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Yesenia Barraza Simmons '08 B.A.,'13 M.Tax.
Yesenia Barraza-Simmons is a certified public accountant and assists businesses and individuals with their tax, accounting and consulting needs through her firm, Y.B. Company LLC, which is located in uptown Phoenix.
At ASU, Barraza was part of the Leadership Scholarship Program. She is currently a member of the Arizona Society of CPAs, the Dobson Ranch Toastmasters and the ASU Leadership Scholarship Program Alumni Board. Barraza, who previously served on the ASU Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Council, writes a column for Aguila Youth Leadership Institute. Endowed with a passion to increase the general level of financial knowledge in the community, she is a frequent volunteer and speaker at various organizations, and loves to read, exercise, travel, and golf.
She was recognized by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with a 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 Award in 2007, and has received a Student Hall of Fame Award from W. P. Carey School of Business. Yesenia resides in Phoenix with her husband, Harold and son, Edison.
Holly Barrett '86 M.B.A.
Holly Barrett is a Fortune 50 finance VP, Board Member and Volunteer. In her 30 year career with Intel Corporation, she proved to be a highly accomplished, creative, results driven senior finance executive with 30 years of progressive financial management and leadership experience in a Fortune 100 company. Significant experience influencing, developing and executing strategies vital to the success of the business. Demonstrated ability to maximize shareholder value via cost reduction and business growth initiatives while ensuring appropriate control. Proven track record of leading and developing large global teams and driving diversity initiatives. Strong interpersonal and listening skills which enable collaboration with an extensive professional network at all levels of the organization. Extensive experience presenting to and interacting with C-suite executives. Recipient of three Intel Achievement Awards, Intel’s highest level of recognition.
Holly served as board member for Wind River Solutions from 2014 – 2016 and the Wellness Community of Arizona from 2011 – 2014.
Jeff Daniel ’06 B.S.
Jeff Daniel is a territory manager with Lexipol, a provider of risk management policies and resources for public safety organizations. He has spent his entire career in sales working for various technology companies. He actively volunteers for charities that include the American Red Cross and the Alzheimer’s Association. A resident of Laguna Hills, Calif., Daniel has represented ASU at many local college fairs and has served on the Alumni Association’s Medallion Scholarship Review Committee for several years. He is past president of the Orange County chapter of the Alumni Association since 2012. Daniel is also member of the Sun Devil Club.
Eddie DeVall ’93 B.S.
Eddie DeVall earned his bachelor’s degree in communications studies from ASU in 1993 and works at CBS Films, working on product placement, partnerships, and promotions for its feature films. He has been president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Alumni Association since 1998.
DeVall, who makes his home in Los Angeles, previously served on the National Alumni Council for two terms between 2007 and 2013. Prior to his service on the council, he was an alumni chapter representative on the Alumni Association’s board of directors from 1999 to 2007. He also has served the Alumni Association by working on its Homecoming committee, the chapters/clubs committee, and the awards and recognition committee. He is a season ticket holder for Sun Devil football and member of the Sun Devil Club.
Margaret Dunn ’10 B.A., ’12 M.B.A.
Margaret Dunn is the founder and owner of Dunn Transportation, the company that runs the popular “Ollie the Trolley” service in downtown Scottsdale. Her passion for the transportation industry has its roots in a job she held when first attending ASU during the 1980s. As a community leader, Dunn serves on the boards of directors for the Arizona Transit Association Board, Tempe Tourism, and the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, she was a recipient of the Sun Devil Select Award, which recognizes innovative business leadership.
Timothy Gertz ‘01 B.S., ‘02 M.A.I.S.
Timothy Gertz is a certified public accountant and partner of ProVision Wealth, a firm specializing in developing wealth and tax strategies for entrepreneurs, professionals, and investors. While at ProVision Wealth, Gertz helped develop an environment of giving through firm outings to Helen’s Hope Chest in Mesa, and the adoption of various families for Christmas.
Gertz spent most of his childhood in Marin County, Calif., before his family moved to Arizona. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accountancy from ASU, where he studied accounting, tax, and business information systems. While attending ASU, he worked full time to provide for his education. His strong work ethic helped him grow professionally and allowed him to achieve his goals in education.
Since returning to the Valley in 2008, he has frequently attended ASU sporting events. He has been a season ticket holder for Sun Devil football for eight years. His passion for cycling also has led him to donate to organizations focusing on cycling and the community.
John Gibson ’05 B.S., ’10 M.B.A.
John Gibson is community banking area president for Wells Fargo’s Greater Southern Arizona region. He is responsible for managing 1,375 team members and 93 banking stores with $5.9 billion in deposits.
