Board of Directors

From the President

Dear Miguel CruzCommunity Members:

On behalf of SAAF’s clients and their families, the passionate staff, and the Board of Directors, I sincerely thank you for your unwavering support and for promoting SAAF’s mission.

My personal relationship against the fight with HIV/AIDS is profound. This relationship has allowed me to learn and educate myself about the impact of this disease. It has been many decades since HIV/AIDS became part of the conversation. This conversation has become a monologue in some circles. We need to continue talking, sharing, caring and learning about how to eliminate all NEW HIV infections. This goal will not be achieved without your continuous support.

SAAF has been at the center of this conversation. SAAF continues touching many lives in the community through the different programs and services that it provides to all of its clients and their families. Great progress has been made; however, the fight against HIV/AIDS is still on.

With your support, we will continue the fight; we will accomplish our goal to eliminate all new HIV infections.

Today is the day that we make a difference for our shared tomorrow.

Today, your support is vital to defeat HIV/AIDS. We have more challenges ahead of us but with your generous kindness, we will transform them into opportunities.

With appreciation,

Miguel A. Cruz

SAAF Board President


SAAF Board of Directors

Juliet Yardy, President

Volunteer Coordinator, Boys and Girls Club of Tucson


Trish Kordas, 1st Vice President

Vice President of Human Resources, Tucson Federal Credit Union


Carla Johnson, 2nd Vice President

Assistant Chief of Police, Tucson Police Department


Kevin McCoy, Secretary/Treasurer

Principal Systems Engineer, Raytheon




Miguel Cruz, Director

Vice President of Marketing, Tucson Federal Credit Union


Mary Dorais, Director

Realtor, Long Realty


Alejandra Gerardo, Director

Legal Assistant, Law office of Dan Montgomery


Jose “Manny” Maldonado, Director

Community Volunteer


Pam Meichel, Director

Director of Human Resources, Cox Communications


Mimi Petro, Director

Partner, Udall Law Firm


Fred Ronstadt, Director

Executive Director, Fourth Avenue Merchants Association


Arlette Stevens-Castaño, Director

Nurse Practitioner


Gwen Valentine, Director

Peer Ambassador, El Rio Health Center


Kathy Wells, Director

Chief Operating Officer, La Frontera



Wendell Hicks, ex officio

Executive Director, SAAF


The Board of Directors, staff, and volunteer committee members have diverse backgrounds ethnically, economically, and racially, and include people living with HIV/AIDS. SAAF’s charter requires that people with HIV/AIDS and people who are low-income are part of the Board. The Board of Directors, with continuing representation from the original Tucson AIDS service organizations, includes financial, medical, and social service professionals; advocates; and community business leaders.

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