Board of Directors

Officers

  • Brian Stewart
    President Dean of Education, Biomedical Science and Student Success, Pima Community College

    Brian Stewart

    President Dean of Education, Biomedical Science and Student Success, Pima Community College

    Brian Stewart is the Dean of Education, Biomedical Science and Student Success at Pima Community College.  He is a nurse and educator who has over 20 years of experience at the College as a faculty, staff and administrator.  He has been a small business owner, worked as a critical care nurse at the VA Hospital, and a K-12 teacher. He has a passion for both the neuroscience and experience of teaching and learning and has worked on over a dozen grants and research projects that support under-resourced populations. He is currently working on the assessment of executive function development in children and adults and speaks about the economic impact of nurses and teachers.

  • Tina Dorsey
    Treasurer Vice President & Senior Relationship Manager, JP Morgan Chase

    Tina Dorsey

    Treasurer Vice President & Senior Relationship Manager, JP Morgan Chase
    Tina brings more than 10 years of banking experience to her business clients and the Tucson community. As Vice President and Senior Business Relationship Manager at Chase, she is able to provide a full array of banking solutions to meet the needs of area businesses. By building strong client relationships, Tina is able to offer unique value, insight, and access to an extensive team of banking service experts, working together to help local companies grow and succeed.
     
    Tina and her family spend their free time camping and exploring our beautiful desert surroundings, enjoying all the region has to offer.
     
    Having lived in Tucson for over 30 years, she is passionate about the work she does for Chase business clients and the community and has a vested interest in the health and success of our local economy. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Charlene Mendoza
    Secretary Founder, Principal, Teacher, Arizona College Prep Academy

    Charlene Mendoza

    Secretary Founder, Principal, Teacher, Arizona College Prep Academy

    I am passionate about education, equity, voice and choice. After graduating form Johns Hopkins University in 1995, I came back to Tucson and began working with charter schools. I believe that it is possible and necessary to create learning environments that are rigorous and lead to college enrollment while supporting the development of civic-minded citizens who are able to think critically and creatively while working to create the kind of world they wish to live in.

     

    I am pursuing my PhD at the University of Arizona in Language, Reading & Culture in Adolescent Literature and Literacies, Curriculum, Culture and Social Justice. This work allows me to connect my work with youth and teachers at ACPA and in the community with theory, research and practice at the university level. It is my hope that building connections between these sites and others will continue to create more opportunities for more teachers and students to exercise voice and choice in the classroom and in their lives.

     

    I serve as a charter representative on the UA PPB, United Way’s Cradle to Career Council and as a VIVA Teacher Leader. I have presented my original research at the Literacy Research Association conference and written blogs on education and educational policy for VIVA. I have also served on the non-profit boards of two local preschools and the Southern Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children.

     

    All of this comes together because I am committed to creating curriculum, undergirded by sound theory, research and professional development that creates opportunity, empowerment and access to college to youth living in Southern Arizona.

     

    In my personal life, I love to garden, travel and cook with my husband and two teenage children. I am actively involved in my community and work to support local candidates and issues.

  • Kim Ernzen
    Vice President Vice President of Naval Power, Raytheon Missiles & Defense

    Kim Ernzen

    Vice President Vice President of Naval Power, Raytheon Missiles & Defense

    Kim Ernzen is vice president of Naval Power at Raytheon Missiles & Defense in Tucson, Arizona. LWS offers the world’s most comprehensive array of battle-proven land combat systems solutions. Raytheon, with 2017 sales of $25 billion and 64,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

     

    Before this appointment, Ernzen served as vice president of Operations for RMS, where she was responsible for all product manufacturing, facilities, and environmental, health and safety functions. Previously she also served in roles as the senior director, general manager and customer business area director of Raytheon’s Advanced Products Center (APC) in Dallas. These positions saw her lead an organization responsible for the design and manufacturing of complex RF subsystems and components. She was responsible for all aspects of the execution of these programs, including leading the Program Management and Operations organization.

     

    Prior to joining APC in Dallas, Ernzen worked for the former Raytheon Aircraft division in Wichita, Kansas, for more than 10 years. She had roles of increasing responsibility starting in engineering as a project engineer, customer support leading the Technical Support organization, and her las assignment as the Light Jets product line director. As the product line director she had profit and loss responsibility for two product lines that included responsibility for all new product development, production support, product delivery and field service support.

