Reginald Adams Secretary Chandler Manager of Knowledge Management, Direct Energy
REGINALD ADAMS is a knowledge management and organizational development professional with over 20 years’ experience. Reginald is currently Manager of Knowledge Management at Direct Energy, a global energy and home services company. Prior to this Reginald served in the same capacity for Apollo Group, parent company of the University of Phoenix and West University. Reginald’s academic training includes a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Wilberforce University and a Master’s degree in Adult Learning.
Director of Recreation, Tohono O’odham Nation
ANDREA AHMED is a tribal member of the Tohono O’ Odham Nation, from the Sells District. She was born and raised in Tucson and Sells Arizona. She attended school Tucson Unified School District and is a graduate of Pueblo High School. She received her Bachelors of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona. Presently, she is the Director of Recreation for the Tohono O’odham Nation, in Sells, Arizona. As Director of recreation she is passionate about building capacity and highlighting effective programs for the Nation’s children, elders and families. Ms. Ahmed’s leadership experience includes past positions on the following councils: Alternate Community Representative for the Cowlic Community and Alternate Representative of the Sells District Council. Ms. Ahmed’s professional experiences include marketing and public relations as the Fundraising and Development Associate Director for the Tohono O’odham Community College. Her strengths include working in the financial aspect from small to large capacity budgets at every level of the organization. She loves to build relationships and connections to better serve Tohono O’odham Nation and its citizens. Ms. Ahmed has two sons, Amare age 9 and Aiden, age 4.
Dr. Barbara Baderman Chair Phoenix President, Baderman Consulting
DR. BARBARA BADERMAN is currently the President of Baderman Consulting, and teaches masters level students at Grand Canyon University. Baderman Consulting focuses on the development and delivery of custom programs and training for entrepreneurs, mentoring, business strategy, strategic goal setting, succession planning, and leadership development for non-profits and for-profit organizations. Previously, Dr. Baderman served sixteen years as a Senior VP & Provost, Dean of Humanities, Dean of Arts & Sciences, Associate Dean of Business, and a Campus Manager at a university. She holds a Ph.D. in Organization Management/Leadership from Capella University. Dr. Baderman has a firm belief that the humanities acts as a change agent in how we view our world, and has significant relevance in other disciplines, such as business, natural sciences, and social sciences. Through the humanities, shared human experiences and engagement through learning and connecting, there are opportunities for transformation of through and appreciation for the world around us.
GAIL BRADLEY, an Arizona native, is a consultant to a large family foundation which supports micro finance in Africa and Latin America, overseeing their gifts to organizations providing small business loans, education and personal dignity to the most poor. Previously, she worked in the financial industry as a stock broker and most recently as Vice President and Senior Wealth Strategist for Northern Trust. Gail received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and Master of Counseling from Arizona State University. Gail has been involved in the philanthropic community for over 25 years, primarily as a board member for organizations such as: Boys and Girls Club of Scottsdale, Herberger Theatre Center, Scottsdale Cultural Council, Scottsdale Public Art, Phoenix Committee of Foreign Relations, Arizona Town Hall, Arizona Chapter of International Women’s Forum, ASU Women in Philanthropy, and Desert Botanical Garden.
Dr. Lydia Breunig
Director of Community Outreach and Special Projects, University of Arizona – College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
DR. LYDIA BREUNIG is Director of Community Outreach and Special Projects at the University of Arizona’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Breunig organizes public events and coordinates the college’s involvement with community projects that promote Arizona’s cultural, social, and economic vitality. Professionally, Dr. Breunig has held leadership and development positions in both higher education and non-profit organizations. Prior to her current position, she served as Chief Development Office at the Sonoran Institute, an organization that conserves landscapes throughout the West. As a Flagstaff native, Dr. Breunig is committed to organizations that preserve Arizona’s unique cultural and natural heritage. She has served as a board member for Native Seeds/SEARCH and as founding Vice-chair of the Southwest Folklife Alliance. In addition to her work with Arizona Humanities, she currently serves on the author committee for the annual Tucson Festival of Books. A Geographer by training, Dr. Breunig is particularly interested in environment-society interactions and how they are reflected in literature, poetry, and art. Dr. Breunig received her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from ASU, Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, and Ph.D. from the U of A in Geography and Latin American Studies.
Ryan Bruce Vice Chair Bisbee Executive Director, The Bisbee Radio Project (KBRP)
RYAN J. BRUCE has served as the Executive Director of The Bisbee Radio Project (KBRP) since 2008. Mr. Bruce began his career more than 17 years ago at WFHB Community Radio in Bloomington, Indiana followed by a number of years on Capitol Hill working on legal and policy directives at the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, which represents more than 400 community radio stations across the country. He assisted in the coordination and development of the convergence of the first Latino and Native American community radio conferences and currently works with Radio Cultural in Naco, Sonora developing a Media Education and Training Center. Mr. Bruce is responsible for the creation of the KBRP Youth Media Project, Borderlands Community Media Foundation, Bisbee Chamber Foundation, and Copper Chronicle Radio Program. Active in the non-profit sector, Mr. Bruce is the owner of Post-Soviet Depression Press and Solfa Music and Books in Bisbee, AZ. He currently serves on the City of Bisbee Community Sustainability Commission and is the advisor to the City of Bisbee Youth Council.
