Board of Directors

Officers

  • Ted Maxwell
    President President, Southern Arizona Leadership Council

    Ted Maxwell

    President President, Southern Arizona Leadership Council

    Ted Maxwell brings a wealth of broad-based experience from his distinguished military career covering more than 29 years of service to our nation. Graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in 1984, he quickly established himself as a leader capable of motivating and managing a large diverse workforce.  Ted brings extensive experience working with Congress and with foreign dignitaries.  He represented the United States as the sole United States Air Force Exchange Officer for integration with the Belgian Air Force, a bilingual position.  Working at Headquarters Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, Ted managed the growth of a multi-billion dollar program interfacing directly with U.S. and international chief executive officers, as well as a full range of military and Department of Defense leaders.

  • Clint Mabie
    Vice President President and CEO, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona

    Clint Mabie

    Vice President President and CEO, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona

    J. Clinton Mabie joined the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona as President and CEO in May of 2010. Mr. Mabie started his career in the nonprofit sector in 1992 after jobs in advertising and commercial real estate. During his nonprofit career, he served as Director of Development of The Golden Apple Foundation, founder of the Center of Teaching and Learning which teaches educators how to incorporate technology into the classroom, and was a high school teacher in the Chicago Public Schools. Most recently, Clint served as Director of Donor Services and Program Development at the Chicago Community Trust. During his tenure, donations increased from $15 million to $90 million annually and grants from donors increased from $1 million to over $45 million annually. Clint also created the Trust’s Poverty Initiative, Return on Chicago and raised over $20 million in funding.

    Mr. Mabie received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, a Master of Management from J.L Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University.

    Clint currently serves as a board member of the Tucson Values Teachers, and Arizona Grantmakers Association, and is a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and Tucson Regional Economic Organization. He has served on nonprofit boards for over 20 years including, The Community Mental Health Council, National-Louis University and the Chicago District Golf Association. Clint is married to Debi and has three children, Chess, Clark and Martha.

  • Eric Renaud
    Treasurer President/CEO, Pima Federal Credit Union

    Eric Renaud

    Treasurer President/CEO, Pima Federal Credit Union

    A native of rural upstate New York, Mr. Renaud earned his Bachelors and Master of Science in Business Management from the State University of New York Institute of Technology, Utica, NY. Mr. Renaud began his financial services career with a small regional commercial bank in upstate New York, moving to Phoenix in 1999, pursuing an opportunity in the software industry and of course, a change in climate. In 2003, Mr. Renaud re-entered the financial services industry, finding himself in credit unions; deeply appreciating the mission of people-helping-people, as supported by a member owned financial cooperative. In December 2011, Eric moved to Tucson, accepting a position as Chief Financial Officer at Pima Federal Credit Union. Mr. Renaud is currently the Executive Vice President & CFO, and was recently named President/CEO of Pima Federal Credit Union.

    Eric has been married for 26 years to Christine and has three adult children. Oldest (Philip) in the Navy submarine service, second (Stephen), a student at Pima Community College, finishing his program at the Aviation Maintenance program, the third (Bethany), a student at the UA.

  • Stephanie Healy
    Secretary Director of Public Affairs, Cox Communications

    Stephanie Healy

    Secretary Director of Public Affairs, Cox Communications

    Stephanie Healy is the Director of Public Affairs for COX Communications in Southern Arizona. In her position, Stephanie oversees government affairs, public relations, community development and media relations for the Southern Arizona market, which includes COX’s residential and business products in Pima and Cochise Counties. Previous to her position with COX Communications, Stephanie was Executive Vice President for Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC).

    Stephanie has served in a number of community leadership positions including Past President of the Arizona Association for Economic Development, Past Chairman of American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women and past Vice Chair of the Pima County Workforce Investment Board. Current community involvement includes the City of Tucson’s Economic and Workforce Development Commission, executive committee and Board member of Arizona Forward, member of the DM-50, Komen Advisory Council member, Pima College High Technology Steering Committee member, Grand Canyon University College of Nursing Advisory Committee member, Silver and Turquoise Board of Hostesses and the Friends of Saguaro National Park Board of Directors.

    In 2006 Stephanie was honored to be named Woman of the Year by the “Tucson Citizen’s Business Edge.” She has been a Tucson resident for nearly 20 years after relocating from the Chicago area. She is married to Tim Healy, Vice President of Brokerage Services for CB Richard Ellis in Tucson, and they have two children.

