Our Members

The Foothills Club of Tucson (FCT) is an 70+ member 501(c)3 organization founded in 2007 by local business professionals and civic leaders who wanted to give back to their community. Our mission is to support the goals of non-profit organizations in our community that directly benefit youth in need. Members meet monthly to network and trade business news and ideas, plan special fundraising events and are introduced to the various organization we fund on a quarterly basis.

Members

Julie Cruz (Knight)
Julie Cruz (Knight)

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Ed Alexander
Ed Alexander

Ed Alexander has been entertaining Tucson radio audiences and promoting local businesses, community events and organizations since the early 70’s.

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Kari Aragon

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Lawrence Bailliere
Lawrence Bailliere

Larry grew-up in York, PA and attended high school outside of Philadelphia. He moved to Tucson in 1983. He has been married to Danielle for 18 years and they have two children—Abby (13 years old) and Jack (7).

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Stephanie Bankemper
Stephanie Bankemper

Stephanie is a native Tucsonan that bleeds Red & Blue! She graduated from Sahuaro High School in 2005 and the University of Arizona Eller College of Management in 2009.

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Adam Begody
Adam Begody

Adam serves as Business Development Executive with the Tucson Metro Chamber. Born in Albany, NY his family moved to Tucson shortly after his first birthday. He graduated from Sabino High School in 2000 and received his Bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University in Agribusiness and Applied Economics.

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Mark Beres
Mark Beres

Mark is the President and CEO of Flying Leap Vineyards & Distillery, a southern Arizona wine and spirits company.

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Marc Bleaman

Marc was born in New York and raised New Jersey. He graduated the University of Arizona College of Law. After working for a large firm, Marc opened his own law firm in 2003.

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Jessica Celentano
Jessica Celentano

Jessica is a Southern Arizona native and as the Division Director for March of Dimes Southern Arizona Division, she couldn’t think of a better place to be than here. Jess also serves on the board for Tucson Young Professionals and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the United Way Days of Caring Committee.

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Silvia Cuevas
Silvia Cuevas

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Robyn Cummings
Robyn Cummings

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John Decker
John Decker

John has a strong commitment to Tucson and the community. He regularly volunteers with Tu Nidito, Junior Achievement, and The American Lung Association. He has served on local boards and will continue to give back to the city that has given him so much.

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Matt Emich
Matt Emich

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Glenn Ewing
Glenn Ewing

Glenn and his wife Diane are the owners of Gibson’s Office Supply and EC Group, which is an IT support business here in Tucson.

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Josh Ewing
Josh Ewing

Josh was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and graduated from Desert Christian High School in 2007. Rather than attending college, he chose to work with his dad in the family business.

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Matt Ewing
Matt Ewing

Matt was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. Matt just recently married his wife Kandace last October. He started working when he turned sixteen years old with a local company. This job is where he earned a passion for business. Matt then worked in the family business for his Dad, who has been in business for more than 40 years, and in 2012 the Ewing family acquired a very small office supply company.

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Kathy Faller
Kathy Faller

Since 2005, Kathy Faller has been helping "Happy Vacationers" find lodging in Rocky Point, Mexico and currently owns rental property there herself.

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Wes Fissell

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Clay Frey
Clay Frey

Since 1980 Clay Frey, CFP®, has been helping his southern Arizona clients target their financial futures and pursue peace of mind.

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Chrissy Frey
Chrissy Frey

“Chrissy” holds an Associates degree in Business Management and a Bachelor’s in Marketing with an International Concentration. Chrissy is a hard working Financial Advisor here in Tucson working with city employees , mainly the soon to retire or retired TPD employees. In addition Chrissy is a very active single mother of Fredricka who is 4. Chrissy enjoys spending as much time as possible with her daughter, bikram yoga, running and traveling.

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Jimmy Gamboa

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Wendy Gauthier
Wendy Gauthier

After growing up in northern Virginia right outside Washington DC Wendy went to the Culinary Institute of America in NY. She graduated with an associate’s degree in culinary arts and moved to Tucson. After working in resorts around town Wendy started Chef Chic in September of 2001.

