Military and Foreign Affairs
General John Wickham, US Army (retired), was appointed by President Reagan as the 33nd US Army Chief of Staff. Just prior to this position, he commanded all American and U-N forces in Korea and wrote Korea On The Brink about the challenges he faced. He also served on the Secretary of Defense Policy Board and was Vice Chairman of the US-China National Committee. He served two combat tours in Vietnam and was seriously wounded on the first tour where he earned two silver stars, a bronze star for valor, and a purple heart. General Wickham served a total of forty-one years in uniform. In 1987, he retired with eight Distinguished Service Medals. General Wickham resides in Oro Valley.
Washington D.C./Governmental Affairs
In a 40 year Washington career, Terry Bracy has been asked by three presidents of both parties to serve in appointed positions, most recently as founding chair of the Tucson based Udall Foundation. Terry began as an aide to Mo Udall, and went on to high level positions in three presidential campaigns, and a three year stint as Assistant Secretary of Transportation. Terry is a senior partner in Bracy, Tucker, Brown, and Valanzano, which has represented the city of Tucson for three decades.
Keith Rosenblum is former Senior Border Reporter for the Arizona Republic and former Sonora Correspondent for the Daily Star. Keith served as press secretary for more than two years for Rep. Jim Kolbe, R-AZ, retired. Keith is founder of the website MexLink, which connects Americans to industry, government and media in Mexico. He is author of a book analyzing the New York Times stories (1997) about a former governor, and now senator, of Sonora state, Manilo Fabio Beltones.
Sheldon Fishman is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional and financial consultant, located in Tucson, Arizona, where he offers members financial and investment planning services. Shelly holds a BA from City University of New York, an MBA from Fordham University and an advanced certificate in Finance from Wharton. Shelly serves on several boards of directors in Tucson and is a former managing director of the Dublin Internet Exchange and PAIX-Dublin.
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Dr. David Levy is one of the most successful comet discoverers in history. He has discovered 23 comets, including his co-discovery of Shoemaker-Levy 9, the comet that collided with Jupiter in 1994 producing the most spectacular explosions ever witnessed in the solar system. An Emmy award winning writer, Dr. Levy is author or editor of 35 books and other products. The former Parade Magazine Science Editor, Dr. Levy, along with his wife Wendee, are founders of the National Sharing the Sky Foundation, an organization intended to inspire new generations to develop an inquiring interest in the sciences, or in other words, to reach the stars.
Dr. Mark Sykes is CEO and Director of the Planetary Science Institute, a Tucson-based non-profit engaged in the exploration of the solar system. He is the founder and co-editor of the weekly Planetary Exploration Newsletter, the former chair of NASA’s Small Bodies Assessment Group, and serves on the Planetary Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council. He discovered cometary dust trails, identified bands of interplanetary dust arising from asteroid collisions, and determined the temperature of Pluto. He is involved in the development of uses for commercial human space flight. “Minor planet 4438 Sykes” is named in his honor and he is the recipient of the Masursky Award for meritorious service to planetary science.”
Captain Jeff Latas is one of the most adept professionals in the aviation industry. Jeff has acquired a vast experience in his professional career, military and civilian, that includes Chief of Flight Evaluation, Accident Investigation (USAF Board President), and Weapons Development and Requirements, USAF Headquarters, Pentagon. In 1996, he was selected to represent the USAF in the Quadrennial Defense Review, a Presidential review of the state of the US Military. A retired combat fighter pilot with experience in the F-15E, F-111 and T-38. In his USAF career Jeff was honored with the Distinguished Flying Cross for Bravery, four Air Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, and nine Aerial Achievement Medals. He is currently an eighteen year Captain at JetBlue Airways in the Airbus A320/321 with nearly 20,000 hours of accident-free flight experience. He is type rated in the A320/321, B-737 and is a consultant of Aero Consulting Experts.
Victoria Maizes, MD is the Andrew Weil Endowed Chair in Integrative Medicine and executive director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, and Professor of Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, and Public Health at the University of Arizona. Dr. Maizes is internationally recognized as a leader in integrative medicine. She lectures worldwide to academic and community audiences on integrative medical education, women’s health, healthy aging, nutrition, and cancer. She is the co-author of Integrative Women’s Health. She also edited the Oxford University Textbook “Women’s Integrative Health and authored “Be Fruitful: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child.”
