Leadership Team

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Scott Turner

Scott serves as President & CEO of Healthy Future US (HFUS). Prior to founding Healthy Future US, Scott served as a business executive and consultant for 30 years, including work with AT&T International, Motorola, Bain, and co-founding several start-ups—including one which went public in an IPO with >30x ROI. He has been giving back to the community full-time pro bono for more than 8 years.

Scott serves on the boards of Social Venture Partners Arizona (SVPAZ) & Arizona Business & Education Coalition (ABEC). He was invited by the Arizona Department of Health Services to participate in its Arizona Health Improvement Plan (AzHIP) Obesity & School Health Workgroups. Scott co-chairs the state’s physical & health education A-F Workgroup, to add PE & health ed metrics to the state’s school accountability A-F grading system.

Scott earned a BA History magna cum laude from Amherst College, a MBA from Stanford Business School, and a MA Human Development & PhD Human & Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University. His doctoral work focused on the intersection of education, health & social entrepreneurship. His dissertation was published in 2013: Transformative Learning for Long-term Behavior Change: Preventing Childhood Obesity and Improving Health through In-school Curriculum-based Nutrition and Exercise Programs. It served as a springboard for establishing Healthy Future US.

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Terri Wogan Calderon

Terri is a member of the HFUS Board of Directors. She led Social Venture Partners Arizona for 12 years as Executive Director, after serving in the Governor’s Office of Children, Youth & Families. Terri currently also serves on the board of the Arizona Grantmakers Forum, Arizona Educational Foundation, and ASU Alliance for the American Dream. She is a member of ASU Women in Philanthropy. She has also worked on the Expect More Arizona Public Engagement Task Force and MCESA Opportunities for Youth Board.

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Laurie Liles

Laurie is a member of the HFUS Board of Directors. She has led Arizona Grantmakers Forum (AGF) since 2015 as President & CEO. Prior to AGF, Laurie served as President & CEO and Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for the Arizona Hospital & Healthcare Association (AzHHA). Laurie has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree from ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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Jacky Alling @Arizona Community Foundation

Jacky serves as Chief Philanthropy Officer for Arizona Community Foundation (ACF), leading the core of the Foundation’s work in philanthropy and innovation. ACF leads, serves and collaborates to mobilize enduring philanthropy for a better Arizona. ACF catalyzes high-impact philanthropic investment in health innovations, quality education, community improvement & development, & other areas. ACF has >$830M in assets, 1,650+ funds, & 5 offices across Arizona. It is the largest charitable foundation in annual giving for AZ.

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Christine Davis @Arizonans for Recess & School Wellness

Christine founded and heads Arizonans for Recess & School Wellness, which is part of the Healthy Future Arizona coalition. AR&SW advocates for more recess time & better recess & wellness policies & practices in AZ schools. Membership has quadrupled in recent years, reaching 1600 parents, teachers & other members. Christine currently serves as Ethics Counsel for the State Bar of Arizona. Previously, she served for many years as a public prosecutor, most recently as Deputy County Attorney for Maricopa County. She is also the parent of two public school students.

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Will Humble @Arizona Public Health Association

Will Humble, MPH, leads AzPHA as Executive Director. He served formerly as Director, Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). As an affiliate of the American Association of Public Health (APHA), AzPHA is a membership organization that works to improve the level of health and well-being for all Arizonans through advocacy, professional development and networking.

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Matt Mixer @Arizona Health & Physical Education

Matt has served for many years as Executive Director of Arizona Health & Physical Education, which is part of the Healthy Future Arizona coalition. AzHPE is the state’s association of physical & health educators, with approximately 1000 members, and representing the state’s 2400 PE & health ed certified teachers and related professionals. Matt works as a health & physical education teacher at Horizon Community Learning Center, a K-12 charter school.