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Joe Higgins
Joe Higgins

Joe is a founding member of The Foothills Club of Tucson and a local radio talk show host. He was born in New Richmond, Wisconsin and moved to Tucson Arizona in 1976. 

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Ryan Horn
Ryan Horn

Ryan is a University of Arizona Graduate and Co-owns Horn Pest Management with his wife Krista.

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Craig Jackson
Craig Jackson

My name is Craig Jackson and I am the owner of the Personal Training Institute of Tucson. I am a former paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division that lost his way and in 2008 I reached 320 pound which my 6′ frame did not carry well. I put myself into Type 2 diabetes and was physically pfft. I could not go longer than 12 minutes on an elliptical. That is mind blowing for a former fit paratrooper

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Miki Jackson

Miki, married to Craig since 2004, has 3 grown children, 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.

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MJ Jensen
MJ Jensen

IdeaMagic visionary marketing & CRM automation is an award winning idea and Digital Marketing company focusing on solving marketing challenges with affordable solutions.

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Reba Kalil
Reba Kalil

Reba, a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management, founded the firm in 2005 with a vision of becoming Tucson’s leading solution for businesses to outsource their bookkeeping.

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David Karp
David Karp

A Tucson community member since 1999, David I. Karp provides personalized estate planning to the Tucson community. Dave greatly values the opportunity to help clients protect their loved ones.

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Noy Kelly
Noy Kelly

Noy immigrated to Tucson in 1979. She is considered a native, having been raised here “all” of her life. Her passion for the Foothills Club of Tucson mission, where we focus on the children in our community, speaks to her love of children and her passion to help the community.

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Richard Kennedy

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Ron Kessler
Ron Kessler

Owner of The Pullout Shelf Company which specializes in converting existing cabinets into pull out shelves. Also, offering kitchen and bathroom cabinet refacing as well as new cabinetry, entertainment centers, book cases and other wood units.

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Ted Kiracofe
Ted Kiracofe

Ted has worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years. Prior to joining Wellspring Financial Partners in 2016 as the corporate development officer, Ted was a Sales Executive dealing with commercial insurance for Wells Fargo Insurance.

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Mike Knight
Mike Knight

Mike Knight retired Sergeant of the Pima County Sheriff Department. He is also a University of Arizona graduate with a Psychology major.

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Margie Lannon
Margie Lannon

On her way to a Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Margie’s career began with an internship at a local nursing home which instilled in her at a young age a great deal of respect for caregivers.

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Don Ledbetter
Don Ledbetter

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Ed Lochhead
Ed Lochhead

Ed is a charter member of the Foothills Club of Tucson and owner of Roadrunner Auto Glass and Window Tint.

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Justin Martinez
Justin Martinez

Justin Martinez is a commercial lender with 10 years of experience providing commercial banking services to clients in Tucson, AZ. As Vice President of Lending at the National Bank of Arizona, Justin specializes in commercial real estate loans as well as lines of credits for various companies.

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Scott Melde
Scott Melde

Although Scott was born in Michigan his heart is with Tucson and has been living here since he was seven. His parents are UofA alumni and raised him to be a die hard Wildcats fan and moved to Tucson as soon as they could.

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Ryan Mink

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Cameron Moore
Cameron Moore

Cameron Moore started Arizona Business Equipment in early 2011. With more than 15 years’ experience in the office equipment industry Cameron says, “It’s not office equipment and technology that I love, it’s helping create solutions for our clients and providing exceptional customer service”.

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Jeff Moore
Jeff Moore

Jeff is an experienced tax specialist with a successful 30 year career in law enforcement with the Tucson Police Department. 

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Bill Netherton
Bill Netherton

Bill is a 2nd generation Tucson native who attended high school at Canyon Del Oro then Pima Community College where he received his degree in food & beverage management, hotel management, & front office procedures.

