Board of Directors

From the President

Juliet YardyGreetings Friends and Family of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation.

Please allow me introduce myself as the new President of the Board of Directors for SAAF. My name is Juliet Yardy and I am a 24 year old Tucsonan, proud alumni of the University of Arizona, Volunteer & Operations Coordinator at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson, and have been honored to be involved with SAAF and on the Board of Directors for the past 8 years.

I first found SAAF while participating in the HYPE (HIV Youth Peer Education) program the summer of 2008. I came into the program with minimal knowledge aside from a short exercise in health class the previous year. During the week of training, I gained invaluable knowledge and realized that everyone, especially my peers, needed to be informed about everything SAAF had to offer the community. The next summer we were invited back to do another round of HYPE and got to take a bit more of a leadership role this time around. Soon after, I got a phone call from Wendell Hicks, SAAF’s Executive Director, asking if I was interested in becoming a board member. Little did I know what an honor it was but I soon found out.

Fast forward 7 years and here we are! SAAF is a home away from home for so many. As soon as you walk into the front doors you are greeted by a warm and kind staff whi will do everything in their power to make sure that each and every client and community member walks out better equipped and with the help they need. Everyone is welcome and a part of the SAAF family. It is a very exciting and awesome time to lead our fantastic board of directors as well as working hand-in-hand with the very hardworking SAAF staff. The staff meets each obstacle and new challenge in stride and with their passion and dedication. During the last 12 months, the winds of change have frequented the halls of SAAF and it is with great pride that we are now growing our LGBTQA resources to better serve our community.

I am so humbled and excited for this opportunity to lead the SAAF board and I am looking forward to the year ahead.

Truest Regards,

Juliet Yardy

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 & Communications, Tucson Federal Credit Union


Mary Dorais, Director
Realtor, Long Realty


Alejandra Gerardo, Director
Graduate Student, University of Arizona College of Law


Bodo Lee, Director
High School Student


Jose “Manny” Maldonado, Director
Community Volunteer


Pam Meichel, Director
Director of Human Resources, Cox Communications


Mo Moslem, Director
Walgreens Pharmacy Manager


Mimi Petro, Director
Partner, Udall Law Firm


Fred Ronstadt, Director
Executive Director, Fourth Avenue Merchants Association


Arlette Stevens-Castaño, Director
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner


Gwen Valentine, Director
Peer Ambassador, El Rio Health Center



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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The mission of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation is to cultivate a healthy and stigma-free society through transformative action.