Dean's Board of Advisors

Ronald D. Carsten Ronald D. Carsten
Chief Engineer, Raytheon, Retired
Ron Carsten was the Chief Engineer for Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson. Mr. Carsten has held management and leadership positions involving design and development, flight test and production for several major Raytheon programs. He earned a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Cooper Union and a MS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

Daniel T. Cavanagh Daniel T. Cavanagh
President, Dan Cavanagh Inc.

Chair, UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory Board
Daniel T. Cavanagh is a native of Chicago, Illinois and a long-time Tucsonan. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Dan has used his communications degree as a reporter, trade association executive and lobbyist. Twice named Man of the Year by local non-profit organizations, Dan’s passions include his large family, music, travel, learning, and community service.

Vicki Chandler Vicki Chandler
Dean of Natural Sciences, Minerva Schools, Keck Graduate Institute

Prior to joining Minerva, Chandler was Chief Program Officer, Science, at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. She studied biochemistry for her undergraduate and doctoral degrees at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, San Francisco, respectively. She then pursued postdoctoral research at Stanford University in maize genetics and was on the faculty at the University of Oregon and the University of Arizona. Dr. Chandler’s research on paramutation, an epigenetic process, has implications not only for maize but also for animal and human genetics. Dr. Chandler has been president of the Genetics Society of America and the American Society of Plant Biologists. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a member of the National Science Board. She has served on advisory boards and panels for the National Research Council, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health and Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Robert A. Esperti, JD Robert A. Esperti, JD
Co-chair: National Charitable Initiative, LLC; Academy of Multidisciplinary Practice, Inc.

Robert Esperti is currently the co-chair of the Academy of Multidisciplinary Practice, Inc., and the Director of the Institute for Estate and Wealth Strategies Planning at Michigan State University. He is also co-chair of the National Charitable Initiative, LLC. In addition, he has cofounded Esperti, Elrod, Katz, Peterson, Schmidt, Preeco, P.C., National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys, Esperti Peterson Institute and the Rocky Mountain Estate Planning Council. Esperti is the author of a variety of publications including professional texts, books for the general public and journal articles. He earned his BA from Michigan State University in 1964 and his Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University in 1969.

Kenneth R. Evans Kenneth R. Evans
Vice President Geoscience, ExxonMobil Development Company, Retired

Ken Evans retired in 2008 from a position with worldwide responsibility for all Geoscience in ExxonMobil Development Company. Over the course of his 33-year career with Exxon (now ExxonMobil), he worked in the vast majority of petroliferous basins in a host of countries. Mr. Evans earned a BS degree in Geology from Western Illinois University and a MS degree in Geophysics from the UA.

Lesley G. Goldfarb Lesley G. Goldfarb
Community Volunteer

Lesley G. Goldfarb has served as a member of the University of Arizona Foundation Board of Directors since 1995 and currently serves as an Emerita Member of the Foundation Board. She has been Chairman of Angel Charity for Children, Inc., Founding Chairman of the Office of Cultural Affairs Advisory Board (UA Presents) at the University of Arizona, past president of the Pima County Medical Society Auxiliary and past Chairman of Silver & Turquoise Board of Hostesses. In addition, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Tucson Jewish Community Center and the Tucson Jewish Community Foundation as well as the Board of Directors of St. Gregory High School, the Tucson Museum of Art Board and Handmaker Jewish Geriatrics Center Board. She recently completed her term on the Board of Fellows of the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona.

Thomas M. Grogan, MD Thomas M. Grogan, MD
Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.

Dr. Thomas Grogan, founder of Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., served as Director of the company since its formation in June 1985. He currently holds the position of Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs. Dr. Grogan evaluates the development of novel therapeutics from biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and assists in the establishment of strategic alliances and other collaborations to develop diagnostic tests for targeted therapeutics. Dr. Grogan is a Professor of Pathology at the UA College of Medicine, where he has taught since 1979. He received a BA in biology from the University of Virginia, a MD from George Washington School of Medicine, and completed a post-doctorate fellowship in hematopathology at Stanford University.

Nils Hasselmo, PhD Nils Hasselmo, PhD
President Emeritus, University of Minnesota and the Association of American Universities

A native of Sweden, Hasselmo completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in Scandinavian languages and literature at Uppsala University. He received a Bachelor's degree at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois and earned a PhD in Linguistics from Harvard University in 1961. He joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota in 1965 where he served as chair of the Department of Scandinavian Languages and Literature, and director of the Center for Northwest European Language and Area Studies, Associate Dean and Executive Officer of the College of Liberal Arts, and Vice President for Administration and Planning. In 1983, he left Minnesota to serve for five and a half years as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Arizona. He returned to the University of Minnesota as its 13th President in December 1988 and served in this capacity until 1997. He then assumed the Presidency of the Association of American Universities (AAU) until his retirement in 2006. He has served as consultant to American and Swedish universities and other not-for-profit organizations and to the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the United Arab Emirates.