Board Members

  • David Baker
    Superintendent Flowing Wells School District

    David Baker

    Superintendent Flowing Wells School District

    Dr. David Baker is the superintendent of Flowing Wells School District. His career began as a fourth grade teacher in Flowing Wells. Dr. Baker has worked as a principal in both the Flowing Wells and Amphitheater School Districts. As an associate superintendent for ten years, he was responsible for overseeing assessment, curriculum and instruction. As superintendent, Dr. Baker is focused on creating an environment of high academic expectations. He is committed to providing a wealth of diverse opportunities for students to pursue personal interests and achieve individual goals. To that end, the District is engaged in a 100% Initiative, designed to encourage and assist all students to successfully matriculate into a post-secondary experience. Dr. Baker is a member of the Old Pueblo Rotary, the Board of Tucson Values Teachers, and the Pima County Cradle to Career Initiative.

  • Michael Chesin
    Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Helios Education Foundation

    Michael Chesin

    Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Helios Education Foundation

    Mr. Chesin provides financial management and oversight of the organization’s endowment, community investments and internal operations.  As part of the senior management team, he helps guide organizational strategy and leads the human resource and technology infrastructure responsibilities.

    Mr. Chesin is a Certified Public Accountant and has experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors.  Prior to joining Helios Education Foundation, Mr. Chesin was Controller and Assistant Treasurer for Southwest Student Services Corporation, a $5.3 billion student loan and financial services company, where he directed the financial affairs and provided strategic financial advice to the organization’s senior management.  Prior to his work at Southwest, he spent 15 years doing general accounting and financial analysis for national Certified Accounting Firms and real estate companies.

    Mr. Chesin is active in the community and currently serves on the boards of the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants, Genesis Academy, and Tucson Values Teachers.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Phi Beta Gamma Sigma National Honorary Society.  He was also a CFO of the year nominee for the Financial Executives International, Arizona Chapter, in 2014.  He was also recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as an Outstanding Chief Financial Officer in October 2015.  Mr. Chesin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona.

  • Michael Duran
    Vice President & Chief Development Officer TMC Healthcare/TMC Foundation

    Michael Duran

    Vice President & Chief Development Officer TMC Healthcare/TMC Foundation

    Michael Duran has committed his professional life to improving the lives of others, especially by expanding educational opportunities and reaching out to underserved populations.

    As chief development officer for TMC HealthCare, Michael is instrumental in aligning the philanthropic interests of donors with the health care needs of our community. Whether it’s purchasing life-saving equipment or underwriting programs and services that improve the quality of care, Michael is leading key initiatives for Tucson Medical Center.

    Currently, Michael serves on the board of directors of Tucson Values Teachers and is active with the Southern Arizona Leadership Council. Michael has served on the board of directors of Avalon Health Care, the American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson, The Arizona Senior Academy, OASIS and the TUSD Blue Ribbon Committee. Michael has served as an adjunct faculty member of Pima Community College’s Community Campus, teaching business law, and a past lecturer of management and policy at the UA Eller College of Business and Public Administration.

    Michael was inducted into the Salpointe High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.

    Michael received his business and law degrees from the University of Arizona.

  • Jeff Ell
    Associate Broker Keller Williams Southern Arizona

    Jeff Ell

    Associate Broker Keller Williams Southern Arizona

    Jeff Ell is a Tucson, Arizona REALTOR® and Associate Broker with Keller Williams Southern Arizona. He is ranked in the top 30 agents out of more than 5000 licensed agents in the Tucson area.

    Originally from Indianapolis, Jeff moved to Tucson in 1998 and bought his first home at age 20. Shortly after that, he bought an investment property and realized the long-term benefits of home ownership and investment in real estate.

    Jeff manages every aspect of his business and has helped hundreds of families and individuals buy or sell their homes in Tucson. His favorite part of each real estate transaction is helping his clients, and getting to know them personally during the time they work together.

    He was the recipient of Keller Williams Southern Arizona’s greatest honor, the Eagle Award, for his business achievements in 2013. He is a Greater Tucson Leadership graduate, and a recipient of Inside Tucson Business’ “Up & Comers” Award. He was recognized by the Tucson Association of REALTORS® with the Roy P. Drachman Community Service Award in 2012. He is an active member of Keller Williams Southern Arizona’s Associate Leadership Council and past co-chair of the local Keller Williams Luxury Committee.

