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Board & Leadership Team

Note: Where the organization is listed, it is a member of the Healthy Future US network; where only the individual name is listed, the organization itself is not necessarily in the network.

Scott Turner

Scott Turner
President & CEO

Scott serves as President & CEO of Healthy Future US (HFUS). Prior to founding Healthy Future US, Scott served as a business executive, entrepreneur and consultant for 30 years, including work with AT&T International, Motorola, Bain & Company, 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 9 years.

In recent years, Scott has led national breakthroughs including: the Arizona State Board of Education resolution to include physical, health and arts education in the state’s A-F accountability system;  the Arizona school recess law;  a nonpartisan oped with Heritage Foundation describing the connection between our children’s health and national security;  the first analysis of the cost-benefit & ROI, broken out by key public-private stakeholder group, of investing adequately in quality physical & health education, physical activity, and student physical & mental health K-12; and developing the Healthy Students Healthy State campaign.

Scott has served for many years 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.  This led to co-founding the Arizona School Health & Wellness Coalition, for which Scott serves as Policy/Advocacy Co-Lead. Scott co-chairs the state’s physical & health education A-F Workgroup, to add PE & health education metrics to the state’s school accountability A-F grading system.

Terri Wogan

Terri Wogan Calderon
Co-Founder, Healthy Future US

Terri is a co-founding member of the Healthy Future US 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 has served 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 (now Education Forward Arizona) Public Engagement Task Force and MCESA Opportunities for Youth Board.

Hans van der Mars

Hans van der Mars
Emeritus Professor, Physical Education
Arizona State University​

Hans Van der Mars is Emeritus Professor at Arizona State University, where he was actively involved in the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in physical education teacher education-sport pedagogy. Hans is continuing his work in research and advocacy.  Dr. van der Mars served as Arizona Health & Physical Education’s Director of Advocacy, when he co-led the State Board of Education rule-making advocacy to add physical and health education to the state A-F school accountability system.

Following that up, Hans co-chairs the state’s physical & health education A-F Workgroup, to prepare to add PE & health ed metrics to the state’s school accountability A-F grading system. Professor Van der Mars held a faculty appointment at Oregon State University for 15 years after previously holding faculty positions at Arizona State University (Tempe) and the University of Maine-Orono. He has been an active researcher in sports pedagogy/physical education teacher education for more than 30 years.

Advisors: National

Steve Jeffries

Steve Jeffries

Dr. Jefferies 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 taught 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.

Lloyd Kolbe

Lloyd Kolbe 

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.

Sarah Lee

Sarah Lee

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

Lenny Mendonca is the former chief economic and business advisor to California Governor Gavin Newsom. He is also a senior partner emeritus of McKinsey & Company, a lecturer on inequality at the Stanford Business School, and chair and primary owner of the Coastside News Group. He founded McKinsey’s US state and local public sector consulting practice and led the firm’s knowledge development efforts, overseeing the McKinsey Global Institute and the firm’s communications—including the McKinsey Quarterly.

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Over the course of his career, he helped dozens of government, corporate, and nonprofit clients meet their most difficult management challenges. He was formerly the chair of New America and Children Now, co-chair of California Forward, and chair of Fuse Corps. He is chair emeritus of the Bay Area Council and their Economic Institute. He also previously served as the vice chair of Common Cause, the vice chair of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council, and a trustee at the Committee for Economic Development. He served on the boards of Fidelity Charitable, Western Governors University, UC Merced, the Educational Results Partnership, the College Futures Foundation, California Competes, the Opportunity Institute, Commonwealth Club, the National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers, and theguardian.org. He received his MBA and certificate in public management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He holds an AB from Harvard College, where he majored in economics.

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Michael O’Donnell MBA, MPH, PhD

Michael O’Donnell founded and served for many years as CEO of the Art & Science of Health Promotion Institute. He is also founder of the American Journal of Health Promotion, founder and program chair of the Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference, and founder and chairman emeritus of Health Promotion Advocates. He has worked directly with more than 150 employers, health care organizations, government agencies, foundations, insurance companies and health promotion providers to develop and refine health promotion programs, products and policies, and has served in leadership roles in four major health systems, including the Cleveland Clinic, as well as serving as the Director of the Health Management Research Center at the University of Michigan.

Jake Segal

Jake Segal

Jake Segal is a Vice President and Head of the Impact Advisory practice at Social Finance, including the firm’s public sector work.  Jake’s work is focused on building outcomes-focused partnerships between elected officials, agency heads, civic leaders, community members, philanthropies, and service providers. His work at Social Finance focuses on the social determinants of health, behavioral health, criminal justice, and economic mobility. He is particularly passionate about the potential of integrated data, the importance of more careful and longer-term accounting in the valuation of policy goals, and the promise of multi-jurisdictional partnerships to effectively invest in prevention. Jake also serves as a Commissioner on the California 100 Commission, a statewide initiative focused on developing a vision and strategy for California’s next century that is innovative, sustainable, and equitable.

