Leadership Team

Leading Us in the Right Direction

From our Executive Team to our Board of Directors, Big Brothers Big Sisters has a compassionate and dedicated group of individuals on our side that are willing to do whatever it takes to help change children’s lives for the better.

Teresa Strunk
Board Chair
Teresa has been passionately serving Big Brothers Big Sisters for nearly 15 years, first as a Big Sister in Washington State, then serving on the Young Professional Council of BBBSAZ after moving to Phoenix in 2009. Teresa served as YPC President before being elected to the Board of Directors in 2014.  She has served on the Governance Committee, as Marketing Committee Chair, and she Co-Chaired the 2018 Big Night Out Gala.  

In addition to her role with BBBS, Teresa and her husband, Casey, own a boutique benefits & HR consulting firm, Strunk Insurance Group. Teresa & the SIG team are committed to providing their clients the expertise and resources they need to develop and manage a successful employee benefits program.  Teresa also loves spending time as a family with Casey and their two young daughters, traveling, fitness, cooking, & spending time with good friends.

Laura Capello
President & Chief Executive Officer

Laura Capello joined Big Brothers Big Sisters in May 2011 as Vice President of Marketing and Development and is very familiar with the agency as she served in a similar capacity from March 1998 until Feb 2005. Prior to her return to the organization, she served as the Manager of Community Relations and Special Projects at the Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation. She also worked as a consultant for four years helping several nonprofit and for-profit clients with their marketing and special events needs, including Mesa Arts Center, the Celebrity Fight Night Foundation, The Arthritis Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Chaparral Suites, Eight, Arizona PBS and Luke Air Force Base.

Laura believes giving back is one of the most important things she can do, so she continues to stay active in her community. She is currently a board member for Seeds for Autism, an organization that provides a path from " learning to earning" for young adults with autism. She also recently became an inaugural board member for the Young & Empowered Women's Association, whose mission is to provide professional development and networking opportunities to a diverse group of rising female leaders that are passionate about service, career advancement, and empowering others. She is a member of Valley Leadership Class XXV and stays involved with its Leadership Institute and programs as well as Charter 100.

She was named as one of the "Most Admired Leaders" from Phoenix Business Magazine in 2019, and as a "Difference Maker" from TIAA in 2018. She has also been recognized as a Sun Devil 100 for the last 3 years. This award recognizes ASU Alumni who run or own their own business.

Laura earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. She resides in Mesa, Arizona, and loves to spend time with her family.

Board of Directors

*Note: All Board Members are voting members and vote regularly during board meetings

Jim Mapstead
Past Board Chair

Business Owner
Accurate Signs & Engraving, Inc.

Teresa Strunk
Board Chair
VP & Employee Benefits Consultant
Strunk Insurance Group

Mike Suriano, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Southwest Foodservice Excellence, LLC

LeAnn Rudolph
Treasurer & Finance/Audit Committee Chair
Eide Bailly LLP

Kim Wagie, MBA
Secretary & Program Committee Chair
Director, Digital Transformation
Arizona Public Services Co.

Bruce Weber
Governance Committee Chair

Weber Group

Brian Rosella
Recruitment Committee Chair

Senior Vice President, Land Specialist
Kidder Matthews

Amy Colburn
VP, Client Services
OH Partners

Adriana Murrietta
Executive Director
Pharos Foundation

Brent Cannon
Executive VP, Director of Community Banking
National Bank of Arizona

Brian Wempen
National Sales Manager
Cox Media

Brian Wood
Mars Coaching

Caleb Jay, JD
Senior Counsel
Arizona Diamondbacks

Camille French, MBA
Founder & Principal Consultant
Amerisource HR Consulting Group LLC

Clarence Stallings
Vice President and Managing Director
Fidelity Investments

David Bones
Vice President
The Kenrich Group LLC

Howard Nute
USE Properties Member

Johnny Key
Manager of Energy Services
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

Kate Hickman
SVP, Treasury Management Sales
Alliance Bank of Arizona

Karie Montague
Chief Executive Chair & Key Executive Chair
Vistage International

Mario Aniles, CPA
Finance Director
Housing Authority of Maricopa County

Matt Manoogian
Co-Owner/Founder, Realtor
Good Company Real Estate

Michael Sabetta
Senior Vice President/Senior Private Banker
UMB Private Bank

Nick Boggs, MBA
rise & thrive, LLC

Sara Begley
EVP & General Counsel
Copperpoint Insurance Companies

Shane Carlin
Point B

Summer Oliver, MBA
Asst. Vice President

Thiru Thangarathinam
Founder & CEO
MST Solutions

Victor Foggie, CPCU, ARM
Regional Field Executive
Capital Insurance Group

Advisory Council

April Lane
Phoenix Home Rentals, LLC

Barbara Ralston
Leadership Consultant
BJRalston Consulting

David Lujan
Vice President for Economic Progress
Children's Action Alliance

Dr. Christine Wilkinson
Senior Vice President
& Secretary of the University
President & CEO of the ASU Alumni Association
Managing Director, Trustees of ASU
Arizona State University

Dr. Larry Johnson
Phoenix College

Jon Bohnert
Managing Partner
Grindstone Associates

Lisa Schmidtke
General Manager

Pam Giannonatti
Corporate Affairs Manager
Fry's Food Stores

Paul Horton
Chief Meteorologist

Sue Glawe
Vice President
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona