Leadership

Chapter Staff

  • Paula Boca-Bommarito

    Paula Boca-Bommarito

    Executive Director

    Contact Info & Bio

    Paula Boca-Bommarito

    Executive Director

    JDRF has been part of the fiber the Paula’s family for the past 22 years when her son Alex was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of three. She has always believed in a famous quote by Gandhi, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”. Paula’s efforts to make a change in the world have consistently been to assist in ultimately curing type 1 diabetes! She feels fortunate to take her passion of JDRF to the next level by being the Executive Director of the Arizona Chapter. You will see her hitting the road for her new athletic challenge of the 100 mile ride, Tour to Tucson while singing to the tunes of Chicago and Journey. If you don’t see her in the office or on the road training you are certain to find her with the D-backs who have always been her home team favorite!

     

    Phone: 602-224-1813

    Email: pbommarito@jdrf.org

  • Stacy Gopp

    Stacy Gopp

    Development Director

    Stacy Gopp

    Development Director

  • Joan Kaminiski

    Joan Kaminiski

    Development Manager

    Contact Info & Bio

    Joan Kaminiski

    Development Manager

    Joan has been involved with JDRF since 2010, the best part of her job is connecting with so many amazing families and companies to bring awareness in the community about type 1 diabetes (T1D). It feels good knowing that the money raised is getting us closer to a cure, but in the meantime we are developing better therapies so that those living with T1D live longer and stay healthier.  Joan’s favorite quote is from Ghandi – “Be the change in the world you wish to see.”   If you were to listen to Joan’s iPod you would hear all sorts of music but today’s three favorite artists are Jimmy Buffett, Bon Jovi, & Luke Bryan. In her spare time, Joan can be out hiking, enjoying time with family and friends and cheering for her Ohio State Buckeye’s.

     

    Phone: 602-224-1815

    Email: jkaminski@jdrf.org

  • Karyn Fortin

    Karyn Fortin

    Development Manager

    Contact Info & Bio

    Karyn Fortin

    Development Manager

    Karyn has been with JDRF since 2012 and the favorite part of her job is knowing that every dollar she raises for JDRF moves the needle closer to being able to provide a world FREE of the type 1 diabetes burden for millions of people. Her favorite inspirational quote is by poet Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  If you were to listen to Karyn’s iPod you would hear her three favorite bands on repeat, Bon Jovi, Pink and Journey. And in her spare time, Karyn can often be found watching her favorite sports teams, the Chicago Cubs #WorldSeriesBoundCubs, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Green Bay Packers, #GoPackGo!

     

    Phone: 602-224-1819

    Email: kfortin@jdrf.org

  • Kathy Decker

    Kathy Decker

    Development Manager

    Contact Info & Bio

    Kathy Decker

    Development Manager

    A journey that began as a volunteer and walk team captain 10 years ago following her daughter’s diagnosis at age 9, led to Kathy’s work over the past 5 years with the Southern Arizona Branch (Tucson) and now the Arizona Chapter. Believing strongly in the power of taking action to ensure a better life for all who are impacted by T1D, Kathy loves working with those she serves. Her role includes Walk Family Teams, Youth Ambassadors and Gala auction. Kathy loves movies, especially the classics, and the Elizabeth Edwards quote, “And when the wind did not blow her away, she adjusted her sails”.

     

    Phone: 520-327-6156

    Email: kdecker@jdrf.org

  • Vickie McWatters

    Development Manager

    Contact Info & Bio

    Vickie McWatters

    Development Manager

    Vickie first became involved in JDRF in 1999 when she was diagnosed with T1D. Wanting to help make a difference, she became a volunteer with her local Indiana Chapter.  JDRF Walk, chairing their Gala and participating in a Ride in Death Valley were just a few of the events she became involved in while living in Indiana. Her passions include educating people the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 and striving to ensure T1Ds have the tools and resources they need to live a productive healthy lifestyle. Now back in her hometown of Phoenix, being able to live out these passions working for the Arizona Chapter is her dream job. She has always taken to heart and tries to live by the famous quote from Steven Covey, “What you do has greater impact than what you say”. In her free time she can be found walking or hiking with her four-legged kids, reading a good book or hanging out with good friends tasting great wines.