Prior to Social Finance, Jake was a Case Team Leader with The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit consulting firm, where he worked with a variety of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations focusing on health care and impact investing. Earlier in his career, he worked at BCG, where he focused on global health investment and planning.  Jake graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College.

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Walter Willett

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 a living legend in the field of nutrition, and the most cited nutritionist internationally.

Advisors: Arizona

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Jacky Alling

Jacky serves as Interim Executive Director at Arizona Commission on the Arts, and as Senior Fellow for Philanthropy at Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation. Prior to that, Jacky served for many years 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 >$1.5B in assets, 1,900+ funds, & 6 offices across Arizona, and has made more than $1B in grants since 1978. It is the largest charitable foundation in annual giving for AZ.

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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.

Michael Berens

Michael Berens

Dr. Michael Berens is the Deputy Director of Research Resources, a professor and the director of the Cancer and Cell Biology Division and the head of the Glioma Research Lab at TGen – the Translational Genomics Research Institute. Dr. Berens has helped lead TGen for 20 years, and served a key role in the creation of TGen in support of its mission to help patients through cutting edge research to unravel the genetic components of common and complex diseases. Mike has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery with Mayo Clinic School of Medicine since 2007. Previously, he worked as Director, Neurology Research & Senior Investigator at Barrow Neurological Institute. He earned a PhD in Cancer Biology from University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Ernest Calderón

Ernest Calderón

Dr. Ernest Calderón is an educator and has practiced law in Arizona, taught in continuing legal education forums and has served in educational policy roles since 1983. He served as the first Latino to be elected State Bar of Arizona president, and served as president of the Arizona Board of Regents, which governs Arizona’s state universities.

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He is an AV Preeminent rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, listed in Best Lawyers in America and is an elected member of the prestigious American Law Institute. Ernie clerked for U.S. District Judge Walter E. Craig and has practiced law for 38 years. He has served as an adjunct professor at Northern Arizona University. He is a graduate of Northern Arizona University, the University of Arizona College of Law and received his doctorate in organizational change and leadership from the University of Southern California. Dr. Calderón was Arizona’s first Harry S. Truman Scholar, receiving that honor in 1977. Ernie is a native of Morenci, Arizona, and a sixth-generation native of what was New Mexico Territory. Ernie’s parents were a copper miner and a cook. He is a first-generation college graduate.

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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.

Jacqui Clay

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.

Chuck Corbin

Chuck Corbin

Dr. Charles B. “Chuck” Corbin has been a professor at Arizona State University since 1982. He is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Exercise and Wellness at Arizona State University-East. He is the senior author, sole author, or editor of more than 70 books and has written chapters in more than 15 others. Fitness for Life (5th ed.) winner of the Texty Award of the Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA), Concepts of Physical Fitness(12th ed.) winner of the McGuffey Award (TAA), and Concepts of Fitness and Wellness (6th ed.) are the most widely adopted high school and college texts in the area of fitness and wellness. Dr. Corbin is internationally recognized as an expert in physical activity, health and wellness promotion, and youth physical fitness. He has keynoted more than 35 state SHAPE America/AHPERD Conventions, and has made major addresses in Brazil, Ireland, England, Australia and in various European countries.

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Christine Davis
Arizonans for Recess & School Wellness

Christine founded and heads Arizonans for Recess & School Wellness. 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 successfully co-led the fight at the legislature for the Arizona recess law in 2017-2018.  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.

Dirk DeHeer

Dirk DeHeer

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

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

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.

Dick Foreman

Dick Foreman

Dick Foreman has served for over 7 years as CEO of Arizona Business & Education Coalition (ABEC).   Dick has a 37-year career in public affairs and in developing public policy. After 27 years, Dick left a very successful career with Southwest Gas Corporation where he was the Director of Corporate Public Affairs, responsible for state and federal legislative affairs, special corporate and regulatory initiatives, franchise negotiations, state and municipal relations, and consumer and community affairs. Prior to Southwest Gas, he led state legislative affairs for Salt River Project, and also served as a research analyst for the Arizona House of Representatives, where he began his career in public policy.

