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 three babies still in diapers, Claudette said she knows personally how much diaper costs can impact struggling families.
Data and Office Manager
Jill Ward has lived in and raised her family in Tucson for the past 20 years. She came to the Diaper Bank from the building industry. Jill worked for TJ Bednar homes for five years until the building industry came to a halt in 2010. It was at Bednars that she learned lessons that would enable her to reshape the focus and outcome of her life. From Ted Bednar she learned to have a vision and stick with it no matter what the challenges. From Kay Bednar she learned to surround herself with beautiful people and beautiful things at all times. From Brock Qualls she learned the two entry accounting method. She is happy to bring these learned lessons with her to the Diaper Bank.
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
Michelle Anthony, President
Michelle Anthony was born and raised in Tucson Arizona. She attended Salopinte Catholic High School and The University of Arizona. She completed a Bachelors of Science in Finance in 2002 and a Masters of Science in Finance in 2003. Michelle is a Senior Vice President with Catalina Investments and has been a financial adviser for over a decade. She loves giving back to the community and volunteers for several community organizations including the Junior League of Tucson, Ronald McDonald House and Humane Society. Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband Mike and their two dogs; Belle and Scruffles.
Erin Schmidt, Vice 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.
Rachele Peterson, Treasurer
Rachele Peterson 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 Assistant Director of Research Administration for the Arizona Health Sciences Center. Rachele is co-chair of the University of Arizona Commission on the Status of Women’s Equity and Mentoring Taskforce. Her husband is an aerospace engineer at Raytheon, and together they have two children. Rachele believes that access to diapers is a key to economic security, independence, and improved mental and physical health for families in our community. She has been a board member for 5 years, including two as board president.
Shannon Murphy, Secretary
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.
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.
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.”
Bonnie Demorotski is site coordinator at Brichta Infant Early Learning Center. She was previously the Director of Angel Children’s Center, a program of Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse and before that a 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.
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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.
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.