Southern Arizona Leadership Council: Board of Directors
Abrahams directs due diligence, planning, entitlement and development of the company’s real estate portfolio. He serves on several SALC committees, including Infrastructure Focus Area, Tucson Regional Water Coalition and Strategic Initiatives Committee. Outside SALC he’s on University of Arizona’s College of Landscape Architecture Advisory board, Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan Steering Committee and Community Finance Corporation Board of Trustees, among others.
Aldrich consults on matters relating to public policy, health care reform from physicians’ and employers’ perspectives, and leadership transitioning for private companies. He’s a past SALC chairman and currently chairs its Membership Committee. Other community positions include vice chairman and secretary of United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona and UA College of Science Advisory Board. Aldrich is also a member of Stanford Who’s Who.
George “Hank” Amos
Amos leads Arizona’s oldest real estate company specializing in commercial brokerage and property management, and he’s a SALC founding member. He was a regent for Arizona Board of Regents, 1994-2002, and he’s served on numerous boards, including Junior Achievement and Pima County Real Estate Research Council. Amos has earned multiple “Who’s Who” designations and many local honors such as Big Brother of the Year, 1989.
Bourn oversees his commercial real estate development and investment company, which is active in Arizona and the Southwest. He serves on the executive committee of SALC and the board of directors for Arizona Cancer Center, University of Arizona Eller College of Management and Downtown Tucson Partnership.
Abrams manages multiple properties in Tucson and Phoenix, including regional shopping centers, office buildings and medical facilities. He works with SALC’s Government Focus Area and Tucson Regional Water Coalition. Abrams serves on the Veterans Advisory Council for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords; he’s a member of the UA Tech Park Development board; and he’s the founding director of National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade.
TAA, the entity created by Arizona State Charter in 1948, oversees the operation of Tucson International Airport and Ryan Airfield. Allin’s role as president and CEO is to develop a safe and efficient aviation facility and encourage economic growth in our region. Allin serves on the boards of Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, TREO and American Association of Airport Executives.
In addition to his involvement as a board member with SALC, Bonavia serves on the board of directors for Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona and the Tucson Airport Authority.
Ruth W. Brinkley
Southern Arizona’s only Catholic non-profit hospital and health care system is overseen by Brinkley, who is responsible for its strategic direction, fiscal stewardship and continuous excellence. She serves on a variety of boards and is a founding member of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation. In 2010 Brinkley was selected to Modern Healthcare Magazine’s Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare.
Clark’s responsibilities include operations, expansion and maintenance of all natural gas distribution and transmission facilities for the company’s regional division. He serves on SALC’s Strategic Initiatives Committee and is board chair and an executive committee member for Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Clark is also a member of Davis-Monthan 50.
James M. Gentile, Ph.D
As head of America’s oldest independent science foundation, Dr. Gentile is involved in advancing scientific achievements to sharpen U.S. global competitiveness. He’s a key player in SALC’s Science and Innovation Focus Area and serves on its Bioscience Committee. He works on numerous advisory boards in the community and has received international awards, including Medallions of Scientific Achievement from the National Cancer Institute of Japan.
Duff C. Hearon
The leader of Ashland Group is involved with the company’s investment and development decisions. He’s been a SALC board member since 2004 and currently serves on its Legislative Task Force, Strategic Initiatives Committee and Membership Committee. He sits on the board of directors for several local organizations, including Tucson Airport Authority, Pima County Real Estate Research Council and he’s a member of Tucson Conquistadores.
Massarany is president of Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. and head of Roche Tissue Diagnostics. Since joining Ventana in 1999, he has played an indispensable role in establishing the company’s business operations and growth in more than 43 countries worldwide. He is a committee co-chairman of SALC’s Bioscience Leadership Council of Southern Arizona and serves on the board of directors for Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities.
Dusenberry is owner and CEO of the largest moving and storage company in Arizona, specializing in residential, commercial and corporate relocation and logistics. He serves on many local boards, including Arizona Town Hall and Davis-Monthan 50. In 2009 Dusenberry was selected Man of the Year by Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.
Michael S. Hammond
In his position with PICOR, Hammond manages the strategic vision of the company. He’s vice president of SALC, president of Business Development Finance Corporation, a TREO board member and is director of Commerce Bank of Arizona. In 2000 he received the William W. Lampkin Award from Arizona Association of Economic Development for long-term excellence.
Steven W. Lynn
Lynn’s position places him in charge of all internal and external communications, including community, public and government relations. He’s the past chairman of Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission and currently chairs the Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board. Lynn is a TREO board member and serves on UA College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Advisory Board.
Mistler is responsible for BBVA Compass Bank for Southern Arizona, specifically guiding its corporate banking groups in the region. In addition to SALC, Mistler serves on the board of directors for Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Tucson and TREO; he’s past chairman of the board for Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce; and he sits on the National Board of Advisors for UA Eller College of Management.