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Dick served ten years as a governing board member for the Tempe Union High School District and also served on the school boards of two charter schools – Tempe Preparatory Academy and Great Hearts Academies. He understands that Arizona public schools need resources, and as such, has chaired/co-chaired eleven public school finance campaign initiatives (i.e. school bonds, M&O overrides) over the span of 25 years. He is also an active leader in the business community, having served on the boards of the Arizona Tax Research Association and its Foundation, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry and its Foundation, and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. Dick graduated twice magna cum laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Master of Public Administration degree.

Anne Gabriellini

Anne Gabriellini
Arizona PTA

Anne served until recently as President of the Arizona PTA, and is a parent living in Surprise, AZ.  Anne has held many offices in the PTA, including in her native New York state.  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.

Sara Gagliardi

Sara Gagliardi
Arizona PTA

Sara serves as President of Arizona PTA. “I am an Arizona native. I have 4 children and 4 grandchildren who I absolutely adore. I started PTA to become more involved with the education side while my youngest boys were struggling. I served as secretary and president of Mountain Shadows PTSA for a total of 5 years before coming to Arizona PTA. I am very proud to say our PTSA won many membership awards in the state for our group’s efforts.  I have served on the state level as Field Service Chair, acting region director as needed, Vice President of Membership, 1st Vice President, and now President. I look forward to continuing my journey with Arizona PTA in order to fulfill my passion of helping others be successful leaders and advocates for all children.”

Harry Garewal Jr.

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.

Marisue Garganta

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.

Jason Gillette

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.

Deb Gullet

Deb Gullet

Deb recently retired after serving for many years as Executive Director of AzAHP, the Arizona Association of Health Plans. 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 Heath

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.

Will Humble

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.

Marcus Johnson

Marcus Johnson

As Vitalyst Health Foundation’s Director of State Health Policy and Advocacy, Marcus oversees Vitalyst’s public policy agenda, and is responsible for initiatives related to access to care and coverage, workforce development and health advocacy. Marcus comes to the world of philanthropy by way of public health and health care, having worked for the Maricopa County Department of Public Health and the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. He has contributed to numerous policy and systems changes in health care, behavioral health and public health, and is committed to bridging preventive health strategies with an evolving health care system to ensure that all communities have what they need to be healthy. Marcus earned his Master’s degree in Public Health and a B.S. in Physiology from The University of Arizona.

Eileen Klein

Eileen Klein

Eileen is a senior consultant in health care, public affairs, and other areas.  Eileen served as interim Arizona State Treasurer 2018-2019, following her time as President of the Arizona Board of Regents from 2013 to 2018. Klein previously served as director of the Arizona Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting and as Chief of Staff to Governor Jan Brewer. She also served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Government Relations for UnitedHealthcare Arizona Physicians IPA from 2005 to 2009.  She earned a MPA from Arizona State University, and a BA from Florida State University.

Beth Kohler

Beth Kohler

Beth is CEO of the Arizona Association of Health Plans. AzAHP’s members serve the nearly 2 million Arizonans enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program, AHCCCS. 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.

Marissa Leinart

Marissa Leinart

Marissa Leinart is the Founder/Executive Director of Parent-Led Academy.  Parent-Led Academy equips parents and their kids with a unique Strengths-Based SEL (mental health education​) approach using virtual group huddles and 1:1 Soul Care Coaching. “Ideally, kids should learn these mental life skills at home where most learning begins. But many parents lack these skills such as identifying and managing their behavior, showing empathy and having healthy relationships, since they too never learned it from their parents.  That was the case for both of us. And that’s why our nonprofit Parent Led Academy exists…to strengthen and equip parents with mental life skills so they can model healthy behaviors for their kids.” Marissa is a former two-time Emmy Award Winning TV news anchor/reporter, and worked as an adjunct professor at Arizona State University for 5 years, before homeschooling her two children.

Laurie Liles

Laurie Liles

Laurie serves as Chief Public Policy Officer, Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, and VP, Arizona Grantmakers Forum (AGF). 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.

Chris Lineberry

Chris Lineberry

Chris is 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.

Stephanie Lucas

Stephanie Lucas

Stephanie serves as Director of Strategic Partnership at Aramark, and Executive Director of Give Garden.  Prior to that, she was Manager, Compliance & Food Safety at Amazon.  She worked for more than 5 years as Senior Director of Operations for Southwest Foodservice Excellence, managing food services for schools throughout Arizona.  Prior to that, Stephanie worked as Chief of Hospitality and Food Service for the US Department of Veterans Affairs for 9 years.  Stephanie is a registered dietitian, with a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from ASU.  She founded the nonprofit Give Garden, which is an innovative fundraising program for children that encourages creativity and healthy habits for families.

Bryan Madden

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. VSYMCA 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.