    Jeff is an avid cyclist and enjoys Tucson’s many great rides, especially Mt. Lemmon and the weekly Shoot Out.

  • Susan Garber
    Strategic Consultant Garber Marketing

    Susan Garber

    Strategic Consultant Garber Marketing

    Susan Garber is a Tucson native and the daughter of a 30-year TUSD teacher.

    As a Strategic Consultant, she works with clients to solve their business, brand, and marketing challenges focusing on how best to define and build brands, introduce new products, provide market and consumer insights, identify and optimize the competitive edge, create motivating messages and communications, and inspire action.

    Prior to becoming a consultant, Susan was Senior Vice President at Launch Media, an early digital start-up that created and marketed one of the industry’s first interactive products (later sold to Yahoo!).

    Previously, Susan held senior account management positions at influential advertising agencies in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, including BBDO and FCB.

    Susan has been a guest lecturer at USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, the Otis College of Art & Design, the University of Arizona McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Arizona Center for Innovation.

  • Chris Gutierrez
    Principal Holaway Elementary, Amphitheater Public Schools

    Chris Gutierrez

    Principal Holaway Elementary, Amphitheater Public Schools

    Chris Gutierrez has spent 5 years as a principal, and was an assistant principal for 6 years prior.  Most of his administrative experience is in Title I (high poverty) schools.  Prior to moving to administration he was a middle school special education teacher and coached multiple sports.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Oklahoma, and Master Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Throughout is tenure as Principal his school has participated in the Beat the Odds, in successive years the school was awarded the Bronze, Silver, and ultimately in 2016 received the Gold designation.  He utilizes the 6 Beat the Odds principals in planning school improvement and leading his school.

  • Bruce Johnson
    Dean & Professor, College of Education University of Arizona

    Bruce Johnson

    Dean & Professor, College of Education University of Arizona

    Dr. Bruce Johnson has a PhD in Education Psychology with a minor in Science Education and a MS in Environmental Education. He was previously an elementary and middle school teacher in Arizona and New Mexico and director of outdoor schools in New Mexico and Australia.

    Dr. Johnson’s research includes the teaching and learning of ecological concepts, development of environmental values/attitudes and actions, curriculum development, and teacher preparation. Dr. Johnson teaches in graduate programs in environmental learning and science education and teaches courses in research design and elementary science methods. He also serves as Director of the Earth Education Research and Evaluation (EERE) Team, which conducts research on children’s ecological understandings, environmental values/attitudes, and environmental actions and provides evaluation services to centers and schools offering educational programs related to the environment. The EERE Team has conducted projects throughout the United States and in Australia, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, and Spain.

    Dr. Johnson is currently Principal Investigator of the Teachers in Industry program, focused on keeping the best teachers in the profession while enhancing their ability to prepare their students for how science and math are used in the real world. Funded for four years by a grant from Science Foundation Arizona, and three years by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation (through 100Kin10), Teachers in Industry is currently funded by the Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation. He was also Principal Investigator on a recently concluded $2.21 million grant from the National Science Foundation for “Beyond Bridging: Co-Education of Preservice and Inservice Elementary Teachers in Science and Mathematics” (Award No. DRL-1019860), designing a new model for teacher preparation.

    As Co-Director of the University of Arizona STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Learning Center, Dr. Johnson is working to create a regional STEM learning environment that redefines who is responsible for STEM learning, breaks the traditional boundaries of in-school learning, links university research, service and outreach with the real needs of K-12 education, and designs a STEM focus that reflects the needs of the region and the expertise of the partners. The Center brings together the STEM expertise, projects and resources of the University and community to ensure that all children in the region, even the most underserved, have access to high-quality STEM education from pre-K through university levels.

  • Jon Kasle
    Vice President, Communications & External Affairs Raytheon Missile Systems

    Jon Kasle

    Vice President, Communications & External Affairs Raytheon Missile Systems

    Jon Kasle is vice president of Communications at Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS), where he oversees global branding, organizational communications, digital and social media, public relations, community relations, and meetings/events/trade shows at the world’s leading producer of weapons systems for the United States and allied nations.

    A member of RMS’ Diversity Council, Kasle serves on the boards of Tucson Values Teachers and the Cradle To Career Partnership for improving education outcomes in Pima County.

    Prior to RMS, Kasle was responsible for the corporate public relations discipline of Raytheon Company, providing counsel to senior management and guiding leaders throughout Raytheon to ensure alignment of external communications strategies with business priorities.

