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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 impact of masculine identified youth programs that interrogate systems of harm, disrupt gender-based violence, and support cross-sector coalition building for gender justice. Through building power alongside community, Mariah aims to support community-based solutions for healthy masculinity programs, policies, and initiatives.

    Mariah commits to creating spaces for youth advocacy and empowerment, accountability work, and relationship building.

  • Chloe (she/her) is finding and building community in the beautiful Sonoran desert, now known as Arizona. Her professional path has led her to work with more than 150 individual nonprofit organizations in Arizona through her work as a capacity builder. She holds a Master's degree in Social Justice and Human Rights from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Georgia. Before joining BTMT, she worked on the Program team at the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, after serving as the Program Manager for Capacity Building Initiatives at Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation. Chloe currently serves as the co-chair of the Arizona Grantmakers Forum's Racial Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Affinity Group, and is a member of the Arizona Latina Giving Circle.

    As the Director of Operations for Boys to Men Tucson, she’s digging into the work of co-developing the infrastructure of a justice-centered youth mentorship and systems-change organization. Chloe supports the well-being of the organization and the team by aligning our finances, people, and programs with our shared values and vision for the work. She is focused on learning to be a deeper listener, interrupting patterns of racial violence and supremacy culture, and building relational care into every fiber of the work.

  • 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 & Ojibwe community organizer and activist born in Humboldt County, CA and raised on the South-West side of Tucson AZ. Tayamni has been an active member in the community since he was young where he worked with in his family's nonprofit, Sustainable Nations to build and hold workshops on sustainable infrastructure using indigenous teachings and building methods. Since then he has continued to work and collaborate in his career with many different nonprofits and organizations, all with the shared vision of working to create a world free from the traumas of colonization and reconnecting to our relationships with the land, our peoples and ourselves. Tayamni is passionate about seeing this vision become a reality.

    As Program Manager, Tayamni builds tender and honest relationships with our youth program participants, as well as our community and school-based partners. He is responsible for program planning and facilitation, and supports community informed networks of care and empowerment.

  • Susan (she/her) is a born and raised Tucsonan whose ideals emphasize the importance of supporting and giving back to the community. Susan's professional background lies with social services as she strives to advocate for marginalized and underrepresented groups. Her current work experience includes working with the youth as a Behavioral Health Paraprofessional and as a Teacher's Assistant. In those roles, she helped provide respite and life skills to children with severe behavioral disorders. Susan holds a bachelor's degree in Social Work (BSW) and is currently in her master's program at Arizona State University. As a daughter of Vietnamese refugees, Susan has personal ties to the immigrant/refugee community and hopes to operate within the international/global social work sphere once she graduates from her master's program.

    As the Administrative Assistant, Susan helps manage all donor management systems, including data entry and donation processing. She will be working closely with the Director of Operations to assist in any clerical tasks, which include scheduling and distributing committee meeting logistics and materials.

  • Paul (They/Them) is new to Tucson and is originally from Wilmington, Delaware. Paul has worked in the field of Youth and Community Development for over 7 years. Their team provided education on topics including but not limited to reproductive health, healthy relationships, effective communication, consent, toxic masculinity, substance abuse, homophobia, transphobia, and LGBTQ+ advocacy. They are the former United Way of Delaware Pride Council Co-Chair where they helped provide support for LGBTQ+ adults and youth throughout the state. Paul believes strongly that providing youth with the tools for critical thinking, the ability to create an open mindset, and safe spaces for youth to discover who they truly are without judgement is key to helping create sustainable change in our world.

    They are able to provide trainings, workshops, and presentations on topics including but not limited to reproductive health, consent, effective communication, toxic masculinity, and LGBTQ+ anti-discrimination.

    In their role as Director of Programs, Paul supports the collaborative vision for our mentorship programs with a deep understanding of the systemic roots contributing to the need for this work, and adapts to emergent dynamics within the communities we serve. They work with staff to coordinate program logistics, planning, and assessment to ensure growth and impact across the community.

Board of Directors

  • Andrés Portela
    Andrés Portela

    Andrés Portela III. Southern Arizona Native. Board Chair. 2016 Tedx Speaker. UArizona Alum. Insta: @mixedindianajones Twitter: Portela4AZ

  • Anna Harper-Guerrero
    Anna Harper-Guerrero

    Anna Harper-Guerrero is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Strategy Officer of Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse. Harper-Guerrero has a decorated career in public service, most recently receiving recognition from the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence (2016) for outstanding advocacy, and the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona (2018) for community impact. As someone whose life’s work has been devoted to supporting survivors of gender-based violence, Anna knows how important it is to provide young boys with models of healthy masculinity, and serves on the Board in order to advance this work. As a mother of a son, Anna does this work because she wants a world for him that nurtures his own wholeness.

  • Terri Tellez-Baker
    Terri Tellez-Baker

    An enthusiastic native of Tucson, Terri works as an independent financial consultant and can otherwise be found feverishly backing the Wildcats, volunteering in the community and spending time with her family. She serves on the Boys to Men Board of Directors because she believes that our mission helps build stronger communities.

  • Manuel Gadea
    Manuel Gadea

    Manuel Gadea brings a diverse range of professional and personal experience to the board, and serves as the BTMT Treasurer. Manuel often supports our adventure weekend programming as a mentor, and is committed to helping young men in our community feel the love and support they needed from our community.

  • Catherine Tornbom
    Catherine Tornbom

    Catherine is an organization development consultant who helps businesses and nonprofits strategically create a team that is inclusive, creative and productive. She is on her second term on the board currently serving as the chair of the Governanace Committee.

  • Mark Hansen
    Mark Hansen

    Mark is a local entrepreneur, and a long-term supporter of both men’s work and community change work. Mark was an original co-founder of the Desert Men’s Council, which went on to become Boys to Men Tucson.

  • Steve Hopkins
    Steve Hopkins

    After a very successful career in construction, Steve has turned his attention to the critical need for adult men to show up in the lives of teenage boys in Southern Arizona. Steve has been a long-term mentor, sitting in weekly talking circles at Cholla HS for years. Steve shows up as an active board member because he is inspired by the firsthand life-changing impact he has witnessed by supporting these programs.

  • Brian Eller
    Brian Eller

    Brian (he,him) is passionate about education, health and the link between the two. He started his career teaching physical education in the Sunnyside Unified School District, and after four years, found an opportunity working in public health to support a broader scope of schools in Pima County. During this time, the importance of creating or supporting opportunities for young people to connect to adults consistently became apparent as a community need. As a young man, Brian was fortunate to experience the benefit of positive mentorship. There are many young, masculine identified folks in Tucson who need this same experience and Boys to Men provides access to safe and loving men.
    Brian currently works for the state health department, striving to connect the dots in new ways to support our schools.

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