An expert in the field of non-profit management and marketing, Diane founded and managed her own firm for more than 20 years, dedicated to providing program management and marketing services to national, regional, local non-profit organizations. Services included developing, planning, and implementing all aspects of fundraising, donor development, event planning, grant procurement and management, community outreach, media relations, budget development and administration, and membership growth and retention.
Diane has successfully managed daily operations and marketing programs for many national non-profits, as well as various local charities serving constituent populations in Northern Virginia. Diane also managed highly successful collaborative community outreach efforts involving national, state, and local 501(c)3 non-profits.
A native of Northern Virginia, Diane moved to the Catalina Foothills in Tucson with her husband and son in August 2013. Sabino Canyon and Gates Pass are two of her favorite places to visit in Tucson, and she loves the sunshine and the fact that flowers bloom year-round in the desert southwest. She is very excited to serve the Diaper Bank and looks forward to making a difference in Southern Arizona.
Trishnak Trachsel is a native of Holland, Michigan who relocated to Tucson in 1998. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in cultural anthropology. She spent many years engaged in various aspects of the title industry before fulfilling a long-time career goal of entering non-profit work. She looks forward to serving the Diaper Bank as she continues coursework to enter the UA Master’s Entry to the Profession of Nursing program. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, hiking, and cooking with her husband and two daughters.
Outreach and Marketing Coordinator
Claudette Langley comes to the Diaper Bank through the Americorps/VISTA program and says that the chance to live in Arizona and especially Tucson was a main reason she decided to join the national service program. Her skills and experiences gained from 15 years as a journalist and many years working with non-profit agencies will help boost the Diaper Bank’s role and impact on the communities it serves. The proud grandmother of two babies still in diapers, Claudette said she knows personally how much diaper costs can impact struggling families.
Data and Office Manager
Melvin “Mel” Clark
Melvin “Mel” Clark is from the Deep South – Cajun Country, in fact. Prior to becoming a Tucsonan in early 2015, he comes from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he lived, worked and attended college at Louisiana State University attainting a degree in Accounting / Finance. He has worked in state government, the private world and 501(c)3 non-profit sectors with more than 20 years’ experience in the accounting and finance arena. He brings a great wealth of information to the Diaper Bank and loves helping others along their journey in life. In his off time, he loves to cook, play golf, ride his motorcycle and play with his grandchildren. He has two grown sons living in Louisiana.
Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Leslie fell in love with Arizona while visiting here in 1979. A year later she moved to Tucson, where she has raised her family and enjoyed the vast skies and beauty of the desert landscape. Leslie brings a deep appreciation for the Tucson community, and has been involved in non-profit work throughout the years, as a volunteer in her neighborhood Community Justice Program, Zuni Ave. Community Garden, Corbett Youth Employment Program, and the director of Girls with Tools carpentry workshop. With 10 years warehouse experience, Leslie is enthusiastic about combining her skills with the Diaper Bank’s mission to meet the needs of families in Southern Arizona.
2014-2015 Diaper Bank Board of Directors
Erin Schmidt, President
Erin Schmidt moved to Tucson from New York in 2002 to attend the University of Arizona where she majored in Journalism. She recently joined the EdLeader21 team as the Events and Marketing Coordinator. Erin places a high value on volunteerism and community involvement. She is a licensed foster parent and an animal advocate, she and her husband have fostered more than 375 puppies and adult dogs since moving to Tucson. Erin is a 2009 graduate of Greater Tucson Leadership. Her interest in the Diaper Bank was sparked after she held her own Diaper Drive in 2013. She is proud to serve on the Board and work with this amazing organization that is vital to the health of the region.
Holly Tripp, Vice President
Holly Tripp is not a native Tucsonan however, she claims semi-native status having lived in the Old Pueblo since the mid 1970’s originating from Ohio. Holly earned a BS in Education from the University of Cincinnati and taught elementary and pre-school in various locations for five years. After teaching she made a career change to the insurance industry and retired after 30 years as a claims representative. Holly served on the Board of Directors for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, served as House Corporation President, is a Past Matron and continues to serve two chapters Arizona #2 and Saguaro #48 of the Order of the Eastern Star. Holly enjoys volunteering for non profits, travelling with her husband and spoiling her grandchildren.
Frederic Dardis, Treasurer
Frederic Dardis is a native Tucsonian. He has a Bachelor Degree in Latin from the University of Arizona and Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Arizona College of Law. Frederic served in the United States Peace Corps (1966-1968) in Belize, Central America. He worked at Southern Arizona Legal Aid and was later director of the Neighborhood Law Office at the University of Arizona. He was a deputy Pima County Public Defender, Magistrate in the City Court of the City of Tucson, and later the Pima County Public Defender. Prior to being appointed a Commissioner of the Superior Court, he was in private practice for 15 years. Frederic was mainly assigned to the Family Law Bench. He retired from the Bench in February 2013. In 2000, Frederic was named the National Child Support Commissioner of the Year as well as the State Judicial Officer of the year for Child Support. In 1999, he was the Pima County Volunteer Attorney of the year. He has presented at numerous seminars both locally and nationwide in areas of child custody, parental relocation, domestic violence and child support. Frederic has an extensive background working with nonprofits, as well. He sat on numerous boards, including the Ronald McDonald House, Child and Family Services, the Girl Scouts, Desert Voices and the Volunteer Lawyer Advisory Board. And he is currently serving on the Habitat for Humanity, Tucson, Board. Frederic said however, there is one thing that truly qualifies him to work with the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona. “Most importantly I have five perfect grandchildren.
Becca King, Secretary
Becca King has lived in Tucson for the last 16 years and prior to that lived in several states throughout the country while her father was in the Navy. She is a University of Arizona alumna who graduated with her Master’s in Public Administration in December 2013, with a concentration in non-profit management. Becca is the Director of Human Resources for HOPE, Inc., another local non-profit specializing in behavioral health services. She loves working for her community and is excited to have joined the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona. She also enjoys reading as well as spending time with family. She is married and has two kids along with two dogs, and two cats.
Lori Aldecoa works with Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse. 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.
Karen Lou Kennedy-Evans, RN, FNP, APRN-BC
Karen Lou Kennedy-Evans is the President of KL Kennedy, LLC, providing consultant services for skin and wound care management for Long Term Care, Home Health, Industry, and Private Practice. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Geriatric Nurse, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, and Registered Nurse experienced in nursing management, administration, clinical research, quality control and infection control for nursing care facilities. Ms. Kennedy-Evans conducts seminars and classes aimed at assisting healthcare professionals nationally and internationally in the provision of quality assessment, wound, and skin care of the geriatric patient. She is also the author, co-author, and contributing author on more than 40 books, publications, and articles in the fields of wound, geriatric skin care, and incontinence. Her other passion is photography. Her photos and slides have been featured in numerous professional medical and health journals, presentations, and DVDs.
She is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine and School of Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner and the Saint Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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Hannah was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She moved out of Arizona to live with her family in northern Spain but eventually made her way back to Tucson by way of Iowa and Oregon in 2008. She attended the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona where she received her BS in Accounting. Hannah works as the office manager for the Khalidi Law Firm. In her spare time she loves to read, cook, and spend time with her family.