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Hans van der Mars @ASU

Hans van der Mars leads the Arizona State University Physical Education Teacher Ed & MPE Programs, and ASU is part of the Healthy Future Arizona coalition. Dr. van der Mars served until recently as Arizona Health & Physical Education’s Director of Advocacy, and co-chairs the state’s physical & health education A-F Workgroup, to add PE & health ed metrics to the state’s school accountability A-F grading system. Dr. van der Mars has published more than 60 papers, book chapters, and textbooks. He has also served on the boards of SHAPE America (national Society of Health and Physical Educators) and the national President’s Council on Fitness, Sport & Nutrition Science (PCSFN).

Advisors: National

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Steve Jeffries PhD

Dr. Jefferies recently served as President of SHAPE America, the national organization of physical & health education professionals. He led SHAPE’s launch of the 50 Million Strong by 2029 initiative, to empower all US school children to become fit and healthy by the end of the next decade. Dr. Jeffries teaches in the Department of Physical Education, School, & Public Health at Central Washington University. He taught public school PE before completing his MS & PhD degrees at the University of Oregon. He also served as NASPE President in 2008, and was the initiator of the PE 2020 project. He served for 6 years as a publicly elected school board member.

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Lloyd Kolbe PhD

Dr. Kolbe is affectionately referred to as the “Grandfather of School Health”, and is still active in school health nationally and internationally. He served for 18 years as founding Director of CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH). During that time, Dr. Kolbe led development of the first Coordinated School Health (CSH) model, to improve children’s health through schools. More recently, he helped evolve CSH into the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, in partnership with ASCD & the CDC. Also during his time at the CDC, he and his colleagues established several critical health survey systems, including the national & state Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Systems (YRBSS). Dr. Kolbe is currently Emeritus Professor of Applied Health Sciences in the Indiana University School of Public Health.

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Sarah Lee PhD

Dr. Lee is the team lead for the Research Application and Evaluation Team and physical activity health scientist in the Division of Population Health, School Health Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She provides content expertise on programs related to youth physical activity, physical education, nutrition, chronic health conditions, and childhood obesity prevention.

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Lenny Mendonca MBA

Lenny was appointed in January 2019 to serve as California Governor Newsom’s chief economic and business advisor, and head of the state’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Lenny is a director emeritus of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, where he founded McKinsey’s U.S. state & local public sector practice. For many years, he led the Firm’s knowledge development efforts, overseeing the McKinsey Global Institute and the Firm’s communications, which includes the McKinsey Quarterly. Over the course of his career, Lenny helped dozens of government, corporate, and nonprofit clients solve their most difficult management challenges. Lenny is a Lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He also serves as Chair of Children Now, the research, policy, communications & advocacy hub for all key children’s issues in California, partnering with thousands of nonprofits across CA. Lenny is also co-Chair of California Forward, which has successfully catalyzed efforts to improve governance & decision-making at all levels of government in California.

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Michael O’Donnell MBA, MPH, PhD

Dr. O’Donnell is founder, president & editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Health Promotion. Launched in 1986, the American Journal of Health Promotion was the first scientific journal to address the health promotion field. In 1989, Dr. O’Donnell launched the annual Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference. Dr. O’Donnell has developed and/or managed workplace health promotion programs for more than 50 medium, large and very large employers over the span of three decades. He has also led community heath promotion programs, and recently published Universal Access to Health Promotion: A Sustainable Strategy to Reduce Health Disparities, Improve the Health of an Entire State, and Accelerate the Evolution of Health Promotion.

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Walter Willett MPH, MD, Dr.PH

Dr. Willett is Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he has focused on the development and evaluation of methods to study the effects of diet on the occurrence of major diseases. Dr. Willett has published over 1,700 original research papers & reviews, primarily on lifestyle risk factors for heart disease, cancer, and other conditions. Dr. Willett is the most cited nutritionist internationally.

Other Advisors & Coalition Members: Arizona

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Mark Anderson

Mark served in the Arizona House of Representatives & Senate for 14 years (R – Mesa). He sponsored the law banning junk food from elementary & middle schools. Mark also worked as Director of Rules & Procedures for the Arizona Department of Education.