     

    Ernzen has also previously served on both the Wichita Children’s Home board of directors and the Junior League of Wichita board.

     

    Ernzen holds a bachelors and masters of science in aeronautical engineering from Wichita State University and an Executive MBA from Wichita State. While at Wichita State for her undergraduate degree, she was a member of the women’s golf team. She is also a graduate of the Raytheon Engineering Leadership Development Program (ELDP), Principles of Program Leadership and has completed numerous other Raytheon leadership courses.

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.

  • Jennifer Cox
    Special Projects Coordinator, Government Relations Tucson Electric Power

    Jennifer Cox

    Special Projects Coordinator, Government Relations Tucson Electric Power

    Jennifer is the Education Outreach Representative for Tucson Electric Power where she has worked for 14 years. In her position, Jennifer manages the academic educational programs offered to local schools and helps to provide resources directly to teachers for use in their classrooms. Jennifer’s duties also include government relations and public policy activities at the state and federal levels.

     

    Jennifer came to Tucson in 1998 after serving in the U.S. Air Force. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master of Education in Human Relations. She is active in her local school district, where her 12-year-old son attends school. They enjoy traveling and giving back to the communities they travel to by donating school supplies to area schools through the Re-Pack Project. They have visited schools in Peru, Thailand, South Africa and Fiji.

  • Chris Gutierrez
    Principal Cross Middle School, Amphitheater Public Schools

    Chris Gutierrez

    Principal Cross Middle School, Amphitheater Public Schools

    Chris Gutierrez has spent 8 years as a principal, and was an assistant principal for 6 years prior. This is his first year at Cross Middle School, returning to where he spent most of his time teaching. 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 his 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.

  • Kelly Ann Larkin
    Executive Director Southern Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children

    Kelly Ann Larkin

    Executive Director Southern Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children

    Kelly Ann Larkin has spent over 30 years working with young children, families and educators in Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, and Arizona. Kelly Ann holds a B.S. in Child Development and Family Relations from the University of Maine, Orono and a M.A. in Teacher and Teacher Education with Early Childhood Education emphasis from the University of Arizona.

    She is the Executive Director of Southern Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children (SAZAEYC) and a Coordinator with Las Familias, a grant funded Community of Practice with the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona Great Expectations and First Things First.

    She credits the many mentors that she has had over the past 15 years in Southern Arizona that have challenged her to grow and learn as an educator and leader. She is honored to work with many educators, directors, and families to help support, advocate and promote high-quality, equitable access to childcare in Pima County and Southern Arizona.

  • Nicole Tilicki
    Teacher Innovation Academy

    Nicole Tilicki

    Teacher Innovation Academy

    Nicole (Niki) Tilicki is currently teaching all subjects including middle school mathematics class at Innovation Academy, a public STEM school in the Amphitheater School District. Innovation opened in August 2017. Tilicki’s 27 years of experience were instrumental in setting the foundations, including the inception of the school’s student council, algebra club, and middle school math program. In four short years, Tilicki has helped Innovation to be an A-rated school, a Cognia certified STEM school, and SARSEF top school in Southern Arizona. Tilicki holds a Bachelor of Art in Education from the University of Arizona as well as a Master of Arts in Education in counseling from the University of Phoenix. Additionally, she attended Disney University studying classroom management and communication Disney style. Exceeding student needs is essential to Tilicki. Among her accomplishments, Tilicki has received: Alpha-Beta Company – Teacher of the Year, Master Teacher Award – Intel Technologies, and the KGUN 9- Classroom Teacher Award and Raytheon Teacher Leader Award. Tilicki has presented to the Project Exploration Educators, Math Educators Appreciation Day – University of Arizona, Arizona Technology Conference, and the National Science Teachers Convention. Further publications have been featured in SWMEA (Southwest Marine and Aquatic Educators Association), Scholastic News Board, and The New York Times. Tilicki serves on a variety of committees. She has collaborated in the development of curriculum including both the University of Arizona’s Project Wet and Biosphere 2. Additionally, she is active in the community, volunteering her time at the YMCA, Kids Unlimited, and ProjectGrad. 