Richard T. Myers
Myers oversees the operations of this non-profit partnership between University of Arizona and the U.S. Federal Drug Administration that enables scientists to test drug safety. Myers is past chairman of SALC and is currently a member of its Bioscience Committee. He’s a member of the Arizona Board of Regents and chairman of its Research Task Force, as well as a UA Healthcare board member.
Perkins develops business plans for scientists worldwide using a geo/political/economic analysis, which provides a global strategy aligned with their culture. She’s on the executive board of SALC and University of Arizona College of Science. Perkins also chairs UA BIO5 Institute and serves on the board of directors of www.spie. org, the international photonics society.
S.L. “Si” Schorr
Schorr is a founding board member of SALC and Pima Community College. He serves on the board of directors for Regional Transportation Authority of Pima County, Tucson Airport Authority and Arizona State Board of Transportation, for which he was the chair in 2008. Best Lawyers in America selected Schorr as 2011 Tucson Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year.
Leslie P. Tolbert, Ph.D
In her position with University of Arizona, Tolbert works to connect its $600 million research enterprise to the Tucson community. She co-chairs SALC’s Bioscience Leadership Council of Southern Arizona and its Science and Innovation Focus Group. Other community memberships include Arizona Bioscience Steering Committee and board of directors positions with Critical Path Institute and Large Binocular Telescope.
Niccum’s responsibilities with Raytheon include working with community and state organizations to support economic and workforce development in Arizona and promoting the company’s outreach efforts. She’s president of Tucson Values Teachers and is a governor appointee to the P-20 Coordinating Council. In addition, Niccum is an advisory board member for UA College of Education and Expect More Arizona.
Pitt is chairman of the Campus Research Corporation, which operates UA Science and Tech Park and UA Bio Park. He’s co-chair of SALC’s Education Taskforce Committee and serves on the board of Tucson Values Teachers, an outgrowth of SALC. Pitt is past president of Arizona Board of Regents, co-chair of Commission for the Status of Women and a recipient of International Economic Development Council’s Citizen Leadership Award.
Smallhouse carries out the legacy of Tom Brown by strategically investing in the community to maintain its potential for prosperity and economic opportunity. She’s an active member of SALC’s Strategic Initiatives Committee and chairs the TREO Transportation and Logistics Council. She’s vice-chair of the UA Foundation and serves on the UA College of Science Advisory Board, as well as the Governor’s CANAMEX Commission.
Vogel serves as treasurer for SALC and donates his time to numerous local boards and committees, including UA Campus Research Corporation, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, Tucson Values Teachers and Arizona Technology Council.
Budinger works to further the mission of The Rodel Foundations, while assuming membership with SALC, Tucson Values Teachers and Arizona College Scholarship Foundation. He’s founding director of Science Foundation Arizona and serves on the Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee. Budinger has received numerous awards, including the 2010 O’Connor House Community Leadership Award and Teach for America’s Homeroom Heroes distinction
George is managing partner of Solstice, which invests in and usually takes a board seat in promising early-stage life science, clean technology and information technology companies. He co-chairs the SALC Science and Innovation Focus Area and serves on the executive committee for Tucson Museum of Art. George is an Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Luminaria Award-winner and he’s a co-founder of Desert Angels.
Taylor W. Lawrence, Ph.D
In addition to his service with SALC, Lawrence is a member of Tucson Airport Authority, the Air Force Studies Board of the National Academies, the Defense Science Board and Defense Policy Board. He’s a lifetime member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and has received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service.
Rich leads the direction, strategy and mission of Tucson Medical Center. She is a community member with SALC and participates on the board of directors of Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, VHA West Coast, Emerge and is on the American Hospital Association’s National Taskforce on Variation in Healthcare Spending. Inside Tucson Business selected her for its 2010 Women of Influence recognition
Jim Click, Jr.
One of Tucson’s most visible philanthropists, Click has contributed to and received recognition from numerous organizations. Those include volunteering with SALC, Junior Achievement, Salpointe Catholic High School and UA Foundation. He founded LINKAGES and Jim Click and The Click Family Foundation. In 2009 he received the Click for Kids Award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson.
Hiremath is responsible for overseeing all aspects of The Groundskeeper’s operations in five states throughout the Southwest. He’s part of SALC’s Education Initiatives and is on the board of directors of Tucson Values Teachers. Hiremath is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization.
Peter Likins, Ph.D
After retiring from the University of Arizona, Likins wrote and published a book, A New American Family: A Love Story, about his interracial family with six adopted children. He’s the immediate past chairman of SALC, and after celebrating his 75th birthday in December 2010, he retired from other previous board positions. Likins now limits his commitments to one-time efforts, such as participating in conferences and celebrations.
Robert N. Shelton, Ph.D
As president, Dr. Shelton serves as leader and spokesperson for the University of Arizona. His SALC involvement includes working with the P-20 Education Focus Area, the Science and Innovation Focus Area and on discussion panels at SALC meetings. He’s on the board of directors for TREO, UA Healthcare, Campus Research Corporation and UA Foundation.