Paul McDonald

Paul McDonald

Paul serves as Executive Vice President for Futures, a national consulting firm in special education. He has worked extensively in Arizona, Louisiana and other states. Paul has served as senior school district administrator, primarily in southern Arizona, including as Superintendent of Bisbee USD, & Vice-Superintendent of Pendergast ESD & Tombstone USD, as well as working as a special education teacher in Sierra Vista Public Schools

Josh Meibos

Josh Meibos

Josh is Program Director of the Arizona K12 Center. Prior to that, Josh worked for a number of years as a physical education teacher, most recently, with Esperanza Community School. Esperanza served the needs of students that are not otherwise being met in traditional educational settings. Josh also taught for 7 years as a physical-education teacher at Crockett Elementary School, a Title 1 school in the Balsz Elementary School District in southeast Phoenix with a highly diverse low-income student body. Teaching was Josh Meibos’s second career, but his first passion. He entered the profession in his early 30s after a career in business. Seven years later, Meibos stood in front of more than 500 educators, elected officials and business leaders to accept the state’s top distinction for educators: Arizona Teacher of the Year.

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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 played a key role in advocating for both the state’s school recess law and the reform of the state A-F school accountability system to add physical & health education. 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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Marilee dal Pra

Marilee Dal Pra served for four years as Chief Executive Officer for First Things First, Arizona’s early childhood agency.  First Things First is committed to the healthy development and learning of young children from birth to age 5.  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 worked at Virginia G. Piper for over 20 years.

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Jen Reeves
University of Arizona

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

Sean Rickert

Sean Rickert

Sean has served as Superintendent of the Pima School District in the Gila Valley in eastern Arizona 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.

Melissa Sadorf

Melisa Sadorf

Melissa is Superintendent of Stanfield ESD, a very-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.

Jeffrey Smith

Jeffrey Smith

Dr. Smith served from 2008 to 2020 as Superintendent of Balsz School District, a very-low-income high English Language Learner school district in south Phoenix. Jeff was awarded All AZ Superintendent, & has served as President of Arizona School Administrators (ASA). He helped found & served as President of Educare AZ. Balsz SD has led in extended school year, school health including gardens, & Promise Neighborhoods.

Anne Stafford

Anne Stafford
American Academy of Pediatrics, Arizona Chapter

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.

Josh Stine

Josh Stine
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley

Josh serves as Director of External Affairs for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley (BGCAZ), after working as Director of Grants and Government Relations, Donor Development & Government Relations Manager, and Unit Director for BGCAZ.  Josh earned a MS Recreation and BS Kinesiology from ASU.

Penny Allee Taylor

Penny Allee Taylor
Valley of the Sun United Way

Penny served for over 10 years as Chief Public Policy Officer for Valley of the Sun United Way (VSUW). She oversaw 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.

Adrienne Udarbe

Adrienne Udarbe
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. Adrienne earned a MS and is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). She has received numerous national and state recognitions as a nutrition leader. She is a social innovator fueled by a passion for advocacy and good food. Her career has been dedicated to Prevention work with over a decade of experience working with government, nonprofits, and health care groups. She excels in facilitating collaborative solutions to complex challenges to shape healthy communities.

Greg Vigdor

Greg Vigdor

Greg serves as President, Washington Health Foundation, after having served for over 6 years 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.

Charlton Wilson

Charlton Wilson

Charlton currently serves as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow at National Academy of Medicine. Prior to this, Dr. Wilson served for 10 years with Mercy Care, a unit of Aetna and one of the two largest Medicaid plans in Arizona. As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Charlton Wilson led Mercy Care’s Office of Health and Clinical Services, which is accountable for quality management, medical and behavioral health management, and practice transformation supports across all lines of business. He collaborated across the organization and with members, providers, and the community at large to ensure that comprehensive, quality health care is available to those in need.

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Prior to joining Mercy Care, Dr. Wilson served as a Commissioned Officer with U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), Indian Health Service (IHS). In this role he traveled throughout the United States to develop and strengthen disease management and performance measurement programs which were recognized for improving quality and reducing costs.

Dr. Wilson was also selected for the highly competitive, one-year position as Chief Resident and faculty member at The John Hopkins Hospital at John Hopkins University. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and a Bachelor of Art in History at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Dr. Wilson also holds active medical licenses in Arizona and New Mexico, and is Board Certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Board of Governors for American College of Healthcare Executives. Dr. Wilson serves as a Board Member for Native Health and Aunt Rita’s Foundation, and is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix.

Ed Zito

Ed Zito

Ed served for many years 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.

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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. 

Note: Where the organization is listed, it is a member of the Healthy Future US network; where only the individual name is listed, the organization itself is not necessarily in the network.