Directors

We are proud of and thankful for the passion and talent that our Board Members bring to the Amphi Foundation, and we are always looking for individuals with a strong connection to the Amphi Community to join our leadership team. To learn more about board service and to apply to join the Amphi Foundation Board, click here.

Please contact us for more information.

Monthly Meetings

Third Wednesday of the month
To be placed on the agenda, please call 520-696-5147.

Tim Kromer

Executive Director

Tim recently joined the Amphi Foundation as its new Executive Director in November 2022. A Florida native, has served as a United Methodist pastor in the Baltimore area and at Interfaith Community Services as the Director of Outreach and Partnerships and Interim CEO in Tucson. His wife, Laurel, works as infection prevention specialist at Northwest Medical Center. They live in the Amphi School District where their son, Steven, will be attending school in a few short years.

Glenda Arffa

Board Member

Glenda Arffa is a former teacher, a current Amphi Administrator, a 23 year long Amphi district employee and a mom of two Amphi schools graduates. For years, this district has been a major part of who she is, and who her children have grown to be. Joining the Amphi Foundation as a board member is an honor, and an opportunity for her to give back to this district and support students and families the way that she has been supported over the years.

Tara Barrera

Board Member

Tara Barrera is the Program Coordinator in the Community Investment and Philanthropy Division of Tucson Electric Power and UniSource Energy Solutions. In her capacity, she collaborates with nonprofits to support community engagement and volunteerism. Tara comes from a family of Amphi Alumni, including her parents, who graduated from Canyon Del Oro, her grandmother and aunt retired from the district as well as her grandfather was a principal at Nash and Keeling Elementary Schools and a science teacher at Holloway Elementary School. Tara has two children who currently attend Innovation Academy, and she served on the Innovation Academy PTO for three years before transitioning to the Amphi Foundation Board of Directors.

Jennifer Blanco Thomas

Board Member

Dr. Jennifer Blanco Thomas is a pediatric audiologist at Banner UMC. Her two children are Amphi students. Jennifer also produces and hosts a children’s improv comedy show and volunteers doing hearing testing & hearing aid fitting in Mexico as part of the Ayúdame a Escuchar rotary program in Guaymas, Sonora.

Todd Brown

Board Member

Todd’s passion is to help underserved youth gain an education and reach their full potential. He is currently serving as the Director of Finance, Operations and HR for Youth On Their Own. He also spent over 20 years as the CFO for a highly preforming alternative high school here in Tucson.

Tassi Call

Board Member

Tassi Call started her Amphi journey over 41 years ago as a student. She began her teaching career at Prince Elementary. She loved being a teacher but wanted to serve more children and families, so she embarked on her administrative career. Working as an administrator at Coronado K-8, Prince Elementary, Keeling Elementary and Amphi Middle School before moving to Wetmore Center. Tassi and her husband Ryan have three children that also attended Amphitheater Public Schools. She serves on the Amphi Foundation Board because she truly believe in the equity the foundation provides to all students in Amphi.

Leann Calvin

Board Member

As part of the Amphi Community for almost 20 years, Leann started serving her community through the parent organizations at her children's schools, Prince Elementary, Walker Elementary, Cross Middle School and Canyon Del Oro High School. Along with serving on parent organizations, she also worked part time with in the Amphi School District as a campus monitor, tech specialist, special education teacher assistant and bookstore clerk. Leann continues to serve her Amphi Community through the Amphi Foundation.

Monique Conway

Board Member

Monique Conway (she/her) is the Marketing and Events Manager at Ben’s Bells. She has a passion for nonprofit work and believes that creating kinder communities begins in our schools. She has a son who is on the spectrum and will be attending school in the Amphitheater School District.

Fabian Cordova

Board Member

Fabian Cordova is the CFO at Senior Vice President – Operations & CFO, Clinical Outcomes Solutions. Fabian is a firm believer in supporting his community. He has served on the Amphi Foundation Board since 2018. His three children are all current or former Amphi students and his wife is a former Amphi teacher. Fabian has degrees in Accounting and Finance as well as his MBA, all earned at the University of Arizona.

Lisa DaDeppo

Board Member

Lisa is a teacher at Canyon del Oro High School. She and her husband have three children that have graduated from or are still part of the Amphitheater Public School system. She enjoys being involved in the Amphi community and seeing the impact the Amphi Foundation has on students, staff, and families.

