their dog. In the moments between work and parenthood, she finds herself reading a book, watching a sappy love movie, or dancing to Bruno Mars! #BLESSED
Mark Montoya is the Vice President of Operations for the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and is currently serving as Interim President/CEO.
As Vice President of Operations, Mark is responsible for the operational execution of our strategic plan, data systems, and management oversight of the Community Foundation Campus. He provides staff leadership and support to CFSA’s geographic affiliate the Santa Cruz Community Foundation and is CFSA’s partner representative for Social Venture Partners Tucson.
Mark joined CFSA in 2012 as Operations Manager to complete and manage CFSA’s data systems conversion. Since then he has taken on increased responsibility and now oversees all operations for CFSA. Mark has earned his increased leadership responsibilities through his commitment to detailed planning coupled with an inclusive management style that is valued by CFSA’s staff, board of trustees, and donors.
Mark has over 20 years of administrative and management experience in both the for profit and nonprofit sector. Prior to joining CFSA, Mark worked for Rain Bird Corporation, where he held various positions managing and administering their Rain Bird Academy training program, the leading international irrigation training program. An Arizona native, Mark holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of Arizona and is a proud graduate of Nogales High School in Nogales, AZ.
Over the course of his career with CFSA, Mark has become a leader in Community Foundation field and has presented at national conferences on community foundation IT infrastructure and has developed ties with other community foundation professional across the country. Beginning January 1, 2021, Mark will serve on the Community Foundations National Standards Board where he will be responsible for ensuring that National Standards remain relevant amid changing policies, procedures, and regulations.
Mark is passionate about developing and executing operational efficiencies to support our donors and enhance CFSA’s community impact. Away from the office, Mark, his wife, Stacey, daughter, Chloe, and pup, Minnie, try to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air as much as possible.
Jeaiza has a background in both higher education and Marketing/Communications and is passionate about connecting donors with Southern Arizona students who depend on their philanthropy to continue their education. In her spare time, she is a blogger and loves to read.
Georgia Schwartz, Campus Manager
Georgia joined the CFSA Finance team in October 2018. After a brief stint as a grant writer, Georgia realized she preferred giving out money over asking for it. Georgia brings more than 30 years’ experience in accounting, organization, and program management to her work at CFSA.
Shari has been part of the CFSA team for seven years and it is by far the best job she’s ever had; not only because of the community impact but because she gets to work with such a fantastic group of people. She has been an Executive Assistant for over 25 years and what she loves about her role is being of assistance, not only to the Executive but to the whole team. Shari is a minimalist and doesn’t like to have a lot of “stuff,” with the exception of her beaded handbag collection.
Paula Van Ness
Paula Van Ness is a seasoned chief executive with experience in a wide range of national and regional nonprofits. With a Master’s degree in Organizational Development, her track record includes training and mentoring next-gen leaders and building, turning around, and transforming nonprofits.
Ariana Watson is the Philanthropic Services Administrative Assistant at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. After spending six years in the garment industry in Los Angeles, Ariana wanted a change not only in her career but also in her community. When the opportunity to move to Tucson and work at CFSA arose, she didn’t hold back. Ariana’s passion for people and helping them in all aspects of life inspired her to join the nonprofit industry. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and traveling.
Mike Wiley has been part of the Finance team at CFSA for three years; he is incredibly grateful to help facilitate donor philanthropy by supporting their grantmaking and fundraising efforts. When he isn’t working, Mike enjoys the great outdoors and spending time on the water or in the woods. Mike recently took a trip to New Orleans and discovered alligators love marshmallows and learned more Nicholas Cage trivia than he ever expected on a cemetery tour.