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Who We Are

Board & Staff

We prioritize building a team of folks whose lived experience informs and strengthens the work we do.

Staff

  • Michael (he/him) has a career working in the fields of gender justice, conflict and peace-making, and non-profit leadership. After completing his Master's degree in transnational anti-violence strategies, he transitioned to a Domestic Violence organization in Arizona where he helped to build an innovative prevention program aimed at organizing men to end Gender-Based Violence. He is currently completing a PhD in Political Geography that focuses on masculinity, social change, and violence prevention.

    He continues to provide trainings, workshops, and presentations on men's role in promoting healthy communities to college campuses, professional organizations, and grassroots movements.

  • Mariah (she/they) has been invested in community education for over a decade, and is passionate about utilizing a trauma-informed approach to community building and collective inquiry. She advocates alongside several local and national non-profit organizations and academic coalitions that support gender justice initiatives and education, empowerment, and equity. Mariah has an M.Ed in Education, and holds certifications in instructional literacy, grounding much of her work in restorative justice, harm reduction, and creating spaces for community accountability. Her work is centered around living and learning through a feminist pedagogical lens encouraged by the works and legacies of Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, and Alice Walker.

    As the Director of the Healthy Intergenerational Masculinity (HIM) Initiative, Mariah assesses data relevant to the efficacy and power of masculine identified youth programs that interrogate patriarchy, structural harm, and gender-based violence — lending towards healthy and generative relationships with self, across generations, and with community. Mariah commits to gender justice, collective liberation, and creating spaces for youth advocacy and empowerment, accountability work, and relationship building.

  • Christofer (he/him) is a Native Arizona who has spent over a decade working in mobilizing communities here in Arizona and across the nation. From LGBTQ+ communities to working with political leaders in Arizona, Christofer has devoted his life to ensuring marginalized communities achieve equity in sectors such as healthcare, education and more. Christofer has a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. is a native Arizonan who has spent over a decade in nonprofit work. He graduated from Coe College with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. He has spent his career advocating for social justice for marginalized groups here in the state of Arizona and across the nation.

    As the Program Manager of Boys to Men Tucson, Christofer oversees and coordinates all of our programs by supporting our volunteer mentors, the boys and their families, school staff, and community partners. He oversees data collection across the organization,

  • Karina (she/her) is a proud Latina born in Nogales, AZ and was raised on the South side of Tucson, AZ. Karina was previously in the financial industry for a banking institution holding her series 6, 63 and life securities licenses through FINRA. She currently holds a Real Estate license in the state of Arizona and loves building relationships with her clients while guiding them through their real estate needs. Although the nonprofit world is new to her, she has always had a profound interest in Philanthropy and making a positive impact on others. Growing up in the communities that Boys to Men now serves, she experienced first hand the need to practice healthy masculinity and can only imagine what a huge difference it would have made if this program was available while she was a teenager. This has led her to take on a new role as the First Director of Development for Boys to Men Tucson. Karina commits to the goal of increasing annual fundraising to meet an expanding organizational budget so that the organization can continue to serve the youth of our communities.

    As the Director of Development, Karina will be a member of Boys to Men Tucson’s Leadership Team which collaborates on the strategic decisions of the organization. She will be creating and implementing a comprehensive fund development plan using a racial and gender equity lens as well as managing all aspects of our fundraising strategies including major gifts, foundation and corporate giving, annual giving, planned giving and special events such as our Annual Charity Golf Tournament.

  • Tayamni Goodshield (he/him) is an Oglala Lakota & Anishinaabe community organizer, activist, and artist. Born in Humboldt County, CA and raised on the South-West side of Tucson AZ, Tayamni has been an active member in the community working in the nonprofit since he was young. He first got seriously involved in middle school working with his family's nonprofit Sustainable Nations where he worked to build and hold workshops on sustainable infrastructure using indigenous teachings and methods. Since then he has continued to work and collaborate in his career with many different nonprofits and movements, all with the shared vision of working to create a world free from the trauma caused by colonization. Tayamni is passionate about seeing this vision become a reality.

Interns

  • Alex Romo Smith, ASU Social Work Intern
    Alex Romo Smith, ASU Social Work Intern

    South Tucson local and self-proclaimed foodie, Alejandro (Alex) Romo is an ASU graduate student intern working on his Master of Social Work licensure in Tucson. As a first-generation Mexican American, Alex has a profound interest in giving back to his local community and instilling the value and power of Spanish and other languages to anyone who’ll listen. He enjoys drawing and practicing piano in his free time and is a die-hard Final Fantasy fan. He aims to attain his MSW in 2023 with a focus in psychotherapy to become a school social worker in local Tucson schools.

  • Daniel Norris, ASU Social Worker Intern
    Daniel Norris, ASU Social Worker Intern

    Daniel moved to Tucson over 4 years ago from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For the past three years he has worked in behavioral health, with a focus on substance abuse. When he’s not working with Boys to Men, or studying at school, You can find Daniel working on motorcycles in his garage, hiking on Mt. Lemon, or playing golf with friends. Daniel is passionate about helping teens walk through difficult life circumstances, and wishes to open his own non-profit for teens transitioning out of correctional facilities in the near future. He is currently on track to graduate from Arizona State University with his Bachelors of Social Work this spring! Following graduation, He intends to pursue his masters at ASU and eventually work as a therapist in a residential treatment setting.

  • Adan Fernandez,  Americorp Intern
    Adan Fernandez, Americorp Intern

    Adan is a big believer in the work of Boys to Men Tucson. He has served in many capacities for years, helping as a fundraiser and a mentor. In addition to his community service sitting in various school circles, Adan is also a successful real estate agent who helps his clients access their goals.

Board of Directors

  • Andrés Portela
  • Anna Harper-Guerrero
  • Terri Tellez-Baker
  • Manuel Gadea
  • Catherine Tornbom
  • Mark Hansen
  • Steve Hopkins
  • Arnie Adler
  • Brian Eller
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