Christine Kajikawa Wilkinson,
President and CEO, ASU Alumni Association; ’66 BAE education, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College; ’76 PhD higher education administration, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
Christine Kajikawa Wilkinson began her role as ASU Alumni Association president and CEO in July 2005. She works to support and promote the advancement of the university, and advocates for the interests of alumni across the country and globally.
She also serves as the senior vice president and secretary of the university and is the managing director of the Trustees of ASU.
Actively engaged with the community, Wilkinson serves on the boards of Japanese American National Museum Governors, Valley of the Sun United Way, Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center and the Arizona Business Leadership Association. She is also on the Nationwide Leadership Council for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the Community Advisory Council for Wells Fargo Bank and the Arizona Educational Foundation Advisory Board.
Wilkinson lives in Tempe, Arizona, and holds a bachelor’s degree in education with distinction from ASU, a master’s degree in education (counseling psychology) from the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctorate in higher education administration from ASU. She and her husband Don are lifetime sports enthusiasts with a passion for Sun Devil sports and ASU mascot Sparky.
’82 BS marketing, W. P. Carey School of Business
Rick Dircks, who joined the ASU Alumni Association Board of Directors in July 2016, is the board chair for fiscal year 2020 and also will serve as chair of the Founders’ Day Committee.
Executive vice president of Dircks Moving & Logistics, he has more than three decades of experience in the moving industry. He and his brother, Chip, started Dircks Moving & Logistics nearly 30 years ago building it into what is now Arizona’s largest and most diversified moving company and the fourth largest agent in the United States for Mayflower Van Lines. Rick Dircks was named a finalist for ASU’s Spirit of Enterprise Award and was named the Small Business Person of the Year by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce in 1998. Additionally, Rick is a recipient of ASU’s Business Leadership Award and has been honored three times as a member of the Sun Devil 100. Dircks Moving has been named a three-time finalist for the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Awards for Ethics.
Dircks lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his wife and daughter, who are also ASU alumni, while another daughter currently attends ASU. He has a passion for Sun Devil Football and enjoys traveling to away games.
’86 BS justice studies, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Since joining the ASU Alumni Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2015, Chris Hill has participated in selecting scholarship award recipients and ASU Leadership Institute participants. In addition, he advocates for Sun Devil veterans through his membership in the ASU Veterans Alumni chapter and service experience.
Hill is the board’s chair-elect in FY20.
A Distinguished Military Graduate from ASU’s nationally ranked ROTC program who went on to serve his country in the Army as a Medical Service Corps officer for 20 years, Hill is the senior managing director of Treadstone Management.
A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Hill has held executive positions in the industry since retiring from the Army: CEO for Terre Haute Regional Hospital, a large acute-care community hospital affiliated with the Hospital Corporation of America; CEO for National Surgical Hospitals, a physician-owned surgical-specialty joint venture; and vice president of operations with responsibility for two surgical specialty hospitals and an ambulatory surgery center. As CEO of St. Luke’s Medical Center and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital in 2015, he collaborated with ASU Health Services leadership to better coordinate health care for ASU students.
A Tempe (Arizona) Marcos de Niza High School graduate, Hill attended Singapore American School before matriculating at ASU. He received a master’s in health care administration from Baylor University in 1993.
’94 BS accountancy, W. P. Carey School of Business
Darren Skarecky is treasurer of the ASU Alumni Association Board of Directors and the National Alumni Council. He is the owner and CEO of Grace Records in Gilbert, Arizona, and is CEO of GO Car Wash, a multiregional car wash company that focuses primarily on exterior express car washes.
Skarecky’s executive career includes more than 20 years’ experience in growth management and mergers and acquisitions in blue-chip, private-equity and public, Fortune 500 companies. He has served as CFO for Mister Car Wash in Tucson, Arizona, following a successful career as vice president of finance for Insight Enterprises, a leading technology provider based in Tempe. He has served as treasurer and board member of the Grand Canyon Minority Supplier Development Council, and he was an ASU FestDevil Homecoming Gala executive committee member from 2005 to 2008.
