The volunteer board of directors of Grand Canyon Conservancy is composed of business and community leaders who commit their time and expertise for the benefit and improvement of the association.
Mark Schiavoni recently retired as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for APS, where he oversaw operations for APS’ non-nuclear generation, transmission and distribution, strategy, supply chain, resource management, environmental and sustainability, and customer service components. Prior to joining APS in 2009, Schiavoni held various leadership positions in the electric utility industry. He is a retired Naval Officer, having spent 22 years in the U.S. Navy. Mark and his wife Amy enjoy hiking in Grand Canyon and have been supporters of GCC’s Celebration of Art since its inception.
Teresa Gavigan is an attorney specializing in labor and employment law and has over twenty-five years’ experience as a Human Resources professional, currently serving as Executive Director, US LERN and COLLE at Mercer. She has served on a number of non-profit boards and currently serves on the Boards of Leadership Philadelphia and Philadelphia Theatre Company. Along with her husband, Larry, she fell in love with the Grand Canyon on their first visit in 1980 and has returned numerous times to hike, take a mule ride, and enjoy the North and South Rims, including a Grand Canyon Conservancy river trip in 2015.
Lizabeth Ardisana is CEO of ASG Renaissance, a technical and communications firm, and Performance Driven Workforce (PDW), a scheduling and staffing firm. She is an active business and civic leader in the Michigan and Hispanic Communities, serving on the board of Huntington Bank, Focus:Hope, Kettering University, Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, Michigan Colleges Alliance, Skillman Foundation, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Mott Foundation, and United Way of Southeastern Michigan. Beth has worked on many projects with the national parks, including the restoration of the red buses in Glacier National Park, and she enjoys hiking and rafting in the Grand Canyon.
Ann Becker is Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer for APS, leading and managing the company’s supply chain, procurement, warehousing, logistics, transportation, and facilities functions. She previously served as Vice President of Environmental and Chief Sustainability Officer, and as Associate General Counsel for APS’s parent company, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation. Prior to joining APS, she practiced environmental law with the law firm of Foley & Lardner. Ann is on the board of Downtown Phoenix Partnership and in 2017 she received the Most Influential Women in Arizona award from Arizona Business magazine. Ann and her husband Brett enjoy hiking in northern Arizona and southern Utah.
A veteran in motorsports, Marie Buck is in her 20th season with ISM Raceway (formerly Phoenix Raceway) as Senior Director of Business Operations, where she has helped lead the business through the development of two NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series events, the return of the Indy Car Series to the circuit, and a $178 million expansion and redevelopment of the facility. Marie is an active leader in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for WESTMARC and in an advisory role to Raceway Charities, a donor-advised fund to the NASCAR Foundation. Marie grew up backpacking and rafting Grand Canyon with her father, Sven Jarnlof. She is an avid lover of the outdoors sharing her passion for Grand Canyon. Marie has worked over 20 river trips rowing baggage and guiding customers on Colorado River rafting trips. She resides in Goodyear, Arizona with her husband, Dale.
Katie Campana serves as the Community Affairs Officer for Wells Fargo in Arizona providing strategic thought leadership for community investments and team member volunteerism as well as leading internal campaigns including the annual Community Support and United Way Campaign and the Annual Statewide Food Drive. Previously, she served as Community Relations Director at the American Heart Association and then the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. A native Arizonan, she loves hiking Arizona trails as well as continuing the traditions of her family and volunteering. Her appreciation for Grand Canyon stems from two generations of family stories about hiking the Canyon and now she shares that enthusiasm by inviting friends and family to join her annual trips to Phantom Ranch.
Jason Coochwytewa is a seasoned marketing, public relations, and events professional. For the past 13 years, he has served as the President of Red Note, Inc. (RNI), a Native American-owned boutique marketing agency. Under Jason’s leadership, RNI has experienced great success producing, marketing, and managing projects for clients across the country. Prior to founding RNI, Jason spent several years as a director of account services for a multicultural agency. Jason has received distinguished honors including the Phoenix Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, Outstanding American Indian Man of the Year by the American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards, and 40 Under 40 in Indian Country awarded by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. Expanding access to Grand Canyon National Park for youth and people from diverse backgrounds is a priority for Jason.
Nigel Finney spent most of his professional career in airport management, retiring as Deputy Executive Director of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission. The last years of his career were spent overseeing the planning and implementation of a $3 billion airport development and expansion program. Nigel is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has two masters degrees from Georgia Tech. He and his wife Jeanne currently divide their time between Tonto Verde, Arizona and Flagstaff, Arizona. His exposure to Grand Canyon began in the late 1970s and over the past 40 years has included numerous backpacking and hiking trips below the rim. Nigel continues to hike Grand Canyon several times a year and is passionate about preservation of this magnificent landscape.
