Ann K. Allison, Board President, Community Volunteer
Ann Allison, Ed.D., currently serves as the President of AEF’s Board of Trustees. A longtime K-12 educator, Ann first became involved with AEF as an A+ School of Excellence™ Principal.
She has been on AEF’s Board since 2004 and is also the Chair of the College of Education at Argosy University, Phoenix, where she has established a strong partnership with AEF through the Teacher of the Year and Principal’s Leadership Academy of Arizona programs.
John-David Bowman, 2015 AZ Teacher of the Year, Mesa Public Schools
John-David Bowman has taught for 10 years at Westwood High School in Mesa. While he has taught 8 different courses, he currently teaches IB Theory of Knowledge and AP US History to juniors and seniors. In addition, he also teaches a history methods class to juniors, seniors, and graduate students at Arizona State University (ASU).
Bowman has a BA in History and a BA in Political Science from ASU, and a MA in Secondary Education with an emphasis in History from NAU. John-David feels that are tremendous things going on in Arizona schools and we need to celebrate that while also acknowledging where we can improve. Mr. Bowman was Arizona’s 2015 Teacher of the Year.
Terri Calderón, Board Secretary, Social Venture Partners of Arizona
Terri Calderón is the Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Arizona, a venture philanthropy organization consisting of more than 100 partners who invest their money, time and talent in schools and nonprofit organizations to strengthen their capacity and sustainability. Prior to joining SVP, Terri was Director of Community Relations for Governor Janet Napolitano in her Office for Children, Youth and Families. With degrees in Elementary Education and Library Science, she worked as a K-6 librarian upon her graduation from ASU. Her work as a community volunteer led her into the professional field of nonprofit management.
Terri is passionate about improving public education in Arizona and currently serves on the PBS Eight Community Advisory Board and Expect More Arizona’s Public Engagement Task Force.
Jodi Chesbro, 1996 AZ Teacher of the Year Ambassador, Sierra Verde STEM Academy
Jodie Chesbro has been teaching Language Arts to seventh and eighth graders in Arizona for almost 30 years. An Arizona Teacher of the Year Ambassador, Jodi has worked with AEF since she earned the honor in 1996.
Not only passionate about students and teaching, Jodi works with the AEF A+ School of Excellence program. “I love going across the state visiting fabulous schools and stealing ideas. Observing top-notch teachers in the classroom is the best professional development.” She also worked on the national level with the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools for 4 years. In her free time, Jodi hikes with her husband, John, and furry son, Digory.
Andy Drotos, University of Phoenix
Dr. Andy Drotos is the Executive Dean in the College of Education where their mission is “to impact student learning, one educator at a time.” He joined the AEF board in 2016. Drotos has been in higher education for the past 22 years serving capacities in campus management, faculty and academics; he currently teaches in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences as well as in the College of Education. Prior to joining the University of Phoenix, he was a market analyst for Honeywell (Allied Signal) for 10 years responsible for analyzing market conditions and trends in relation to company objectives in order for management to make sound business decisions.
The College of Education at the University of Phoenix is opening a new chapter in education. The goal is to put an excellent teacher in front of every student in America and the great work done by the Arizona Educational Foundation opens the door for collaborative partnerships between business and community leaders with educational communities.
Mike Gardner, Triadvocates
Mike Gardner is a partner with Triadvocates, one of Arizona’s largest government relations firms, and was recently nominated as one of the top lobbyists in the state. Mike is a 5th generation Arizonan that comes from a family of educators. His father, mother, wife, father-in-law and two brothers are all public school teachers.
Mike served in the Arizona House of Representative for three terms and served as Chairman of the Government Operations Committee and Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. He was frustrated by many key leaders in the state making unfounded critical comments about our education system. As a result, Mike chose to serve on the board of the Arizona Educational Foundation to celebrate the wonderful things happening in our schools.
Marjaneh Gilpatrick, Grand Canyon University
Marjaneh Gilpatrick, Ed.D., has been a member of AEF’s Board since 2012. She is the Executive Director of Educational Outreach in the College of Education at Grand Canyon University. Additionally, she serves as the President on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Future Educators’ Association; Vice President of Arizona Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages; and Secretary of the Arizona School Administrators’ Higher Education Division.