Skarecky holds a black belt in Kung Fu San Soo and has completed 50 marathons and an Ironman triathlon. He is a third-generation ASU alumnus who resides in Queen Creek, Arizona, with his wife Heather and daughters Savannah, Lilly and Bethany.
’88 BS accountancy, W. P. Carey School of Business
Trish Gulbranson serves as past chair of the ASU Alumni Association and the National Alumni Council boards of directors. During her term, she has served as a member of the ASU Foundation investment and audit committees and chaired the Sun Devil 100 committee. She will continue to chair the Sub Devil 100 committee during her current term.
Her professional background in finance and entrepreneurship fuels her enthusiasm for supporting and growing ASU Alumni. She began her career as a CPA in a large accounting firm and later rose to president and CEO of an international software company before founding Derma Health, a medical aesthetics company. Today, Gulbranson is also a member of the Trustees of ASU.
Ray J. Artigue,
’76 BA journalism, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Ray Artigue joined the ASU Alumni Association National Alumni Council in 2018 and begins a term on the association’s board of directors in 2019. He brings a wealth of strategic communications and marketing experience to the association and the council.
A native of the Grand Canyon State who has forged a successful career in professional sports and community service leadership, Artigue is the founder and principal of Artigue Advisors. He is active on the ASU Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication endowment board, a long-time member of the Sun Devil Club and a former professor of practice in the W. P. Carey School MBA program. He has been inducted into the ASU College of Public Programs and the Cronkite School Hall of Fame.
Artigue has successfully launched and built marketing communications firms that have represented some of the Greater Phoenix market’s top companies and organizations, and he has held executive positions with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks. He has also authored a number of books.
An Arizona native, Artigue and his wife Martha, a Sun Devil alumna, live in the Arcadia neighborhood in Phoenix.
’83 BA communication, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
A valued ASU Alumni Association Gold member, Gregg Brewster joined the association’s board of directors in August 2016. In his role, he has actively supported its mission while focusing on its state government engagements, health care industry impacts and as a participant in special alumni events. He has sponsored a table regularly for the Legends Luncheon.
Brewster brings a long and successful history in logistics and supply chain management and currently is region vice president of commercial services, West region, for Owens & Minor Distribution, a global health care company providing expertise in health care, supply chain management, logistics and transportation.
Prior to joining Owens & Minor, he served as vice president of Cardinal Health Enterprise Contracting, where he focused on supply chain capabilities.
He is married to Tracy, and they reside in Scottsdale, Arizona, with time spent each year in Green Lake, Wisconsin. They have two daughters who are future Sun Devil alumni, following a Brewster family tradition of ASU graduations dating to 1956. Brewster enjoys politics, travel, golf, boating and outdoor adventures.
’02 BSE materials science and engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, ’07 PhD materials science engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Teresa Clement serves on the ASU Alumni Association Board of Directors and is also the current president of the ASU Alumni engineering chapter board for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering; she has been a valued member of the schools’ alumni board for more than a decade.
Clement is strategic technology manager for technology development at Tucson, Arizona-based Raytheon Missile Systems, maker of the Tomahawk cruise missile and more than a dozen other key weapons systems. A member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; the American Ceramics Society; and SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics; she currently has a patent pending for the 3D printing of an integrated thermal management solution for cooling electronics.
A graduate research assistant at the Fulton Schools, Clement was a Sandia National Laboratories Graduate Research fellow as a doctoral student at ASU. She joined Raytheon upon receiving her doctorate from the university.
Clement and her husband Ben, also an ASU alum, live in Tucson with their son Thomas.
’09 BS political science, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Chief of staff in the office of Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Lisa Fernandez joined the ASU Alumni Association Board of Directors in August 2018. Her focus as a valued member of the board is on alumni membership and events.
Fernandez is an experienced political professional who has earned her reputation for excellence through nearly a decade of managing campaigns, fundraising and strategic communications in Arizona and across the country. She was recently named one of the “best and brightest campaign professionals under 40” by the American Association of Political Consultants.
