The Nations 1st Diaper Bank

Our Story

The Diaper Bank movement began in 1994 when a small consulting firm decided to give back to their local community during the holiday season. Resolve Inc., located in Tucson, Arizona began their philanthropic endeavor by collecting diapers for a local crisis nursery. Their annual diaper collection tradition continued, and only five years later they were able to collect 300,000 diapers for 30 different agencies. By this time the small consulting firm was spending six months a year preparing for their December Diaper Drive.

From 1996 until 1999 the Diaper Bank operated as a program under the nonprofit umbrella of the Carondelet Foundation. In 2000 the Community Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona became a free standing charitable organization, becoming the nation’s first Diaper Bank.

The Diaper Bank hired its first employee in 1999 and still uses more than 100 volunteers annually to provide diapers and incontinence supplies to those in need. In 2004 the New Haven Diaper Bank opened its doors using the model established in Southern Arizona. There are more than 250 Diaper Banks across the country today.

Just as it did at its inception, the Diaper Bank provides diapers to those under the poverty line where no public assistance exists. We recognize that an inadequate supply of diapers puts families with young children at an increased risk for health related problems and potential abuse.

In 2013, the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona was selected as a Regional Partner of the National Diaper Bank Network to receive and distribute two million diapers to the community in 2013 and 2014. This partnership continues today and with the help of the NDBN and Huggies, we are getting closer to eliminating diaper need in southern Arizona.

Our Leadership

Dr. Shannon Roberts

Dr. Shannon Roberts

CEO

Leslie Pike

Leslie Pike

Manager of Programs and Volunteering

Gary Bahman

Gary Bahman

Interim Accountant

Board of Directors

Bonnie Demorotski

Bonnie Demorotski

President

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Bonnie just recently retired (April 30, 2019) after spending five years as the director of the Infant and Early Learning Center for TUSD. Before that she was the director of the Angel Children’s Center for Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse. She worked for Aviva Children’s Services helping all the Department of Child Safety (CPS) caseworkers with their kids. She also worked for Camp Fire Boys and Girls and was very instrumental in building the Skatepark at Santa Rita Park on 4th Avenue and 22nd Street. She got her start in social work at the Primavera Foundation back in the early ‘90s and is still supporting the fight to end homelessness.

Bonnie is a U of A alumni and also spent time teaching and serving on the Marana Unified School Board for eight years. She was involved with Girl Scouts for over 14 years and was always involved with the schools that her three daughters attended. Bonnie is a true product of the Midwest having been born in Detroit and lived in Missouri, Indiana and Ohio. She moved to Tucson in the 70s and spent six years in Utah before moving back to what has been “home”. In addition to three daughters, she has two grandsons and two rescued greyhounds.

Lupe Duran

Lupe Duran

Vice President

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Guadalupe is a bilingual/bicultural licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Tucson, Arizona. She provides individual, couples, and family therapy.

Guadalupe is a native of Tucson, Arizona and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University.

Guadalupe is the President and Co-founder of the Tucson Latina Professionals (TLP) group. TLP provides networking, support, resources, and educational opportunities for Latinas.

Sumi Rowe

Sumi Rowe

Treasurer

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I am a tax senior manager at Beach Fleischman PC. I have provided accounting, tax, and financial statement services for a variety of privately held companies for 11 years. I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2014. I like traveling and hiking, as well as spending time with my family.

E. Hardy Smith

E. Hardy Smith

Secretary

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I am a lawyer with courtroom experience in matters concerning prosecution and defense of personal injury claims, including medical malpractice and product liability; insurance law and litigation, including coverage and bad faith claims; contracts and contract litigation; employment law; civil rights; and general civil litigation. I provide services in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. I am a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law and obtained my undergraduate degree in Animal Health Science from the University of Arizona College of Agriculture. I am a musician and frequently perform with other musicians for various community fundraising and social events.

Bryan Haver

Bryan Haver

Board Member

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Bryan is an Arizona native and hails from the north part of the state where he learned to love the outdoors.  He is a proud, humble father of four amazing children and gives thanks daily for his wonderful wife Kim, who in a moment of weakness and possible poor decision making, said yes over 24 years ago.

He served 25 years in the Army and has enjoyed serving his community even longer through his numerous volunteer activities in support of Women, Children and Veterans.  Having witnessed firsthand what it means to need assistance, and the difference a committed person can make in the lives of others, Bryan accepted an invitation to join the Diaper Bank espousing the philosophy that board membership is the starting point and not the destination with the goal of helping more people retain their dignity and independence.

Agustin "Agie" Olmedo

Agustin "Agie" Olmedo

Board Member

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Agustin “Agie” Olmedo is a Certified Assisted Living Facility Manager with Cadence Senior Living. He has over 18 years of experience in the sales, marketing, and management fields. Agie spent 13 years in the banking and business coaching industries as a sales and management executive but found his calling in senior services in 2013 as he was searching for a community for his mother.

The search for his mother’s caregiving community opened his eyes to the passionate culture surrounding senior care. Under his leadership, senior living centers have increased occupancy, improved financial operational budgets, and cash flow, and implemented ways to improve the overall operation and care through systematic feedback analysis. Successes at these communities ultimately led him to become the Executive Director of multiple communities. Agie is now working on his third new-build community in Marana, Arizona.

