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Leadership & Staff


Our work is driven by a passionate belief that the unconditional love of a pet can heal a child.

Melissa G. Steimer, MPA

Chief Executive Officer
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Tina Lopez, CFRE

Chief Development Officer
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Cara Kiggins, EMPA

Chief Program Officer
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Elizabeth Aspland

Operations Manager
Life if better with a dog

Amanda Shain

Marketing and Communications Manager

Annie Roberts

Program Coordinator – Partnerships

Rosie Ronnow

Program Coordinator – Central AZ Volunteers

Board of Directors

  • Board Chair – Karla Fisher, PhD    Senior Vice President of Education Strategy, Canyon GBS

  • Vice Chair – Leah Friedenberg, MBA, CUDE    Senior Vice President of Organizational Development, Pima Federal Credit Union

  • Vice Chair – Chris Torres, CFP®    Senior Financial Consultant, Comerica Wealth Management

  • Treasurer – Catherine Harmon, MRED    Vice President of Commercial & Industrial Lending, Enterprise Bank & Trust

  • Secretary – Ronda Kelso, RN, Esq.   Attorney, Accident Law Group

  • Tami Bartelt   Vice President, Lead Financial Officer for Technology, American Express

  • Annette Bouwer, DVM    Retired Director of Clinical Rotations, Midwestern University of Veterinary Medicine

  • Brent Cannon – Executive Vice President, Director of Community Banking, National Bank of Arizona

  • David Casanova – Business Development Manager, Arcwood Benefits

  • Ed Cochran – Retired Army

  • Norm Dominguez – Retired Business Executive/Entrepreneur

  • Xavier Gonzalez  Senior Manager of Economic Empowerment, Tempe Community Action Agency

  • Charles Lowry – Associate Broker, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

  • Suzanne Pearl – President, People Solutions, LLC

  • Micalann Pepe, Esq. – Partner, Jaburg Wilk

  • Danielle Sittu, ABC  Global Communications, Intel Corporation

Southern Arizona Community Council

Gabriel’s Angels’ Southern Arizona Community Council is a group of leaders within the Southern Arizona community that actively raise funds, build awareness, and advance our programmatic work within southern Arizona.

  • Bert Berktold – Retired Branch Manager, Pima Federal Credit Union

  • Cindy Campano – Leadership Coach and Consultant

  • Torre Chisolm – Executive Director, Friends of Pima Animal Care Center

  • Jeff Copfer – Executive Director, Therapeutic Riding of Tucson (TROT)

  • John Decker – CSO, Anchorwave

  • Ernesto Duran – Financial Advisor, RBC Wealth Management

  • Leah Friedenberg – SVP, Organizational Development, Pima Federal Credit Union

  • Shelley Harris – Director of Outreach and Education, Sol Dog Lodge and Training Center

  • Alice Templeton – Community Relations, Special Projects, Stantec

Steering Committee

Composed of passionate leaders from the corporate and philanthropic sectors, Gabriel’s Angels’ steering committee provides strategic guidance and help us broaden our reach within the community.

  • Nan Ater – Retired Financial Services Executive

  • Dr. Wayne Anderson – AZPetVet

  • Robert Burghart – Raymond James & Associates

  • Julie Ernst – Retired Pediatrician

  • George W. Fleming – Momentum Coaching Resources

  • Jennifer G. Gadow – Fromm Smith & Gadow

  • Samantha Hagan – Christophel & Hagan, Ltd

  • Mary Holman – National Bank of Arizona

    • Kathleen Holmes – The DeLong Group

  • Ryan Johnson – Arizona State University

    • Ann McCartney – Vice President, CBRE

  • Carl Nablo – Ascendency Global LLC

  • Patty Nelson – Retired IT Executive

  • Jane Spicer – CEO Daphne’s Headcovers

  • Christy Van Quathem – Empire Southwest

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Charity ID (EIN): 86-0991198

Arizona QCO: 20449

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