    Before Raytheon he was a senior vice president and member of the leadership team at MSL Group, an international public relations consultancy, working in Los Angeles, New York and Boston.

    He began his career as a journalist in New York and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in print journalism from Boston University.

  • Molly Reed
    Outdoor Learning Coordinator Borton Magnet School, Tucson Unified School District

    Molly Reed

    Outdoor Learning Coordinator Borton Magnet School, Tucson Unified School District

    My classroom teaching experience has been in Tucson’s urban public schools with grades first through fifth. In my fifteenth year of teaching, I am the Outdoor Learning Coordinator at Borton Magnet School in Tucson Unified.  I am a National Board Certified Teacher (ECGen) with a BA in Elementary Education and MA in Teaching and Teacher Education from the University of Arizona. My introduction to teaching occurred during a National Outdoor Leadership School semester which led me to work as an outdoor educator traveling throughout the United States and South America. I am interested in connecting educators with our local community to help students be change makers and bringing the community into schools to share knowledge and provide real-world experiences to students.

  • Marian Salzman
    CEO Havas PR North America

    Marian Salzman

    CEO Havas PR North America

    Named one of the world’s top five trendspotters (bringing “metrosexual”—the 2003 Word of the Year by the American Dialect Society—to the world), Marian is one of the most-awarded female public relations executives in North America, currently listed in PRWeek’s Global Power Book and a PR News Top Woman in PR, as well as an honoree of the 2017 PRWeek Hall of Femme.

    Before heading Havas PR North America (ranked in the top 12 in the world) and the Global Collective, Marian was the CMO at Porter Novelli, the CMO at JWT Worldwide and the CSO at Euro RSCG Worldwide. She was also an entrepreneur who launched American Dialogue focus groups in cyberspace back in the early 1990s, when the online world was for geeks and oddballs, ultimately selling the company to Yankelovich a few years later.

    Since Marian took over at @havasprus in late 2009, the agency has become one of the most awarded of its size. She has executed award-winning thought leadership, reputation management and social media programs, and she gives lectures around the world on topics from health trends to branding to generational differences and more. Marian is an honors graduate of Brown University.

  • Brian Stewart
    Dean of Education and Student Affairs Pima Community College

    Brian Stewart

    Dean of Education and Student Affairs Pima Community College

    Brian Stewart is a nurse and educator who has been working in higher education for over 20 years. As a first generation student he has experienced the challenges of College and strives to model what you can achieve with strong support systems. His degrees in Fine Arts, Nursing, Education and Health Systems have prepared him as the Dean of Education and Student Affairs at Pima Community College. Applied research in student support models and a need to give back have driven him to pursue grants totaling over $40 million in the last 10 years that have directly helped students and he continues this pursuit with neuroscience and behavioral science focus in how we can improve teaching, the student experience, and the employee/employer relationship.

  • Andy Townsend
    Principal Elvira Elementary, Sunnyside Unified School District

    Andy Townsend

    Principal Elvira Elementary, Sunnyside Unified School District

    Andy Townsend is a longtime Tucsonan, graduating from Salpointe Catholic High School and the University of Arizona.  Andy holds a bachelor’s degree in History, and master’s degrees in Elementary Education and Educational Leadership.  After teaching for seven years in TUSD and SUSD, Andy served as an assistant principal at Challenger Middle School from 2011-13, and is currently completing his fourth year as principal of Elvira Elementary School.  As a teacher, Andy was named a 2010 Rodel Exemplary Teacher, a 2011 Arizona Teacher of the Year Ambassador for Excellence, and a 2011 Crystal Apple Award recipient.  As an administrator, Andy was named to the 2014 “40 under 40” list by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, he earned the 2015 Arizona School Administrators Association Elementary Rookie Principal of the Year, and recently led Elvira Elementary to the 2017 Arizona Educational Foundation A+ School of Excellence Award.

Staff

  • Colleen Niccum
    Chief Executive Officer

    Colleen Niccum

    Chief Executive Officer

    Colleen Niccum is the CEO of Tucson Values Teachers, a business and education nonprofit partnership focused on attracting, retaining and supporting teachers in Southern Arizona, an organization she helped to found in 2008.

    Previously she was Vice President of Education Policy for the Southern Arizona Leadership Council in Tucson where she was responsible for supporting the organization’s education policy agenda. Prior to joining SALC, Niccum retired from Raytheon Company following a 30-year career as a communications executive, which included responsibility for the company’s STEM education initiatives.