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Tim Carter

Tim has served since 2005 as Yavapai County School Superintendent, providing educational services to the 26 school districts, 24 charters schools and 102 campuses throughout the county. Tim has worked as a high school teacher & coach in northern & southern Arizona, as well as a principal. He served until recently on the Arizona State Board of Education, including chairing the A-F School Accountability Ad Hoc Advisory Committee and as Board President. Tim has been honored as Education Leader of the Year for Public Policy, and received a number of other awards. He graduated from Tombstone High School, and earned a BS from Grand Canyon College and MA from NAU.

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Jacqui Clay

Jacqui currently serves as Superintendent of Schools for Cochise County. She is a retired Army Command Sergeant Major (1978-2004). Jacqui started her teaching career in March 2004 as Director of Independent Studies at the Center of Academic Success (2004 – 2008) in Sierra Vista, AZ. In 2008 she moved to Buena High School, also located in Sierra Vista, Arizona, and taught Marketing/Entrepreneurship from 2008-2011. She was selected as a teacher on special assignment (Capacity Building Coach) in 2010, and in 2011 hired as Assistant Principal and Director of the Career and Technical Education program. Jacqui holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology, an ED.S in Educational Leadership, and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis on Education.

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Dirk DeHeer @NAU

Dr. DeHeer is Associate Professor & researcher with NAU Dept. of Health Sciences. He has served as Evaluator: Fit Kids of Northern Arizona. Dr. DeHeer specializes in research & evaluation focused on community-based physical activity & health promotion programs for high-risk populations, e.g., Fit Kids, & integrating them into health care systems. He has been evaluating Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH)-funded Fit Kids of Northern Arizona physical activity & healthy habits education programs for ~9,000 students in more than 20 schools in northern AZ.

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Anne Dennis @American Diabetes Association

Anne Dennis serves as Area Executive Director, Arizona/New Mexico, for ADA. The American Diabetes Association’s Arizona & New Mexico office is committed to educating area communities about how to Stop Diabetes and supporting those living with the disease. Nationally, ADA is a network of more than 1 million volunteers; a membership of more than 500,000 people with diabetes, their families & caregivers; a professional society of nearly 14,000 health care professionals; as well as more than 800 staff members.

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Debra Duvall EdD

Deb served for 6 years as Executive Director, Arizona School Administrators (ASA), after serving for 10 years as Superintendent, Mesa Unified School District (largest school district in Arizona). She was named Arizona Superintendent of the Year, 2007. Deb also served as Special Advisor to Gov. Jan Brewer. She has been an administrator & teacher in AZ, CA, VA, & NC. Deb has also been active in ABEC, Mesa United Way, GPEC, & Mesa Family YMCA.

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Jon Ford

As Director of Strategic Initiatives for Vitalyst Health Foundation, Jon leverages three decades of for-profit & non-profit experience to develop an expanded, innovation-centered network of stakeholders focused on all aspects of health and well-being. Key to his work is development of the Live Well Arizona movement and the Elements of a Healthy Community framework. Jon continuously engages influencers and partners in furthering policy and systems change, and is particularly focused on fostering relationships that engage new sectors and catalyze innovation.

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Harry Garewal Jr.

As CEO of Trin and Associates Harry owned and operated one of the first integrated family health clinic(s) within the City of Phoenix. Currently, he provides private consulting services to executives in the health, education, sustainable industries, and provides economic development support as a licensed vendor to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa, Tohono O’odham and previously to the Navajo Indian Communities regarding the Arizona Department of Gaming. Previously, Harry has served as President/CEO Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He is currently on the governing board of Isaac School District, and previously served on the Phoenix Union High School District, charter and other school boards. He has also served on three White House Initiatives related to Hispanic student issues, including drop-out prevention, HIV/AIDS and teen pregnancy.

