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Who We Are

The Nonprofit Leadership Council is an advisory group made up of Alliance members from across the state.  The Council serves as a sounding board and provides Alliance staff and leadership with critical input from the nonprofit community.  

What We Do

Through quarterly meetings, the Council provides feedback and guidance on Alliance current and future programming, evaluates membership return on investment, discusses and offers solutions to common nonprofit issues, and communicates the value of membership to nonprofit colleagues, as well as other special projects as needed.  The group also enjoys valuable networking opportunities with fellow council and board members.

Council Leadership

  • Chair: Donnette Hermes, Cortney's Place

Council Members

  • CJ Anderson, Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry
  • Thomas Barr, Local First Arizona
  • Pam Betz, Betz & Company
  • Madonna Bistany, Future for KIDS
  • Michael Blimes, Jewish Fmaily & children’s Services of Southern Arizona
  • Aaron Blocher-Rubin, MBA, BCBA, Arizona Autism United
  • Monica Calles, Abel’s House
  • Sally Clifford, Experience Matters
  • Tiffanie Dillard, Avenir Consulting Partners
  • Brent Downs, St. Joseph the Worker
  • Regina Edwards, Arizona YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix
  • Carol Farabee, Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance
  • Laura Fisher, KOHR – Kids of Honor and Respect
  • Toby Fox, Nationwide
  • Wendell Hicks, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
  • Gerri Hills,Arizonans for Gun Safety
  • Conni Ingallina, SOS Association Management Solutions
  • Jessye Johnson, Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
  • Kim Joyce, Kim Joyce & Associates
  • Carole Kauffman, Trellis (formerly NHS Phoenix)
  • April Lewallen, Valley of the Sun YMCA, Chris-Town Branch
  • Laura Magruder, Maggie’s Place
  • Ann Marie Arthur, About Care
  • Barbara McClure, Impact of Southern Arizona
  • Liz McCusker, Tu Nidito
  • Troy McNemar, McNemar Law Offices
  • Marissa Nuvayestewa, The Hopi Foundation
  • Kristen Pierce, Arizona Commission on the Arts
  • Aimee Runyon, notmyKid
  • Beth Salazar, Arizona Diabetes Foundation
  • Carolyn Sechler, Sechler CPA
  • Stephanie Small, Synergy Partners Consulting
  • Jeremiah Smith, Everyone, Inc.
  • Betty Stauffer, Literacy Connects
  • Annette Sutfin, Southwest Human Development
  • Anne C. White, PhD., CFRE, National Society of Arts & Letters

Get Involved

The Council is open to accepting new members year-round, and we are regularly looking for nonprofit leaders who represent the diversity of the communities and causes we support.  If you are interested in learning more, or applying, please contact Alliance CEO, Kristen Merrifield, at 

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