Vince Roig, Board Chairman
Vince is Founder and Chairman of the Helios Education Foundation, the largest education foundation in Arizona. Prior to forming Helios Education Foundation, Vince Roig was the Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Southwest Student Services Corporation and its affiliates for over 20 years. Southwest was a full service provider of student loan products and services to students, families and schools in Arizona, Florida and nationally.
Mr. Roig received his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Athens College and his Master of Science in Secondary Education from Richmond College of the City University of New York. He serves or has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including Teach for America National; Arizona College Scholarship Foundation, Chair; Greater Phoenix Leadership; Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board; Stand for Children National; Stand for Children Arizona Advisory Committee; Take Stock in Children; Valley of the Sun United Way and the Phoenix Art Museum.
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Don Budinger, Chairman Emeritus
Don Budinger is one of the founders and the former President of Rodel, Inc. - a garage start up that grew to become the world’s largest manufacturer of the surface finishing chemicals used to make computer chips, rigid memory disks and specialty optics.
When Rodel was sold in 1999, a significant portion of the proceeds was contributed to create The Rodel Foundations. The purpose of the Rodel Foundations is to improve the pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public education systems in Delaware and Arizona so that they will be widely recognized as two of the best in the nation.
Currently, Don is Chairman and Founding Director of the Rodel Foundations, Chairman and Founding Director of Science Foundation Arizona, and Chairman and Founding Director Emeritus of Arizona College Scholarship Foundation. He is a board member of Morrison Institute, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Basis Charter Schools and Greater Phoenix Leadership. In addition, Don serves on the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, the O'Connor House Advisory Group, the Phoenix Biomedical Campus Advisory Council, and Tucson Values Teachers, for which he was also a Founding Director.
Don has been the recipient of several awards. In addition to being named one of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy's Distinguished Associates, he has received the 2010 O'Connor House Community Leadership Award, an Honorary Doctorate degree in Humane Letters from Northern Arizona University, the Science of Early Learning Award from New Directions Institute, the Horace Steele Child Advocacy Award from Children's Action Alliance, the Outstanding Achievement in Higher Education award from the Arizona Board of Regents, the Homeroom Heroes award from Teach for America and the Distinguished Service award from the University of Arizona College of Engineering.
Mr. Budinger graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964.
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Frank Brady, Board Member & Treasurer/Secretary
Frank Brady is a retired Audit Partner from Ernst & Young where he worked for 32 years. He is the former President of the Arizona State Board of Accountancy and currently serves on the boards of directors of Biltmore Bank and Sundt Corporation. Frank was chairman of the Catholic Community Foundation from 2002-2004, board member of Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix from 1989-1999 and is a former president of the Paradise Valley Country Club.
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Bob Craves, Board Member
Bob is Co-founder and CEO of the College Success Foundation, a public/private partnership committed to providing college scholarships and mentoring to low-income, high potential students. He also serves as Chair, President and CEO of the College Success Foundation - District of Columbia.
The College Success Foundation has over twelve years of proven experience, inspiring underserved, low-income students to finish high school, and providing the unique integrated system of supports and scholarships they need to graduate college and succeed in life.
Over the past twelve years, College Success Foundation has raised nearly $400,000,000 for scholarships and programs for nearly 8,000 low-income students, mainly of color, to go to college. To date over 2,500 have earned their baccalaureate degrees.
From 1995-2005, Mr. Craves was Chair of Washington State's Communities in Schools, overseeing the development of this program in a number of school districts.
From 1997-2005, Mr. Craves served as Chairman of the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board. He was responsible for overseeing the coordination of the budgets and policies of four-year public institutions and the distribution of financial aid to all eligible students, both public and private.
In 1998, Mr. Craves was appointed Co-chair of the Washington State 2020 Commission on the Future of Post-Secondary Education. At the conclusion of the Commission, Mr. Craves and Mrs. Ann Ramsay-Jenkins founded the Washington Education Foundation (now the College Success Foundation), bringing together community leaders from across the state of Washington to help students who are not adequately served nor supported by existing government and scholarship programs. In 2006, he founded the College Success Foundation in Washington DC.
In 1983, Mr. Craves was one of the founding officers of the Costco Wholesale Corporation. He served as the Senior Vice President of Membership, Marketing and Community Outreach until 2000.
Mr. Craves attended and earned his baccalaureate degree from Catholic University of America in Washington DC.