As a Sun Devil undergraduate in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Fernandez was president of one of the most active clubs on the Tempe campus and volunteered her time as a member of the student speakers bureau. Today, in addition to her work in the mayor’s office, she is a member of Valley Leadership, a pioneering organization focused on developing visionary leaders ready to address the state’s most pressing concerns; and also Charter 100 AZ, a nonpartisan, nonprofit network organization for women leaders of outstanding accomplishments in diverse fields.
Fernandez and her partner Seth live in central Phoenix with their two dogs. Outside of work, she spends her spare time volunteering on political campaigns and boxing.
’01 BS accountancy, W. P. Carey School of Business; ’02 MAIS accountancy and information systems, W. P. Carey School of Business
Tim Gertz joined the ASU Alumni Association National Alumni Council in May 2016 when he began focusing on growing alumni affinity through various programs. In 2019, he joins the ASU Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Gertz has a deep affinity for ASU and loves the opportunity to work with other board and council members to develop programs to help share his passion.
He is a certified public accountant and partner of ProVision, a firm specializing in developing wealth and tax strategies for entrepreneurs, professionals and investors. While at ProVision, Gertz has helped develop an environment of giving through the firm’s regular outings to Helen’s Hope Chest in nearby Mesa, Arizona, as well as the adoption of various families during the holidays.
Gertz currently lives in downtown Phoenix. He is an avid Sun Devil supporter, longtime season ticket holder and an avid cyclist.
C. Bret Giles,
’87 BS marketing, W. P. Carey School of Business
Entrepreneur, marketer and teacher, Charles (Bret) Giles joined the ASU Alumni Association National Alumni Council for two terms prior to joining the board of directors. In his board role, he is focused on alumni membership and marketing activities.
Giles is a co-founder of Audacious Studios, a marketing incubator with four specialized agencies focused on performance marketing, digital product design and development, customer experience and influencer marketing. His professional career spans more than 30 years in both the B2B and B2C sectors and working with agencies and brands.
Giles’ support of ASU can also be found on the academic side, as he is a professor of practice in the W. P. Carey School of Business in digital, data-driven and social media marketing, and is also faculty advisor to AdWorks, a student run ad agency within the university experience. He joined the W. P. Carey School of Business in his teaching role in 2010, the same year he was recognized as “Arizona Small Business Person of the Year” by the Small Business Administration.
When he isn’t “starting something — companies, conversations, plans, books and more” — Giles enjoys trail and road running.
’98 BS history, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Luis Heredia brings a wealth of service and leadership experience to his position on the ASU Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is the district director for Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego and also serves as Arizona’s representative to the Democratic National Committee, chairing its credentials committee. He led the Arizona Democratic Party as executive director from 2009 to 2012 and has held senior-level positions for Union Pacific Railroad, U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, Arizona Western College, and the City of Yuma.
A native Arizonan and first-generation American from a Mexican immigrant family, Heredia was a Roberto L. Pastor Student Award winner as a senior at ASU, recognized for his academic achievement, outreach to Hispanic youth and his leadership and volunteer service at ASU and in the community. As a junior, he was named a Woodrow Wilson Public Policy Institute fellow, an international honor providing a nine-month research and writing residency at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.
Heredia was elected to the Somerton (Arizona) Elementary School Board at the age of 24 and later appointed to the Yuma County (Arizona) Planning and Zoning Commission and the Arizona Governor’s Latino Advisory Council. He recently completed the Flinn-Brown fellowship for the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership and currently is the president of the ASU Alumni Association’s Los Diablos chapter.
’91 BS family resources and human development, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
A registered health underwriter, Kristine Kassel joined the ASU Alumni Association National Alumni Council in 2013 and the board of directors in 2016. Kassel is focused on advancing the growth and accomplishments of the university, its students and alumni. Her passion for collaboration is reflected in her work on the alumni association board and her service in the community.
Kassel’s long and successful track record in the health care industry includes her current title of nearly two decades as president of Benefits by Design, an Arizona-based agency focused on group employee benefits. For her business and community service she has received several awards, including Tempe Business Woman of the Year, NAWBO Business Owner of the Year and recognition as an ATHENA Award finalist by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.
