Jill LaBrie: President

Jill LaBrie is the CASA Program Recruiter for the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program of Pima County. Jill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with major in Rehabilitation from the University of Arizona.  Prior to taking her position with the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, she enjoyed a brief 7 month retirement after 28 years of service in the juvenile justice field with the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections.  Jill has been an active member of SAVMA for the last 4 years.

Jessica Dennes: President-Elect

Jessica Olivares Dennes is a former language arts teacher and educational consultant. After moving to Tucson five years ago, she began working at Literacy Connects where she became the Volunteer Manager and Trainer for the Reading Seed program, training and supporting over 500 volunteers annually for almost 5 years. Over the last few years, Jessica has presented workshops at local, national and international conferences on topics related to education, literacy and training practices. She is the volunteer coordinator for The Village Church and mother to her baby boy.  She holds a masters in Teaching and Teacher Education from the University of Arizona.

Jennifer Lohse: Secretary

Jennifer has served in the nonprofit sector for more than 25 years in a variety of leadership positions. She holds a Certified Nonprofit Professional credential from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.. As the Program Director of the “Tucson Foundations,” she works with more than 50 grantees annually administering $2.7 million to the local community.

Carlos Chavez: Treasurer

Enthusiastic marketing and social services professional with a strong desire to support youth in gaining positive adult role models.

Tucson based premium headshot and portrait photographer. Contact [email protected] for information. Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona. 2017 Southern Arizona 40 under 40 Honoree

Kathy Janssen: Programs and Events

Kathy is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. She is a retired pre-school teacher and is excited by this new career direction. Kathy loves the volunteer world, having been a volunteer for various organizations for all of her adult life. She believes, Volunteers are the unsung heroes of an organization, they give of their time and talents to help without any expectations of reward. Most organizations could not do the fine things they do for the community without the help of volunteers.  SAVMA is a wonderful extension of that ideal and Kathy is honored to be a member of the board. Kathy can be reached at [email protected] 

Alexei Marquez: Communications 

Alexei Marquez is the Program Coordinator of Service for Student Governance and Programs (ASUA and GPSC) overseeing a variety of programs and clubs that cater to the UA student community. She rejoined the UA family in the summer of 2015 after almost 10 years with Bank of America. Alexei, a native Tucsonan, obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and certification in Secondary Education from the UA. She is currently obtaining her master’s degree in Language, Reading, and Culture in the College of Education and will be graduating Spring 2017. She is the faculty advisor and a sister Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. and a catechism teacher for first year students at Our Lady Queen of All Saints. She and her husband, Leonel, have two children, Dominic, who is nine years old, and Raquelita, who is two.

Shea Lynn Fernald: Membership