  • Gabriel Trujillo
    Superintendent Tucson Unified School District

    Gabriel Trujillo

    Superintendent Tucson Unified School District

    Dr. Gabriel Trujillo is the Superintendent of Tucson Unified School District. He is a lifelong educator entering into his 23rd year of service in public education, starting as a teacher at both the elementary and secondary levels in the areas of English as a Second Language and English Language Arts and later moving into school and district level administration. Dr. Trujillo has served in numerous administrative roles including assistant principal, principal, human resources director, and as an assistant superintendent here in the Tucson Unified School District.  During his 10 years of service in the Phoenix Union High School District, he was recognized as a Rodel Foundation Exemplary Principal finalist in 2014 and was awarded the Phoenix Union District’s Administrator of the Year award in 2015.  He has served at Superintendent of Tucson Unified School District since 2017.

    As the leader of Southern Arizona’s largest school district, Dr. Trujillo serves about 45,000 students and their families and oversees 89 schools and programs along with district departments and personnel. He has a commitment to academic success, access, and opportunity for every child, and a vision of excellence customer service and family and community engagement for the Tucson Unified community.

    Dr. Trujillo is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Supervision and Leadership, and Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

  • Tia Tsosie-Begay
    Teacher Borton Elementary School

    Tia Tsosie-Begay

    Teacher Borton Elementary School

    Bio coming soon.

  • Shelley Watson
    Vice President Southern Arizona Leadership Council

    Shelley Watson

    Vice President Southern Arizona Leadership Council

    Shelley Watson was raised in Tucson and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University. She began her career at the American Heart Association where she was Executive Director of the Southern Arizona Region, and VP for Research & Community Programs for the state of Arizona. Prior to joining SALC, Watson was the COO of CapitalQuest, Inc., a fundraising consulting firm, where she partnered with community leaders and led capital campaigns that raised more than $750 million for nonprofits nationwide. Shelley is Past Board President of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona. She currently serves on the boards of directors of Sister Jose Women’s Center, Expect More Arizona, Achieve60AZ and Tucson Values Teachers.

Staff

  • Andrew Heinemann
    Chief Executive Officer

    Andrew Heinemann

    Chief Executive Officer

    Andy Heinemann is the CEO of Tucson Values Teachers. Mr. Heinemann received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1986 and was recruited to come to Tucson to become a classroom teacher. In his 10 years of teaching experience in Tucson, he has taught 4th grade, 5thgrade, and 7thgrade mathematics. During his time as a teacher he entered a master’s program through Northern Arizona University and received his master’s degree in Educational Leadership, which led him into administration.

    Mr. Heinemann has 23 years of administrative experience as he served as an Assistant Principal in a K-8 school, was an elementary principal for 12 years, and finished out his career as a principal at a middle school for his last six years. Wherever he worked, he was able to build positive relationships, create a culture where people wanted to work, and consistently increased student achievement.

    Mr. Heinemann previously served on the Tucson Values Teachers Board of Directors and on the Raytheon Leaders in Education Awards selection committee. After spending the last three decades in education, he has personally witnessed how the needs of education has drastically changed over the years. He wants to continue his work in education by leveraging the resources and programs offered by Tucson Values Teachers and the collaboration with the business community to support all teachers. His hope is to take TVT to a new level that will have a greater impact on teachers in Arizona.

    He and his wife Shari have been married for 29 years and have raised three children, Kyla, Chloe and Luke.

  • Terresa Tauzin
    Director of Development

    Terresa Tauzin

    Director of Development

    Originally from Pennsylvania, Terresa has lived in Tucson for almost fourteen years and considers this her home. She began her career as a music teacher in public school and started working in non-profit development following the completion of her master’s degree from the University of Arizona. Terresa previously worked as Director of Development for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra before returning to teach music in the Tucson Unified School District. When the opportunity became available to work for Tucson Values Teachers, an organization that included her love of non-profit work and teaching, she couldn’t resist. She looks forward to her new role as Director of Development for TVT and enlightening others to the amazing work that teachers do for our community.

