Gretchen is originally from Benson, AZ and after 15 years away from home (in Atlanta, Venezuela and most recently St. Louis), has returned to Southern Arizona. She is thrilled to be back in what she considers to be the “greatest state in the Union.” Gretchen is married to her Venezuelan “chamo” Carlos and they have a daughter, Mimi. Her daughter is still in diapers, which adds to her appreciation for the great diaper need in our community. When Gretchen isn’t focused on all things diapers, she enjoys going to baseball games, rocking out to live music, visiting our wonderful Tucson Zoo and hanging out with her large extended family. She is excited to be a part of our nation’s first diaper bank and to contribute to its mission of “Diapers for children and adults through community partners.”
Caitlin is a 2012 graduate of the University of Arizona, where she studied Communication and Marketing. Before beginning her role as a Development Associate with the Diaper Bank, she worked in public relations. Caitlin is actively involved in the nonprofit sector and is committed to the Diaper Bank’s mission.
2012-2013 Diaper Bank Board of Directors
Rachele Peterson, President
Rachele is not a native Tucsonan, but it is her favorite city by far. Her extensive involvement in community service includes volunteer time with MEDWorld, Unite for Sight, Stephen Ministry, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, Tu Nidito, and International School of Tucson Parents Association. She has a degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Public Policy Analysis. Working for the University of Arizona, she is Administrator for Research and Conferences in the department of Psychiatry. Her husband is an aerospace engineer at Raytheon, and together they have one child. Rachele believes that access to diapers is a key to economic security, independence, and improved mental and physical health for families in our community.
Shelby MacDonald, Vice President
Shelby is a native Arizonan and a graduate of the University of Arizona, where she earned a BSBA with a focus in Accounting. Shelby is a Tax Supervisor at Keegan, Linscott & Kenon, PC. and works on a variety of projects, including individual, corporate and nonprofit taxes. Shelby is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Shelby has been an active member of the Junior League of Tucson for 5 years where she has served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer and is President for 2013-2014. Shelby has served on the Session of Trinity Presbyterian Church and chaired the Membership Outreach Committee. She previously chaired an ad-hoc committee to fund the church’s extensive renovation. She is involved with Chapters 8 and 69 of the Arizona Order of the Eastern Star. She has also spent time volunteering with missionary organizations in Honduras and Mexico. Shelby loves playing with her rescue dogs Barney and Denney and spending time with friends and family.
April Baltierrez, Treasurer
April Baltierrez is a “military brat” that came to Tucson when her father retired from the Air Force in 1996. April graduated from the University of Arizona in 2004, where she earned a BSBA with a focus in Accounting and in 2008 earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix. She is a Senior Financial Analyst at a major government contractor in Tucson where she has specialized in budget management and division financial planning. April is married, has two small children and two large dogs, all of whom keep her busy.
Bonnie Demorotski, Secretary
Bonnie Demorotski is Director of Angel Children’s Center, a program of Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse. She was previously Director of Development and Community Relations at Aviva Children’s Services. Prior to joining Aviva 7 years ago, she was Executive Director of the Camp Fire USA Southern Arizona Council and Director of Community Outreach for Primavera Foundation. Her community involvement has been extensive: she was elected twice to four-year terms on the Marana Unified School District Governing Board from 1994-2002, including service as Vice President and President and she has been a Community Education Instructor at American Red Cross. Currently she is treasurer of the Tucson Concrete Skatepark Alliance, working to build the Santa Rita Park at 22nd St. and 4th Ave and to raise awareness about skateboarding and skaters. This is merely a small sampling of Bonnie’s varied and unique interests and talents.
Jennifer Lohse, Immediate Past President
Jennifer Lohse serves as the Program Administrator for 12 private Foundations serving southern Arizona. Her background and education are in nonprofit management. She has worked with the American Red Cross, Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, the Boys and Girls Club, the University of Arizona Foundation, the YMCA, the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona, the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, and many other local organizations. In 2007 Jennifer was recognized as a Tucson Business Edge 40 Under 40 member. She currently serves on the board of directors for the National Diaper Bank Network, and Trinity Presbyterian Church (Session). She is a married to Jason DePizzo and they have a son and a daughter.
Lori is Program Coordinator for the Pima County Neighborhood Reinvestment Program. She brings more than 10 years’ experience working with federal, state, and local community development and planning grants. She holds a Master in Social Work from Arizona State University. She has been very involved as chair of the Adelante, Nuestro Future Conference and also served on the board of the Ballet Folklorico La Paloma as public relations chair.
Michelle Murphy Anthony
Michelle Murphy Anthony received a Masters in Finance from the University of Arizona in 2003. She is a native Tucsonan and employed by Wells Fargo Bank. Michelle volunteers for several community organizations including the Junior League of Tucson and the Ken Olson Foundation. Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband Mike and two dogs Belle and Scruffles.
Ben, a Tucsonan since the age of 5, is a serial entrepreneur and inventor, holding several patents for social matchmaking methods worldwide. He is the President and founder of Enterprise Network Technologies and MatchMachine.com, a volunteer at the American Red Cross, and an unpaid part-time chef. Ben spends his free time golfing, biking and subjecting his lovely wife and two daughters to his creative food concoctions. Ben has experience with diapers as well; he claims to have changed 2000 of them. He also aspires to growing old enough to use them again.
Moniqua Lane graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law with her JD in 2004. She is a practicing attorney specializing in estate planning. She was previously an associate at Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P. and a law clerk at the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona. Other experience includes development work for Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona and the Sky Island Alliance. Moniqua is a board member of the John P. Bell Family Foundation and President of the Sewell Neighborhood Association.
Shannon Murphy, a Tucson native, returned home in 2005 after living out of state for 14 years. A graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Shannon received her degree in Real Estate Finance, was a commercial real estate agent with CBRE, Inc from 1997-2013, and recently joined Diamond Ventures. Shannon was a member of the Junior League of Orange County and is very excited about dedicating time again to philanthropy through the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona. This agency in particular is a perfect fit for Shannon as it allows her to help the two age groups she is most passionate about: children and the elderly. Since she is now raising a family here, Shannon is more motivated than ever to make Tucson a great community for people to live and thrive. Shannon is married to her husband Patrick and has two children who keep her very busy when she is not working.
Brent’s passion is caring for seniors in our community and ensuring their health and wellness. He is Executive Director and Partner of Fairmount Assisted Living, CEO and Owner of Catalina Foothills Adult Care, Inc., and CEO and Co-Owner of Assisted Living Network of Tucson. He has a master of education specializing in counseling and guidance from the University of Arizona. His community involvement includes serving as chair of the Council on Assisted Living Homes and as a board member of the Assisted Living Federation of America.