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Marisue Garganta

Marisue Garganta served as Director of Community Health Integration and Community Benefit at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. In that role, she acted as an organizer of Arizona Communities of Care, a network of local nonprofit organizations that partner with Dignity Health to meet social determinants of health for the working poor and people experiencing homelessness. Marisue also serves on the board of directors for the Maricopa Association of Governments Continuum of Care Committee and she serves on the Advisory Council for the American Hospital Association. She is also a founding member of the board of directors for Brighter Way, a nonprofit dedicated to providing affordable oral care.

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Jason Gillette

Jason founded and serves as Executive Director of Guild Health Consulting, which helps improve the health of communities through health coaching, health assessment and consulting. Jason also serves on the advisory boards of Mayo Clinic Health Equity Research, ASU Southwest Interdisciplinary Center and University of Phoenix Public Health Department, and on the board of the Arizona Public Health Association. He is Former Chief, Office of Tobacco Prevention, Cessation & Secondhand Smoke, ADHS; former School Health Director, ADE; and former Health Educator with CIGNA; as well as former Co-Chair, Arizona Cancer Coalition.

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John Graham @Sunbelt Holdings

John is President & CEO of Sunbelt Holdings. He has been an active leader with many community groups, including Vice-Chair of the Board Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL), Vice Chair of ASU Foundation, Banner Health Foundation Executive Committee, Brophy Prep Board, and Chairman of Valley of the Sun YMCA.

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Deb Gullett

Deb serves as Executive Director of AzAHP. AzAHP’s members serve the nearly 2 million Arizonans enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program, AHCCCS. Deb is a former member, AZ House of Representatives, including Chair of the Health Committee. She is also a former Chief of Staff for Sen. John McCain, and was a Special Assistant to President George HW Bush & Director of the White House Office of Media Relations.

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Deborah Health DO

Dr. Deborah Heath serves as Associate Dean for Curriculum Integration and Professor at A.T. Still School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. Dr. Heath has been actively involved in the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association, receiving the President’s award in 2003, and served as president for the ’04-’05 term. She has also served on committees for the American Osteopathic Association and is a 2000 graduate of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation’s Health Policy Fellowship. Along with teaching Osteopathic Principles and Practices at ATSU-SOMA, Dr. Heath is also a contributing author for the publication, Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine. She graduated from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1986 and received her certification in Osteopathic Medicine and Manipulation in 1994. She has served as a preceptor for several osteopathic schools throughout her career and has additionally served as visiting faculty for Western University and the Osteopathic Center for Children.

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Beth Kohler

Beth served as Deputy Director of AHCCCS, Arizona’s Medicaid program agency, from 2011-2017. Prior to that, Beth served in the Arizona Governor’s Office and on the State Senate staff. She now consults on healthcare strategies for the health sector.

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Chris Lineberry EdD

Chris recently became Principal of Apache Junction High School. He previously served as Principal of Stanfield Elementary School, a very-low-income rural K-8 school with no M&O override–yet a national leader in increasing physical activity & healthy nutrition & integrating health in standards-based curriculum. Stanfield was the first AZ school to earn USDA Healthier US Schools Challenge Gold with Distinction Award. Chris is also co-author of Recess Was My Favorite Subject: Where Did It Go?. Read a media report on Chris’s leadership in recess and school health.

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Bryan Madden @Valley of the Sun YMCA

Brian is President & CEO of VSYMCA, which has 14 locations in metro Phoenix, as well as one in Yuma & one in Flagstaff. VSYMCS serves nearly 150,000 families a year & has about 1,500 employees. It operates fitness programs, after-school activities & youth sports. Previously, Bryan served as CEO of YMCAs in Columbia, SC & greater Burbank, CA. The Y is a leading nonprofit organization for youth development, healthy living & social responsibility. Nationwide, there are 2,700 YMCAs with approximately 20,000 fulltime staff and 600,000 volunteers in 10,000 communities. Financial assistance is offered to individuals & families who cannot afford membership. The Y engages 9 million youth & 13 million adults each year in the U.S.