He is also a board member of Washington State Mentors, Arizona College Scholarship Foundation, and the Le May Museum. In addition, he is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic University of America in Washington DC.
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John Fees, Board Member
John Fees is an entrepreneur, affinity marketing leader and invester who serves as Managing Partner of Access Venture Group LLC. The company has been incorporated to purchase, invest in, and operate high growth companies that provide innovative technology and marketing solutions to affinity, educational and financial services marketplaces.
Currently, he is the Co-Founder and CEO of NGI Group LLC, a next generation insurance marketing firm focused on speciality insurance markets. NGI operates Sallie Mae Insurance Services and GradGuard which are innovative solutions specifically designed for the collegiate market and young-adult market.
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Chevy Humphrey, Board Member
As President and CEO of Arizona Science Center, Chevy Humphrey oversees the $8 million operation of the 164,000 square foot facility with over 330 employees and volunteers. The Center has five gallery spaces rich in science content and also includes the 285 seat IMAX Theater and the state-of-the-art, domed Dorrance Planetarium to inspire, educate and entertain Arizonans about the wonders of science and technology. Each year, more than 500,000 visitors, including 140,000 Arizona schoolchildren, visit Arizona Science Center.
In her current role, Humphrey oversees the development, implementation and evaluation of long-range planning at the Center in coordination with the Board of Trustees. Under her leadership, Humphrey has also secured the largest gift in the Center's history - $3.5 million - and has built a strong working capital for reserves. Additionally, Humphrey has secured numerous national competitive and prestigious grants for the Center from the National Institutes for Health and the National Science Foundation.
Humphrey leads Arizona Science Center as a vital contributor to the state's science education infrastructure with a proven track record for interpreting science that serves teachers, families, children, distant communities and adults on a night out. Exhibitions like The Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit, and the thought provoking Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies were secured for presentation and opened at the Center under her direction. As well, Humphrey guided Arizona Science Center through its largest renovation project, $30M, from planning and design to fundraising and implementation - transforming the Center and poising it for considerable growth as set out in the organization's master plan.
Along with her work at Arizona Science Center, Humphrey serves on numerous local, state, national and international boards and committees. Most notably, she is Secretary-Treasurer on the excecutive committee of the Association of Science-Technology Centers, an international organization representing science centers and museums with more than 600 members in over 40 countries worldwide dedicated to furthering the public understanding of science among increasingly diverse audiences.
Closer to home, Humphrey serves as President of the Board of the University Public Schools, Inc. and she is a board member of the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Arizona College Scholarship Foundation and Phoenix Country Day School. She has previously served as a board member and as Treasurer on the executive committee for Charter 100, as well as a commissioner of the City of Phoenix's Cultural Affairs Commission. She is also a member of the Association of Asai Pacific Network of Science and Technology Centers and the European Network of Science Centres and Museums. Humphrey uses her extensive involvement in science and education as a featured speaker at science center and museum conferences worldwide.
Since joining Arizona Science Center in 1998, Humphrey has held numerous roles, including Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, and Vice President of Marketing and Development. In 2011, Ms. Humphrey was honored as one of Phoenix Business Journal's Most Admired CEOs and in 2008 Humphrey was recognized by Arizona Foothills Magazine as one of 10 Women Who Move the Valley. Humphrey was also selected in 2001, the first year class, of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Piper Fellows program.
Humphrey is an avid sports fan, but she most enjoys her time mentoring young women to achieve their professional and personal potential.
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Dr. Paul H. Koehler, Board Member
As Director of the West Comprehensive Center, Paul Koehler is responsible for the Center's direction and oversight, its personnel and operations. He serves as direct liaison to the state chiefs and provides consultation and advisement to SEA leadership on federal and state policy and key reform initiatives. He also serves as Director of the Policy Center at WestEd. The Policy Center provides analysis, research and assistance to policy makers, policy-focused organizations, and the media on current education issues.
Previously, Koehler served as Education Advisor to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano (from 2003-2009), a consultant to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer during the state's work on the Race to the Top competition, and is a former district superintendent. Koehler is responsible for numerous WestEd publications on topics such as improving the graduation rate, effects of full-day kindergarten, reforming teacher pay, and school leadership.
