AFW Founder | Chief Executive Officer of Caring Capital, LLC
Dr. Seymann is Chief Executive Officer of Caring Capital, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in creating innovative solutions for community collaboration, legacy creation and the compassionate use of capital. Full bio (PDF).
Vice Chair, Research, Advocacy & Program Co-Chair
Maureenis the Senior Vice President of Global Fraud Risk Management at American Express (AXP) with global oversight for end-to-end Fraud Risk Management covering strategy, policy, capability, analytics, and worldwide fraud loss prevention.
Laurie has worked with Ernst & Young for over 30 years and specializes in providing financial, accounting and transactional services to clients in the healthcare and not-for-profit industries. Full bio (PDF).
Communications & Marketing Chair
Yvette is the communications manager for the city of Phoenix’s Information Technology Services Department, working closely with the city’s chief information officer. Full bio (PDF).
Susan Thrasher, MD, PhD
Fund Development Co-Chair
Dr. Thrasher is a retired Family Physician who practiced for 10 years as a partner in the largest Family Medicine Practice in the Capital Region of New York State.
As the CEO of Kefi Catalyst, Cynthia is passionate about creating and delivering transformational leadership programs, strategic planning, growth consulting and coaching to Business Owners, leaders and their teams in the AEC industry. Full bio (PDF).
Research, Advocacy & Program Co-Chair
Andrea is Director at Morrison Institute for Public Policy, an applied research institute at Arizona State University. Previously, Whitsett held a variety of positions within the Institute including associate director, senior research analyst, and special projects manager. Full bio (PDF).
Elisa de la Vara
Elisa de la Vara is Chief Community Officer and a member of the executive management team at the Arizona Community Foundation.
Erin currently serves as the Global Controller of Apollo Global, a worldwide education provider with operations located in Europe, Australia and Latin America with over $500 million in annual revenue. Full bio (PDF).
Nandini is the co-founder and chief operations officer of Cactus Semiconductor, a fabless semiconductor company that provides innovative application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) for its customers. Full bio (PDF).
Mary Spina Wheeler is a nationally-recognized expert in higher education and nonprofit accounting, finance and administration. Full bio (PDF).
Monica has had a diverse and successful legal career, which has led her to focus her practice on mediation. During her career she has been, and continues to be, a judge pro tem with the Maricopa County Superior Court, an adjunct professor, legal commentator/analyst and radio host. Full bio (PDF).
Stephanie is the Corporate Lean Manager,at Rosendin Electric. In this current role, she trains and educates teams on the value of Lean construction. Full bio (PDF).
Michael Strati, CLF is an Executive Consultant for Culture Index and the President of MJS Stratigic Consulting. For over two decades, Mike's passion has been centered around maximizing revenue for companies and business owners through their biggest asset - people. He is a systems and operational expert who focuses on leadership development at all levels of organizations. Full bio (PDF).
Brenda Holt is the Senior Program Specialist for AARP. She is responsible for coordinating activities to support the various program initiatives, and events for AARP on a local, state and national level.
Over the last 25+-years she has worked for such organizations as PetSmart Corporate Charities, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, Dept. of Justice’s Weed & Seed Program, American Express, Mass Mutual Insurance, and Loctite Corporation. Brenda was also a three-year Tax-Aide Site Coordinator under the VITA program sponsored by the IRS.