Thursday, May 26, 2022
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Opening remarks will be made by Ken Schutz, The Dr. William Huizingh Executive Director and Amy Flood, Board President, followed by a members-only presentation by Leslie Chihuly, President and CEO of Chihuly Studio. The presentation will cover the special relationship between art and nature.
2022-2023 Board Officers
President | Amy Flood
Vice President | Dan Perez
VP, President Elect | Harold Dorenbecher
Secretary | Laura A. Lo Bianco
Treasurer | Paul J. Mountain
class of 2025
board of trustees
Full Bios Below
Kate Baker, CPA, retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona as its Vice President & Treasurer. Baker now volunteers her time for a variety of community causes, centering around educational equity and cultural organizations. She had been appointed to the Desert Botanical Garden Board of Trustees in 2007 and served as Trustee President from 2011 to 2013. She was elected again to the Board of Trustees in 2015. She has served as past Regional Board Chair and now Emeritus for Teach for America Phoenix. She currently serves as Treasurer for Be A Leader Foundation, and remains an active member of City of Phoenix Audit Committee.
Shelley Cohn is the immediate past board president of Desert Botanical Garden. She has served on the board since 2007, participating as the chair of the strategic plan that became The Saguaro Initiative. She has served as chair of the RCH committee and the ad hoc committee for the arts that became the Arts Advisory Committee. She has also served on the Patrons Circle Committee, Finance and Personnel. She currently serves as chair of the ad hoc Art Expo Committee. She retired in October 2005 as the executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts after 29 years at the agency. She is an arts consultant for the Flinn Foundation and recent board chair of the Arizona Community Foundation. She has served on other Arizona boards, including Childsplay, ASU Hillel and Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix. She is also a member of Charter 100 and Arizona Women’s Forum. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Washington University and a Master of Science in Humanities from Arizona State University.
Ursula Gangadean was born in England and moved to the United States at a young age. Growing up she spent many summers in England, contributing to her love and appreciation of Gardens. Ursula received a B.A. degree from the University of Michigan and completed a studies program at University of Oxford, England. Ursula has served on Garden committees for several years; Dinner on the Desert, chairing the tasting sub-committee, serving on the Patrons Circle Committee, co-chairing the opening of the Butterfly Pavilion and the 2019 Patrons Circle Tour of Private Gardens. For three years, Ursula served on the AASK, Aid to Adoption of Special Kids, Holiday Drive, and is committed to supporting many Valley fundraising events.
Founder of Diana Gregory Outreach Services
Diana Gregory is founder of Diana Gregory Outreach Services (DGOS) and Gregory’s Fresh Market (GFM) nonprofit organizations since 2009. She positioned her degree from Boston University and a successful 30-year career in marketing and sales at Anheuser-Busch alongside her vision to drive positive, lasting change. She has accomplished that by bringing her farmer’s market with healthy cooking, nutrition, and fitness education to senior and veteran’s facilities in Maricopa County. Throughout her corporate career and years here, she has served on boards advocating for minority opportunities and women; and her work with seniors has often been recognized.
Thomas R. Jones
Amphibians and Reptiles Program Manager at
Arizona Game and Fish Department
Thomas R. Jones is the Amphibians and Reptiles Program Manager for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, where he oversees statewide amphibian and reptile conservation and recovery. A native of New Jersey, Tom earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Auburn University, and moved to Arizona in 1982 to pursue a Ph.D. in Zoology at ASU. Tom was Professor and Chair of Biology at Grand Canyon University until 2005. He has served on the board of the Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation that operates the Bocas del Toro Biological Station in Panamá, and has been a member of the Garden’s Research, Collections and Horticulture Committee since 2007. Tom lives in Phoenix with his wife April, and a house full of dogs.
