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.

Brian Wood, Board Chair

Brian was elected to the BBBSAZ Board of Directors in 2020. He has served as Finance Committee Chair and has also served on the Governance and Executive Committees. Brian is a former "Big" (Volunteer Mentor).

Brian Wood is the President of MARS Coaching and combines 30 years of corporate experience with his background as an athlete, certified player agent (NBA and WNBA) to powerfully serve clients.

As a certified facilitator, Brian is passionate about continuous personal and professional growth and providing clients with a unique perspective and guidance toward the next level of achievement. He is enthusiastic about helping leaders find passion and leverage gifts to achieve their definition of success.

Brian supports major corporations, professional sports organizations, and municipalities. He provides confidential executive coaching, virtual and in-person facilitation, and all aspects of leadership development training. Brian earned his BA in Communications from William Paterson University and earned his MBA in 2014 from the University of Phoenix.

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

Brian Wood
Board Chair
Executive Committee Chair
Mars Coaching

Jennifer Holsman Tetreault
Governance Committee Chair
Vice President and Associate General Counsel
TPI Composites, Inc.     

Kelly Ruud
Vice President of Finance
CopperPoint Insurance Companies

Matt Manoogian
Good Company Real Estate

Nikki Amberg
Zonacajun Consulting

Mike Atkins
Atkins Law Group

Christopher Dang
Quarles & Brady

Cheryl Hyman
Vice Provost Academic Alliance | Office of the University Provost
Arizona State University

David Jackson
Lewis Roca Law Firm

Jonathan Kierman
Executive Vice President
Super Star Car Wash

Todd Leach
Rhino Innovations Group

Bryan Long
Cheif Financial Officer
Signature Dental Partners

Keisha McKinnor
MKUU, Inc.

Chanelle Manus
Manager, Strategic Ops & Compliance
Phoenix Suns

Karie Montague
Chief Executive Chair & Key Executive Chair
Vistage International

Geoffrey Nail
Independent Broker/Registered Representative
MassMutual: Insurance & Financial Services
Northwestern Mutual: Insurance & Financial Services
Financial Services Coach
Tempe Community Action Agency

Howard Nute
USE Properties Member

Desirae Outcalt
VP, Commercial Banker
Bell Bank

LeAnn Rudolph
Eide Bailly LLP

Todd Russell
Vice President, Commercial Banking
Alliance Bank of Arizona

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

Amy Walters
Vice President, Product Operations
City of Hope

Bruce Weber
Weber Group

Brian Wempen
National Sales Manager
Cox Media

Vashi Worley-Moore
Sr. Student Services Specialist
Phoenix College

Advisory Council

Nick Boggs
Clutch Projects, LLC

Jon Bohnert
ServiceMaster Restoration by Desert Dry

Pam Giannonatti
Corporate Affairs Manager
Fry's Food Stores

Paul Horton
Chief Meteorologist

Caleb Jay
Vice President & General Counsel
Arizona Diamondbacks

David Lujan
President & CEO
Children's Action Alliance

Lisa Schmidtke
Professor of Practice, Director of PR Labs
Arizona State University

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

Latasha Causey
Phoenix Raceway

April Lane
Phoenix Home Rentals, LLC