Board of Directors
From the President
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.
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
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
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.