Leadership

Interim Executive Director

Diane Brown

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.

 

Program Manager

Trishnak Trachsel

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

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

Bio to come!

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.

Shelby MacDonald, Vice President

Shelby MacDonald 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 Specialist for Truly Nolen of America, Inc.

Shelby has been an active member of the Junior League of Tucson for 6 years where she has served on the Board of Directors as President for 2013-2014 and as Treasurer. 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.

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

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.

Steven Spain

Steven Spain believes that no adult should suffer the indignity of incontinence without support. Having watched his grandparents as they grappled with the condition, Steven has a deeply personal reason to support the Diaper Bank. He considers his invitation to join the Board of Directors “a privilege, and a tremendous opportunity. Steven is a lifelong Tucsonan, a U of A alumnus (Eller College of Management), and a Divisional Manager of Property Technology for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. His outside interests include writing: Steven has guest-written for various blogs and has written a number of editorials for The Arizona Daily Independent, where he explored such topics as the future of digital currency and local politics, and where he placed the Ina & Oracle “Michigan left turn” under his particularly pithy microscope. As he joins the Board of Directors, Steven anticipates his role in building community awareness of the Diaper Bank and bringing more volunteers and contributors to “this worthwhile, sensitive cause.”

Bonnie Demorotski

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.

Lori Aldecoa

Lori Aldecoa  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.

Erin Schmidt

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

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.

 

 

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