Archaeologist/Historian/Curator, Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area
TINA CLARK is the Historian/ Archaeologist for the City of Yuma tasked to the Yuma Crossing National Area. She also serves as the Director of Programming and Curator for the Yuma Territorial Prison and the Yuma Quarter Master Depot, both within the Yuma Crossing National Historic Landmark. Deeply involved in almost every historic project in the City’s Redevelopment Plan, she brings years of experience to her work. A native of San Diego, she has extensive construction and preservation experience and has consulted on large projects in Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Tucson. Her background in historic preservation stems from projects in San Diego’s Old Town, the Gas Lamp District, and Balboa Park. She has academic credentials (BA, MA) in History, and Archeology and has done field archeology in San Diego’s Mission and Presidio, and remains the curator of the Chinese porcelains found at those sites. She is an active member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is on the National Geographic Arizona-Sonora Geo-tourism Council, Museum Association of Arizona, is the Yuma Chair of the Anza Trail Foundation and a Board Member of the Yuma County Historical Society. In addition to her professional work, Tina is also personally involved in the renovation of three historic Yuma properties: Power Apartments (1915), Yuma’s oldest apartment house; Old St. Paul’s Church (1909), and Parish House (1929) which together form St. Paul’s Cultural Center. Tina hopes that her work here will help to revitalize Historic Yuma, and play a small part in the renaissance that is certain to follow the designation of Yuma as the first National Heritage Area West of the Mississippi.
Julie Codell Tempe Professor, Art History and Film, Barrett Honors College Faculty, Arizona State University
JULIE CODELL is Professor of Art History at Arizona State University and affiliate faculty in English, Gender Studies, Film and Media Studies and Asian Studies. She has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Indiana University Bloomington, an MA in Art History from Indiana, an MA in English from The University of Michigan and a BA in English from Vassar College. She was Vice Chair of the Montana Humanities Council while teaching at the University of Montana, Missoula, and a grants evaluator for the NEH, the Australian Research Council and the National Humanities Center. Her research and teaching interests are 19th-century European culture and the press, the British empire, 19th- and early 20th-century India, life writings and film. She wrote The Victorian Artist, and edited Transculturation in British Art; Power and Resistance: The Delhi Coronation Durbars; The Political Economy of Art; Imperial Co-Histories; and co-edited Orientalism, Eroticism and Modern Visuality in Global Cultures; Encounters in the Victorian Press, and Orientalism Transposed. She received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Getty Foundation, Kress Foundation, Huntington Library, Ransom Center, and Yale Center for British Art. She has been president of 5 Victorian studies societies, board member of 8 professional organizations, and 6 scholarly journals.
Marcella Columbus Phoenix Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, Fresh Start Women’s Foundation Manifesto Project Board Apprentice
MARCELLA COLUMBUS is an Illinois native who graduated from Butler University in 2013 with a degree in Viola Performance and Music Theory. After spending a year in California, she moved to Arizona to receive her Master’s in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from Arizona State University. During her time at ASU she did a research fellowship in conjunction with the School of Information at the University of Michigan looking at the relationship between music and memory. Having just graduated in May of 2016, she currently works for Fresh Start Women’s Foundation as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator. Marcella also serves on the Young Nonprofit Professional’s Network and the Phoenix Alumnae Chapter of her music fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota. Her primary academic research interests are behavioral economics, social decision making, and gamification. In her free time, Marcella rock climbs both inside and outside, and enjoys spending quality time with her Shih Tzu, Charlie.
Anne Catherine Doyle Flagstaff
ANNE DOYLE joined the Arizona Humanities board in 2010. She is co-owner/manager of Mcgaughs Smoke and Bottle in Flagstaff. In addition to her board service with AH, she also serves as chair of the Beautification and Public Arts Commission for the City of Flagstaff. She is a 2009 graduate of the Flagstaff Leadership Program and has extensive experience working with non-profits and non-profit boards. She is the former Heritage Program Manager and Publications Manager for the Museum of Northern Arizona (overseeing the production of four annual festivals with the Hopi, Navajo and Zuni tribal communities and the Flagstaff Latino community). She holds an M.A. in Museology from Prescott College and a B.A. in English Literature and with a minor in Art History from the University of Maryland in College Park.
