Show Contributors

Public Health

Will Humble

Will Humble is a long-time public health enthusiast and is currently the Executive Director for the Arizona Public Health Association (AzPHA). His 40 years in public health include more than 2 decades at the Arizona Department of Health Services, where he served in various roles including as the Director from 2009 to 2015.  He continues to be involved in health policy in his role as the Executive Director for the Arizona Public Health Association.  He has a BS in Marketing from NAU, a BS in Microbiology from ASU, and an MPH from the University of California at Berkeley.  He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the U of A for engaging partnerships between academic and executive public health. Will is a believer in using evidence-based health policy to improve health outcomes and in leading and managing with emotional intelligence.

Washington D.C./Governmental Affairs

Terry Bracy

Terry Bracy whose unique role in representing Tucson’s interests
began with a 10-year stint on the staff of famed Congressman Mo
Udall. Terry was then appointed to the sub cabinet by President Carter and subsequently served under four Presidents of both parties. He is the Founding Partner of the respected public affairs firm Bracy Tucker Brown which has worked on many of Tucson’s successes in the Nation’s Capital.

Border

Keith Rosenblum

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.

Finance

Sheldon Fishman

Sheldon (Shelly) Fishman is a Financial Consultant in private practice, located in Tucson, Arizona. Shelly holds a BA from City University of New York, an MBA from Fordham University and a post-graduate Certificate in Finance and Capital Budgeting from Wharton. Shelly has served on several boards of directors in Tucson and is a former managing director of the Dublin Internet Exchange and PAIX-Dublin. Shelly’s client business is exclusively entrepreneurs and investors, helping them plan and manage their financial growth.

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Astronomy

Dr. David Levy

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.

Space Exploration

Dr. Mark Sykes

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.”

Aviation

Jeff Latas

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.

Health

Victoria Maizes, M.D.

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.”

Archaeology

Bill Doelle

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.

Climate

Zack Guido

Dr. Zack Guido is an assistant research professor at Arizona Institutes for Resilience (AIR) based at the University of Arizona. 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.

Agriculture

Jeffrey Silvertooth

Dr. Jeff Silvertooth is the Buckmaster contributor on agriculture. Dr. Silvertooth is a professor and extension specialist in agronomy and soil science at the University of Arizona department of environmental science. His responsbilities include leading a program directed towards the development of irrigated crop production management strategies that optimize the soil-plant system agronomically and economically with full consideration of the short and long term impact of inputs environmentally. Professor Silvertooth is a fellow for both the American Society of Agronomy and Soil Science Society of America .

Media

Dan Shearer 

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

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.

Commentators

John Munger

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.

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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.

Jeff Rogers

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

 

Shelley Kais

Shelley Kais is chair of the Pima County Republican Party. She is president of Kais E Systems, a consulting firm that supports clients in collecting and analyzing data, producing models and visualizations, and drawing conclusions from data to improve their decision making. Shelley has an extensive background in Republican Party politics including the Chairman’s MVP Award in 2019 and precinct and state committeeman.

 

Environment

Mitch Tobin 

Mitch Tobin is director of the Water Desk, a new journalism initiative at the University of Colorado Boulder that focuses on Western water issues and the Colorado River Basin. From 1998 to 2006, Mitch covered water, environmental, and other issues for the Napa Valley RegisterTucson Citizen, and Arizona Daily Star. His 2010 book, Endangered: Biodiversity on the Brink, analyzes the impact of the Endangered Species Act and won a gold medal in the Independent Book Publisher Awards. After leaving the newspaper business and with the help of philanthropy, Mitch created EcoWest.org to track environmental trends in the American West and WaterPolls.org to analyze public opinion on water issues.
 
 
 

Restaurants, Entertainment and Hospitality

Matt Russell

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.

Travel

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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.

Legal

Donald A. Loose

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.

Education

Robert Hendricks

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.

History

Ken Scoville

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

Margaret Regan

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.

Wildcat Sports

Anthony Gimino

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

Fr. Robert Hendrickson is the Rector of Saint Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church in Tucson, Arizona.  He came to Saint Philip’s after serving for three years as the Sub-Dean and Acting Dean of Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver.  Prior to that, he served as Curate and Missioner at Christ Church, New Haven, CT, and St. Hilda’s House in New Haven, CT from 2006 to 2013. He is the author of Yearning: Young Adults, Mission, and the Church.  Before ministry, he was Corporate Communications Director for Brooks Brothers in New York City.  He holds a Master of Divinity from The General Theological Seminary with undergraduate work at the University of Mississippi and Cornell University, focused on East Asian Peace and Security, and additional studies at Beijing Foreign Studies University in China.  He blogs and publishes regularly and serves as a consultant on generational  transitions with several bodies and institutions.