Arthur L. Herbst, MD Arthur L. Herbst, MD
Joseph B. DeLee Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago

Arthur Herbst received his AB degree (physics) from Harvard College and graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1959. His research and clinical careers have focused on gynecologic oncology, primarily with the effects in humans of intrauterine exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES). He was Director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and served as the Head of its Gynecologic Oncology Division. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Sciences), was awarded honorary membership in the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (Great Britain), and received and honorary Doctor of Science from Northeastern Ohio College of Medicine. He has served on numerous national medical committees and journals and has been director of a number of private and public medical corporations.

Gary E. Jones Gary E. Jones
President, Arizona Earthworks LLC

Gary Jones has extensive experience in both large and small companies developing technologies for use in the geological or geophysical service sector for oil and gas exploration and production. He is currently the Chairman of Wireless Seismic, an equipment manufacturing growth company and Lead Director of Ingrain, a cutting-edge technology company that pioneered digital rock physics. He has recently served on the boards of ARKeX and Novadrill, working closely with venture capital investors and founders of these start up companies. Gary is a board member of Science Foundation Arizona and a founding board member of Friends of Reach Out, an African AIDS relief charitable organization. From 1997 to 2003 he served as President of Baker Atlas, the well logging division of Baker Hughes or WesternGeco, the world's largest surface seismic company, now a division of Schlumberger. He earned a BS degree in geological engineering and his MS in geophysics at the University of Arizona.

Ivan M. Kasser, PhD I. Michael Kasser, PhD
President, Holualoa Companies

Mike Kasser is President of Holualoa Companies, a real estate investment and development firm. Dr. Kasser earned BA and MS degrees in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a PhD in engineering from the University of Grenoble (France), and a MBA from Harvard University.

Philip Lacovara, PhD Philip Lacovara, PhD
Managing Member, Solar Ventures, LLC
Chair, UA Physics Board

Dr. Philip Lacovara is president of Ambalux Corporation, an electro-optics company he founded in 2000. This move capped a 20+-year career in optical physics that included senior positions at the US Naval Research Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory, Kaman Aerospace Corporation's Electro-Optics Development Center, and Breault Research. Before founding Ambalux, Dr. Lacovara and his associates have developed new lasers and laser materials, a variety of underwater, airborne and space-based sensors, and an electro-optical subsystem for the Tactical Tomahawk missile, as well as a variety of commercial electro-optical products. He has served on technology-assessment committees for BMDO, ADPA and NDIA, and is the only non-Government member of a Navy committee that reviews undersea optical sensor technology. Dr. Lacovara is President of the Steele Children's Research Center Advisory Board at the UA College of Medicine, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Finance Committee at Salpointe Catholic High School, and a member of the Executive Board of the Catalina Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He earned his BA in Physics from the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, and his PhD in Physics from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. He has been married to the former Jane Elizabeth Winans for more than 25 years and they are the proud parents of 3 grown children: Philip, Margaret and Peter.

Sid Leach Sid M. Leach
Partner, Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
Chair, UA Astronomy Board

Sid Leach has more than 28 years of experience in litigating patent infringement actions and is a partner in the law firm of Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P. He has successfully litigated patent infringement cases, proceedings before the International Trade Commission, and interference proceedings before the Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Leach was selected for inclusion in the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Intellectual Property Law. Mr. Leach received his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 1978, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama in 1975. He is admitted to practice in Arizona and Texas, and registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Frank L. Lederman, PhD Frank L. Lederman, PhD
Chief Technology Officer, Alcoa, Inc., Retired

Frank Lederman served as Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Alcoa, Inc. from 1995 to his retirement in 2001. He has held senior positions with Canada-based Noranda Inc. and with General Electric Company. Dr. Lederman received a MS and PhD in physics from the University of Illinois. He serves on a number of corporate and university boards.

Daniel Linzer Daniel Linzer, PhD
President, Research Corporation for Science Advancement

Dan Linzer received his Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in biochemical sciences from Princeton University. Dan joined Northwestern University in 1984 as an assistant professor, and was promoted to associate and then full professor of molecular biosciences. Dan is the recipient of the Searle Scholars Award, the American Cancer Society Faculty Research Award, and the Northwestern Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award. Dan served as Associate Dean for the Sciences in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences of Northwestern University from 1998-2002, and then as Dean of Weinberg College from 2002-2007. In 2007, he was appointed the Provost of Northwestern University, a position he held for 10 years until joining RCSA.