Bill Doelle is the founder of two Tucson-based organizations dedicated to respectfully exploring the Southwest’s past and sharing that story with everyone. Today, he is President and CEO of Archaeology Southwest, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that practices Preservation Archaeology, a holistic approach to research, advocacy, site protection, and public outreach. He also serves as Vice President of Desert Archaeology, Inc., a woman-owned small business that offers cultural resources compliance, research, and consulting services. Bill brings meticulous care and scholarship to the study of the region’s deep heritage, and he advocates for preserving important places as a legacy for the nation’s future.
Zack Guido is a climate scientist at the University of Arizona’s (UA) Institute of the Environment and School of Natural Resources. Zack’s research focuses on understanding the impacts of climate variability and change on environmental resources like water and food; studying how climate changes influence human-environment relationships and decision-making, and understanding how people adapt to and cope with the climate. Zack has active research projects in the U.S. Southwest, Caribbean, and Africa, and a monthly podcast, the “Southwest Climate Podcast,” found at all pod-serving apps. Zack received his PhD from the UA, international training in the Peace Corps in Bolivia, and a love of photography and weather from the Southwest Monsoon.
Jeffrey Silvertooth has a B.S. in Agriculture (Agronomy) from Kansas State University, worked as an agronomist/crop consultant for five years, received an M.S. in Agronomy (Soil Fertility) from Oklahoma State University, and a Ph.D. in Soil Science (Soil Fertility) from Oklahoma State University. Jeffrey Silvertooth has worked in a variety of roles over more than 30 years to develop crop production management strategies (primarily irrigated cotton, chiles, and cantaloupes) that optimize the soil-plant system agronomically, economically, and environmentally. He has been with the University of Arizona since 1987 and is currently the Associate Dean and Director for Extension & Economic Development, where he provides overall program leadership and administrative and personnel management for Arizona Cooperative Extension. He also serves as the Associate Director for the Arizona Experiment Station.
Raymond L. Woosley, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics in the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also the founding President of the Arizona Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (AZCERT), a Tucson-based non-profit organization initially funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to work with the UA COM-P and Banner Health to improve the safe use of medications through application of clinical decision support systems. In 2001, Dr. Woosley joined the faculty at The University of Arizona as Vice President of the Arizona Health Sciences Center and the Dean of the College of Medicine. He founded Critical Path Institute (C-Path), an independent, non-profit organization created jointly by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the University of Arizona that improves the testing and accelerates the development of new drugs and diagnostics. In 2012, he left C-Path to launch the non-profit AZCERT.
Sarah Garrecht Gassen is the editorial page editor and columnist for the Arizona Daily Star, where she has worked since 1996. She also has covered features, education, city government and general assignments for the Star. She has a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Arizona, where she also teaches.
Dan Shearer is editor of the Green Valley News and the Sahuarita Sun, two communities that have responded to a focus on local issues and where the audience continues to grow. He is also editorial director of Wick Communications which owns thirty newspapers in ten states. He has worked in Texas, California and Arizona, including more than 20 years at The Arizona Republic, where he was a senior editor. He currently resides in Sahuarita.
Dylan Smith is the editor and publisher of TucsonSentinel.com, a independent nonprofit local news organization founded when the presses stopped rolling at the Tucson Citizen (where he was the Online Editor). Beyond journalism, he is an experienced Internet designer and programmer, and serves on the World Wide Web Consortium’s HTML Working Group. He comes from a long line of journalists; his great-grandfather began work as a reporter fresh from high school in 1900. Despite his long heritage in print journalism, he’s a firm believer in the power of the Internet to inform and inspire like no other medium for reporting.
Luige del Puerto
An award-winning journalist, Luige oversees the newsroom of the Arizona Capitol Times. He also manages the business units of Arizona News Service. In addition, Luige edits the Yellow Sheet Report and the Legislative Report, Arizona’s premier political tipsheets. He is a native of the Philippines and previously worked in Manila for the nation’s largest daily newspaper, The Philippine Daily Inquirer. At the Inquirer, he covered crime, labor, elections and national security. He was also part of the paper’s special projects team and covered several coup d’état attempts in his home country before moving to the United States in 2006. Luige graduated with honors from the school of journalism at the University of Philippines. He joined the Arizona Capitol Times shortly after moving to Arizona. He has won numerous local and national awards in the U.S. for his reporting about politics, including earning first place for politics and government reporting in the Arizona Press Club’s annual contest.
David Safier taught high school English and photography in the Portland, Oregon, area for more than 30 years before moving to Tucson in 2003. He writes on the Tucson Weekly blog, The Range, about K-12 education issues at the local, state and national level. He also comments on social and political issues when the mood strikes him.
