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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

Pi Polletta

Southern Arizona Community Engagement Manager
Barry Worman

Barry Worman

Volunteer Coodinator
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Elizabeth Aspland

Operations Manager
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Amanda Shain

Marketing and Communications Manager
Life if better with a dog

Annie Gould

Administrative Assistant

Board of Directors

Gabriel’s Angels’ board of directors is a group of leaders from many fields who are responsible for helping set the direction of Gabriel’s Angels and to ensure the organization is fulfilling its mission. Board members meet regularly, raise funds and awareness, and contribute their many and varied strengths to make a lasting impact on our communities.

Executive Committee

  • Chair – Ed Cochran
    Retired Army

  • Vice-Chair – Karla Fisher
    CEO, Game Plan Consulting

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

  • Treasurer – Joe Maslick
    Retired Executive VP/CFO

  • Member At Large – Tami Bartelt 
    Vice President, Lead Financial Officer for Technology, American Express

  • Member At Large – Micalann Pepe
    Attorney, Jaburg Wilk, Partner

Board of Directors

  • Annette Bouwer   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

  • Norm Dominguez – Retired Business Executive/Entrepreneur 

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

    • Catherine Harmon – VP Commercial & Industrial Lending,  Enterprise Bank & Trust

  • Ronda M. Kelso, RN, Esq. Nurse, Attorney at Accident Law Group

  • Charles Lowry – Associate Broker, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

  • Sue Pearl – President, People Solutions, LLC

  • Amy Rebenar Mortgage Loan Originator, Peoples Mortgage Company

  • Danielle Sittu  Global Communications, Intel Corporation

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

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.

  • Vanessa AlfaroSouthern Region Sales Leader, OneAZ Credit Union

  • 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

  • Alex Demeroutis – Industrial Properties, Cushman & Wakefield PICOR

  • Emilia Elrey – Director of Operations, Metropolitan Pima Alliance

  • 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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