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Dr. Steve Seleznow, Board Member
Steven G. Seleznow is President & Chief Executive Officer of the Arizona Community Foundation, a statewide philanthropy whose mission is to lead, serve and collaborate to mobilize enduring philanthropy for a better Arizona. Founded in 1978, ACF has more than 1,200 funds and $550 million in charitable assets under management today, is one of Arizona's largest statewide grant makers, largest private provider of scholarships in the state, and among the nation's largest 30 community foundations.
Headquartered in Phoenix, the Community Foundation has awarded nearly half a billion dollars in charitable grants across its statewide network of affiliate community foundations located throughout Arizona since inception.
Prior to leading the Community Foundation, Seleznow served for nearly five years as deputy director for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's U.S. Program in Education, managing the implementation of a $2.5 billion investment portfolio and leading grant making for states, districts and networks throughout the country. He previously served as partner and Chief Investment Officer at Venture Philanthropy Partners in Washington DC.
Seleznow spent the first 28 years of his career in public education, serving as deputy superintendent for the Montgomery County, MD, Public Schools and chief of staff and interim superintendent for the District of Columbia Public Schools, as well as in other administrative and leadership posts.
Seleznow is a Distinguished Associate of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy, a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership, and serves on the board of directors for Arizona Grantmakers Forum, The Rodel Foundation (AZ) and Arizona College Scholarship Foundation. He serves on advisory boards for the Flinn Brown Civic Leadership Institute, the Arizona We Want Institute, and the SkySong Education Innovation Summit, and is a member of Harvard University's Visiting Committee.
Seleznow earned a doctorate and master's degree in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Maryland and is a graduate of Boston University.
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Charles Trammell, Board Member
Charles Trammell is Principal and CIO for Preferred Medical Claim Solutions, LLC. Founded in 1998 by President/CEO Mr. Caliendo and Mr. Trammell, PMCS was established to assist Payers and Providers with the medical claim processing, claim negotiations, and claim settlement process. Today the PMCS network consists of nearly 275,000 physicians, hospitals and ancillary facilities providing healthcare services at over 600,000 locations nationwide.
Prior to joining PMCS in 1998, Mr. Trammell was Regional Manager of Dealer Development for General Motors from 1995 to 1998 and was directly responsible for financial and strategic analysis for new domestic market ventures. From 1988 to 1995, he held the position of District Sales Manager for General Motors and was responsible for forecasting and distributing to the largest market in the Western United States.
Prior to joining General Motors, Mr. Trammell was Environmental Coordinator for Texaco Refining and Marketing. His responsibilities included implementing hazardous material monitoring systems for the west coast. Mr. Trammell received his Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University in Marketing and Economics and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University in California.
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Gary Trujillo, Board Member
Gary L. Trujillo founded Southwest Harvard Group (SHG) in 1990 and has served as the firm’s President & CEO since inception.
Southwest Harvard Group Venture Capital has a proven track record, due to its ability to manage the critical resources of its organization and investments to profitability. These abilities include helping its portfolio company's focus on their human and financial capital needs and the deployment of their critical resources. In 1983, Mr. Trujillo began his investment banking career in sales and trading with Salomon Brothers, Inc. in New York City. He later joined RBC Capital Markets to specialize in public finance capital markets. He lead the underwriting and deal execution process and worked directly with Standard & Poor's and Moody's Agencies to achieve the highest credit ratings possible in support of his client's debt offerings. His clients consisted of the following public and private institutions: school districts, cities, counties, state and other quasi-government agencies throughout the United States. He subsequently served as a staff assistant to L. William Seidman, Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) in Washington D.C..
Mr. Trujillo has been a serial entrepreneur since graduating from Harvard Business School and has used his expertise in capital markets, private equity, venture capital and real estate to invest in a variety of industries. Beginning in the real estate industry, SHG successfully utilized its market expertise to manage and sell government-owned distressed real estate, as well as performing and non-performing loans. SHG expanded it's venture capital and private equity portfolio by investing in and developing newly formed entities that could meet the needs of the telecommunication industry and the emerging Hispanic market including a copper extrusion manufacturing plant and a variety of retail distribution stores to sell pre-paid cellular phones and pagers, respectively. The portfolio continued to expand by providing critically-timed equity and debt capital to companies servicing the construction and pharmaceutical industries and also to fulfill the ever-growing requirements of Fortune 500 companies seeking to increase their supplier diversity needs. In 1999, Mr. Trujillo was at the forefront of introducing the emerging U.S. Hispanic market to Corporate America by serving as CEO and leading the $55 million IPO of Quepasa.com. Quepasa.com and its national branding efforts highlighted the overwhelming needs of the growing Hispanic consumer market, its purchasing power and the significance of this developing market to corporate advertisers who were trying to use E-Commerce to grown their market share and increase sales. Currently, Mr. Trujillo is a key investor in a series of companies that are focused on providing investment-baking services to the underserve Hispanic Business market and consulting services to Fortune 500 companies seeking to understand the validity, significance and economic reality of the Hispanic consumer.