Samantha De Dios-Goodwin

Board Member

Megan George

Board Member

Megan George has been a proud member of the Amphi community for six years. She has two Amphi students at Harelson Elementary and Cross Middle School, and her husband is an Amphi Alumni. Megan began serving the Amphi community in 2018 through the PTO at Harelson Elementary. She served as PTO President for four years and is now the PTO Treasurer. Megan became involved with the Amphi Foundation in 2019 assisting with Gala planning and the Virtual Day of Giving. Megan is passionate about the work of the Amphi Foundation and is excited to support this organization as a Board Member.

Todd Jaeger

Board Member

Todd is the Superintendent of Amphitheater Public Schools.

Dianna Kuhn

Board Member

Dianna moved to Tucson in July 1999 from her hometown of Irving, Texas. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in education. Dianna served as a teacher and assistant principal for 20 years with the Irving ISD. Coming to Tucson, she was named principal of Rio Vista in the Amphitheater School District where she received awards as RODEL Principal Finalist and Arizona Association of Gifted and Talented Administrator of the Year. After serving for 23 years, she retired in 2022. She is excited to continue her work with the Amphi Community as part of the Amphi Foundation.

Justin Lukasewicz

Board Member

Justin Lukasewicz is the CEO for Greater Tucson Leadership and advocates for growing strengths-based leadership in the Tucson community. He owns Tucson Improv Movement, an improv comedy theater on Fourth Avenue. He holds a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Misericordia University and Master’s degree in Higher Education from the University of Arizona.

Michael McConnell

Board Chair-Elect

Michael is from Tempe, Arizona. In 1991 he to move to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona. He graduated from the U of A with a degree in Early Childhood Education. For 11 years, Michael taught Kindergarten at Nash Elementary School. In 2004 he earned a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from NAU. Michael spent 5 years as the principal at Lulu Walker and is currently in his 6th year as principal at Innovation Academy. Michael’s why is service to others and that brings him great joy.

Megan Page

Board Chair

Megan Page is the Pima County Public Defender. She has three sons, two of whom are Amphi students.

Elizabeth Slater

Board Member

Elizabeth Slater (she/her) is a youth advocate. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Youth On Their Own, a nonprofit organization that supports the high school graduation and continued success of teens experiencing homelessness.

Jeremy Spruce

Board Treasurer

Jeremy Spruce is a program manager at Raytheon. He is a strong supporter of the Amphi community and has served on the Innovation Academy PTO for the past five years. He has two Amphi students and his wife is an Amphi Alumni. Jeremy served for 10 years in the Army and has an Electrical Engineering degree from West Point, a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State, and an MBA from the University of Arizona.

Julie Turetzky

Board Secretary

Julie is director of public relations and marketing services for ROX Media. She is an alumna of Lulu Walker Elementary, Cross Middle and Canyon Del Oro High School. Her family is now in the third generation of Amphitheater attendance; her mother graduated from Amphitheater High School and her daughter currently attends Cross Middle School.

Julie Turpin

Board Member

Julie is an alumna of Lulu Walker Elementary, Amphitheater Middle School and Amphitheater High School. She is proud to be part of a three generation Amphi family. Her parents both graduated AHS Class of 1964, she followed in 1990, her daughter is a CDO grad and her son attends CDO currently. After graduating The University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Media Arts she decided to pursue a career in promotional products and custom apparel. She is the owner of Barrio Promo, LLC. a promotional products company who specializes in branding, promotional products and apparel for companies and organizations nationwide.

Julie Charters

Programs and Outreach Coordinator

Julie believes strongly in the mission of the Amphi Foundation and knows that the future of our community depends on the success of our students and schools today. As a previous school employee, she’s seen the profound impact of the Amphi Foundation's support. Julie has three children who attend Amphi schools.

Areas of Focus

 

Resources

Basics like clothing, shoes, and hygiene supplies for our students, so they can go to school and be ready to learn.

 

 

 

Support

Grants for educators with funding and support for technology, makerspaces, STEM & fine arts programs.

 

 

 

Success

Literacy support, summer programs, athletic fee waivers, academic travel stipends, scholarships, and more.

 

 

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