Lisa Lovallo Lisa Lovallo
Market Vice President- Southern Arizona
Cox Communications Southwest Region

Joining Cox in 2008, Lisa Lovallo is responsible for all the Southern Arizona business, public affairs and community relations functions in both Pima and Cochise Counties. Prior to Cox, Lovallo worked for Procter & Gamble in the Los Angeles market. In 1992, Lovallo left P&G to start her own business, North American Enterprises.  She spent 14 years building and growing a successful international import and export business, comprised of over 20 European manufacturers and 80 food service and grocery distributors throughout the US market. After the sale of North American Enterprises, Lovallo began teaching as an Adjunct Professor at the U of A’s  Eller College of Management and worked as the Director of Student Advancement and Development in the university’s Student Affairs Division.  During her tenure at the U of A, Lovallo also ran for the Arizona State Legislature and served on numerous non-profit Boards in Tucson. Lovallo serves on numerous community boards including Sun Corridor Inc., the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, the Tucson Airport Authority, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and The Arizona We Want. She is also on Tucson Medical Center’s Board Quality Care Committee, and was the Chair of the 2014 United Way annual fundraising campaign. Lovallo was named “Woman of the Year” for 2010 by the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce. She has also been named “A Woman of Influence” by Inside Tucson Business, a “Woman on the Move” by the YWCA and was given the “Spirit of Philanthropy” award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals for her outstanding contributions to the Southern Arizona community. And more recently received the “Phyllis Ehlinger Women of Excellence Award” from the American Advertising Federation Tucson. Lovallo grew up in Tucson and is a graduate of the University of Arizona.  At the U of A she earned a bachelor’s degree in English, was the Student Body Vice President and played on Arizona’s Women’s basketball team. 

Christopher (Kit) Marrs Christopher (Kit) Marrs
President, Western Alaska Copper and Gold Co.
Chair, UA Geosciences Board

Kit Marrs received both his BS (1975) and MS (1979) in Geosciences from the University of Arizona. He has over 25 years of experience as an exploration geologist and project manager in Alaska and Mexico. Kit specializes in volcanogenic massive sulfide, porphyry copper and precious metal vein deposits. He has managed mining exploration projects in remote locations that include technical and contract personnel, geologists, surveyors, pilots, drilling crews, and laborers. He also has experience in formulating, financing, permitting, and implementing real estate development projects. Kit has served on the Department of Geosciences Advisory Board since 2005.

John Mars
Retired CEO Mars, Inc.

Eugene S. Meieran Eugene S. Meieran
Senior Fellow, Intel Corporation, Retired
Chair, UA Mineral Museum Board

Eugene distinguished himself in the area of materials analysis techniques and his work with semiconductors.He is currently Senior Intel Fellow in the Technology Manufacturing Group of Intel Corporation, living in Phoenix, Arizona.

Daniel H. Neff Daniel H. Neff
President, M3 Engineering & Technology Corporation

Daniel Neff cofounded M3 Engineering & Technology Corporation in Tucson in 1986, a company that has grown to provide engineering, architectural, and construction management services for astronomical and mining projects worldwide. Mr. Neff earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics from the University of Arizona in 1973 and 1981. He is a registered professional engineer in 20 states and was responsible for the structural engineering for the Richard F. Caris Mirror Polishing Laboratory and Test Tower, the Large Binocular Telescope Enclosure, the 2MASS Telescopes, the VERITAS Telescopes, and the two Magellan Telescope Enclosures. In addition, he designed the world’s largest portable crusher structure, supporting a 500-ton gyratory crusher for the hard rock mining industry. He is serving as Chairman of the Board of AMIGOS, a group that supports Arizona’s mining industry, and as a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council. He is a past president of the Structural Engineers Association of Arizona. In 2011, Mr. Neff received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Arizona Department of Civil Engineering.

Quan Le Nguyen, Esq. Quan Le Nguyen, Esq.
Partner, Nguyen & Tarbet, LLC Tucson, Arizona & Irvine, California
Chair, UA Science Chemistry and Biochemistry Board

Quan is a seasoned Patent Attorney experienced in performing and supervising all aspects of IP matters, including Patent Acquisition and Due Diligence. He has an established track record in business development and technology commercialization. Quan works effectively with entrepreneurs to identify strategic partners, maintains effective key agency relationships, and screens for potential business deals by analyzing market strategies, deal requirements and internal priorities. Quan is Advisory Board Member, University of California, Irvine, Applied Innovation. UCI Applied Innovation’s mission is to bring campus-based discoveries together with Orange County’s vibrant business community to support job creation and economic growth, and also to make UCI’s massive body of research and creative energy accessible and useful to the ever-evolving community of businesses, investors and entrepreneurs. Quan also is an active member of Tech Coast Angels which is the largest angel investor group in the United States. Its members provide funding and guidance to more early-stage, high-growth companies in Southern California than any other investment group. 