Mr. Trujillo has historically been active in Educational issues throughout our country. He has served as the youngest school board member of the Phoenix Union High School District and was appointed by the Governor of the State of Arizona to become the First Chairperson of the Schools Facilities Board. Mr. Trujillo’s most treasured success is the creation of the Roosevelt Community Technology Center (RCTC) in Phoenix, Arizona, in the neighborhood where his great-grandparents homesteaded in the late 1800's. The RCTC provides state-of-the-art computer technology including internet access – and is available free of charge to any visitor. The RCTC aids hundreds of underserved and underrepresented families who cannot afford to purchase computers and/or the internet. In addition, he and his wife Melissa started the Be A Leader Foundation (BALF), which serves as an incubator to develop leadership skills, promote higher education and mentor students through the stages of their educational and career development. BALF's programs begin in the 7th grade and follow and support the students as they make important choices for success in college, career and life. The Trujillo’s have mentored numerous young adults and continue their quest to help inner city youth become college bound, focused and prepared. Mr. Trujillo's educational commitment and achievements have been recognized nationally and locally through the following honors and awards: Lifetime Achievement Award from the Phoenix Business Journal, induction into the Hall of Fame for Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Man of the Year from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Exemplary Leadership Award from Profiles in Success.
Mr. Trujillo received his MBA from Harvard Business School (HBS Class of 1990). He also holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from Arizona State University (ASU). He currently serves on the corporate boards of Wells Fargo Bank-Desert Mountain Region, BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona and the Be A Leader Foundation, a non-profit organization that he founded in 2002.
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Rich Nickel, President and CEO
Rich Nickel currently leads Arizona College Scholarship Foundation toward its goal of assisting young Arizonans in obtaining a college education. Rich brings 22 years of government, corporate and nonprofit experience to ACSF; much of that as a senior level leader. Rich has invested the majority of his career leading sales organizations and service related businesses in the financial services and education finance arenas. Rich may be best know for the years he spent with Sallie Mae, Inc. As Senior Vice President, he directed Sallie Mae's relationships with its largest business-to-business clients, including the country's largest student loan guarantor, USA Funds, and the U.S. Department of Education. Most recently he served as Vice President of Next Generation Insurance Group, based in Phoenix. Rich's first role in the greater Phoenix community was in the mid 2000's, where he ultimately served as President of the Gilbert based Southwest Student Services Corporation, following its merger with Sallie Mae.
Along with his passion for helping students attain their educational goals, Rich is also passionate about helping children take advantage of the benefits derived from participating in middle and high school team sports. In that vein, he recently served as President of the Franklin County High School Baseball Boosters Club as well as Director of WeWannaPlay, Inc., a Franklin County nonprofit organization aimed at aiding young, financially disadvantaged athletes. Mr. Nickel earned his bachelor's degree in telecommunications from the University of Kentucky.
Tracee Antley McElvogue, Communications Manager/Assistant to CEO
Tracee was born and raised in Louisiana. She received her Bachelor's of Human Services degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta before moving to Phoenix to pursue a Master's in Social Work. She worked in the media industry for many years, working for USA Today and FOX Sports Arizona, but always managed to bring her desire to help nonprofits into her corporate environment. At FOX Sports Arizona she helped launch the FOX SupPORTS AZ campaign, creating a committee that selects one nonprofit a month to spotlight during local sports broadcasts. She also encouraged a hands-on approach to volunteerism among her coworkers, leading teams for American Cancer Society fundraisers and coordinating groups to prepare and serve meals at HomeBase Youth Services. She currently is co-chair of the Great Cajun Cook-Off Committee and is a volunteer at her daughter’s school.
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Marjorie DeRubeis, Director of Education
Marjorie has spent 15 years in academia. During this time, she managed Financial Aid for the Higher Education Opportunity Program at Fordham University, assisting many academically and financially disadvantaged students get a Fordham Education. As a member of NYSFAA for eight years, Marjorie worked on diversity and retention committees to help New York City students succeed in postsecondary education.