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Paul McDonald

Paul serves as Executive Vice President for Futures, a national consulting firm in special education. Paul has worked as Superintendent of Bisbee USD, & Vice-Supt. of Pendergast ED & Tombstone USD, as well as special education teacher in Sierra Vista Public Schools.

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Josh Meibos

Josh teaches physical education at Esperanza Prep in the Maricopa County Regional School District. Previously, he taught physical education at Crockett Elementary in Balsz SD. Josh is a National Board Certified Teacher, and was 2018 Arizona Teacher of the Year.

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Marilee dal Pra

Marilee Dal Pra is Chief Executive Officer for First Things First. Prior to joining FTF, Marilee was Vice President for Programs at Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, where she led the foundation’s community initiatives and strategic program development. She was a driving force behind efforts such as Read On Arizona, the state’s third grade reading initiative; BUILD, a multi-state partnership that supports early childhood systems building (now the work of the Arizona Early Childhood Alliance); The Kindergarten Experience, which offers professional development opportunities to kindergarten teachers statewide; and Maricopa Family Support Alliance, a collective of 70 independent agencies that work together to best serve families in need. Previously, Dal Pra served as the director for the Governor’s Division for Children, where she coordinated policies and programs to improve conditions for Arizona’s children and families in partnership with professional organizations, business groups and policymakers. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Arizona State University.

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Jen Reeves @UofA

Jen served as Associate Research Scientist at University of Arizona for 18 years, where she wrote >$200M in grants. Jen served as Principal Investigator of Partners for Healthy Promises, and also developed the Empower Youth Health Programs (EYHP). She worked for 20 years as a bilingual PE teacher in Avondale and Tucson. Jen won a national SHAPE America Award.

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Sean Rickert

Sean has served as Superintendent of the Pima School District in the Gila Valley since 2012. Sean also serves on the executive board of the Arizona Rural Schools Association, where he brings the perspective of rural eastern Arizona to the table. He advocates frequently in state legislative and state board of education rule-making processes. His employment with the Pima School District began in 2010, when he relocated from the White Mountains to work as a classroom teacher at Pima Junior High School teaching social studies. Sean has worked in public education since 2002, with 3 different public school districts and a charter school, covering the full range of academic subjects, at levels ranging from fourth grade to junior college. He was the director of the St. Johns Learning Center, an alternative high school program serving up to 20 students ranging in grade level from 6th to 12th and beyond. While living in Eagar, Sean worked for Round Valley Unified School District, St. Johns Unified School District, and 4-Winds Academy as a teacher and administrator.

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Melissa Sadorf EdD

Melissa is Superintendent of Stanfield ESD, a low-income rural school district with no M&O override, yet a national leader in increasing physical activity & healthy nutrition & integrating health in standards-based curriculum. Stanfield was the first AZ school to earn USDA Healthier US Schools Challenge Gold with Distinction Award. Melissa was named All Arizona Superintendent of the Year for Small Size Districts and AZ Middle Level Principal of Year. Listen to some testimony by Melissa & Chris Lineberry on physical education & activity, school nutrition, school health and related school accountability systems.

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Keri Schoeff

Keri serves as Safe & Healthy Students Specialist at the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), where she is responsible for Title IV-A grant program to foster safe & healthy learning environments for students. Previously, she worked at ADE as Physical Education/Physical Activity Coordinator for over 5 years. Prior to joining ADE, Keri worked as a PE Teacher in Dysart USD and Glendale Union HSD for 14 years.

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Beth Simek

Beth serves as President of Arizona PTA, and is a parent. AZPTA’s mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for children. The Board advocates at the legislature in the areas of children’s health & safety, public education, and family engagement.

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Jeffrey Smith EdD

Dr. Smith has served since 2008 as Superintendent of Balsz School District, a very-low-income high-ELL school district in south Phoenix. Jeff was awarded All AZ Superintendent, & has served as President of Arizona School Administrators (ASA). He helped found & is President of Educare AZ. Balsz SD has led in extended school year, school health including gardens, & Promise Neighborhoods.