When not leading Benefits by Design, Kassel is a member of the U.S. SBA Region IX Regulatory Fairness Committee and the Small Business Community Advisory Board. She has served as board president or chair of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, Gabriel’s Angels, the Phoenix chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Greater Phoenix Chamber Athena Mentoring Board, and the Arizona Small Business Association.
Kassel is a Tempe, Arizona, native and currently lives in nearby Ahwatukee with her husband and their two dogs. Her daughter is currently in veterinarian school at Colorado State University. Kassel enjoys golfing, hiking and biking, and is an enthusiastic college football fan.
’98 BS agribusiness, W. P. Carey School of Business; ’01 MS agribusiness, W. P. Carey School of Business
Tim Kelly has been a valued member of the ASU Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2016.
The two-degree Sun Devil is senior vice president and general manager of Shamrock Farms Dairy, the dairy division of Shamrock Foods Company, one of the 500-largest privately held businesses in the country. Kelly directs the dairy business for the enterprise and is instrumental in developing the strategic plan and infrastructure for further growth.
Deeply engaged in the Valley of the Sun community, Kelly has held board positions with the Grand Canyon State games, United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona, and Blueprint Education. He is a past member of the Tempe Diablos and has served as a board member of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.
Kelly and his wife Robyn have three boys who keep the family busy between educational and sports endeavors.
’74 political science, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mark Kerrigan joined the ASU Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2016.
A sought-after executive in the energy and environmental field, Kerrigan is CEO and manager of Amstar Energy Group after serving as senior vice president for the Energy Solutions Operation at Science Applications International Corporation. He helped found GridWise Alliance in 2003, an industry consortium established to promote the next-generation electric power grid.
Kerrigan has held senior management roles in the federal government, including senior staff for the White House Office of Management and Budget and as deputy undersecretary for policy at the Department of Energy under President George H.W. Bush. As part of that role, he was a member of the American delegation to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
His experience in the energy services industry includes board chair roles with Research and Development Solutions LLC and the GlobalResolve advisory group at ASU, as well as representation on the Phoenix Energy Technology board. He was a member of the Board of Visitors at Indiana University, where he received the Alumni of the Year Award in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2005. He and fellow GlobalResolve co-founders were honored with the prestigious James W. Creasman Award for Excellence from the ASU Alumni Association in 2009.
Kerrigan lives in Falls Church, Virginia, with his wife Susan and daughters Meredith and Paige.
Joya Kizer Clarke,
’04 BS zoology, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Joya Kizer Clarke is a valued member of the ASU Alumni Association Board of Directors and a member of the association’s prestigious Sun Devil 100 in 2019.
Clarke has served for 18 years as president and chief executive officer of CASA Unlimited Enterprises, a family-owned, locally based ACDBE-certified airport concessionaire business operating its own stores in Phoenix. She currently oversees three retail stores in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and nine joint-venture partnership contracts, and she continues to build growth opportunities for the business.
In addition to her Sun Devil 100 recognition, Clarke is an honored recipient of the Univision Radio Phoenix and Valle del Sol “40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40” for her excellence in business leadership, and she is a member of the National Association of Professional Women.
Clarke’s commitment to the Arizona community is reflected in her current and past outreach and philanthropic support of such entities as the Arizona School for the Arts, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center and the Cesar Chavez Foundation. She continues to be a prominent NextGen Healthcare community figure within the airport concessionaire industry.
Residents of downtown Phoenix, Clarke and her husband Matt and children Maya and Henry enjoy the outdoors, camping and hiking.
’87 MBA W. P. Carey School of Business
Jim Lodge brings more than 20 years’ experience in senior leadership in the energy industry to his recent role as a member of the ASU Alumni Association National Alumni Council and as an association board member in 2019.
Vice president of strategy and business development at NRG Energy, Lodge is a specialist in high growth and change management, responsible for the development and implementation of NRG’s business-building strategies. He has led Venture Management Company as CEO and served as president of APS Energy Services. Lodge currently is on the executive committee of the International District Energy Association and is a registered professional engineer.
