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 Desert Southwest 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

  • 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: jkaminiski@jdrf.org

  • Molly Falk

    Molly Falk

    Development Manager

    Contact Info & Bio

    Molly Falk

    Development Manager

    Molly has been with JDRF since 2013 and her favorite part of her job is meeting others in the community who have the same goal, to cure type one diabetes.  Her favorite inspirational quote is by Walt Disney, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”  You can catch Molly cheering on her favorites sports teams, the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Chicago Bears!  GO CUBBIES!!

     

    Phone: 602-224-1812

    Email: mfalk@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

  • Peter Ferry

    Peter Ferry

    Development Manager

    Contact Info & Bio

    Peter Ferry

    Development Manager

    Peter has been with the JDRF Desert Southwest Chapter for 3 years, and has been involved with the Outreach, Walk, and Ride programs. Peter has two younger brothers with type 1 diabetes. His favorite JDRF moments include introducing JDRF’s research and message of hope to families new to type 1, participating in the Tucson Ride to Cure, and helping Walk teams. When he is not working, he is hanging out with his girlfriend and their two dachshunds, outdoors hiking or running, or playing video games.

     

    Phone: 602-224-1811

    Email: pferry@jdrf.org

  • Christian Gatewood

    Christian Gatewood

    Development Coordinator

    Contact Info & Bio

    Christian Gatewood

    Development Coordinator

    Christian Gatewood is new to JDRF but not new to type 1. His younger brother was diagnosed in 1999 when he was 5 years old. Christian’s favorite moments with JDRF are summer camp, the OneWalk, and being able to connect with and provide support for newly diagnosed families through Outreach. When he is not working you can find him at school and if he is not at school you can find him at home or the library studying. #StudentLife

     

    Phone: 602-224-1822

    Email: CGatewood@jdrf.org

  • Mandy Ecob

    Office Manager

    Contact Info & Bio

    Mandy Ecob

    Office Manager

    Bio to come…

     

    Phone: 602-224-1823

    Email: MEcob@jdrf.org

Desert Southwest Board of Directors, Executive Committee

Desert Southwest 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

  • 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

  • Jim Lazarz

    Lazarz Consulting

    Jim Lazarz

    Lazarz Consulting

  • 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

  • Margot Ozyp

    Cigna

    Margot Ozyp

    Cigna

  • Michael Petefish

    Willis of Arizona

    Michael Petefish

    Willis of Arizona

  • Justin Piper

    Chicago Cubs Spring Training

    Justin Piper

    Chicago Cubs Spring Training

  • David Rau

    Alliance Lumber

    David Rau

    Alliance Lumber

  • 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.

  • Alex Toth

    Intel Business Development Manager

    Alex Toth

    Intel Business Development Manager

  • Christopher Volk

    STORE Capital

    Christopher Volk

    STORE Capital

  • Scott Whyte

    Clear Data.net

    Scott Whyte

    Clear Data.net

  • Chad Wilson

    Apache Junction School Dist.

    Chad Wilson

    Apache Junction School Dist.

Leadership Champions Advisory Board

  • Tyler Butler

    11 Eleven Consulting/ previously GoDaddy

    Tyler Butler

    11 Eleven Consulting/ previously GoDaddy

  • 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/ previously GoDaddy

    Steve Gabbay

    YAM/ previously GoDaddy

  • Kaleim Manji

    SPEAR

    Kaleim Manji

    SPEAR

  • Bob McAuslan

    Western Alliance

    Bob McAuslan

    Western Alliance

  • Marc Schmittlein

    CopperPoint

    Marc Schmittlein

    CopperPoint

  • Einar Seadler

    Accenture

    Einar Seadler

    Accenture

  • Jim Swanson

    Kitchell

    Jim Swanson

    Kitchell

  • Chuck Welliver

    Retired

    Chuck Welliver

    Retired

  • Michael White

    R. B. White

    Michael White

    R. B. White

  • Max Domi

    Arizona Coyotes

    Chapter Spokesperson

    Max Domi

    Arizona Coyotes