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.

Jon Bohnert
Board Chair
Jon Bohnert has over 25 years of experience contributing to different types of organizations, from large to small, and public to private. He graduated in 1983 from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business. He’s a specialist in executive management, and team building, as well as an accomplished speaker.

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

Jon Bohnert
Board Chair
Technology Executive

James Mapstead
Board Chair-Elect

Business Owner
Accurate Signs & Engraving, Inc.

Paul Evans, CPA, CGMA
Board Treasurer

Evans CPA & Consulting PLLC

Lori Maxwell, MS
Board Secretary

Infrastructure Manager
Encore Capital Group

Mario Aniles, CPA
Finance Director
Housing Authority of Maricopa County

Nick Boggs, MBA
Manager, New Business Development
C.R. Bard - Bard Peripheral Vascular

Ahron Cohen
Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel & Alternate Governor
Arizona Coyotes Hockey Club

Fred DuVal, JD
DuVal and Associates

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

Victor Foggie, CPCU, ARM
Director, Underwriting
Copperpoint Underwriting

Patricia Garrity
Luxury & Previews Property Specialist
Coldwell Banker

Pam Giannonatti
Consumer/Community Relations Manager
Fry's Food Stores

Kate Hickman
SVP, Treasuty Management Sales
Alliance Bank of Arizona

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

Caleb Jay, JD
Senior Director, Legal Affairs
Associate General Counsel

Arizona Diamondbacks

Curt Krizan, CPA
Fiesta Bowl

April Lane, MBA
Phoenix Home Rentals, LLC

Carlene Lowry, JD
Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

Kurt Mangum
Managing Partner
Performance Management Consulting Services

Adriana Murrietta
Executive Director
Pike and Susan Sullivan Foundation

Karina Rivera
Senior Manager
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC

Brian Rosella
Vice President, Land Group
Cushman Wakefield

Lisa Schmidtke
Sr. Vice President, Client Svcs. & Operations

Michael Seaver, CPBA, SPHR, MBA
Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant
Seaver Consulting, LLC

Clarence Stallings
Vice President and Managing Director
Fidelity Investments

Teresa Strunk
Key Accounts Manager
Ace Vending, Inc.

Mike Suriano, CPA
Vice President, Finance
Bar-S Foods Co.

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

Jacque Westling, JD
Quarles & Brady LLP

George Young
Chief Executive Officer, AZ, CO, NM
UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement

Advisory Council

Paul Horton
Chief Meteorologist

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

Barbara Ralston
Leadership Consultant
BJRalston Consulting

Danny Valenzuela
Councilman & Firefighter
City of Phoenix

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