Among his leadership specialties are operations, finance, employee engagement, deal structuring and contract negotiations, engineering and construction.
’82 BS marketing, W. P. Carey School of Business
Mike McGuirk joined the ASU Alumni Association Board of Directors in June 2018. In his role on the board, he will focus on alumni engagement and events.
President of ProCopy Office Solutions since 2010, McGuirk’s success at the Flex Technology Group company includes recognition as a “Best Place to Work,” listing as one of Inc. 5000’s fastest-growing companies and two-time honors as one of ENX magazine’s “Top 50 Copier Dealers in the U.S.”
McGuirk is active in community service locally, as well as nationally. He currently serves on the board of the Better Business Bureau, is a member of the Executives' Association of Greater Phoenix and is a national board member of the Business Technology Association and president-elect of its Select Dealers Group. He is also the chair of the ProCopy Foundation.
McGuirk lives in Gilbert, Arizona, and has a summer home in Imperial Beach, California, with his wife Kelly. They have three children, including a pair of twins and an ASU alum.
’67 BS accountancy, W. P. Carey School of Business
Fred Reish has been a member of the ASU Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2015, advocating for the continued enhancement of the college experience across all university campuses. Included in his focus is the advancement of the new ASU Greek Leadership Village on the Tempe campus and working with first-generation students and service veterans. A recipient of the ASU Alumni Service Award, Reish has established a scholarship at ASU for student-veterans in honor of his father, a career soldier.
Reish is a partner at Drinker Biddle, a national, full-service law firm where his practice centers on fiduciary issues, prohibited transactions, tax qualification and retirement income. He serves as a consultant and expert witness on ERISA litigation and FINRA arbitration, with a focus on cases involving broker-dealers, registered investment advisers, financial service companies and other service providers. He has written four books and more than 350 articles on fiduciary responsibility; audits and pension plan disputes; updates and insights on the retirement industry for service providers, plan sponsors and registered investment advisers; and more. He has received numerous industry awards, including selection as one of the 5 “Legends” of the retirement industry by Planadviser magazine.
Reish lives in Los Angeles with his wife Michelle and children Theresa and Freddy.
’87 BS finance, W. P. Carey School of Business; ’91 MBA, W. P. Carey School of Business
Michael Tully joined the ASU Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2017 and has also served on the National Alumni Council. A valued four-year member of the ASU Founders’ Day Committee, he chaired the group in 2017. He also has been active in ASU Homecoming and the annual Legends Luncheon.
As a proud ASU alum, Tully serves as a Director and member of the Audit Committee for CopperPoint Insurance Companies. He also serves as a Director for the National Association of Corporate Directors, Pacific Southwest Chapter and chairs the Arizona Advisory Board. Tully is the former President and CEO of AAA Arizona where he led the transformation of the organization into one of the most dynamic, fastest growing AAA organizations in the United States. He is a licensed CPA.
Tully has served on the ASU finance advisory board, ASU’s Center for Services Leadership and is a long-time member of the ASU Foundation’s prestigious President’s Club. Tully lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his wife Heidi, whom he met while attending ASU. He and Heidi have two daughters attending ASU. Tully is an avid hiker, mountaineering enthusiast, photographer and traveler.
’06 BS supply chain management, W. P. Carey School of Business
Michael Angulo joined the ASU Alumni Association National Alumni Council in July 2019. A supply chain management professional with more than 15 years of experience in the field, he is at Salt River Project, one of the country’s largest public power utilities.
In addition to his valued service to the council, Angulo’s support of the university and alumni association includes past leadership roles with the ASU Hispanic Business Alumni chapter as scholarship chair and events committee participant. He also serves as a sponsorship and major events adviser to the group.
Angulo’s professional and community service outside of ASU in the Greater Phoenix area includes board appointments with the East Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Minority Contractors of Arizona, plus committee and operations support for St. Mary’s Food Bank and the Pacific Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council.