John Patience John Patience
Chairman of the Board, Accelerate Diagnostics
Co-Founder and Partner, Crabtree Partners, LLC
John Patience is a founding partner of Crabtree Partners, a private equity investment firm formed in 1994. Since June 2012, he has served as a director and Chairman of the Board of Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXDX). Mr. Patience has been a director of Stericycle, Inc. (NASDAQ: SRCL) since its inception in 1989. From 1989 until its acquisition by Roche in 2008, Mr. Patience served as a director of Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. and as Vice Chairman of the Board from 1999 on. He was previously a partner of a venture capital investment firm that provided both Ventana and Stericycle with early stage funding. Prior to that, Mr. Patience was a partner in the consulting firm of McKinsey & Co., Inc., specializing in the health care sector. Mr. Patience holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts and an L.L.B. from the University of Sydney, Australia, and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Henry Pollack, PhD Henry N. Pollack, PhD
Professor of Geosciences, University of Michigan
Chair, UA Biosphere 2 Board

Henry Pollack has been a Professor of Geophysics at the University of Michigan for more than 40 years. His research has focused on the temperature of the Earth, both today and in the geological past, and he is an expert in global climate change. He earned his PhD at Michigan in 1963 and chaired the Geological Sciences Department from 1988 to 1991.

Kenneth H. Robin Kenneth H. Robin
Sr. Executive VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secty., HSBC North America Holding, Inc. & HSBC Finance Corp
Chairman of HSBC Bank Nevada, N.A.

Kenneth Robin has held a series of executive management positions beginning in 1989, with Household International, Inc. and then its successors, HSBC North America Holdings, Inc. and HSBC Finance Corporation. (HSBC Group is one of the largest banking institutions in the world and is headquartered in London.) He retired at the end of 2007 as senior executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary.

Lloyd G. Schermer Lloyd G. Schermer
Chairman of the Board and CEO, Lee Enterprises, Inc., Retired

Lloyd G. Schermer began his career with Lee Enterprises, Incorporated, in 1954 at The Daily Times in Davenport, Iowa. He became President and CEO in 1973 and Chairman of the Board in 1991, a position he held until he retired in 2000. He is the recipient of numerous honors including the Montana Newspaper Association’s Master Editor/Publisher Award, and the Ralph O. Casey Award from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism for a distinguished record of service and leadership in the newspaper industry. Mr. Schermer is also a renowned artist who was awarded a studio by the Aspen/Snowmass Arts Council at the Red Brick Arts Center, and he received the Iowa Arts Council Outstanding Achievement Award. Presently, he is doing antique wood type sculptures that are on exhibit in several museums and art galleries. Schermer graduated from Amherst College, cum laude in Philosophy in 1950, and received his MBA from Harvard University in 1952. He served in the US Navy in WWII.

Sarah Brown Smallhouse Sarah Brown Smallhouse
President, Brown Family Foundations
Chair, Galileo Circle

Sarah is a native Tucsonan, and received her MBA at the UA Eller College. Her undergraduate degree is in Economics from the University of Washington. The Brown Foundations are focused in the following primary areas: higher education, economic education, research and policy analysis, innovation, and strategic initiatives. Sarah serves on the Board of Tucson Region Economic Opportunities (TREO), the University of Arizona Foundation Board, and is an active member in the Southern Arizona Leadership Council. She is a member of two gubernatorial initiatives: the CANAMEX Commission, which focuses on the international transportation corridor from Mexico to Canada through the western United States; and the STEM Advisory Council, organized to advance education in science, technology, engineering and math in AZ. Most recently she has become the Chairperson for the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center which leads the fight to control the exponential spread of buffelgrass threatening the long term viability of the Sonoran Desert ecosystem and significantly increases the fire hazard in southern Arizona.

Nick P. Soloway Nick P. Soloway
Founder, Managing Partner, Hayes Soloway P.C.

Nick Soloway is a registered patent attorney and founder and managing partner of the firm of Hayes Soloway P.C. He is recognized as one of the leading patent attorneys in the United States and listed in Woodward White's The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Soloway has worked with technology-based companies for 40 years and has founded two high-tech companies and a chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum. He is active with a number of community organizations, and is a past president of the Board of Directors of the American Stage Festival. Mr. Soloway holds a BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a LLB from Boston College where he taught chemistry while attending law school.