     

    Email: vmcwatters@jdrf.org

    Phone: 602-224-1822

  • Dominique Reyes

    Dominique Reyes

    Development Coordinator

    Dominique Reyes

    Development Coordinator

Arizona Board of Directors, Executive Committee

Arizona Board of Directors

  • Stephen Bolick

    Banner Desert-Cardon Children's Medical Center

    Stephen Bolick

    Banner Desert-Cardon Children's Medical Center

  • Mandeep Brar, MD

    Abrazo Diabetes Care Center

    Mandeep Brar, MD

    Abrazo Diabetes Care Center

  • Washington Covena

    UnitedHealthCare

    Washington Covena

    UnitedHealthCare

  • Tammy Crawford

    Leadership Children's Fnd.

    Tammy Crawford

    Leadership Children's Fnd.

  • Morris Friedman

    Friedman Recycling Companies

    Morris Friedman

    Friedman Recycling Companies

  • Joel Hahnke, MD

    Banner Children's Specialists

    Joel Hahnke, MD

    Banner Children's Specialists

  • Chris Haines

    AV Homes

    Chris Haines

    AV Homes

  • Eric Inglett

    Retired from Edward Jones

    Eric Inglett

    Retired from Edward Jones

  • Nicole LaSlavic

    Arizona Assoc of Realtors

    Nicole LaSlavic

    Arizona Assoc of Realtors

  • Jim Lazarz

    Lazarz Consulting

    Jim Lazarz

    Lazarz Consulting

  • Cheryl Londen

    Londen Companies

    Cheryl Londen

    Londen Companies

  • Steve Kelley

    Southern Wine & Spirits

    Steve Kelley

    Southern Wine & Spirits

  • Dave Matthews

    Meadows Bank

    Dave Matthews

    Meadows Bank

  • Mike Minnaugh Jr.

    Valley Metro

    Mike Minnaugh Jr.

    Valley Metro

  • Oliver Oatman, DO

    Phoenix Children's Hospital

    Oliver Oatman, DO

    Phoenix Children's Hospital

  • Margot Ozyp

    Cigna

    Margot Ozyp

    Cigna

  • Justin Piper

    Chicago Cubs Spring Training

    Justin Piper

    Chicago Cubs Spring Training

  • Kris Pugsley

    ON Semiconductor

    Kris Pugsley

    ON Semiconductor

  • David Rau

    Alliance Lumber

    David Rau

    Alliance Lumber

  • Tim Reckell

    Riviera Opticare

    Tim Reckell

    Riviera Opticare

  • Peggy Schapler

    Teva Pharmaceutical

    Peggy Schapler

    Teva Pharmaceutical

  • Neil Sheth

    KPMG

    Neil Sheth

    KPMG

  • Maureen Sterbach

    Dignity Health

    Maureen Sterbach

    Dignity Health

  • Bithika Thompson, MD

    Mayo Clinic

    Bithika Thompson, MD

    Mayo Clinic

  • Patricia Taylor

    Western Alliance Bancorp.

    Patricia Taylor

    Western Alliance Bancorp.

  • Christopher Volk

    STORE Capital

    Christopher Volk

    STORE Capital

  • Scott Whyte

    Clear Data.net

    Scott Whyte

    Clear Data.net

  • Paul Yates

    Cohn Financial Group, LLC

    Paul Yates

    Cohn Financial Group, LLC

Leadership Champions Advisory Board

  • Tyler Butler

    11 Eleven Consulting

    Tyler Butler

    11 Eleven Consulting

  • Dave Dexter

    SQL/LCA

    Dave Dexter

    SQL/LCA

  • Ron Hoon

    Fox 10

    Ron Hoon

    Fox 10

  • Linda Hunt

    Dignity Health

    Linda Hunt

    Dignity Health

  • Steve Gabbay

    YAM Management

    Steve Gabbay

    YAM Management

  • Kaleim Manji

    SPEAR

    Kaleim Manji

    SPEAR

  • Bob McAuslan

    Western Alliance

    Bob McAuslan

    Western Alliance

  • Marc Schmittlein

    CopperPoint

    Marc Schmittlein

    CopperPoint

  • Einar Seadler

    Retired

    Einar Seadler

    Retired

  • Jim Swanson

    Kitchell

    Jim Swanson

    Kitchell

  • Chuck Welliver

    Retired

    Chuck Welliver

    Retired

  • Michael White

    R. B. White

    Michael White

    R. B. White

  • Derrick Hall

    Arizona Diamondbacks

    Derrick Hall

    Arizona Diamondbacks