’93 BS communication, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Eddie DeVall’s history with the ASU Alumni Association started in 1999 when he began an eight-year service on its board of directors, representing the Los Angeles Alumni chapter. During his final year in 2007, he served as board director at large, and today he holds a seat on the National Alumni Council. He focuses his attention on building ASU Alumni memberships, events, chapter activities and engagement. DeVall has been the president of the Los Angeles Alumni chapter since 1977.
DeVall has had various positions in the entertainment industry working with CBS, MGM Studios and MGM Home Entertainment. For the past decade he has been creating partnerships and national promotions for various films.
’04 BS interdisciplinary studies, University College; ’18 MNLM nonprofit studies, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
Suzanne Durkin-Bighorn has served on the ASU Alumni Association National Alumni Council since 2018, bringing undergraduate and graduate ASU degrees and more than 20 years’ experience in nonprofit leadership, business development, fundraising, board governance and more to the role.
President and CEO of The Philanthropy Outsource, Durkin-Bighorn has also served in special events and development positions with South Mountain Community College the Phoenix Symphony, and was the Development Coordinator at the Tempe Center for the Arts. She has worked with Valley of the Sun United Way as a loaned executive in development, and during the course of her professional career has been recognized as a leader and change agent.
Her community-service accomplishments are many, and she has been a valued member of a variety of boards. The double-degree Devil currently serves as past-president the Tempe Leadership Council and has a seat on the board of the Arizona Education Foundation ;she has also served on the Tempe Parks, Recreation and Golf; Double Butte Cemetery Advisory Board; Tempe Sister Cities Board and the Tempe Chamber of Commerce.
’92 BAE elementary education, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College; ’11 EdD Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
A passionate and collaborative education leader dedicated to designing and implementing innovative learning systems for all students and adults, Andi Fourlis joined the ASU Alumni Association National Alumni Council in July 2019.
She is the deputy superintendent of Mesa Public Schools, where she leads strategic initiatives across the district, overseeing teaching and learning, instructional leadership, human and capital resources, and collaboration with community partners and stakeholders. Her professional experience spans more than 25 years, first serving as an English language arts teacher at the 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade level.
After eight years in the classroom, she became a professional development specialist who coached newly hired teachers and designed and implemented professional learning for educators. Seventeen years later, she became the assistant superintendent in Mesa Public Schools’ Teaching and Learning Division, where she lead the research, development and evaluation of quality educational programming, a stepping stone to the deputy superintendent role she holds today.
’05 BS business administration, W. P. Carey School of Business; ’10 MBA, W. P. Carey School of Business
John Gibson joined the ASU Alumni Association National Alumni Council in 2015. In his role, Gibson is focused on supporting ASU Alumni membership while also serving on the Founders’ Day committee.
He is the southern Arizona region president for Wells Fargo Bank and an Arizona native passionate about giving back to the community. Gibson was recognized for his efforts in southern Arizona with the “40 under 40” award from the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and his community work is evident across a wide range of volunteer leadership roles. He currently provides support to Valley of the Sun United Way and has served as chairman of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson board and as a member of the Tucson Metro Chamber.
Gibson lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his wife Mistie and his two young daughters (and future Sun Devils!) Harper and Hayden.
’89 BA communication, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Kara Goldin is a valued member of the ASU Alumni Association National Alumni Council and a two-time Sun Devil 100 honoree for innovation and entrepreneurial success.
Entrepreneur Goldin is the founder and CEO of hint, Inc., a healthy lifestyle brand that produces the leading, award-winning, unsweetened flavored water, as well as a scented sunscreen spray that is oxybenzone and paraben-free.
Kara has received numerous accolades, including being named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Northern California, one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and Forbes’ 40 Women to Watch Over 40. The Huffington Post listed her as one of six disruptors in business, alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zukerberg.
Previously, Goldin was Vice President of Shopping and E-commerce Partnerships at AOL, where she helped lead the growth of its startup shopping business to a $1 billion enterprise.
Goldin is an active business speaker and writer and, in 2016, she launched The Kara Network, a digital resource and mentoring platform for entrepreneurs. She also recently launched the podcast, Unstoppable, where she interviews founders, entrepreneurs and disruptors across various industries.