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Anne Stafford @American Academy of Pediatrics, Arizona Chapter (AzAAP)

Anne serves as Executive Director of AzAAP. She was formerly ED of Community Health Charities, Arizona Market. AzAAP is committed to improving the health of Arizona children and supporting the pediatric professionals who care for them.

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Penny Allee Taylor @Valley of the Sun United Way

Penny serves as Chief Public Policy Officer for Valley of the Sun United Way. She oversees all advocacy and public policy efforts for VSUW. VSUW is one of the largest nonprofits in Arizona–with 90,000 donors, 400 business supporters & 5,000 volunteers. It monitors needs, identifies critical social issues & brings the right people together to advance the common good & help break the cycle of poverty.

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Adrienne Udarbe MS, RDN @Pinnacle Prevention

Adrienne serves as Executive Director of Pinnacle Prevention, which focuses on public health consulting, training, and technical assistance, with emphasis in healthy eating and active living. She worked previously as Community Programs Manager, Arizona Department of Health Services; and Nutritionist, American Red Cross.

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Greg Vigdor

Greg serves as President & CEO of Arizona Hospital & Healthcare Association. AzHHA’s members are devoted to collectively building better healthcare & health for the patients, people and communities of Arizona, with a vision of making Arizona the healthiest state in the nation. Prior to leading AzHHA, Greg served as CEO, Washington Health Foundation (state of WA).

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Ed Zito

Ed served until recently as President of Alliance Bank of Arizona, where he was a leader in the state’s commercial banking & public finance sectors. He also made significant contributions to the region’s economic development & success, including as initial vice chairman of Arizona Economic Resource Organization, and in senior leadership positions with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Phoenix, and the Flinn Foundation Bioscience Steering Committee. He was a founding member of Social Venture Partners Arizona.

Note: Where the organization is listed, it is a member of the coalition; where only the individual name is listed, the organization itself is not necessarily in the coalition. @October 2018

More Info on Scott Turner

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Scott Turner founded the nonprofit organization Edunuity in 2010. Edunuity (pronounced as in edu-cation with inge-nuity) advocates for breakthrough improvements in education, health & social entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on childhood. Edunuity has led the development of the Healthy Future Arizona plan, and co-founded the nonprofit organization, Healthy Future US—both launching officially in 2018. Scott now serves as President & CEO of Healthy Future US.

Memberships & Boards

Scott serves on the board of the Arizona Business and Education Coalition (ABEC). ABEC works on improving education in Arizona through partnerships between the business and school sectors.

Scott also serves as a Partner and Director on the Arizona board of Social Venture Partners. SVP has nearly 40 nonprofit member chapters in six different countries, and is also the creator of the Fast Pitch nonprofit grant competition. Social Venture Partners uses a venture capital and pro bono management consulting approach, to identify and help high-potential nonprofits maximize their impact on the community—through a combination of grant money, volunteer time and professional expertise.

Scott worked with Arizona Health & Physical Education and Arizona Citizens for the Arts on the successful campaign to add physical, health & arts education indicators into the Arizona state A-F school grading formula. He continues to work with them and the State Board of Education on defining, piloting and eventually implementing those indicators statewide.

Scott also co-led the successful effort to increase recess time in Arizona, with a national breakthrough recess law mandating at least 2 recesses daily for public school students in grades K-5.

Scott works closely with Arizona Health & Physical Education, Arizonans for Recess & School Wellness, ASU, Arizona Community Foundation, Arizona Public Health Association, American Diabetes Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, the United Way, YMCA, and a growing coalition of other nonprofit, public and private organizations and leaders.

Healthy Future US’s initial focus is on dramatically improving & expanding K-12 physical and health education, recess and physical activity at schools, as well as nutrition education & nutritious school meals, as an essential foundation for lifelong health. Scott often points out, how essential schools are to prevent the chronic disease root causes of inactivity and unhealthy nutrition. There is no viable alternative, in order to finally reverse the preventable diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer and other chronic epidemics plaguing our families and country.

