August 24, 2016


Board of Directors

Laurel Parker– President
Rosi Andrade, Ph.D. – Vice President
Charlotte L. Keller – Secretary
Richard Mullen, Treasurer
William Schlesinger– Member
Bernadette M. Jilka – Honorary Member
Don Blascak – Member
Annabelle Valenzuela – Member
Theresa N. Mudd – Member
Terry McNellis – Member
Maryann Beerling – Chief Executive Officer

Laurel Parker, President, 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.

Rosi Andrade, Ph.D., Vice President, 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.

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.

William Schlesinger, Board Member, 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.

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.

Annabelle Valenzuela, Board Member, received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration. Ms. Valenzuela is the Division Manager of Transportation Support Services for Pima County. This includes the oversight of special programs for Pima County.  Her background includes public information, policy coordination, community relations, administration, supervision of staff and programs, and public outreach and public education. She has received several awards and recognition, the most recent being the 2016 Award for Women in Leadership.

Theresa Mudd, Board Member, received her Bachelors of Science degree in Management from Purdue University. She is currently a Branch Manager for Washington Federal in Tucson, AZ. As a Vice President for financial institutions in Indiana and Illinois she cultivated community relationships and efforts to promote economic development and banking services. She is a  community volunteer for non-profit and  public organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Friends of Hospice and the  Rotary Club. Awards include the 2014 Rotarian of the Year and the 2014 Top 20 Under 40 in Indiana.

Terry McNellis, Board Member, has been involved in multifamily and single family housing for almost 40 years. He has held positions such as Director of Housing, the Director of Real Estate Finance and as the President of the Board for Immanuel Caring Ministries in Phoenix, AZ. Terry’s real estate development experience includes assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and family, elderly and student housing. He has worked for the City of St. Paul Minnesota, Piper Jaffray, Inc. and St. Croix Real Estate Company His work includes Low Income Housing Tax Credits, new construction and acquisition/rehab of commercial and residential properties.