Tucson Attorney John Munger was a Republican candidate for Arizona governor in 2010. Munger has served on the Arizona Board of Regents and as chairman of the Arizona Republican Party and the Pima County Republican Party. Munger is also the former co-chairman of the McCain for President Campaign in Arizona.
Throughout his professional career, Bruce Ash has served on a local, national, and international level in various health, philanthropic, and care organizations. Mr. Ash also brings his vast experience in business and fund raising efforts to Republican political activism in Arizona. Mr. Ash was selected as Arizona’ s Republican Committeeman in 2007 and was re-elected to a four year term in May 2008. He is a member of the National GOP Resolutions Committee and was elected to another four-year term as National Committeeman for Arizona in 2012 and 2016.
Don Jorgensen, Ph.D. was a candidate for the Arizona legislature in 2008. As a business owner for over 30 years Dr. Jorgensen serves as an international speaker and consultant on leadership and workplace crisis response and is active with humanitarian projects worldwide. Dr. Jorgensen is a member of AZ Democratic State Committee and is the former chair of the Pima County Democratic Party.
Long-time Tucson Attorney Jeff Rogers is the former chairman of the Pima County Democratic Party. Jeff is rated AV Preeminent, the highest possible rating by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, a testament to the fact that a lawyers peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence
Restaurants, Entertainment and Hospitality
Matt Russell is the food and beverage columnist for Inside Tucson Business and the longtime host of On the Menu Live, a radio program that dished out the latest buzz in the local restaurant, hospitality, and entertainment scene. A life-long culinary enthusiast, Matt has interviewed scores of chefs, sommeliers, and restaurateurs from across the country. He has also interviewed some of the nation’s highest profile celebrity chefs, including the Food Network’s Guy Fieri, Melissa D’Arabian, and Jeffrey Saad.
Ryan Hansen is President and Chief Operating Officer at Bon Voyage Travel. Leading the day-to-day operations of one of the premier travel agencies in the southwest provides Ryan an inside perspective to the latest trends in travel, hottest destinations, most unique experiences, and evolution of the travel industry. Established in 1976, Bon Voyage Travel specializes in customized vacation planning for all types of travel, including land tours, cruises, luxury, family, group, and adventure experiences. Ryan currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Signature Travel Network, a member-owned cooperative comprised of more than 450 travel agency locations and 6,000 consultants that collectively generate $7 billion in annual sales.
Donald A. Loose is the managing partner at Loose Law Group. His areas of practice include civil and commercial litigation, construction law, business law, real estate, trusts and estates, personal injury, and wrongful death. Loose is a member of the state bars of Arizona and Michigan. He is a frequent contributor to radio and television shows on various legal topics. Loose is the author of two books, Arizona Laws 101: A Handbook for Non-Lawyers and Estate Planning in Arizona: What You Need to Know, and co-author of The Use of OSHA Regulations in Negligence Cases.
Dr. J. Robert Hendricks is associate professor emeritus at the University of Arizona College of Education. He is former head of the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Practice. He taught organizational theory, human resource management and policy analysis at the Masters and Doctoral level. The former superintendent of the Flowing Wells School District, Dr. Hendricks was named Arizona’s top school superintendent in 1989.
A native Arizonan, Ken Scoville has been a teacher in Tucson for many years and has written extensively and is active in public speaking about Tucson’s history. He is a recognized local historian and outspoken advocate for historic preservation issues and has served on many local boards and committees. Since 1984, he has been involved with the revitalization of downtown Tucson and historic preservation issues in the community. Since that time he has also conducted walking tours of historic areas in Tucson with an emphasis on understanding why Tucson is the city it is today.
Arts and Culture
A longtime print journalist in Tucson, Margaret Regan is an arts writer for the Tucson Weekly. She has won dozens of journalism awards, for arts criticism, border reporting and stories on the Arizona Irish. Regan is the author of The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands. Named a Southwest Book of the Year in 2010, The Death of Josseline puts a human face on the tragedy of migrant deaths in the Arizona wilderness. Her latest book is Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire.
Anthony Gimino is a sports journalist who has spent more than two decades writing about University of Arizona athletics, including covering the football beat for the Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Citizen. Anthony is senior editor for Lindy’s Football Annuals. He is co-founder of a local blog, AllSportsTucson.com. He has co-written a book on Arizona basketball — 100 Things Arizona Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die — and is part of the Wildcats’ basketball pre- and post-game shows on 1290-AM.
Faith & Spirituality
Fr. Robert Hendrickson