‘93 BS accountancy, W. P. Carey School of Business
A trusted business adviser and consultant on taxes and accounting for individuals and small business owners, certified public accountant Samantha Hagan joined the ASU Alumni Association National Alumni Council in July 2019.
In her professional life, she is a partner/founder in the firm Christophel & Hagan, a Phoenix-based accounting and tax service company specializing in small to mid-sized businesses. She’s a go-to consultant for setting up a business — handling everything from loan packaging to tax planning, preparing financial statements and tax returns, and aiding business owners with QuickBooks. She is a member of the Arizona Society of CPA’s and the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP)
She juggles her work and personal life to fit in time for community service. Along with the ASUAA National Alumni Council, she’s served in leadership roles on the board of Gabriel’s Angels, a nonprofit organization that provides pet therapy to at-risk children. Currently she is board treasurer for Pawsitive Friendships, a nonprofit that works with autistic children. In her free time, Samantha enjoys traveling, cooking, fitness and spending time with family and friends.
Tere Goitia LeBarron,
’82 BA management, W. P. Carey School of Business; ’92 MHSA health services, W. P. Carey School of Business
Tere LeBarron joined the ASU Alumni Association National Alumni Council in 2013. She focuses on event planning and enhanced engagement with the valued members of ASU’s the Old Pueblo (Tucson) Alumni chapter.
A senior director with Alvarez and Marsal Healthcare Industry Group, a national consulting firm, she is a respected health care leader with experience in the ambulatory care, health plan, practice plan, hospital and academic environments; she specializes in human resources, organizational performance, planning and execution. Prior to her work at Eastwick strategy Group, LeBarron was vice president of human resources for University Physicians Healthcare, providing corporate leadership in the areas of organizational alignment and execution.
LeBarron is an active advocate of the ASU Alumni Association’s annual Sun Devil Send-Offs, providing new students and their families a preview of their upcoming college experience. She also participates in the alumni association’s Old Pueblo Alumni Chapter Scholarship selection process.
LeBarron lives in Tucson, Arizona. She comes from a Sun Devil family: her father and siblings all have degrees from ASU, and her daughter recently graduated from ASU.
’01 BSD urban planning, The College of Architecture and Design; ’10 MBA international business, W. P. Carey School of Business
An accomplished, results-oriented professional with 17+ years experience in business development and operations, Kirk McClure joined the ASU Alumni Association National Alumni Council in 2019.
As a director at Kitchell, he connects clients, partners and his colleagues in construction and program management, as well as architecture, engineering, and economic developers. He focuses on strategy and relationship management in multiple market sectors.
In the Greater Phoenix community, McClure is on the Fiesta Bowl’s Yellow Jacket Committee; is a board member of CoreNet Global, an association for the real estate industry; and a Blue Blazer with Fighter Country Partnership. He is also a past honorary commander at Luke Air Force Base and a previous board member of the Maricopa County Community College District Foundation.
’90 BS broadcasting, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Jeff Mirasola joined the ASU Alumni Association National Alumni Council in 2015 and is a valued member of the Founders’ Day committee.
Mirasola has served as the state and local government affairs director for CenturyLink for more than 18 years. Previously, he worked for Qwest Communications in corporate communications. Prior to a career in the corporate environment, he served as a TV news reporter and anchor in Phoenix (CBS affiliate KPHO) and Milwaukee (FOX affiliate WITI).
Mirasola lives in Phoenix with his wife Mary, who is also a Sun Devil. They enjoy Sun Devil sporting events, and he enjoys golfing in the Valley with its abundance of golf courses and near-perfect weather.
’09 MArch architecture, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Stephanie Mitrović is a first-term member of the ASU Alumni Association National Alumni Council. A three-time Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts “Design Excellence” nominee as a Sun Devil, she graduated with honors and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Mitrović is the science and technology studio leader at SmithGroup, an award-winning integrated architectural design firm. She is also a member of the American Institute of Architects, International Interior Design Association and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
Beyond her professional life, Mitrović is active in the community, serving as an ambassador for the Translational Genomics Research Institute and on the steering committee for Valley of the Sun United Way’s Women United. She also volunteers with The National Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk.