Prior to joining GCU, Marjaneh was the Instructional Specialist, Chair of the Reading Department and Coordinator for Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) at a junior high school, an adjunct instructor at Maricopa County Community Colleges where she taught ESL and education courses, and a 3rd and 4th grade ESL teacher. She and her husband of 28 years have three children ages 18 to 25.
Sue Glawe, Blue Cross Blue Shield of AZ
Sue Glawe has been a resident of Phoenix, Arizona since 1962 and is the proud mother of two wonderful sons along with their terrific wives, but better yet the grandmother of three. It has been Sue’s good fortune to work for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona since 1989 in positions that have allowed her to interact with the community in all segments.
Sue has received the Al Brooks Community Leadership Award from the Anti-Defamation League, the Golden Heart of Business Award from Arizona Woman Magazine, the Golden Heart Award from the City of Phoenix Human Services Commission and the Human Services Department and was honored by The Business Journal in a special section, Women in Business, focusing on women who have reached the pinnacle of success and those who have found balance between family and work. Several years ago, a good friend invited Sue to join the Arizona Educational Foundation Board, and she has remained proud to serve ever since.
Matt Hesketh, Sherman & Howard
Matt Hesketh is an associate attorney with Sherman & Howard’s Trial and Litigation Practice Group in Phoenix. His practice focuses primarily on contractual disputes, corporate and business matters, administrative law and appellate litigation. He also represents employers in discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination lawsuits. Matt joined Sherman & Howard in 2012 after clerking for a year with the Honorable Patricia A. Orozco.
Matt comes from a family of teachers, who helped him understand at an early age the importance of education. Matt’s mother taught in public schools for over 30 years. His wife Lindsay Hesketh holds both a law degree and Master’s Degree in Higher Education. This led to Matt’s passion for promoting and celebrating achievements in public education.
Gary Hull, Past Board President, SRP
Gary Hull has been a member of AEF’s Board since 2005. He is a Senior Director of Law Services at SRP, where he has worked for the last 21 years. Prior to joining SRP, Gary was in private practice for 10 years.
Gary is a proud Sun Devil, with degrees from both ASU and U of A. In addition to serving on AEF’s Board of Directors, Gary serves on the Board of Directors of the Arizona State Parks Foundation. He and his wife, Suzie, have raised two children, one graduating with a teaching degree from NAU and the other graduating with an engineering degree from ASU. Both Gary and Suzie maintain a continuing interest in education at all levels.
Renee Levin, Intel Corporation
Renee Levin joined Intel Corporation in 1995 and serves as the Community Engagement Manager. Her responsibilities include managing Intel’s community grants and strategic relationships, as well as Intel’s neighbor relations program. Renee also coordinates the employee volunteer program where over 5,000 employees in Arizona logged over 150,000 volunteer hours last year. She has been a member of AEF’s Board since 2009. Renee believes that all children deserve a quality education.
Challis Ireland Lieurance, Freeport-McMoRan
Challis Ireland Lieurance has been a Business Solution Architect in the MIS department at Freeport-McMoRan since 2007. Her team works with mining operations, finance and administration departments to develop and implement global information technology solutions. Before joining Freeport, Challis spent 13 years in public education, both in the classroom as well as in leadership roles at Madison School District and Kyrene School District.
A Phoenix native, Challis received her B.A. in Education from Arizona State University and her M.A. from Northern Arizona University. Her husband, Chris, is an IT Director at the Washington Elementary School District and together they have a young daughter.
Alicia Mandel, Medius Advisory Group
Prior to launching Medius Advisory Group in early 2016, Alicia Mandel was the Chief Learning Officer for Apollo Education Group where she ran the organization’s Learning, Leadership and Organizational Development teams for 7 years. There she was instrumental in building the talent strategy as well as the culture that aligned with the organization’s high performance and growth objectives.
Prior to Apollo, Alicia was the acting Chief Human Resources Officer as well as Director, Learning and Leadership at The United States Olympic Committee. She spent the first 17 years of her career in New York City at American Express and Citigroup.
Deea McBride, Wells Fargo
Deea McBride is an Assistant Vice President with Wells Fargo and has been working with the company for 18 years. Deea earned her Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Political Systems from Northern Arizona University and her Master’s degree in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She has experience in finance, communications, and training.