Eric Fraint is president and founder of Your Part-Time Controller, LLC., a national accounting firm that works with over 500 nonprofit organizations in Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York, Houston, and Phoenix. Through his firm, Eric has been involved and has advised on a full range of nonprofit accounting, financial, governance, and fundraising issues and their related best practices. Eric has been an Adjunct Professor in Drexel University’s Graduate Arts Administration Program teaching classes on financial management and at the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. Eric has served on many nonprofit boards and is currently on the board of the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation in Philadelphia. He is a frequent lecturer on nonprofit financial topics for various leadership organizations and has been quoted in the press as a nonprofit subject matter expert. Eric is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Certified Public Accountant. Eric’s love for the Grand Canyon is what drew him to GCC. He has hiked the Canyon’s corridor trails for many years and has rafted the Colorado River with GCC’s Field Institute.
Robert Hostetler has a long history in executive management in the electronics and telecommunications industry and has served as CEO at CTS Corporation, Choice TV Group, and American Telecasting, Inc. He also has served as Chairman of the American Electronics Association. Bob lives in Monument, Colorado and has a passion for the Parks. He has been actively involved in the Rocky Mountain Nature Association, Friends of Red Rock Canyon, and Friends of Garden of the Gods in addition to Grand Canyon Conservancy.
Julie Klapstein has 30+ years of experience in the healthcare information technology industry including executive roles at founding CEO of Availity, CEO of Phycom, Inc., Sunquest Information Systems (EVP); SMS’ Turnkey Systems Division (now Siemens Medical Systems), and GTE Health Systems. She currently serves on the boards of Amedisys, Quality Systems, Bottom Line Systems, eSolutions, and Dominion Diagnostics in addition to Grand Canyon Conservancy. Julie has a passion for protecting the historical significance of the Canyon including the support of the Native American people.
Terri Kline is President & CEO of Health Alliance Plan (HAP) and EVP of Henry Ford Health System (HFHS). Terri has spent 35+ years working in managed care and healthcare delivery including executive roles at Health Care Service Corporation, United Healthcare, HealthSouth, and Aetna. Terri serves on the Boards of Directors of Intersect ENT, Discovery Health Partners, SaVida Health, and Presbyterian Health Plan. She is a Limited Partner and Member of the CEO Council at Council Capital. Terri received a BA in Biology from Kalamazoo College and an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan. Terri has been visiting and hiking the National Parks from an early age and has a special affection for the Grand Canyon and its spectacular, colorful vistas.
Ken Lamm fell in love with Grand Canyon on his first visit in 1976, when he and his wife Dorothy were among the last lucky people to see Emery Kolb introduce in person his famous early river-running film shortly before his passing. The Lamms have hiked, rafted, camped in, and volunteered in Grand Canyon since that first visit, and Ken is using skills from his 30-year career in marketing consulting as a participating board member in support of Grand Canyon Conservancy. Throughout his career, Ken has also supported nonprofits like the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, United Way, the Wisconsin Humane Society, and other organizations. Since relocating to Flagstaff in 2004, Ken has served as the chair of the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff Advisory Board, and he remains on that board along with the advisory boards of several other Flagstaff nonprofits.
Alejandra Lillo is a founding partner and owner of Undisclosable Inc., a Los Angeles-based architecture and design firm. Her work has been widely published and exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, UCLA, The Chicago Athenaeum’s Museum of Architecture and Design and more. Alejandra has participated in many philanthropic enterprises, including co-founding Make It Right (the centerpiece of the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative) with Brad Pitt. Alejandra fell in love with Grand Canyon on a hike in 2016, and is passionate about committing her energy to preserving it for future generations.
Shantini Munthree consults, speaks, and writes on the topics of corporate positioning, brand strategy, business transformation and women/diversity. She is president of BRANDKIND, a socially conscious brand strategy company that connects brands with buyers through a greater purpose. Her clients range from large multinationals to early stage ventures and nonprofits. As a marketing business executive, Shantini has helped build and transform some of the world’s leading brands for Vanguard, Procter & Gamble, Miller Brewing Company, Sara Lee, and Caterpillar. She joins the GCC board as an extension of her commitment to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Mitchell Walker spent the first 18 years of his life as a third-generation resident of Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim. He received a B.S. in accounting and finance from Trinity University and was a member of the men’s basketball team. Mitchell currently serves as Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending for Jefferson Bank in San Antonio, and volunteers as a director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas. His unique Grand Canyon upbringing means he has a rare connection to the canyon, which he’s passed on to his wife and daughter on frequent visits.
Evelin is the Executive Director of The Malibu Foundation and the founder of Narra.life, an Artificial Intelligence company that brings financial access to the poor. She also founded The Philippines Foundation, which creates community-rebuilding programs to educate and empower disadvantaged women and children in the Philippines. A native of the Philippines, Evelin began her career in investment banking, and also serves as a patron to several nonprofits in the UK, including A World at School and Faces Charity. Evelin is an avid naturalist, whose interests include flying, cloud spotting, and bird watching.
Tyson Winarski is a registered patent attorney and adjunct professor at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and the University of San Francisco School of Law. His law practice focuses on patent licensing and patent prosecution in Silicon Valley. Tyson is also the inventor of 22 patents in the areas of renewable energy, nanotechnologies, optical communication fibers and social networking. Tyson also helped found Mesa Media, a non-profit corporation dedicated to revitalizing the Hopi language by creating Hopi language materials. Tyson has hiked the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim and has rafted from Lees Ferry to Lake Mead.