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
  • Lindsey Anderson
    Esmond Station K-8 School Vail Unified School District

    Lindsey Anderson

    Esmond Station K-8 School Vail 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
  • Cynthia Dancil
    Vail Academy and High School Vail Unified School District

    Cynthia Dancil

    Vail Academy and 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

  • Jessica England
    Sahuarita Middle School Sahuarita Unified School District

    Jessica England

    Sahuarita Middle School Sahuarita Unified School District
  • Latricia Ferguson
    Cottonwood Elementary Vail Unified School District

    Latricia Ferguson

    Cottonwood Elementary Vail Unified School District
  • Eric Freitchen
    Desert View High School Sunnyside Unified School District

    Eric Freitchen

    Desert View High School Sunnyside Unified School District
  • Mary Garcia
    Corona Foothills Middle School Vail Unified School District

    Mary Garcia

    Corona Foothills Middle School Vail Unified School District
  • Georgina Georgelos
    Mary Belle McCorkle Academy of Excellence Tucson Unified School District

    Georgina Georgelos

    Mary Belle McCorkle Academy of Excellence Tucson 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
  • Zachary Kadera
    Elvira Elementary Sunnyside Unified School District

    Zachary Kadera

    Elvira Elementary Sunnyside Unified School District
  • Patrick Kelly
    Paulo Freire Freedom School CITY Center for Collaborative Learning

    Patrick Kelly

    Paulo Freire Freedom School CITY Center for Collaborative Learning
  • Ellen Kirkbride
    Flowing Wells High School Flowing Wells Unified School District

    Ellen Kirkbride

    Flowing Wells High School Flowing Wells 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
  • Gricelda Meraz
    Hollinger K-8 School Tucson Unified School District

    Gricelda Meraz

    Hollinger K-8 School Tucson Unified School District
  • Bridget Montoya
    Flowing Wells High School Flowing Wells Unified School District

    Bridget Montoya

    Flowing Wells High School Flowing Wells Unified School District
  • Jackie Nichols
    Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School Sunnyside Unified School District

    Jackie Nichols

    Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School Sunnyside Unified School District
  • Christina Nickerson
    Desert Sky Middle School Vail Unified School District

    Christina Nickerson

    Desert Sky Middle School Vail Unified School District
  • Christopher Pankratz
    Flowing Wells High School Flowing Wells Unified School District

    Christopher Pankratz

    Flowing Wells High School Flowing Wells Unified School District
  • Larissa Peru
    Desert View High School Sunnyside Unified School District

    Larissa Peru

    Desert View High School Sunnyside Unified School District
  • Julie Ramsey
    Amphitheater High School Amphitheater Public Schools

    Julie Ramsey

    Amphitheater High School Amphitheater Public Schools
  • Adam Scafede
    Dove Mountain CSTEM K-8 Marana Unified School District

    Adam Scafede

    Dove Mountain CSTEM K-8 Marana Unified School District
  • Vanessa Schiess
    Hendricks Elementary School Flowing Wells Unified School District

    Vanessa Schiess

    Hendricks Elementary School Flowing Wells Unified School District
  • Sandra Schiffman
    Helen Keeling Elementary Amphitheater Public Schools

    Sandra Schiffman

    Helen Keeling Elementary Amphitheater Public Schools
  • Daniel Schneider
    Amphitheater High School Amphitheater Public Schools

    Daniel Schneider

    Amphitheater High School Amphitheater Public Schools
  • Elizabeth Shaw
    Rincon Vista Middle School Vail Unified School District

    Elizabeth Shaw

    Rincon Vista Middle School Vail Unified School District
  • Ivy Sweeney
    Marana Middle School Marana Unified School District

    Ivy Sweeney

    Marana Middle School Marana Unified School District
  • Nicole Tilicki
    Innovation Academy Amphitheater Public Schools

    Nicole Tilicki

    Innovation Academy Amphitheater Public Schools
  • Steven Uyeda
    Sunnyside High School Sunnyside Unified School District

    Steven Uyeda

    Sunnyside High School Sunnyside Unified School District
  • Shelley Valencia
    Centennial Elementary School Flowing Wells Unified School District

    Shelley Valencia

    Centennial Elementary School Flowing Wells Unified School District
  • Patricia Vogel
    Mansfeld STEM Magnet Middle School Tucson Unified School District

    Patricia Vogel

    Mansfeld STEM Magnet Middle School Tucson Unified School District
  • Helen Voysey
    Rincon High School Tucson Unified School District

    Helen Voysey

    Rincon High School Tucson Unified School District
  • Elyse Wexler
    Sahuaro High School Tucson Unified School District

    Elyse Wexler

    Sahuaro High School Tucson Unified School District
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