Board of Directors
William Schlesinger – President
Lynn Wilson – Vice President
Charlotte L. Keller – Secretary
Richard Mullen, Treasurer
Laurel Parker– Member
Bernadette M. Jilka – Honorary Member
Don Blascak – Member
Rosi Andrade, Ph.D – Member
Maryann Beerling – Chief Executive Officer
William Schlesinger, President, is a Civil Engineer with a Master of Business Administration from the University of Arizona. He has experience in all aspects of transportation and civil engineering. He has served as project manager and project engineer on a wide variety of projects for national, state, and local agencies including highway design, traffic operations and design, and civil engineering and hydrology planning and design. William’s background also includes staff supervision and corporate administration. He provides his engineering and project management services in the community by working with non-profit organizations and Engineers Without Borders – USA.
Lynn Wilson, Vice President, moved to Tucson in 1980. She put herself through school while raising her young son. Earning a BS in Business Administration from the University of Arizona, she worked in the printing field where she managed two stores with a staff of eight. She owned her own printing firm for twelve years prior to becoming a full-time realtor. Lynn has been a realtor with Long Realty in Tucson since 2001. Her experience is in residential real estate and investment properties. She is involved with market analysis, marketing campaigns, contract negotiations, supervision of vendors and staff, project management and first-time homebuyer programs. Lynn is an avid artist and member of the Tucson Pastel Society where she serves on the building and the marketing committee. She has sponsored grants to support the Summer of Art Program at the Drawing Studio, a program for young artists ages 8-16.
Charlotte Keller, Secretary, has a Master of Arts (MAT) in Teaching from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. She has been awarded the Susan DeConcini Pima County Volunteer of the Year and remains a very active volunteer in the community. Charlotte taught first and second grade children until she moved to Tucson in 1983 to help with the start-up Celestial Harmonies Record Company. In the 1990’s she began working in the social services field and managed homes for adults with developmental disabilities. Charlotte worked for TMM Family Services for ten years as a case manager for women in transition and as a program coordinator for the Children’s Village Residential Homes. She recently worked in administration for a 110 unit apartment complex that provides apartments for low-income persons including veterans and persons with disabilities.
Richard Mullen, Treasurer, has over 29 years of financial experience, Richard has gained a wide array of knowledge in his field. He specializes in Commercial Lending and offers excellent service to his clients. A 40+ year Tucson resident, Richard received his Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Arizona University in Business Administration. He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. Dedicating himself to the community, Richard has past and present involvement with various organizations. His contributions include time with Compass Behavioral Health Care, Caballeros del Sol, National Football Foundation, Tucson Association of Executives, Rotary, and Tucson Arizona Boy’s Chorus. Richard also spends his spare time with his wife, two sons and five grandchildren.
Rosi Andrade, Ph.D., Board member, is an Associate Research Professor with the Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW) in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona, and holds a Ph.D. in Reading with a minor in Chicana Literature. Dr. Andrade’s work melds community-based services and research in expanding literacy experiences using participatory action research as a tool and means to personal development and social support. This approach has been expanded in numerous projects including Empowerment through Literacy – NIDA; Mujer Sana ~ Healthy Woman, HerStory to Health and Mothers of Minors – SAMHSA; Leadership for Literacy – Kellogg Foundation; Linking Home and School: A Bridge to the Many Faces of Mathematics – U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Andrade is also co-founder of Sowing the Seeds – a women’s writing collective promoting the humanities.
Don Blascak, Board Member is a graduate of the Ohio State University. He has a Master Degree in Public Administration and is a graduate of the Army War College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Don retired from the US Army in the grade of full Colonel after a 30 year career. Active in the Tucson and Pima County Collaboration to End Homelessness from 1995 – 2011, he co-founded Stand Down for homeless veterans and the Festival of Hope. He is the founder and former chairperson of Tucson Homeless Connect. He has coordinated TPCH Winter Shelter program and was the Shelter manager at the TCC during Katrina and managed shelters in the Rodeo Chedeski fire. He remains active in Red Cross as a trainer and in Volunteer Organizations Assisting in Disaster (VOAD). He instructs trainees for the Red Cross Shelter operations and how to assist people with special needs. He also works to rescue greyhounds in Arizona.
Laurel Parker, Board Member, has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona. She has worked in both the public and private sectors managing major roadway drainage and recreation projects throughout the southwest. She has extensive experience working with public agencies and community and environmental groups. Laurel also designs and fabricates sculpture and furniture with recycled metal. She donates her work on a regular basis to nonprofit organizations. She has served on a number of committees including the City of Tucson Transportation Advisory Committee and the Tucson Pima Arts Council Grants Committee.