’06 BA Spanish, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; ’06 BS economics, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
A longtime university and ASU Alumni Association advocate, Alberto Pino serves on the ASU Alumni Association National Alumni Council. He has worked as a program assistant in the ASU Office of Public Affairs’ Hispanic programs group — presenter of the fall and spring Hispanic convocations — and he has facilitated the planning of the university’s minority youth higher education initiative, the César E. Chávez Leadership Institute.
Pino is a mutual fund operations supervisor at Voya Investments Management and oversees more than 800 dealer contracts that conduct direct business with the mutual fund sector of the company.
Pino has served as the president of the Hispanic Business Alumni chapter of the ASU Alumni Association, as well as treasurer and a director at large. He is a 2012 graduate of Valle Del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute and a member of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting. He also has served as national communications chair for the Latino Employee Resource Group and as the local group leader representing Voya Investment Management.
’02 BS management, W. P. Carey School of Business; ’11 MBA, W. P. Carey School of Business
Graham Rossini joined the ASU Alumni Association National Alumni Council in 2014 and has participated in the planning and fundraising efforts of many of ASU Alumni’s signature events, including Founders’ Day and Legends Luncheon, as well as working to increase membership awareness across his Arizona Diamondbacks workplace.
Vice president of special projects and fan experience for the state’s Major League Baseball entry, Rossini is a second-term council member who has nurtured his relationship with ASU since arriving on campus in fall 1998. Rossini calls upon strategic contacts throughout many areas of the university, including Sun Devil Athletics and the W. P. Carey School of Business.
Rossini spent six seasons as Sun Devil Athletics director of baseball operations. His wife Alison earned her bachelor’s degree from the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and was a Sun Devil Volleyball letterwinner.
’14 BIS interdisciplinary studies, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Shaney Salomon joined the ASU Alumni Association National Alumni Council in July 2018, bringing a long history of business acumen and professional relationships to her role.
She previously has held several positions on the board of directors at Horses Help, a therapeutic horseback riding center for people with disabilities based in Phoenix, and she has deep experience in event planning and fundraising activities. She co-founded a grassroots charitable group, Blanketing Arizona, which for a decade provided food, blankets and gifts to the homeless during the holidays.
Salomon lives in Phoenix and owns Optima ECM Consulting, an international professional services firm based in nearby Scottsdale. She has been married to Frank, a Phoenix Fire deputy chief, for 26 years and has three adult children, all ASU alumni. She enjoys travel, time with family and close friends, and spending as much time as possible at the barn with her horse Buzz.
’76 BS business administration, W. P. Carey School of Business
Ty Triplett serves on the ASU Alumni Association National Alumni Council. He is a veteran financial adviser who specializes in portfolio management. He is the director and founding partner of Anasazi Investment Group, an Arizona-based investment consulting and financial planning firm.
Triplett’s favorite pastime is automotive history and restoration. He is the author of "The Edsel Owner’s Handbook,” founder of the Arizona Chapter of the International Edsel Club and has owned Ford Edsels since he was 15.
’03 BS accountancy, W. P. Carey School of Business; ’03 BS computer information systems, W. P. Carey School of Business
Jennifer Mammano Ward joined the ASU Alumni Association National Alumni Council in 2019, bringing with her proven professional experience supporting Arizona companies with their employment law and human resources needs. She is the founder of Jen Ward Law PLLC where she advises employees and employers on employment law issues to help make the workplace a better place to be.
A certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Ward volunteers her time in the community as a member of the board of directors of Arizona Helping Hands and has been a member of the Junior League of Phoenix for more than a decade. She is a member of Valley Leadership Class 39. Following her graduation from ASU, Ward received her JD from the University of Southern California in 2006. Ward lives in Gilbert with her husband Jay (also an ASU alum) and their two sons, Bobby and Everett. In her time outside of work Ward enjoys reading fiction and practicing yoga, meditation and mindfulness.