Jane Jozoff had an extensive career in commercial banking and is an enthusiastic participant in Arizona’s cultural life. For six years she served as Chair of the Arizona Commission on the Arts at the State level before becoming a Commissioner for the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. She served on the board of the Heard Museum and is currently on the board of the Phoenix Art Museum. At ASU, she was a Founder of Women & Philanthropy and a Co-Chair for two years. Other community service for the Town of Paradise Valley included the Planning Commission, Hillside Committee and the Goldwater Memorial Park Committee. Previously, she chaired the Desert Botanical Garden’s Patrons Circle Committee. Currently she serves on the its Development Committee and Desert Design Expo Committee.
Jan Lewis has served five terms as a Garden Trustee. As a Garden Trustee, she has served as Board Secretary, Board Vice President and as a member of the Executive Committee. She has chaired Patrons Circle, Dinner on the Desert, Nominating/Governance Committee, and the Director of Education Search Committee. Jan served on the Tending the Garden Campaign Cabinet, the Desert Towers Initiative, the Saguaro Initiative Cabinet, the Children and Family Garden Planning Committee as well as numerous other Garden committees. Jan and her husband Tom have three grown sons and four grandchildren.
Laura A. Lo Bianco
Partner at Lewis Roca
Laura A. Lo Bianco brings over 20 years of experience to Lewis Roca in her role as partner. With a focus on corporate law and transactional matters, she advises clients in the areas of business counseling, the formation of organizations, mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, and compliance with the law and best practices. Laura’s clients include for-profit entities and nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations. Laura currently serves as a board member for the Desert Botanical Garden Foundation and Valley of the Sun United Way. She regularly provides educational programs for the nonprofit, tax-exempt sector.
Bruce Macdonough is a retired corporate lawyer and long-time Phoenix resident who has been involved with the Garden for 20 years, serving as an officer, trustee and on a variety of Board committees.
Vice President, Wealth Management Specialist at
Rea Mayer is Vice President, Wealth Management Specialist at J.P. Morgan. She coaches and mentors Private Client Advisors across the US with a focus on practice management. She has been in the wealth management industry since 2006 with prior experience at firms such as UBS Financial Services and RBC Wealth Management. She graduated from the University of California Los Angeles in 2005 with bachelor degrees in Civil Engineering and Psychology. She has been a member of the Garden’s Monarch Council since 2018 and current serves as the Council’s Chair. Rea lives in Chandler, AZ with her husband, daughter, and twin sons.
IT Director of Infrastructure and Operations at APS
Melanie Stuckenberg is the IT Director of Strategy, Planning, and Governance at Arizona Public Service. She brings over 25 years of information technology and business skills and capability. She has supported and consulted for top companies, such as IBM, Sanyo, Westinghouse, and Honeywell. In addition to her years of corporate experience, she and her husband owned and ran a safari lodge in South Africa’s Thornybush Private Nature Reserve for 9 years, where she established a customer centric company culture, while falling in love with the local flora and fauna. Melanie has been working with the Desert Botanical Garden’s Operations Committee for over a year and she lives in Phoenix with her husband Neil and two teenaged girls Lucy and Emily.
Robin Woodworth, a University of Southern California BFA graduate, retired from business and non-profit careers in Southern California, including owning high-end women’s stores, representing international art auction houses and directing operations of a regional art and agricultural museum. Since moving to North Scottsdale with husband Steve in 2013, she is active with the Junior League of Phoenix Sustainer Transfer Group, Sonoran Arts League, and Rosie’s House, A Music Academy for Children. In Southern California she was President of Planned Giving Council of Ventura County; a Director of Ventura County Community Foundation; President, Junior League of Santa Barbara; and a Director of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Santa Barbara/Ventura Chapter.
FISCAL YEAR 2021 | AUDITOR’S REPORT
The fiscal 2021 financial statement audit was completed by Mayer Hoffman McCann, P.C. The auditors issued an unmodified opinion on the consolidated financial statements of Desert Botanical Garden, Inc. and Affiliates as of and for the year ended Sept. 30, 2021 and reported no material weaknesses in internal control. Desert Botanical Garden’s Audit Committee accepted and approved the audit as presented by the auditors. The audit was issued on Jan. 21, 2022, and is available to view at: dbg.org/financials.
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