Meet the Funders III- RSVP This Week

Just a reminder to RSVP for this great opportunity! Here’s the link:

Join us for this free event to celebrate International Grant Professionals Week!

DATE: Thursday, March 15th  TIME:  9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

PLACE: Desert Botanical Garden – Webster Auditorium 

Featuring these wonderful speakers!

BHHS Legacy Foundation- Mary T. Thomson, MSW- Senior Vice President Program Development

Ms. Thomson is the Senior Vice President Program Development – Phoenix Region of BHHS Legacy Foundation, an Arizona nonprofit, charitable conversion foundation formed by the sale of Baptist Hospitals and Health Systems. The Foundation’s primary mission is to fund healthcare and healthcare related programs in the greater Phoenix and Tri-State Regions of Laughlin/ Bullhead City/Needles, CA.  Since 2005, Ms. Thomson’s key responsibilities include overseeing management and implementation of the Foundation’s community grant portfolio in the Phoenix region. To date, the Foundation has invested over $80 million dollars to community based nonprofits. She also serves as an officer for the Foundation’s fundraising affiliate Legacy Connection.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Thomson work experience includes Office of Children, Youth and Families in the Office of Arizona Governor and Human Services Program Manager/ Human Services Planner for the Maricopa Association of Governments. She holds a B.A. degree in Communication from University of Arizona and a Master of Social Work from Arizona State University.

Fiesta Bowl Charities- Jose Moreno – Senior Director of Marketing & Community Relations 

Jose Moreno is a sports business professional from Tucson, AZ with a focus on community relations and charitable giving. His passion for baseball, landed him a scholarship to play for Johnson Whales University in Denver, CO where he studied Sports Entertainment/Event Management. Jose completed a 2-year internship with the Denver Nuggets and the NBA, and received a B.S. degree from the University of Colorado in Marketing.

His experience includes serving at the YMCA as the Youth and Family Director; for the Phoenix Suns as Community Relations Coordinator where he planned, managed, and implemented more than 250 community relations programs, events, and appearances each year; and at Grand Canyon University as the Community Outreach Manager where he handled high profile events and programs. In his time at Grand Canyon University, he received his Master in Business Leadership, graduating with honors.

Jose joined the Fiesta Bowl in 2015 as the Director of Community Relations and Charitable Giving. Now he is the Senior Director of Marketing & Community Relations overseeing all community relations and the foundation is annual giving cycle. He is tasked with creating and managing yearlong charitable outreach events/programs; game-week initiatives in the community with teams and players manages; and the organizations marketing initiatives at the bowl. Jose often volunteers and sits on boards of several non-profits including Future for Kids, Playworks, Helping Hands for Single Moms, and Children’s Cancer Network. He enjoys coaching and playing sports, traveling the world, and spending time with his nieces and nephews along with his wife Jordan.

Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family- Bob Shogren- AmeriCorps Director and the ASPIRE State Manager’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism

Bob Shogren is with the Arizona Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family serving as the AmeriCorps Director and the ASPIRE State Manager’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. For six years, he served on the America’s Service Commissions on the Executive Committee and as the Membership Committee Chair.

For 20 years, Bob taught eighth grade and was the Director of Community Schools programs at Mammoth-San Manuel Schools. During this time, he served on several nonprofit boards promoting youth leadership, positive youth development, behavioral health, community health, and substance abuse prevention. Bob was the incorporator and secretary of the Tri-Community Food Bank.

Bob serves as Charter President for the Casa Grande Daybreak Rotary Club, and Visioning Facilitation Chair for the Rotary District 5500 leading strategic thinking events for Rotary Clubs across Southern Arizona. He earned his Master in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University in 2001.

USDA – Jeffrey A. Hays – Community Programs Director for USDA Rural Development

Jeff Hays is the Community Programs Director for USDA Rural Development, serving across Arizona connecting rural communities and service providers to funding and assistance for their essential community infrastructure and facilities.

Jeff is entering his 30th year of work in rural America spanning all facets of community development.  Initially with USDA Rural Development in Arizona, Colorado and California and then as non-profit Executive Director in Coachella, CA and now back in Arizona.

Jeff earned his master’s degree in Public Administration at California State University (San Bernardino) in 1997 and his baccalaureate in Agri-Business at Truman University in Kirksville, Missouri (1984).

Jeff served three terms as a California Governor’s appointee to the Colorado River Regional Water Quality Control Board and as a Gaming Commissioner for the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians.   Jeff has also served on multiple community service boards focused on rural youth and health services.




Author: gpaaz

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