Dr. Sharonah Fredrick Tempe Assistant Director Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University, Anthropologist
DR. SHARONAH FREDRICK is Assistant Director of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University. She is an anthropologist and specialist in folklore and archaeology. Sharonah speaks, reads and writes four languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese and Hebrew, and her fields of expertise include: the Native American and Spanish colonial archaeology and history of the Southwest; Native American philosophy and folklore, and oral literature; Judeo-Spanish history and literature; the Chronicles of Conquests in the New World, and indigenous resistance. Sharonah has also researched and spoken about the Irish in the colonial Caribbean, and the effects of slavery on the development of New World culture. She teaches comparative programs paralleling Celtic, Native American, Biblical and Hispanic epics in literature, and is interested in cross-cultural communication and synthesis.
City Librarian, Phoenix Public Library
RITA HAMILTON has worked in public libraries for over thirty years and is currently the Phoenix Public Library City Librarian. Hamilton manages the Phoenix Public Library’s system of 17 libraries that served more than 4.3 million people last year with a circulation of more than 13.8 million books, DVDs and CDs. Previously, Hamilton was the Director of the Scottsdale Public Library where she focused on service to teens, early literacy programs, and developed two new award winning branch libraries, the Arabian and Appaloosa Libraries. Her work experience also includes the Tucson Public Library and as Assistant Director in Nashville she served as project manager for a $115 million capital project, and directed design development and construction of a new main library and five new branches. Hamilton attended Western Michigan University and received a Masters Degree from the University of Arizona. She is a graduate of Scottsdale Leadership and has served on the board of directors of several arts organizations and non-profit agencies and was a founder of the Tucson Folk Festival. She enjoys fine design and fine dining, live acoustic music, hiking, reading and travel.
Dana Jamison, MD Scottsdale President, Southwest Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, PC
DR. DANA JAMISON is an orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship trained in sports medicine and specializing in Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. As a physician she gave up the long hours of a sports medicine and trauma surgeon after her kidney transplant, and is now a faculty physician and orthopaedic consultant at Banner University Medical Center Phoenix and the Southwest Center for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. She graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Psychology and Social Relations, attended medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, did her residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and sports medicine fellowship at the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Institute. As a servant-leader much of her nonprofit and community involvement has been in arts & culture at Phoenix Theatre, ASU Piper Center for Creative Writing and the Phoenix Library Foundation; health advocacy at Donor Network of Arizona and the National Kidney Foundation, and African American experiences with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, The Links, Jack & Jill of America and Tanner Chapel AME Church. As a “lover of words” she will continue to be an advocate of the word and sharing it with others, supporting its access to all.
Mary Lu Nunley
MARY LU NUNLEY served on the Arizona Historical Society Board of Directors including terms as president and vice-president. In her positions with the city of Phoenix Water Conservation Office, she worked with Valley cities to increase awareness on where our water comes from and how to protect those resources. At Arizona’s Children Association, and with the Governor’s Community and Family Programs, she developed educational handbooks and videos for families and community organizations. Mary Lu also served on Congressman Jim Kolbe’s campaign staff and in his district office for more than 16 years. Now retired, she will continue to be involved in a variety of efforts to keep Arizona as the greatest place to live. Community outreach and education are the running threads through Mary Lu Nunley’s interests, both personally and professionally. Her family, a wide range of professional work, and the community strongly influenced her understanding how important culture is to developing a healthy community. Helping a community grow is always one of her goals when joining a program or project. Mary Lu was appointed to the Arizona Humanities board of directors by the governor.
ESHЀ PICKETT is a Cloud Automation Engineer at Intel Corporation in Chandler, AZ. She has been with the company since 2005. In her role, Eshé is responsible for architecting, developing, deploying and supporting Internal, External and Hybrid Cloud computing for Intel Data Centers. Eshé participates in STEM outreach, specifically targeting women in engineering. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Northwestern University and her Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Chicago.
Eshé is an active community member who strongly advocates for civic and civil engagement. She is a graduate of Valley Leadership, mentored for 6 years with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, and served as Precinct Committeeman in Legislative District 18. Eshé believes that exposure to Arts and Culture is critical in the development of intelligent and useful design and feels the mission of the Arizona Humanities is crucial in retaining the human element in advancing technology.
Albert Monreal Quihuis Chandler Award Winning Author and Historian
ALBERT MONREAL QUIHUIS is an award winning author who wrote his first children’s book to honor his parents and family tradition. At that time he realized the need for multicultural books and became passionate about writing books that motivate and inspire children to learn about their traditions, culture, history and being proud of their heritage. Albert reads aloud in schools, libraries and gives presentations to educators and organizations. Currently Albert is writing and researching several historical novels and continues to write “Sofia and Pepe the Parrot Adventures Series.”
