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.

Jim Mapstead
Board Chair
Jim Mapstead is an entrepreneur and business owner for 37+ years, and currently is the owner of Accurate Signs & Engraving, Inc.  He has had the good fortune of serving on several commissions and non-profit boards in Phoenix, including Board Chair of Local First Arizona, Herberger Theater Center Vice Chair, the Phoenix Planning Commission, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Phoenix Parks & Conservation Foundation Board of Directors, President of the Executive Association of Greater Phoenix, President of Valley Citizens League, President of the Sunnyslope Village Alliance, President of the Sunnyslope Kiwanis Club, and is also a former Big Brother.  Jim is a lifelong political and neighborhood activist, and has been engaged in numerous political campaigns and issues impacting our community. He  is also a graduate of Valley Leadership Class XXVI.  Jim and his wife of 35 years, Jill, have two adult daughters, and enjoy traveling the world for food and wine.

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 event’s 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. As a member of Valley Leadership Class XXV, she stays involved with its Leadership Institute and served as class chair for two years. She also serves on the board of Jobs for Arizona Graduates, a nonprofit that runs programs for High School Students that helps them stay in school, and Beads of Courage, an arts-in-medicine program that helps children facing life-threatening illnesses.

Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation.

Board of Directors

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

Jim Mapstead
Board Chair

Business Owner
Accurate Signs & Engraving, Inc.

Teresa Strunk
VP & Employee Benefits Consultant
Strunk Insurance Group

Mike Suriano, CPA
Board Treasurer
Cheif Financial Officer
Southwest Foodservice Excellence, LLC

Kim Wagie, MBA
Board Secretary
Director, Business Data Management
Arizona Public Services Co.

Caleb Jay, JD
Governance Committee Chair

Senior Counsel
Arizona Diamondbacks

Mario Aniles, CPA
Finance Director
Housing Authority of Maricopa County

Sara Begley
EVP & General Counsel
Copperpoint Insurance Companies

Nick Boggs, MBA
rise & thrive, LLC

David Bones
Vice President
The Kenrich Group LLC

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

Shane Carlin
Point B

Amy Colburn
VP, Client Services
OH Partners

Ken Diehl
Sr. Vice President of Merchandising & Marketing
Leslie's Pool Supplies, Service & Repairs

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

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

Pam Giannonatti
Corporate Affairs Manager
Fry's Food Stores

Kate Hickman
SVP, Treasury Management Sales
Alliance Bank of Arizona

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

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

Karie Montague
Chief Executive Chair & Key Executive Chair
Vistage International

Adriana Murrietta
Executive Director
Pike and Susan Sullivan Foundation

Howard Nute

Summer Oliver, MBA
Asst. Vice President

Brian Rosella
Senior Vice President, Land Specialist
Kidder Matthews

LeAnn Rudolph
Eide Bailly LLP

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

Clarence Stallings
Vice President and Managing Director
Fidelity Investments

Thiru Thangarathinam
Founder & CEO
MST Solutions

Bruce Weber
Weber Group

Brian Wempen
National Sales Manager
Cox Media

Advisory Council

Jon Bohnert
Managing Partner
Grindstone Associates

Ahron Cohen
President & CEO
Arizona Coyotes Hockey Club

Sue Glawe
Vice President
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Paul Horton
Chief Meteorologist

Dr. Larry Johnson
Phoenix College

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

Barbara Ralston
Leadership Consultant
BJRalston Consulting

Lisa Schmidtke
General Manager

Danny Valenzuela
Councilman & Firefighter
City of Phoenix

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