Prior to this appointment, Gibson was district manager for the Greater Tucson Metro District. He began his career with Wells Fargo in 2005 as a teller and has served as a personal banker, service manager and store manager. He has been honored with numerous awards and has also earned the Wells Fargo Sales and Service Excellence Award for several years.
Gibson earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University. He serves on the board of directors and the executive committee for Big Brothers Big Sister of Tucson and the board of directors for United Way of Southern Arizona and the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. He resides in Phoenix with his wife, Mistie and daughter, Hayden.
Kara Goldin '89 B.A.
Kara Goldin is chief executive officer and founder of San Francisco based hint Inc., which produces the leading unsweetened flavored waters, with nothing artificial. Since its official launch in April 2005, hint® has received numerous accolades from national publications including “Best Flavored Water” (in Health, Men’s Health, and SELF in both 2010 and 2012), “Best Enhanced Water” (BottledWaterWorld and BevNET) and “Top 25 New Products”.
Kara started hint, Inc. to make it easier for consumers to lead a healthy lifestyle. Flavored only with natural fruit, hint delivers refreshment without unnecessary additives and sweeteners. hint’s latest brand extension is the introduction of hintfizz, a carbonated version of hint Water, that received the 2012 Better Homes and Gardens “Best New Product Award” as well as the 2012 Silver Stevie Award for “Best New Product or Service of the Year.” Kara has been a contributor to national outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, MORE, The Huffington Post, Forbes.com, Reuters and Businessweek as well as appearances on national programs including CNBC and Fox News.
Kara was formerly the Vice President of Shopping and E-commerce Partnerships at AOL, where she grew AOL’s shopping business from startup to more than $1 billion in revenue in less than 7 years.
Kara has been selected among only 10 other women as Fortune’s 2011 “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs,” and was named in 2012 as one of Ernst and Young’s “Entrepreneurial Winning Women.” She was honored as the 2012 Gold Stevie Award Winner for “Female Entrepreneur of the Year” and was listed as a “Rising Star” and a “CEO to Watch in 2013” by OpenForum.com. Kara’s most recent accolade includes being named one of the “40 Women to Watch Over 40,” a list which is recognized by Forbes. Kara was also recently named as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business.
Andy Hanshaw '87 B.S.
Andy Hanshaw is Executive Director of The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition. He also is the Founder and Event Director for the annual Bike the Bay Community Bike Ride held in August. He has worked in San Diego for the past eleven years in the areas of community development and fund raising. As a cyclist, advocate and cycling instructor, he has been leading efforts to make San Diego a top bike friendly region and destination for bicycle travel. While not pedaling, Andy and his wife Sandy own and operate The Wine Pub, a local, bike and dog friendly wine bar and restaurant located in Point Loma. Hanshaw is past president of the ASUAA San Diego chapter.
Danelle Kelling '00 B.A., '04 J.D.
Kelling works as corporate counsel at the Rural/Metro Corp. in Scottsdale. Previously, she worked as an associate in the Phoenix office of the law firm of Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, where her practice in corporate and real estate law includes an emphasis on golf assets and private equity clubs. She was selected for inclusion in the Southwest Rising Stars in Real Estate 2012 and 2013 edition. She is a president of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Alumni Association, and acts as the regional coordinator for the Arizona High School Mock Trial program. She was a member of the Valley Leadership Class XXXII (2010-11). Kelling has served the ASU Alumni Association as the chair of its Medallion Scholarship and Homecoming committees.
Tere LeBarron ’82 B.S., ’92 M.H.S.A.
Tere LeBarron is senior director with Alvarez and Marsal. Prior to taking this position, she was a partner in the Eastwick Strategy Group. She is a senior health care executive with experience in ambulatory care, health plan, practice plan, hospital and academic environments and with specific expertise in human resources, organizational performance, planning and execution.
Prior to her work at Eastwick, LeBarron was vice president of human resources for University Physicians Healthcare, providing corporate-wide leadership in the areas of organizational alignment and execution. She has held other administrative positions at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Banner Health (formerly Samaritan Health Service) and has been recognized as a Certified Compensation Professional by World at Work (American Compensation Association).
LeBarron is a member of the ASU President’s Club and serves on the board of directors for CODAC Behavioral Health Services in Tucson, Ariz. She also has served on the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson board of directors.
Jim Lodge '87 M.B.A.
Jim Lodge is Vice President, Strategy & Business Development within the Business Solutions division of NRG Energy, overseeing all of the company’s District Energy business development efforts. This includes both the growth of existing NRG district energy systems throughout the U.S. and the development and acquisition of new systems. NRG, a Fortune 250 company is the largest independent power producer in the U.S.
