Wingspan Board of Directors
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Board Member Biographies
My work and non-profit experience began in the 1983 when I first moved to Tucson. I worked for First Interstate Bank for 6 years, in retail banking and loans. The next several years I worked in sales, in a law firm or 4 years, and then as General Manager for the Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages out of Denver and Houston. In 1995 I went returned to school for an accounting degree at the University of Arizona before working for the Arizona Auditor General. I’m a CPA and currently working as Division Manager of Financial Control and Reporting for Pima County.
I’ve been on many boards, including President of Boards for several non-profits, but Wingspan has always been a special place to volunteer my time. I’ve been involved with Wingspan since the mid-90s, primarily as part of Finance Committee. My current responsibility as Wingspan Board President has been especially fulfilling since I’m involved in so many aspects of Wingspan, and I feel able to contribute my time and energy to our community in a very meaningful way.
I’m blessed and fortunate to have a moody and intelligent 16 year old teenage son, and a loving sweet fiancé that both support me when I’m busy with Wingspan activities and events.
I grew up in a small, dusty little town, tucked around a huge Copper Mine in Mexico. The oldest daughter of a Doctor and a Phlebotomist/ Metallurgist, I completed my schooling with Honors and numerous sport and academic medals, my proudest as a professional weight lifter. With the support of my parents, friends, my brother and my two younger sisters, I came to Tucson in 1999 as an international student at Pima Community College. Even though I was a young bride as well, I achieved academic success, became member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Big Sister at Big Brothers/Big Sisters, featured in the 2001 “Who’s Who Among Students” and received my bachelors in Psychology at the University of Arizona. After I graduated, I quickly realized that Psychology and marriage were not something I wanted for myself. I started working as a legal assistant and realized I loved and was very good at Law. My biggest joy was when I held Jayla in my arms. Even though biologically I wasn’t her mother, I immediately became her Heart Mommy. Being able to raise this little one as my own gave me purpose and meaning. When Jayla was 5, I met my partner, Narda and our son, Ray and later came along our Golden Retriever, Marley. Together, we are activists in our community, members of Puertas Abiertas, on our kids school PTA and recently I became a board member at Wingspan.
I am a Certified Public Accountant with more than 20 years of experience in public accounting and private industry. I specialize in audit and accounting services for not-for-profit organizations and small businesses. I have provided audit services to a variety of not-profit organizations including social service organizations, membership organizations, unions, private foundations, and cultural organizations. I hold a B.S. in Finance from the University of Arizona. I am currently the Client Services Manager at R&A CPAs, a full service public accounting firm in Tucson, Arizona.
Hi! My name is Mark Moellenhoff. I have been a long-time Wingspan supporter and volunteer and Wingspan board member since 2011. I am also a full-time mathematics instructor at Pima Community College. I am on the board of Wingspan because Wingspan has done so much for me. I believe organizations like Wingspan have helped make Tucson a very welcoming place for me and other LGBT persons. Thank you, Wingspan!
After practicing as an attorney for nearly 30 years, most of that time working for a building materials company in Chicago, I retired to Tucson in 2006 with my husband, Tom Buchanan. I am a Vietnam war veteran. I came out prior to attending law school under the GI Bill. I have had a strong interest in LGBT rights and social services for most of my adult life, starting with my involvement in working to convince the American Psychological Association to de-list homosexuality as a mental disease. I served as a board member of Horizons Community Services, the LGBT social service agency in Chicago, for over 18 years, including stints as board chair and head of development. I helped Horizons make its transition to its current life as The Center on Halsted, co-chairing its successful $24 million capital campaign. I volunteer weekly at Wingspan’s Eon Youth lounge, while Tom works for the Institute for LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona. Additionally, I volunteer as a youth mentor through the Goodwill’s Good Guides Program. I was also one of the founders and on the original board of directors for the U.S. Green Building Council. I also serve on the board of the Pima Council of Aging.
My name is Jacqueline and I have been a member of the board since September 2013 and am the new Chair of Programs. My relationship with Wingspan began years ago when I began my coming out process. I was 14; scared, lonely, and fearful of what may happen IF people found out that I was gay. I had learned about Wingspan’s youth group, but was afraid to attend. After hours of walking up and down 4th, I finally plucked up the courage to walk into the one room community center. I was amazed to find other kids, who did not look like the stereotypes in my head, looking back at me with warm welcoming smiles. I had finally found a place that I could be myself and learn from others in the group. Through the support and encouragement of the youth and facilitators, I began coming out to friends at school and eventually to my family. All went smoothly, but I was fortunate to be supported and accepted by all those around me. I knew that not all experienced the same kind of affirmation. This was the beginning of my journey to not only accept myself as a queer person of color, but it was also the beginning of my advocacy work.