Agie was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. He is an active community member and serves on the boards of the Southern Arizona Better Business Bureau (past) and Health and Wellness Arizona (past). Agie also serves on the JTED Advisory Council and the Business and Marketing Industry Council for High School Students wishing to continue their education in vocational occupations. He is on committees with the Arizona Bowl, Pima Council on Aging’s Annual Gala, and now has joined the Southern Arizona Diaper Bank Board of Directors. In his free time, he enjoys concerts, community fundraisers, traveling, and spending time with family.

Jade Lewis

Jade Lewis

Board Member

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Jade-Lynn is a mom of three small children, wife, and humanitarian. She has a background in theater arts and education in anatomy and physiology as part of a nursing program at Pima Community College and the University of Arizona. After working as a Certified Nursing Assistant both in a hospital setting and long-term care facilities, she decided to follow her passion and peruse a future in teaching dance.

 

Jade-Lynn was inspired by watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers at a young age and soon after she began a 10-year journey in ballet, performing with Ballet Arizona and Ballet Tucson. She has been teaching dance since the age of 18, with a current focus on Ballroom, Latin, and Country. She has competed at national events, performs at Showcase, and has attended Dance Camps across the country. Jade-Lynn continues her own dance education by working with a variety of coaches including national champions. She is a firm believer in using dance to heal and empower. She has worked with students using dance to help rehabilitate physical injuries after open-heart surgery, knee & hip replacements, shoulder injuries, and spinal fusions. She has seen the power of dance overcome emotional hurdles and bring a huge light to people’s lives! She routinely volunteers at local K-8 schools, teaching Ballroom to students as part of Physical Education courses, after school programs, and Etiquette courses. Jade says, “Dance is a universal language. No matter where you go on the planet you can share and express yourself through dance.”

Karen Kennedy-Evans

Karen Kennedy-Evans

Board Member

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Karen Lou Kennedy-Evans is the President of KL Kennedy, LLC, providing consulting 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 skincare 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 skincare, 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 Saint Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Larry Pace

Larry Pace

Board Member

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I live in San Tan Valley, Arizona but I was born and raised in Missouri.  I joined the Air Force during the Vietnam conflict and after nine years, I took an honorable discharge and entered law school.  I had my own private law practice for 13 years before joining the Federal Public Defender’s Office.  I spent 19 years with the Federal Courts handling complex litigation which was primarily death penalty cases and organized crime. I have a small home-based business where I help charity golf tournaments raise money for veterans and various children’s charities.  I am also on a Citizen’s Advisory Board for the University of Arizona College of Nursing where I help to support the College and raise money for student programs and nursing scholarships.

 

 

Craig High

Craig High

Board Member

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Craig is originally from Lexington Kentucky.  Go Wildcats!  His wife Lisa is from Tucson, together they moved to Lexington, then Orlando.  It was her dream to move back to Tucson and they did 7 years ago. Craig was a “fish out of water” in the desert.  The environment was totally new.  He so much enjoys the Tucson area and the people who live here.  He often says that “Tucson is a special place that has a community heartbeat”.  The people of Tucson truly care about each other, making this a special city that Craig is proud to call home.

Craig has had an interesting varied career.  He has worked as a head chef in several restaurants, been a professional photographer, owned his own photography studio, and managed an I/T department for a Fortune 500 company.  He now runs his own successful I/T company specializing in EDI E-Commerce solutions with his wife Lisa since 2003.

Craig and his wife are very passionate about the Diaper Bank.  She started volunteering at the Diaper Bank almost 6 years ago and told Craig she really enjoyed it and he should also volunteer.  He did and has been actively involved in the Diaper Bank ever since.  Craig and Lisa truly believe in the mission of the Diaper Bank, and never imagined the impact that providing diapers to those in need could truly change lives and allow people to become independent.

Craig and Lisa enjoy hiking, biking, Kentucky and Arizona basketball, and spending time with their dog Charcoal Kingsford III.  Interesting factoid, Craig is in the basketball Hall of Fame.

Marcus Carreon

Marcus Carreon

Board Member

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Marcus Carreon, is a financial service professional with New York Life Insurance & MainStay Investments for the past 10 years, located here in Tucson, AZ.  He is a University of Arizona Alum and has come to consider Tucson home after moving here some 17 years ago.  Additionally, Marcus has been an active member of the Tucson community serving on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association for the previous two years, working with the El Rio Community Health foundation as a “Vecino” and serving as part of the United States Airforce Honorary Commander for the 355th Fighter Wing Red Lions here at DM Airbase.  Marcus is passionate about helping others and building relationships within our local community both civilian and military.  Marcus grew up around the world as a Marine Corps brat so he understands the military life and the challenges/sacrifices that are associated with both.  

In his spare time, Marcus enjoys spending time with family and friends.  He is very adamant about health, fitness, and nutrition.  He very much enjoys the outdoors, healthy competition of all sorts and considers himself to be a bookworm of sorts.

Rashundra Gamble

Rashundra Gamble

Board Member

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Rashundra works in group healthcare benefits as an Account Manager for Meritain Health. Rashundra has focused on Key Account sized clients in the Public and Labor sector specifically working with School Districts throughout the state of Arizona and is well versed in the Public and Labor market.  In her current role, Rashundra works to execute team-developed strategies. In doing so, she helps maintain strong client and broker relationships, while managing client retention and growth objectives. Rashundra also supports clients with her extensive industry knowledge, as well as with her reporting and analysis insight.

Rashundra graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor’s in Communication. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University. Rashundra and her husband Troy, have two small children. In their free time, they enjoy traveling, sports, and competitive family game nights. Rashundra remains active in the Tucson community and is looking forward to serving on the DBSAZ board.