Scott is a successful business entrepreneur, who is now using his experience, skills, and resources as a full-time, pro bono “social entrepreneur”—giving back to his home state of Arizona, his country, and the global community. 

Scott has substantial experience in developing breakthrough innovations, key partnerships, business and strategic plans, management teams, and start-ups. He is now using that background to develop evidence-based “win-win” partnerships between schools and health organizations. The health sector invests in more effective physical and nutrition education—resulting in healthier children and families, rapid payback, and high ROI. Schools receive much needed new money, and develop more active healthier students, which improves academic achievement and student engagement. A healthier population is critical to making future K-12 state funding more sustainable.

Scott has worked as an executive in the educational services and information and communications technology sectors—where strategic partnerships were often critical for success. He has also served as a consultant in a wide range of industries, both with Bain and independently. In addition to working in general management as CEO, Scott has served in a variety of functional areas—ranging from marketing, business development and strategic planning to human resources and finance. 

Scott has worked with large companies such as AT&T and Motorola, as well as a number of small technology and education start-ups. He co-founded a higher education company, whose regionally accredited university dramatically lowered tuition costs to make quality postsecondary education more affordable, through a variety of innovative practices. He has raised over $15 million in venture financing with over 30x return on investment, including an IPO. Scott holds two patents. 

Scott has lived and worked in Europe, Latin America and Asia. He is fluent in three languages, and has a working knowledge of several others.

Education & Research

Scott’s education includes a BA History magna cum laude from Amherst College, followed by a teaching fellowship in France administered under the Fulbright Program. He later graduated with a MBA from Stanford, where he focused on strategy, marketing, international business, and entrepreneurship.

In recent years, Scott earned a MA Human Development and PhD Human and Organizational Systems at Fielding Graduate University, where he focused on education, public health, and social entrepreneurship—while increasingly investing his time in public policy advocacy. His dissertation is entitled: Transformative Learning for Long-term Behavior Change: Preventing Childhood Obesity and Improving Health through In-school Curriculum-based Nutrition and Exercise Programs.

Scott’s research, including its innovative use of curriculum design theory, provides unique new insights into the long-term impact of health programs in schools. His study shows the critical importance of sustained follow-through over many years K-12, in order for children to develop healthy habits. The study also presents new evidence on the positive impact of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity on academic performance—from students’ personal perspectives.

His dissertation concludes with insights into how to develop a healthier society and economy, and thereby reduce escalating government, employer and individual spending on health care. Scott has been invited to present his research at multiple health- and education-oriented conferences, and his research has also informed the development of the Healthy Future Arizona plan.

Memberships & Boards

Scott serves on the board of the Arizona Business and Education Coalition (ABEC). ABEC works on improving education in Arizona through partnerships between the business and school sectors.
Scott also serves as a Partner and Director on the Arizona board of Social Venture Partners. SVP has nearly 40 nonprofit member chapters in six different countries, and is also the creator of the Fast Pitch nonprofit grant competition. Social Venture Partners uses a venture capital and management consulting approach, to identify and help high-potential nonprofits maximize their impact on the community—through a combination of grant money, volunteer time and professional expertise.

For example, SVP partnered with Dr. Chad Gestson and Camelback High School for over 5 years, during the school’s successful cultural and academic turnaround—helping transform it from an inner city “dropout factory” into an increasingly higher performing public high school. Dr. Gestson currently serves as Superintendent of Phoenix Union High School District, one of the largest in the country.

Scott is also a current or former member of Arizona Town Hall, AERA, ASCD, AMA, ASHA, CIES, SOPHE, and AzHPE/SHAPE America.

Scott is based in Phoenix, Arizona, and travels extensively in the US and internationally. He is married to Leslie, a violinist and violin teacher. They have three sons, and are active in church and believe in faith-based approaches to life. Scott enjoys nature, hiking, travel, art, science, tennis, fly-fishing, and classical, “indie” and world music.