Prior to writing Albert was a Financial Advisor, and a Certified Financial Planner for 25 years with the Quihuis Investment Group; he has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Arizona State University and is a Veteran of the United States Air Force. He is a native of Arizona and traces his ancestors to the 1700s in Arizona. Albert is serving or has served on the following Boards of Directors- East Valley Hispanic Business Alliance, Dia del los Muertos Festival at the Mesa Art Center, Chandler Mariachi Festival, Chandler Chamber of Commerce and Diversity Committee, Financial Planning Association of Greater Phoenix and the YMCA Chandler – Gilbert.
Public Programs and Education Director, Heard Museum
JACLYN ROESSEL was born and raised on the Navajo Nation, between the communities of Kayenta, Round Rock and Lukachukai, Arizona. She is the owner of the greeting card company Naaltsoos Project and has founded and co-founded two blogs, Grownup Navajo and presence 4.0 projects which connect to her role as a modern Navajo woman. She is a host of the podcast schmooze: lady connected dedicated to sharing Arizonan women’s stories. Currently, the Education and Public Programs Director at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ, Roessel’s work as an arts and museum professional, cultivated her belief in the value of utilizing cultural learning as a tool for developing communities and engaging community members. She holds a B.A. in Art History and a Master in Public Administration from Arizona State University. She was the inaugural recipient of the Arizona Humanities Rising Star Award in 2013 given to young professionals whose work elevates the importance of humanities in the community. Her volunteer career includes on-going commitments with the Phoenix Symphony, Valley of the Sun United Way and Whisper n Thunder and is driven by expanding educational opportunities to underrepresented communities.
Dr. Maire Simington Immediate Past Chair Phoenix Director, Physician Resources/ Care Management Services, Banner Health
MAIRE SIMINGTON, Ph.D. is the Director of Physician Resources and Care Management Services at Banner Health. She has an extensive background in marketing and communications and has won numerous awards from the International Association of Business Communicators. Maire was the Chair of Marketing and Communications at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Senior Director of Communication Services for Samaritan Health System, and an Account Executive at Mullen Advertising and Public Relations.
Maire earned her Ph.D. in English at Arizona State University where she also earned Master’s in English. Additionally, she holds an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix and Bachelor’s in English from Hofstra University. In addition to being on the Board of the Arizona Humanities Council, she is the elected Regent for Arizona to the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the board of Arizona Healthcare Executives. She is also co-president of the Phi Beta Kappa Association of metropolitan Phoenix and has been a long-time member of the Board of Directors for Ballet Arizona.
Dianna Soe Myint Scottsdale Retired
DIANNA SOE MYINT retired from Motorola after 41 years of service. During her last two years at Motorola, she facilitated three day seminars for Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People to 3560 employees. After retiring from Motorola she also presented these seminars to Honeywell and Avery- Dennison employees. Dianna was president of Paradise Republican Women’s Club, Arizona Federation of Republican Women Region Eight Director for four years and currently the AZFRW Region Director Coordinator and Leadership Development Chair. In 2009, she was selected to participate in the Dodie Loden Excellence in Public Service Series. Dianna has been married for 48 years, and has one son, and one grandson.
Christine Szuter Treasurer Dragoon Executive Director, Amerind Foundation
CHRISTINE SZUTER is executive director of the Amerind Foundation in Dragoon, Arizona, since fall of 2014. Before arriving at Amerind she was the director of the graduate Scholarly Publishing Certificate program at Arizona State University in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Arizona specializing in Southwest archaeology and zooarchaeology. Her research interests include food systems, Indigenous studies, digital humanities, gender studies, scholarly publishing, and public history. Her connection to Arizona Humanities began soon after graduation when she became the Arizona Humanities Scholar-in-Residence at Sahuarita High School.
She has served as the director of the University of Arizona Press where she collaborated with three other university presses on the First Peoples Initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation—a book series on Native American and Indigenous Peoples. She has served on boards and committees for the Society for American Archaeology, American Association of University Presses, National Council for Public History, University of Arizona Digital Information Management (DigIn) Certificate program, Arizona State University Institute for Humanities Research Nexus Lab, Western National Park Association, and Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society.
Emerson Yearwood Phoenix Associate General Counsel–Regulatory Affairs, Cable One, Inc.
EMERSON YEARWOOD has been a member of the legal team at Cable One, Inc., since joining the company in October 2000. As Associate General Counsel & Director of Regulatory Affairs, he is primarily responsible for managing the company’s regulatory compliance and reporting for Cable One’s video, internet and VoIP services. In addition, he also directly supports General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel in a wide variety of legal matters. Prior to joining Cable One, Emerson gained five years of cable industry experience with Falcon Communications and the Cable Services Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. He holds a J.D. from UCLA, an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management, and a B.S. in City Planning from MIT. His past board experience includes serving as the Chairman of the Black Alumni of MIT. Emerson is a native of Barbados and was raised in the Bronx, NY. He enjoys travel, hiking and the occasional game of golf.