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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Missy Bowden has been the Chief Financial Officer for the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona since 2013. 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.
Andrés Cano is the Director of the LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund. A native Tucsonan, Andrés is tasked with growing the Alliance Fund’s footprint as Southern Arizona’s premier organization for LGBTQ+ philanthropy and social change. He oversees the Fund’s donor development efforts and external relations. Andrés is also a current Member of the Arizona House of Representatives, where he serves as the state’s youngest LGBTQ+ state legislator.
From 2012-2019, Andrés was a senior aide to the late Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías in Tucson, Arizona, where he managed the Supervisor’s constituent outreach and neighborhood advocacy.
Andrés was raised by a single mom and is the first in his family to graduate from college. He graduated cum laude from Arizona State University in 2014 with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism. In 2019, Andrés completed Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives Program in State and Local Government as a David Bohnett LGBTQ Victory Institute Leadership Fellow.
Andrés enjoys reading Sunday’s New York Times cover-to-cover. He likes cooking challenging and complicated recipes, and loves to spend time with his three godchildren.
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.
As the Program Manager for Grants and Initiatives, David Gardner oversees a variety of CFSA community initiatives and grant processes. Originally from Denver, CO, David recently finished his Master’s of Public Affairs in Nonprofit Management at Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!) in Bloomington, IN. He is extremely excited to move out to Tucson this Summer! He is also very excited to bring a data and program evaluation background to his work at CFSA. Prior to CFSA, he served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador as a Teaching English as a Second Language volunteer.
David likes to spend his free time outdoors whenever possible, whether it is hiking, birding, playing tennis, cycling, grilling, or simply spending time with friends and family. He also loves to travel and visit new places.
Kelly Huber has over 16 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 2013 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.
Megan Litwicki, a Tucson native, serves as the Communications Manager for CFSA 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 from Eller College of 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.
A Tucson native, Tamara has more than 20 years of experience in communications, fundraising, and program development 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 loves being part of a team dedicated to supporting our community’s generous donors and vital nonprofit partners.
Tamara is the proud mom of two amazing young women and two rambunctious puppies who keep her very busy. She enjoys reading mystery novels, playing pinball with her husband, and gardening with native plants to keep her bees and hummingbirds happy. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and her MBA from the University of Illinois.
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 Chief Operating Officer for the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and is currently serving as Interim President/CEO.
As Chief Operating Officer, 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 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 sectors. Before 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 the Community Foundation field and has presented at national conferences on community foundation IT infrastructure, and has developed ties with other community foundation professionals across the country. Mark serves on the Community Foundations National Standards Board, where he is 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, MS is a seasoned nonprofit executive with more than 40 years in CEO/Executive Director positions locally and nationally. Previously, she served in the top executive position for Family Planning Centers of Greater LA, AIDS Project Los Angeles, National AIDS Fund, National Alliance to End Homelessness, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Make-A-Wish America, and Connecticut Community Foundation.
She has a master’s degree in organizational development and currently directs the Center for Healthy Nonprofits at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.
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.