As a young person I co-founded the first GSA in Arizona, the Pink Triangle Alliance (PTA) at Tucson High with a group of other out queer youth. Wingspan’s youth group gave use the tools, resources, and opportunities to be advocated. We spoke at televised town hall meetings, teacher in-service for all TUSD teachers, and participated on panels across Tucson. I was also a part of Queer Voice (now known as Eon) and was a camp facilitator the Queer Voice camp. I believe that the strong mentorship I received at Wingspan served me as I aged out of group and moved on to college. It is certainly a big reason why I became a social scientist. As a scholar I found myself drawn to the void in research around transgender peoples lived experiences. Given my personal experience and my research background, I sought out an opportunity to give back and pay forward the support I received as a youth at Wingspan. I hope that my involvement will help to better serve the diverse community in Tucson and Southern Arizona and to help Wingspan thrive as the community center for all.
I am Director of Adult Services for La Frontera and have been employed with La Frontera for the past 29 years. I am a CARF Accreditation surveyor. In this role, I visit organizations in the United States as part of the CARF accreditation process to measure the organizations conformance with a nationally accepted set of behavioral health standards. I joined the Wingspan Board in 2012 and served as the 2013 Co-Chair of the Wingspan Classic Golf Tournament.
I have been on the Board for one year, serving now as Vice President and Chair of the Governance Committee. While I am a native Tucsonan, the majority of my childhood was spent in Pennsylvania. My family moved back to Tucson in 1997. I attended Sunnyside High School and then The University of Arizona. At the University of Arizona I earned a BA in English, a BA in Creative Writing, a BS in Family Studies and Human Development, and a MS in Family Studies and Human Development. I am currently completing my PhD in Family Studies and Human Development. This upcoming Fall (August 2014) I will begin as Assistant Professor of Human Development at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay.
As an adolescent, I frequented what was then called Queer Voice, now Eon, back when the center was on 6th Avenue. As someone who benefited from the services Wingspan offers, I am committed to its success. While my intent was to serve on the Board for a number of years, my stint will come to an end this summer (June 2014) as I transition to the next chapter of my life. Of course, I must first complete my dissertation which focuses on sexual minority stress in the lives of gay and lesbian couples.
I joined Wingspan’s board of directors in April 2013. I first became involved with Wingspan while in law school at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, when I frequently volunteered at Wingspan’s free legal information and referral clinic for the local LGBT community.
Outside of Wingspan, I am an attorney at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P., practicing in the firm’s bankruptcy and commercial litigation groups. I also provide pro bono service through the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Self-Help Center and the Southern Arizona Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyers Program. In 2007, I was selected as one of four McCleary Law Fellows by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization.
I also enjoy spending time with my husband and our two very spoiled dogs.
I am originally from Detroit, Michigan and migrated to Tucson over 20 years ago. All of my careers have centered on helping people: RN, Insurance Broker, Real Estate Agent, Teacher and Attorney. I currently am an attorney (partner) at the DeConcini, McDonald, Yetwin, Lacy Law Firm. I host a weekly local radio talk show focusing on legal topics of the day: Law Review Radio. (KVOI.com/ 1030AM).
Aside from being on the Wingspan Board, I volunteer on numerous other boards and organizations focusing on Senior issues, Hospice Care, and Legal Services in Arizona.
I don’t have one single interest nor can I say I have just a handful. I am interested in everything especially the afterlife, poetry, magic, and classic Woody Allen. I don’t believe in silo interest especially when there is so much in the world and so very little time.
I do hold a truth that is part of my core. I believe everyone deserves. It is this belief that brings me to the Board of Wingspan.
I am currently the Finance and Operations Director at the Tucson Metro Chamber. My career has been focused on the non-profit and social services sectors. I was at the UA Museum of Art for 3 years, the national headquarters of MDA for 2 years and at Child and Family Support Services for 2 years before joining the Chamber team. I handle and supervise all aspects of finance and accounting, building operations and also serve as the HR Manager. I have two children, a son who is 18 and a daughter who is 9, and an amazing husband. In my free time I enjoy karaoke, cross stitch, and am a voracious reader – I go thru 5-8 books a week. I am also training for my second half marathon this coming June. I am very pleased to be a part of the Wingspan Board.