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 the great 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 an LPL Financial Certified Financial Planner™ professional located at Tucson, Arizona-based Pyramid Federal Credit Union, 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.
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, chairs 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.
Victoria Maizes, M.D. is Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, 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 also the co-author of Integrative Women’s Health.
Jack Challem, known as the Nutrition Reporter, is a personal nutrition coach and one of America’s most trusted health writers. He is a member of the American Society for Nutrition and the best-selling author of more than twenty books.
Tom Collier’s 40-year career combines 15 years in radio and television broadcasting as a specialist in consumer issues at stations in Montana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Arizona. His second-stage career focused on association and issues management for Arizona trade groups and business leagues. Collier capped his career with an 11 year stint as chief executive of the Better Business Bureau in Tucson.
Sarah Garrecht Gassen is an editorial writer 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.
Tucson Weekly staff writer Mari Herreras is a fifth generation Tucsonan who spends most of her free time exploring the desert and city with her middle-schooler son. At the Weekly, Herreras writes about all the weird, beautiful and ugly of Tucson, and when she’s not working she likes spending time with friends and family talking about all the weird, beautiful and ugly of Tucson. It’s a vicious cycle, but it provides the perfect excuse to drink lots of coffee.
Tucson resident Linda Valdez is an award winning journalist, who has been writing commentary for The Arizona Republic since 1993. A graduate of the University of Arizona school of journalism, she worked at The Arizona Daily Star in Tucson for ten years before joining the editorial board of the Republic. Valdez was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for her work on border and justice issues. She is author of A Doctor’s Legacy, a book that tells the life story of Merlin K. “Monte” DuVal, who founded Arizona’s first medical school at the University of Arizona.
Mark B. Evans is the editor of Inside Tucson Business. He writes about local and state politics and government, freedom of information and the news industry. He was an assistant city editor for the Tucson Citizen for two and a half years before tasked with heading up TucsonCitizen.com after the print version of the Citizen was closed.
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 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.
David Safier taught high school English in the Portland, Oregon area for more than 30 years before moving to Tucson in 2003. He writes on Blog for Arizona, bringing a progressive perspective to political and educational issues. He also writes a regular column for The Explorer and is co-host of a cable television program, Education: The Rest of the Story.
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.
Paul Eckerstrom has been a long time Democratic activist, working on the campaign staffs of former Congressman Mo Udall in 1982 and former Gov. Bruce Babbitt in his presidential bid in 1988. He was the Pima County Democratic Chair from 2003 to 2006 and is widely credited for reviving the local Democratic Party. He was an alternate delegate for Gary Hart to the 1984 Democratic Convention and was a full delegate for Barack Obama to the 2008 convention. From 1999 to 2008, he worked as a prosecuting attorney in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and presently is a public defender in the Pima County Legal Defender’s Office.
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.
Vince Rabago was a 2010 Democratic candidate for Arizona Attorney General. With a law degree from the University of San Diego, Rabago has worked as former Arizona assistant attorney general and a California deputy attorney general. He is the former chairman of the Pima County Democratic Party.
For 15 years, Mitch Tobin has been exploring and writing about the American West and its rapidly changing environment. As a reporter, he won numerous awards for his science writing, explanatory journalism, and breaking news coverage. As a consultant, he has helped some of the nation’s leading conservation groups and foundations improve their effectiveness. Mitch’s first book, Endangered, shows why so many species are at risk of extinction and advocates for policies that will protect biodiversity in a warmer world.
Restaurants, Entertainment and Hospitality
Matt Russell is host of On the Menu Live, a radio program that dishes out the latest buzz in the local restaurant, hospitality, and entertainment scene. The program airs Thursday afternoons at 5:00 pm, on KJLL-AM1330, the Jolt! 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.
Donald A. Loose is the managing partner at Loose, Brown, and Associates, P.C. 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.
Founder of the Southwest Folklore Center on the University of Arizona campus and cofounder of the annual Tucson Meet Yourself Folk Arts Festival, Dr. James “Big Jim” Griffith has studied folklore and religious expressions throughout the United States-Mexico border region for over four decades. In 2011, he was awarded the Life Long Service Award from the Hispanic Professional Action Committee. Dr. Griffith is author of seven books on Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico folk arts, traditions and religious arts.
Arts and Culture
A longtime print journalist in Tucson, Margaret Regan is arts editor of 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.
Anthony Gimino is a sports journalist who has spent much of the past two decades covering University of Arizona athletics, including covering the football beat for the Arizona Daily Star and, most recently, being the sports columnist for TucsonCitizen.com. In between that, he was the college football editor at CBSSportLine.com, and he maintains a national presence as the senior editor for Lindy’s Football Annuals.