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Board & Staff

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

Staff

  • Chief Executive Officer

    This position is currently open.

  • Karina (she/her) is a proud Latina born in Nogales, AZ and was raised on the South side of Tucson, AZ. Previously in the corporate and Real Estate world, Karina is happy to have made a change by joining Boys to Men Tucson, which is highly aligned with her personal values. Growing up in the communities that Boys to Men now serves, she experienced first hand the urgent 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. Karina strongly believes that youth deserve to be supported in ways that allow them to be seen for being their most authentic selves without fear of judgement, and that this is crucial for creating change in our world. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mark is a 5th generation Tucsonan who has a deep rooted reverence for his desert home. His love and connection to the land developed early on while being raised on the west side of Tucson, next to the Tucson Mountains. Having the access in childhood to play, explore, connect, and learn from the natural teachings of his home, he quickly developed a passion for sharing and learning from the healing gifts nature freely offers.

    After many years of working across behavioral health, restaurant, and service industries, he is now thrilled to bring his experience to positively impact the youth in our community. In his role at Boys to Men, Mark is overjoyed at the opportunity to provide mentorship to youth in school talking circles, community organized events, and within the beauty of nature on Adventure Weekends. Outside of work, you’ll find Mark teaching Yoga classes, cycling along The Loop, cooking creatively for himself and the community, and spending as much time as he can in nature.

Interns

  • Aniol 'Lou' Kacz grew up in thick mesquite forest on land of the Sobaipuri along the San Pedro River in Southern Arizona. As a boy they played with bikes and skateboards, and enjoyed punk music. As a man they play with fire and ideas and enjoy nature. Lou is grateful to have obtained scholarships in poverty, art, media and entertainment. They are passionate about community development, individual empowerment, and social capital construction. This manifests through Lou as a producer, artist, educator, and boots-on-the-ground human extraordinaire.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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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