In 2000, Marjorie relocated to Arizona and continued her career in academia with leadership positions at Arizona State University and Cook College. She later became the Arizona State Financial Aid Director for the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education (ACPE). During her tenure at ACPE She worked with Congress to interpret, write policy and implement new state grants, while improving the procedures of those already in existence. Marjorie was born in the Bronx, and raised in New York City.
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Brenda Davis, Director of Operations
Brenda has spent more than 30 years in the accounting profession. She has served as office manager for two leading Arizona CPA firms and worked in administration in the banking field. Additionally, she and her husband started the “Madison Basketball Association, a 501(c)(3) organization serving Phoenix youth.
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Myrna Cardenas, College Success Advisor
Myrna Cardenas comes from Hermiston, Oregon and started her journey in Phoenix, AZ in 2003. Myrna began her professional career at Wells Fargo as a Business Specialist where she provided support and guidance to small business owners. In 2008 Myrna transitioned to the nonprofit arena where she discovered her true passion in serving youth and promoting higher education. Myrna served as the Mentor Program Manager for the Arizona Quest for Kids organization, and in this role she supported the mentor program through the recruitment and retention of volunteer mentors, program planning, and program support. In addition Myrna proved pivotal in transitioning the organization to a full translation of documents by transforming all components into bilingual existence. Currently, Myrna holds a position of Regional Retention Expert at Arizona College Scholarship Foundation where she can further explore her passions to directly serve college and university scholarship recipients. Myrna will complete her Master's of Public Administration degree in the fall of 2013 from the University of Phoenix. She also received a certification of Nonprofit Management at the ASU Lodestar Center for Nonprofit Management. She looks forward to building and sustaining relationships with the ACSF scholars and surrounding communities.
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Angelica Delgadillo, College Success Advisor
Angelica Delgadillo comes from the Center for Progressive Leadership, a national political training institute. As their Outreach Director of Arizona, she was involved in developing recruitment strategies, and maintaining and creating new community partnerships throughout the state.
Her professional life in Arizona includes working at The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, where she provided staff support in the areas of early childhood and youth, and the Heard Museum as their Community Outreach Manager where she established connections with other cultural organizations for cross-promotion, and composed volunteer grassroots marketing committees for museum events. She continues to be involved in a variety of community projects and organizations such as: Advocates for Latino Arts and Culture, My Latino Vote AZ, Valle del Sol Hispanic Leadership Institute, Fresh Water, Diversity Leadership Alliance, and the Oxford Leadership Program - Girl Scouts AZ Cactus Pine Council. She recently received the 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 from Chicanos Por La Causa & Univision Radio.
Angelica was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She is bilingual in Spanish and English, and has a background in Spanish/English instruction for international corporations such as Intel, and local agencies such as Phoenix Fire Department, Phoenix Police Department and other government agencies in the Phoenix area. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
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Kalah Polsean, Program Support Services
Kalah Polsean comes from Rockford, Illinois and moved to Arizona in 2009 to attend Arizona State University. Kalah came to ASU after being awarded a scholarship through the Leadership Scholarship Program. In college, Kalah worked with freshmen in a variety of ways. She advised and guided incoming freshmen and their families through New Student Orientation for three years. Kalah also worked in the residence halls as a Peer Mentor and Resident Assistant. Through these roles, she mentored over 120 students without a declared major and helped them to discover and intended major. Kalah also mentored students through her scholarship program and organized volunteer projects for the students to participate in for three years. During her summer breaks, Kalah interned with the March of Dimes and YWCA in Illinois to provide support and develop social media outreach. Kalah also worked as the camp director and children's department intern for a local church for two years. Last summer, she volunteered with four different nonprofits in Detroit to support education and community development. During Kalah's senior year, she was a student teacher for a full year at a Title 1 school in South Phoenix. For her commitment to education through student teaching and career at ASU, Kalah was awarded the Mary Lou Fulton Dean's Scholarship. In May 2013, Kalah graduated from ASU with a degree in Elementary Education - English as a Second Language and a minor in Nonprofit Administration. Kalah was able to receive a college degree because of a scholarship program and mentoring and is blessed to be able to do the same for other students. Currently, Kalah provides support to ACSF and serves as a mentor to well-deserving college students, helping them to be successful in finding their passion and excelling in college.
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