Deea comes from a long line of educators and joined the AEF Board of Directors in the summer of 2015. She has served on numerous boards of directors and committees for Arizona’s nonprofit community and is looking forward to making a difference in Arizona schools through her work with AEF.
Laura McBride, APS
Laura McBride is a Senior Corporate Giving Specialist for APS. She has been a member of the AEF Board of Directors since 2013, serving on the Teacher of the Year Judging Committee. Laura became aware of the work AEF does years ago when she was asked to serve as a judge for the A+ School of Excellence™ program. As a mother of two, Laura understands the need for recognizing excellence in education and the importance of celebrating good work being done in Arizona.
A native Phoenician, Laura has served on numerous boards of directors and committees for Arizona’s nonprofit community. She is passionate about making the state better for future generations.
Jeff Meshey, Board Treasurer, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union
Jeff Meshey, President of Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, is the Treasurer of the Arizona Educational Foundation Board of Trustees. Jeff joined the Board of AEF in 2005 and has been instrumental in growing the assets of AEF’s endowment fund. Prior to joining DSFCU, Jeff served as the Controller for the Library of Congress FCU. Jeff and his wife Debbie reside in Chandler, Arizona and have six children, all of whom have attended or are attending Arizona public schools. Jeff is an avid sports fan and has a keen interest in celebrating excellence in education in Arizona.
Walter Miller Jr., Humanities & Sciences Academy
Walt Miller Jr. has three children and realizes the importance of education. Walt ran for and was elected to the School Board in Laveen, and since then has served on the Advisory Board of Bourgade Catholic High School and as the Chairman of the Business Standards Committee of a National Accreditor – Distance Education and Training Council. Through this involvement, Walt conducted many accreditation visits, ranging from career schools to distance universities. His career has been in public accounting, serving as Partner in Charge of the Tax Department for Miller Wagner. Since then, Walt has been the Director of Finance for Harrison Middleton University, a distance university that also has charter high schools. He is now in semi-retirement in Camp Verde, Arizona.
Jay Schneider, Frontera Development
Jay Schneider is President of Frontera Development, Inc. and a partner in Frontera Building Company. Prior to joining Frontera, Jay served as Managing Partner at RED Realty Advisors. He is also a licensed Real Estate Broker in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Washington and New Mexico.
Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, Jay has lived in Phoenix since graduating from Arizona State University with a finance degree in 1989. Jay and his wife, Alexa, have three children. In addition to being involved with AEF since 2010, Jay has been on the Board of Directors for Scottsdale Boys & Girls Club, Scottsdale Active 20/30, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona and The Thunderbirds.
Brian Schulman, Board Vice President, Greenberg Traurig
Brian Shulman is a partner at Greenberg Traurig, practicing commercial and regulatory litigation. A former General Counsel to the Securities Division of the Arizona Corporation Commission, Brian has practiced in both state and federal courts, arbitration proceeding and before various regulatory agencies. He and his wife, Jami, moved to Arizona in 1993 after both graduating from law school, and they now have two boys who are matriculating through middle and high school. A member of the AEF Board since 2009, Brian has great respect and admiration for teachers.
Ruth Solomon, Community Volunteer
Ruth Solomon has served on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Educational Foundation since 2003. In addition, Ruth serves as President of the Pima County Joint Technological Education District, on the State Board of First Things First and on the State Board of Library and Archives. Ruth served in the state legislature for fourteen years and as State Associate Superintendent of Public Schools for four years. Her highest priority is the welfare of children and their families.
She resides in Tucson, Arizona and is the grandmother of two boys, one in middle school and the other at DuPage University in Illinois.
Founders & Emeritus Board Members
Edward N. Basha (deceased)
William R. Shover (retired)
The Arizona Republic
Dr. Carolyn Warner
Corporate/Education Consulting, Inc.
Honorary Board Members
2016 AZ Teacher of the Year
Chaparral High School, Scottsdale
2015 AZ Teacher of the Year
Westwood High School, Mesa
Advisory Board Members
Richard L. Boals, President & CEO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of AZ
Dr. Rufus Glasper, Chancellor
Maricopa County Community Colleges
Susan Frank, CEO
Desert Schools Federal Credit Union
Dr. J. Robert Hendricks, Assistant Dean
University of Arizona College of Education
David Rousseau, President
Gerrit van Huisstede, President & CEO
Dr. Christine Wilkinson, Senior V.P.