Jim brings more the 30 years of experience in the energy industry, in executive management, business development, strategic planning and P&L and operations responsibilities. Prior to joining NRG Energy in 2010, as President of APS Energy Services Company, Lodge was the key principal who formed and developed Northwind Phoenix, LLC in 1998, now providing district cooling service as NRG Energy Center Phoenix to over 12 million square feet of customer buildings in downtown Phoenix .
Jim is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Electrical Engineering) and received an MBA from Arizona State University (Finance). He serves on the Executive Committee of the International District Energy Association and is a registered Professional Engineer.
Jeff Mirasola ’90 B.S.
Jeff Mirasola is the state and local government affairs director for CenturyLink, Inc. Prior to that position, he worked as a public relations director for Qwest and worked as a local television anchor/reporter in Phoenix, as well as various locations in Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Outside of work, Mirasola is involved in community organizations such as Silent Witness, Catholic Education Arizona, the board of Mesa United Way, and B'nai B'rith Little League.
Caleb Navarro '05 B.S., '08 M.S.
Caleb Navarro is a senior financial systems and reporting administrator with Sprouts Farmers Market.
He previously worked at SCF Arizona and APS as a senior financial systems business analyst. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and a master's degree in information management from ASU's W. P. Carey School of Business, and a business analyst master's certificate from Auburn University.
Navarro is an alumnus of the Hispanic Leadership Institute, and a past-president and director at large with the Hispanic Business Alumni chapter at ASU. He also enjoys volunteering with local youth development organizations such as the Be A Leader Foundation and Aguila Youth Leadership Institute.
Navarro was recognized with a 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 Award in 2012. He resides in Phoenix with his spouse, Lorena, and their daughter Maya.
Alberto Pino ’06 B.A., ’06 B.S.
Alberto Pino is a mutual fund operations supervisor at Voya Investments Management. In this position, he oversees more than 800 dealer contracts that have direct business with the mutual fund sector of the company. Prior to his graduation from ASU in 2006, he worked as a program assistant in the university’s Office of Public Affairs Hispanic Programs group, which operated the fall and spring Hispanic Convocation for ASU and facilitated the planning of minority youth higher education program, the César E. Chávez Leadership Institute.
Pino has served as the president of the Hispanic Business Alumni chapter of the ASU Alumni Association, as well as the chapter’s treasurer and a director at-large. He is a 2012 graduate of Valle Del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute and is 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 local Scottsdale site ERG leader associated with Voya Investment Management.
Tim Polson ‘98 B.S., ‘03 M.B.A.
Tim Polson is Senior Vice President Private Banking Group Manager at Comerica Bank. In this role, Polson serves as a trusted advisor to high-net-worth individuals, families and investors. He has more than 20 years of experience in the Arizona financial services industry, with expertise in wealth management, commercial lending, and real estate investment management. He participated in the Leadership Development Program offered by Comerica Bank in 2015.
Outside of the office, Polson serves as a volunteer for the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and participates in the following organizations: Greater Phoenix Economic Council, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He also is the treasurer for the St. Mary’s High School Scholarship and Benefit Board.
Polson has lived in Arizona for more than three decades, and enjoys golfing, writing, and travelling, as well as spending time with his wife, Leigh, his daughter Janelle, and son Evan.
Graham Rossini ’02 B.S., ’11 M.B.A.
Graham Rossini has worked for the Arizona Diamondbacks Major League Baseball club for seven years, three of them as vice president of special projects and fan experience. In this business development capacity, he manages the relationships between the baseball club and key business partners, and also serves as the organization’s point person for MLB special events, including the 2011 All-Star Game, the 2013 World Baseball Classic and the 2014 Opening Series in Sydney, Australia. He also oversaw the design and construction and business planning of Salt River Fields, the Diamondbacks award-winning spring training complex that is shared with the Colorado Rockies.
Prior to joining the Diamondbacks in February 2008, Rossini spent six years as the director of baseball operations at Arizona State University. While at ASU, he was involved with two College World Series teams and the successful recruitment of a number of current major leaguers.
Rossini sits on the board of directors for United Blood Services, is an active member of the Green Sports Alliance, the MLB Licensing Retail Committee and the ASU Baseball Legacy Committee. He is a voting member of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Travis Snell '00 M.P.A.
Travis Snell is Government Relations Liaison at Washington State Department of Transportation, in Olympia, WA. Prior to moving to the Pacific Northwest, Travis was Project Manager for the Hulbert Family Trust, in Anaheim, CA, where he also served as Vice President of the Orange County Alumni Chapter. He was the founding President of the Austin Alumni Chapter and a founding member of the Austin PAC-12 Alumni Council. Travis resides in Olympia, WA, where he likes to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. He supports both the Seattle and Portland Alumni Chapters.