Board of Directors
Gina Hansen: President
Bio under construction (every pun intended)
Vacant: Vice President (Email SAVMA Leadership for information)
Jennifer Lohse: Secretary
Jennifer has served in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years in a variety of leadership positions. She holds a Certified Nonprofit Professional credential from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American Humanics). As the Vice President and Programs Director of the “Tucson Foundations,” she works with more than 50 grantees annually administering $3 million to the local community.
Over the years she has volunteered in leadership positions with; the American Red Cross, the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, the Boys and Girls Club, Pima County Parks and Recreation, the University of Arizona Foundation, the National Diaper Bank Network, the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona, the YMCA, the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona, Trinity Presbyterian Church, the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, and with many other organizations.
Jennifer received a Gold Award from Girl Scouts of the USA, the George F. Miller Award from Arizona State University, the 40 Under 40 award from the Tucson Business Edge, and the Mentor of the Year award from the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 40 Under 40 Awards.
Her true passion is for nonprofit board governance. Jennifer believes that having the right people leading an organization is critical.
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
Jill LaBrie: Membership Chair
Jill LaBrie is the CASA Program Recruiter for the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program of Pima County. She 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.
Diane Diamond: Programs and Events Chair
Diane Walter Diamond, CAE (Certified Association Executive), served the association and banking industry in several capacities in the Chicago area for over 25 years, retiring in 2008 and moving to Arizona in 2009. She currently volunteers with the White Elephant Thrift Store and the Green Valley Sahuarita Volunteer Clearinghouse and manages their Facebook pages. For 13 years prior to retirement, she was the Vice President, Director of Professional Development for the Financial Managers Society (www.finsinc.org), a professional society for 1,600 chief financial officers of community banks, thrifts and credit unions. She developed and managed their national conference, thirty plus regional meetings and over twenty online seminars plus the production of publications (books and CDs).
She has been in association management since 1987 working for both a state and national trade associations (Financial Managers Society, Illinois Credit Union League, The Institute of Financial Education). Diane served as the Director of Training at a community bank and taught various courses at the junior college level. She has a bachelor’s degree in education (Miami University, Ohio) and a master’s degree in human development (University of Illinois).
Jessica Dennes: Communications Chair
Jessica Olivares Dennes is a former language arts teacher and educational consultant. After moving to Tucson in 2013, 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. Currently, Jessica works as the administrator for The Village Community Ministries coordinating volunteers, events, and communications. She is also the Internship Coordinator for the University of Arizona’s School of Sociology and a freelance writer for a local magazine. Jessica has presented workshops at local, national and international conferences on topics related to education, literacy and training practices. She holds a masters in Teaching and Teacher Education from the University of Arizona.
Heidi Urbina: Member at Large
Heidi has been part of the Tucson community since 2010. She loves living here because people are friendly and have a desire to work together to make their community better. She is a life-long volunteer and one-time (official) volunteer manager. A graduate from the University of Arizona with degrees in public health and Spanish, she spent time living in Montevideo, Uruguay. Since 2017 she has worked for Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest and is grateful for the opportunity to advocate for older adults, children in foster care, and former refugees in Tucson. She lives with her husband and two dogs. When not working, they enjoy spending time outdoors and exploring Tucson’s creative scene.
Ken Briggs: Member at Large
Ken Briggs has been a teacher, teacher trainer, assistant professor and college administrator, nonprofit executive director and regional director, and now oversees financial wellness initiatives and volunteer engagement efforts at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. He has worked in the U.S. and in Thailand, and traveled extensively internationally while in higher education. He has a B.A. in English, a Masters in International Administration, and Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language issued in lieu of a Masters Degree.
Ken Charvoz: Member at Large
Consultant/writer/manager award-winning adult technology curriculum. As the principle educational consultant for a national nonprofit, I’ve had the privilege of guiding and transforming the program to incorporate emerging technology, single-source publishing, localization (translations), video production, online delivery, train-the-trainer, and more. My educational area of interest is in adult learning and the aging process as it relates to encoding new information into LTM.
Tori Carlson: Member at Large
With passion, integrity and technical skill, Ms. Carlson leads a diverse volunteer team of over 1000 volunteers for Interfaith Community Services. She balances outreach, program growth and volunteer retention for a complex array of volunteer positions working alongside and providing leadership to support staff. She utilizes entrepreneurial, teaching and program management skills from private education (K-High School), scientific and technical project management skills from exploration geophysics, and vision-driven teamwork skills from serving on nonprofit boards and ministries.
Ms. Carlson achieved her international CVA certification from the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. She is certified as a Service Enterprise Initiative Trainer in organizational and change management with Points of Light. She is serving as an Arizona Commissioner with the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family. Ms. Carlson is active on the board of Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association.
Additional Leadership positions
ALIVE! Hybrid Conference Chair – Kathy Janssen