President and Chief Executive Officer
Mark and his family (Jeanette, Jessica, Allyse, Lindsay and Rascal) moved to Arizona in 1996 to serve in a local congregation. In 2008 he accepted the position as Executive Pastor and began to address the needs of the neighborhood by working with non-profit agencies, law enforcement, and community impact groups to elicit positive change. For the last two years, Mark has taught English, literature, and creative writing at Scottsdale Community College and Westminster College in Mesa. He desires to be a part of the solution for those in need in Mesa: to help agencies, programs, businesses, and individuals weave a safety net for those affected by poverty and unwelcome circumstances. Mark enjoys his family, baseball, jazz, and an occasional doughnut.
Vice President, Business and Finance
Richard has been a Mesa and Tempe resident since 1976. He graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in accountancy in 1986. He has worked in public accounting, but spent most of his career in the private sector as a controller or chief financial officer. He enjoys playing golf and traveling with his daughter. Richard has been the Director of Finance for Mesa United Way for three years.
Vice president, Development
Alicia is an ASU graduate who went on to earn her Masters in English Literature from NAU. She worked 15 years in the hospitality industry and 13 years in construction project management before joining Mesa United Way. She is married and has four step children and seven granchildren with whom she loves spending time. She also loves the outdoors and traveling with her husband Joe. Alicia is on the executive board of the Gilbert Education Foundation and teaches youth in her church, believing everyone has the capacity to change the life of another in a positive way.
Office and Board Administrator
Ann is an East Coast native and worked in administrative support for the New Jersey Supreme Court before she and her family moved to the East Valley 15 years ago. She joined Mesa United Way three years ago. “I never realized how hard people worked to help people in need in the community,” she says. Besides her United Way work, Ann stays busy with her three children and three grand-children.
Director, Database and Finance
Allison has worked for more than 20 years in the non-profit arena, more than 10 years with Mesa United Way. “I like feeling I contribute in my small way to the betterment of society,” she says. Allison also has become an Arizona pro-sports fan, thanks to her husband’s avid interest in everything Dbacks, Suns and Cards.
Director, Financial Stability
Don grew up in the Valley, earned his engineering degree from the University of Arizona, served in the Army during the Vietnam War and later worked for 20 years in Asia in information technology and product development. He and his wife May have two daughters “who I dote on.” Don enjoys recruiting and training volunteers, and also likes riding his bike in his spare time.
Executive Director, Helen's Hope Chest
A Phoenix native, Katie comes to Mesa United Way with a background in project management and design. After receiving her degree from Southern Utah University she spent some time in New Orleans before settling back in Arizona with her husband and two daughters. Katie’s passion for working with youth in foster care began with the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. While there she worked directly with transition age youth to help them develop career goals and employment skills. She still volunteers as a mentor with the AFFCF Keys to Success program. “You can’t change the world, but you can make a dent.”
Manager, Helen's Hope Chest
Vivian is a New Jersey native and earned her BA from North Carolina State University. She worked for American Airlines for 17 years before retiring to be a stay-at-home mom to her three children. Vivian started with Helen's Hope Chest in 2013. She loves to travel the world, read and meet new people.
Manager, Helen's Hope Chest
Mary was born and raised in Philadelphia and moved to California where she raised her three daughters. She earned her accounting degree from Saddleback College and has worked for Culligan and as a Realtor before joining Mesa United Way in 2016.
Sandi lived and worked in California most of her life before moving to Mesa in 2004. Her education includes the study of American Sign Language at American River College in Placerville, Calif. Sandi joined Mesa United Way in July 2009 as a Volunteer in Service to America. She has three children and six grandchildren.
Grants and Contract Administrator
Read on Mesa 12 Books Program Manager
Director, Community Impact
Harmony recently graduated from Westminster College with degrees in English Literature and Business Administration. After serving Mesa United Way as an intern in college, she gained an appreciation and respect for the organization and its work. In her spare time, Harmony likes to review submissions for local literature publishers, practice graphic design, and keep up with all her favorite shows on Netflix. She and her husband Joseph have two spoiled cats, Frank and Pinot.
Director, Community Engagement
Jessie Young graduated from ASU with a Bachelor of Music degree. She worked as a Creative Arts Director at a Scottsdale church for 10 years before finding her way to Mesa United Way where she now works as the Director of Marketing and Communications. When she first started, she was not aware of the extensive non-profit network in Mesa. Now she is proud to spend her time raising money and speaking on behalf of these partner organizations that do so much to raise up the Mesa community.
VISTA Volunteer/Foster Care Community Outreach Coordinator
As a recent graduate of Northern Arizona University with degrees in Political Science, International Relations, and English, John looks forward to beginning his professional life in service to his hometown of Mesa. In his free time, John enjoys playing guitar and discovering great music – both new and old. It was through his love of music that John was inspired to pursue an education that allowed him to explore the history and significance of different cultures and people