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Anthony Offret

Anthony is currently the Dean of Academic Affairs for Brown Mackie College. He has lived in Tucson for most of his life, graduating from Salpoint High School, attending NAU and the U of A, graduating from the U of A with a bachelors degree. Anthony worked for Valley National Bank and Bank One for 20 years before going into commercial lending for Business Development Finance Corp He later worked in risk management for TUSD before acquiring his Masters degree from University of Oklahoma.

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Gary Oschmann
Gary Oschmann

Gary is the President/Owner of Oschmann Employee Screening Services, a national provider of drug & alcohol testing and employee background check services. Oschmann Employee Screening Services is the 2014 winner of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona’s Torch Awards for the Ethics Award Category.

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April Ott
April Ott

April is the Pit Boss and Proprietor of Blue Banjo BBQ Catering. She specializes in remote area and large party caterings, such as the 2008 NFL Superbowl VIP Tailgate Party and Accenture Match Play.

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Mike Parvis
Mike Parvis

Mike is the owner/Agent of a State Farm Agency that provides insurance and financial services. Mike is an avid outdoors-man and sports enthusiast. He enjoys camping, hunting, boating and spending time with his wife, Laurel and their two dogs.

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Kristen Peregrina
Kristen Peregrina

Kirsten was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, but moved to Tucson, Arizona before she was one years old. She grew up in Tucson and believes the Sonoran Desert is one of the most beautiful places to live. She graduated from Sahuaro High School in 2006. She then went onto attend the University of Arizona where she graduated in May 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Marketing from the business college, Eller College of Management.

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Kirsten Polikvchak

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Jesse Ramirez
Jesse Ramirez

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Andres Ramos
Andres Ramos

Andres born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, A Golf Professional by trade, he works part-time at Omni Tucson National Resort.

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Barbara Ramsier
Barbara Ramsier

Barb is the principal owner of Ramsier Tax & Business Services and brings over 20 years of tax, business and family office experience to clients.

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Anthony Rivera
Anthony Rivera

Anthony Rivera is a Tucson native. Having left for Flagstaff in 1996 in search of a Psychology degree at Northern Arizona University, Anthony changed his focus in 1998 when he decided to come back home to University of Arizona to pursue a degree in Computer Science.

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Mike Schmidt
Mike Schmidt

Mike Schmidt launched Anchor Wave Internet Solutions, LLC, in 2003 as a 22-year-old University of Arizona graduate with a vision: to become a leader in the website design industry. In six years, he has steadily built the business from a one-man business to a 10-person.

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Mark Schultz

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Daniel Seifried
Daniel Seifried

Regional Director of NCM, “America’s Movie Network”

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Jason Shipsey
Jason Shipsey

Jason Shipsey is the president of Shipsey Insurance Group located at La Paloma. Jason received his B.A. in Psychology and a M.S. in Finance from the University of Arizona. While we work in all areas of insurance we specialize in working with small to medium sized businesses and providing ownership and executives with tailored insurance plans.

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Tony Sotelo
Tony Sotelo

Tony has been in the payroll/credit card industry for over 25 years!

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Jill Spires
Jill Spires

Jill grew up and went to school in Tucson and is a proud Tucson native. She loves the UA Wildcats and the Green Bay Packers (she has to, she married into the madness.)

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Terri St.Pierre

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Kim Stine
Kim Stine

Kim has spent the last 37 years living and working in Tucson. She has a 30 plus year career in banking with various institutions.

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Heath Totten
Heath Totten

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K Watanabe
K Watanabe

K Watanabe was born and raised in Hawaii, but moved to Tucson, Arizona shortly after graduating from High School. He instantly fell in love with the desert landscape and its amenities. Since then K has established a strong connection and involvement within the community and is proud to call Tucson his home.

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Judy Weber
Judy Weber

Judy has recently retired after 16 yrs as a successful financial planner at New York Life. She has also enjoyed a long career as a hospital social worker and owned several small businesses throughout her working years.

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Chris Whisenant

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