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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.

SAAF Board of Directors officers

Lauren Smith, President 
Attorney – Thrasher Law Offices

Melissa Vito, President-Elect
Consultant and Interim VP – UT San Antonio

Cynthia Garcia, Secretary
Vice President of Energy Delivery Tucson Electric Power Co.

Scott Koenig, Treasurer
The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension / Arizona Center for Rural Leadership

Julia Wieland, Chair
– The University of Arizona

SAAF Board of Directors

Marc Acuña
Arizona Alumni Senior Director, Alumni and Student Engagement The University of Arizona

Joshua Anderson
Director of Development – El Rio Foundation

Lauryn Bianco
The City of Tucson Tucson Water

Lee Bucyk
Development and Marketing Director-Arizona Center for Autism The Abbie School

Patti Caldwell
Consultant Nonprofit Leadership

Joel Isais
Pharmacist – El Rio Health – Cherrybell

Beth Meyerson
Professor – College of Medicine Department of Family Medicine University of Arizona

Pratichee Shukla
Specialty Pharmacy Manager

Waco Starr
Realtor – Long Realty Company

Beth Frantz, ex officio
Chief Executive Officer – SA

Interested in Serving on the SAAF Board?

The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation is looking for dedicated individuals interested in serving on their Board of Directors.  The mission of SAAF is to promote health, well-being, and social justice for those living with HIV, LGBTQ+ individuals, and communities marginalized by society.  SAAF is an organization with cross-goal strategic priorities, mission driven planning and budget processes, clean annual audits and a strong management team.  For more information, please call (520) 547-6095, or email Erik Simonson, Executive Assistant,