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Community Council

The Community Council is charged with helping to:

  • Engage and embed the university within the surrounding community
  • Identify pressing issues facing Arizona relative to social and cultural development needs
  • Assist in attacking problems or serving as a catalyst for initiating solutions

Member Roster

Name Title
Larry Abbott

Scout Executive & CEO

Boy Scouts of America, Grand Canyon Chapter

David Adame

President & CEO

Chicanos Por La Causa

Ron Adelson

Chief Executive Officer

Aid to Adoption of Special Kids, Arizona

Deborah Arteaga

Executive Director

Tempe Community Action Agency

Jason Barlow


Habitat for Humanity Valley of the Sun

Becky Bell Ballard


Rosie's House

Laura Capello

President and CEO

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Brandon Clark

Chief Executive Officer

Circle the City

George Dean

President & CEO

Urban League

Regina Edwards


YWCA Maricopa County

Eric Eilertsen


Experience Matters

Shana Ellis

President & CEO

The Centers for Habilitation

Mike Fox

Director and CEO

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West

Carla Garcia

Center Director

USO Arizona

Patrick Graham

State Director

The Nature Convservancy in Arizona

Steven Hansen

President & CEO

Arizona Humane Society

James Hoyt

President and CEO


Mike Hughes

Chief Executive Officer

A New Leaf

Tom Kertis

President & CEO

St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance

Kurt Kroemer


American Red Cross - AZ, NM and El Paso Region

Dan Lawler

Executive Director

Alzheimer's Association - Desert Southwest Chapter

Kristen (Wilson) Merrifield

Chief Executive Officer

Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

Joyce Millard Hoie

Executive Director

Raising Special Kids

Rick Miller

President and Chief Treasure Hunter

Kids at Hope

Marcia Mintz


Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix

Paul Mulligan

President and CEO

Catholic Charities Community Services

Tim O'Neal

President & CEO

Goodwill of Central Arizona

Daniel Openden


Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center

Lt. Col. Kelly Pontsler

Lt. Colonel

The Salvation Army Phoenix

Martin Quintana

President and CEO

Friendly House

Elizabeth Reich

President and CEO

Make-A-Wish Arizona

Aimee Runyon

Chief Executive Officer


April Salomon

Executive Director

Musical Instrument Museum

Deborah Schaus


East Valley Adult Resources

Michael Simoni

State Director

March of Dimes, Arizona Chapter

Alicia Sutton

Executive Director

Free Arts for Abused Children

Torrie Taj


Child Crisis Center/Crisis Nursery

Jacki Taylor

Chief Executive Officer

Save the Family Foundation of Arizona

Katie Tennessen Hooten

Executive Director

Teach For America

Jim Ward

President & CEO

The Phoenix Symphony

Ginger Ward

Chief Executive Officer

Southwest Human Development & The Arizona Institute for Early Childhood Development

Merl Waschler


Valley of the Sun United Way

Tamara Woodbury

Executive Director

Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council

Diana (Dede) Yazzie-Devine

President and CEO

Native American Connections

Stephen Zabilski

Executive Director

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Cynthia Zwick

Executive Director

Arizona Community Action Association