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

  • Joan Kaminiski

    Joan Kaminiski

    Development Director, Corporate Partnerships

    Contact Info & Bio

    Joan Kaminiski

    Development Director, Corporate Partnerships

    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

  • Molly Falk

    Molly Falk

    Senior Donor Development Manager

    Contact Info & Bio

    Molly Falk

    Senior Donor Development Manager

    Since Molly started working for JDRF in 2013, she has met incredible families equally as passionate about finding a cure as she is. To remove the burden of living with T1D from her mom’s life would be a dream come true. Outside of work Molly enjoys chasing her two young boys, watching Disney movies and rooting for her ASU sports. Oh, and eating all the Rubio’s bean and cheese burritos as possible!

    “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

     

    Phone: 602.224.1812

    Email: MFalk@jdrf.org

  • Karyn Fortin

    Karyn Fortin

    Senior Development Manager, Signature Events

    Contact Info & Bio

    Karyn Fortin

    Senior Development Manager, Signature Events

    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

  • Vickie McWatters

    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

  • Wendi Willock

    Wendi Willock

    Outreach Manager

    Contact Info & Bio

    Wendi Willock

    Outreach Manager

    JDRF has been an important part of Wendi’s life since the diagnosis of her younger daughter in August of 2006.  Just months after her diagnosis was the Walk for the Cure and the power of that event was all it took for Wendi to jump feet first into a lead volunteer role.  Over many of the next eleven years, Wendi volunteered as the Logistics Chair for the Walk as well as the Silent Auction Chair and on the Décor committee for the Gala.  Being part of the “JDRF Family” has meant so much to her in the hope of helping turn type one into type none in her daughter’s life and all the thousands out there with T1D!

    Wendi recently had the opportunity to join the amazing staff of the Arizona Chapter as Outreach Manager.  Her role includes planning the Summer Fun Camp for 7-15 year old newer diagnosed, TypeOneNation Summit, working with the newly diagnosed, staff lead for YLC, overseeing the T1D Connections program and facilitating school staff and/or nurses training and classroom presentations.

    Phone:  602.224.1829

    Email:  wwillock@jdrf.org

  • Jennifer Zornow

    Jennifer Zornow

    Data Coordinator

    Contact Info & Bio

    Jennifer Zornow

    Data Coordinator

    Jen has been involved with JDRF through volunteering and interning since 2012. She recently joined the JDRF team as their Data Coordinator and said that her favorite part of her job is knowing that everything she is working on is bringing the T1D community a step closer to finding a cure.

    One of her favorite quotes to live by, written by Leo Buscaglia, is “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Jen is a proud ASU Sun Devil and in her spare time, Jen can be found enjoying the beautiful Arizona weather with her husband and kids, and cheering on her favorite sports teams: the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Cubs!

    Phone: 602.224.1811

    Email: jzornow@jdrf.org

  • Elizabeth Kusch

    Elizabeth Kusch

    Development Coordinator

    Contact Info & Bio

    Elizabeth Kusch

    Development Coordinator

    Liz recently joined the JDRF team with a strong passion for building loving and supportive communities. When her mother and brother were diagnosed with T1D, she knew she wanted to make a positive impact and help families just like hers. As the Outreach Coordinator for JDRF, she is committed to providing support and resources for all ages and stages of T1D.

    Liz is an ASU alumni, animal lover, and always in “awe” of the Arizona arts community.

    “People crave comfort. People crave connection. People crave community.” – Marianne Williamson

    Phone: 602.224.1818

    Email: ekusch@jdrf.org

Arizona Board of Directors, Executive Committee

  • Michael Petefish

    Willis of Arizona

    President

    Michael Petefish

    Willis of Arizona

  • Lorry Bottrill

    Mercy Care Plan/Aetna

    Nominating Chair

    Lorry Bottrill

    Mercy Care Plan/Aetna

  • Josh Rawitch

    Arizona Diamondbacks

    Secretary

    Josh Rawitch

    Arizona Diamondbacks

  • Eliot Kaplan

    Perkins Coie LLP

    Vice President

    Eliot Kaplan

    Perkins Coie LLP

Arizona Board of Directors

  • Stephen Bolick

    Banner Desert-Cardon Children's Medical Center

    Stephen Bolick

    Banner Desert-Cardon Children's Medical Center

  • Jerry Chamberlain

    Banner Health and Cerner Corporation

    Jerry Chamberlain

    Banner Health and Cerner Corporation

  • Julie Ann Dubek

    Banner Health

    Julie Ann Dubek

    Banner Health

  • Morris Friedman

    Friedman Recycling Companies

    Morris Friedman

    Friedman Recycling Companies

  • Carine Girardin

    Legacy Real Estate Partners

    Carine Girardin

    Legacy Real Estate Partners

  • Joel Hahnke, MD

    Banner Children's Specialists

    Joel Hahnke, MD

    Banner Children's Specialists

  • Chris Haines

    AV Homes

    Chris Haines

    AV Homes

  • Vu Hoover

    KPMG LLP

    Vu Hoover

    KPMG LLP

  • Tina Johnston

    Maracay Homes

    Tina Johnston

    Maracay Homes

  • Raj Kapur

    Benefit Commerce Group

    Raj Kapur

    Benefit Commerce Group

  • 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

  • Chris Rhodes

    Edward Jones

    Chris Rhodes

    Edward Jones

  • Peggy Schapler

    Teva Pharmaceutical

    Peggy Schapler

    Teva Pharmaceutical

  • Dan Shaffer

    Raytheon Missile Systems

    Dan Shaffer

    Raytheon Missile Systems

  • 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

  • Mimi Warwick-Coomler

    Tucson Medical Center

    Mimi Warwick-Coomler

    Tucson Medical Center

  • 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

  • Tammy Crawford

    Leadership Children's Fnd.

    Tammy Crawford

    Leadership Children's Fnd.

  • Dave Dexter

    SQL/LCA

    Dave Dexter

    SQL/LCA

  • Derrick Hall

    Arizona Diamondbacks

    Derrick Hall

    Arizona Diamondbacks

  • 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