David G. Hutchens (U.S. Navy)
David G. Hutchens is President and CEO of Tucson Electric Power (TEP), sister company UniSource Energy Services and their parent company, UNS Energy. Hutchens served as a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy and worked as an engineer before joining TEP in July 1995. He advanced to various management positions and was named Vice President in January 2007 before becoming Executive Vice President in March 2011 and President in December 2011. He assumed his current role as the company’s top executive in May 2014. Hutchens graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance.
Michael Eastman (U.s. Army)
Michael Eastman is Vice President – Customer Service Strategy and Operations, Tucson National Center of Excellence, Comcast. Michael joined Comcast in March 2015, bringing more than 23 years of contact center operations experience with him. In his role, Mike oversees all operations at the Tucson NCoE, leading the Center in its mission to help transform the customer experience. Prior to joining Comcast, Mike served in leadership roles for several other organizations, including Supervisor of Emergency Medical Dispatch for American Medical Response, Operations Manager at Walmart Specialty Pharmacy, General Manager of Sears and Director of Home Services Contact Center Network at The Home Depot. He has expertise leading different groups such as Quality Assurance, Training, Process Improvement, Channel Communications, Contractor Compliance and Business Analytics teams. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut and served 6 years in the Army Reserve as a Combat Medic.
Councilmember Richard Fimbres (U.s. army)
Richard Fimbres is a lifelong resident of Ward 5 and Tucson, and a graduate of St. Ambrose and Tucson High School. He is also a graduate of Pima Community College, The University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University and a 20-year veteran of the Pima County sheriffs Department. In 1985, Richard received the Pima County Sheriff’s Department’s Officer of the Year Award. He is a Vietnam-era veteran of the United States Army having served as a military policeman, patrol and narcotics dog handler. Fimbres also served as a Governing Board Member for Pima County Community College, having been appointed in 1997, and being reelected to two, six-year terms in 1998 and 2004. In 2009, Richard was one of the first charter inductees into the Pima Community College Hall of Fame. Richard also has a long history of service to the YMCA in Tucson going back to the 1970’s
R.Tony Penn (U.S. Air Force)
Tony is President and CEO – United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, a position he has filled since 2010. Prior to joining UWTSA, Tony served as a Senior Executive of the YMCA of Greater San Antonio for more than 8 years. Tony has also held positions in the for-profit sector, including a 23+ year career with Teradyne Corporation, where he advanced to the position of regional manager. He is also an Air Force veteran, proudly serving his country for 4 years and was honorably discharged in 1978. Tony is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management Southwest Leadership Program. He is also a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, College of Public Policy in Non Profit Management, and the Harvard Business School Executive Education program in Governing for Non Profit Excellence. He has served as the Chairman of the Tucson Metro Chamber Board of Directors and currently serves as a member of The Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC), Pima Community College (PCC) Chancellor’s Advisory Council. Tony was also appointed by Chief Justice Scott Bales to serve on the Arizona Judicial Council (AJC) from 2015-2018
Jessica Christo (U.S. Coast Guard)
As an Arizonan living in the Sonoran Desert, joining the US Coast Guard may have seemed like a bit of a stretch for Jessica, but she says her heart was set on serving her Country and helping others. She attended a rigorous 3-month Basic Training in Cape May, NJ before heading back west to San Diego where she she was stationed on a 378 ft Coast Guard Cutter called USCGC Chase. She later served as an Operation Specialist assigned to another cutter, the USCGC Gallatin, where she was in charge of handling classified information and communications. As a member of the crew of the Gallatin, she was part of the seizure of billions of dollars’worth of illegally smuggled drugs and took part in the rescue of illegal immigrants who were stranded out at sea. When hurricane Katrina struck in 2006, she was on hand to help in the recovery efforts. She remained on active duty until 2007. Today, she is pursuing her Bachelors in Science of Nursing with Northern Arizona University here in Tucson, with the goal of becoming a travel nurse, ready to serve others and see the world.
Joanna Mendoza (U.S. Marine Corps)
JoAnna has not let her humble beginnings define her success. Born and raised in Arizona as the daughter of farm workers, she overcame many personal obstacles. During the summers, she worked alongside her parents in the cotton fields – from the age of eight until she was able to get her first official job as a waitress at the age of sixteen. At the age of seventeen when she graduated from high school, she enlisted in the US Navy and served one enlistment term. But her military career wasn’t over there. She quickly realized that a life in the military would open opportunities for her that she would not have otherwise. JoAnna joined the US Marine Corps in 1999. As a Marine Drill Instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina she had the opportunity to transform young women into United States Marines in hopes that she would make more women that would change the world. Currently, she is a Military and Veteran Advisor for Pima Community College. Most recently, Joanna has taken on the cause of raising money and awareness about the issue of homelessness among Women Veterans. Her goal is to continue a life of service to our great nation by continuing to make a difference and help bring positive change to people’s lives.
melvin “Butch” Morgan (U.S. marine Corps)
Butch Morgan served as a United States Marine for more than 40 years. Born in Oklahoma, he went to boot camp in July 1963 at Camp Pendleton in San Diego. He served in Vietnam from August 5, 1965 to August 30, 1966. He is passionate about the military and helping servicemen and women. As President of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Tucson Chapter 106, Butch knows only too well the high level of homelessness among veterans. He says his goal is to reach out and help as many veterans as he can.
Eugene “Gene” Santarelli (U.S. Air Force)
Lieutenant General Eugene “Gene” Santarelli, USAF (ret) served over 32 years in the U.S. Air Force, and since retirement in 1998, has been a consultant to Defense Industries, to the State of Arizona, and the City of Tucson, Arizona. In addition to a baccalaureate from the University of Notre Dame, Gene also holds two Masters Degrees, one in Administration & Management from Troy State University, and another in Military Science from the Anny Command & General Staff College. His career in the Air Force took him around the world as a pilot and in Command positions. Gene was a command pilot with more than 4000 hours in fighters and other aircraft, including more than 90o combat hours in the F-4 Phantom, which he accumulated during two tours in Southeast Asia. He has also flown air combat patrol missions over Northern and Southern Iraq, and in Bosnia.