    In a unique partnership with SALC and the UA College of Education, Niccum also helped create and champion the Teachers in Industry program, which places graduate-level teachers in local STEM-related businesses for three summers. In 2015, the program was recognized by Change the Equation, a national organization of Fortune 500 CEOs, as one of the most successful STEM teacher retention programs in the nation.

    For her efforts in support of the community, Niccum was named the 2013 Tucson Woman of the Year. She also serves on the board for Expect More Arizona and the UA College of Education advisory board.

  • Katie Rogerson
    Chief Operations Officer

    Katie Rogerson

    Chief Operations Officer

    Katie Rogerson serves as Chief Operating Officer of Tucson Values Teachers.  She joined Tucson Values Teachers in early 2012 as Director of Marketing and Outreach.  Before joining TVT, Katie served as Marketing and Outreach Director for the Arts Integration Solutions at the OMA Foundation.  Prior to this, Katie worked as a community and business development associate providing marketing services and managing daily operations to support a non-profit arts and education organization.  In Boise, Idaho, Katie was also a landscape designer and co-owner of Nature’s View Landscaping & Design.  Katie serves on the Boards of KXCI Foundation for Creative Broadcasting, Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association and the Winterhaven Townhomes Homeowners Association.  Katie holds a Bachelor of Science, double major, Studio Arts, Environmental Science and a Technical Certificate in Horticulture.

Teacher Advisory Council

  • Elyse Adams
    Flowing Wells High School Flowing Wells Unified School District

    Elyse Adams

    Flowing Wells High School Flowing Wells Unified School District
  • Svea Anderson
    Agua Caliente Elementary Tanque Verde Unified School District

    Svea Anderson

    Agua Caliente Elementary Tanque Verde Unified School District
  • Brie Anna Barber
    Walter Douglas Elementary Flowing Wells Unified School District

    Brie Anna Barber

    Walter Douglas Elementary Flowing Wells Unified School District
  • Arthur Basurto
    Sunnyside High School Sunnyside Unified School District

    Arthur Basurto

    Sunnyside High School Sunnyside Unified School District
  • Ashley Curtis
    Vail Academy & High School Vail Unified School District

    Ashley Curtis

    Vail Academy & High School Vail Unified School District
  • Cymry DeBoucher
    Canyon Del Oro High School Amphitheater Public Schools

    Cymry DeBoucher

    Canyon Del Oro High School Amphitheater Public Schools

    Cymry DeBoucher, Canyon Del Oro High School, Amphitheater Public Schools

  • Mary Garcia
    Corona Foothills Middle School Vail Unified School District

    Mary Garcia

    Corona Foothills Middle School Vail Unified School District
  • Jessica Howell
    Hendricks Elementary Flowing Wells Unified School District

    Jessica Howell

    Hendricks Elementary Flowing Wells Unified School District

    Jessica Howell, Hendricks Elementary, Flowing Wells Unified School District

  • August “Sandy” Merz III
    Safford K-8 Magnet IB World School Tucson Unified School District

    August “Sandy” Merz III

    Safford K-8 Magnet IB World School Tucson Unified School District
  • Kristina Laborin
    Old Vail Middle School Vail Unified School District

    Kristina Laborin

    Old Vail Middle School Vail Unified School District
  • Andrew Lettes
    Pueblo High School Tucson Unified School District

    Andrew Lettes

    Pueblo High School Tucson Unified School District
  • Lauren Marlatt
    Coronado K-8 Amphitheater Public Schools

    Lauren Marlatt

    Coronado K-8 Amphitheater Public Schools
  • Christina Nickerson
    Desert Sky Middle School Vail Unified School District

    Christina Nickerson

    Desert Sky Middle School Vail Unified School District
  • Sandra Schiffman
    Helen Keeling Elementary Amphitheater Public Schools

    Sandra Schiffman

    Helen Keeling Elementary Amphitheater Public Schools
  • Steven Uyeda
    Sunnyside High School Sunnyside Unified School District

    Steven Uyeda

    Sunnyside High School Sunnyside Unified School District
  • Helen Voysey
    Rincon High School Tucson Unified School District

    Helen Voysey

    Rincon High School Tucson Unified School District
  • Scott Weiler
    Amphitheater Middle School Amphitheater Public Schools

    Scott Weiler

    Amphitheater Middle School Amphitheater Public Schools
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