Gwen Weiner Gwen Weiner
Gwen Weiner is an alumna of the University of Arizona. As a Liberal Arts major, she earned a BA in Creative Writing and Art History. She went on to earn BFA at the California College of Art in Oakland in environmental design and then worked for 22 years as an interior designer in San Francisco. During that time, she had to take over her father’s business, Texas Crude Oil Co. in Fort Worth, which she currently runs. Gwen served on the board of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She also supports efforts in the UA Department of Psychology, the Galileo Circle, and the recently renovated Flandrau Science Center Planetarium.

Janos Wilder Janos Wilder
Chef and Restaurateur, Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails
Chair, UA Science Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Board

James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur Janos Wilder is one of the premiere culinary experts in Tucson. After earning a BA degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1976, Janos traveled to Bordeaux, France where he studied techniques in French classical and nouvelle cuisine, and learned an appreciation for the relationship between the French chef and his gardeners.  The utilization of plants native to the region is a tantamount to the French ideal.  Janos has developed this relationship here in Tucson utilizing his knowledge of the local gardens of the southwest. This knowledge influenced the opening menu of Janos on the grounds of the Tucson Museum of Art in 1983.  After relocating to the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa in 1998, Janos opened J Bar, which also featured local ingredients.  In 2012, after an acclaimed 29-year run, Janos closed his restaurants at Westin La Paloma and opened Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails. Janos is the author of “Recipes and Tales from a Southwest Restaurant”. He was included in the 2013 edition of Best Chefs America.

Adina R. Wingate Adina R. Wingate
Director, Marketing and Public Relations at Pima Council on Aging
Chair, UA Department of Psychology Advisory Board

Adina R. Wingate is a native Californian who has over 40 years of experience primarily in national, regional and local non-profit organizations. She is a communications and strategic marketing specialist who is responsible for publications, content management, public relations, and putting together multi-media partnerships. Active on boards, Ms. Wingate is currently the Chair of the UA Department of Psychology Advisory Boards and aslo serves on the board of Handi-Dogs, Inc. In Tucson. In 2004, she was named trustee of the Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona (WFSA) and served one term. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University, she holds a BA in Art History cum laude.

Ruth H. Zollinger, PhD Ruth H. Zollinger, PhD
Vice President of Academic Affairs, Lakeland Community College, Retired
Chair, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences Board

Ruth Zollinger has over 40 years experience in private, public and industrial educational organizations. A graduate of Wellesley College, she holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA. As Vice President of Academic Affairs at Lakeland Community College, she was responsible for oversight of strategic planning, new program development and facilities for credit and non credit instruction, as well as student support services. Previously, at Lorain County Community College, among the divisions she supervised was an Advanced Technologies Center which provided education and training to business and industry in cutting edge technologies. In the early 80's she was the Director of Education for the American Society for Metals which annually served 8000 national and international students through live, print and media formats. Active on boards, she has chaired or been president of The Chief Instructional Officers of Ohio, The Northeast Ohio Council of Higher Education Chief Academic Officers and United Way of Geauga County, OH. As a Consultant Evaluator for the North Central Association and its 19 state region, she has chaired accreditation teams at colleges including some in Arizona.


Board Members Emeriti

Lawrence J. Aldrich Lawrence J. Aldrich
Board Member Emeritus
President, Aldrich Capital Company

Larry Aldrich is the President of Aldrich Capital Company, an acquisition, management and consulting firm. In 2005, after stepping down as Founder and General Partner of local venture capital firm Valley Ventures III, LP (and venture firm Tucson Ventures LLC prior to that) Mr. Aldrich joined The Critical Path Institute (C-Path) as Chief Operating Officer until January 2007. C-Path is a non-profit organization created as a partnership among the University of Arizona, SRI International and the US Food and Drug Administration to implement innovations in developing new medical therapies.  From 1992 to 2000 Mr. Aldrich was President and CEO of Tucson Newspapers, business agent for the Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Citizen. Mr. Aldrich is active in many community leadership and economic development organizations. He completed his BS degree in Civil Engineering at Georgia Tech and his JD at Tulane University Law School.

Fred T. Boice Fred T. Boice
Board Member Emeritus
Owner, Boice Financial Co.

Fred T. Boice is head of Boice Financial Co. He has been a key player in shaping and promoting higher education in the State of Arizona for many years. Mr. Boice served on the Arizona Board of Regents from 2002 to 2010 and was president for two consecutive terms. He also served as president of the University of Arizona Foundation, Junior Achievement of Tucson, Tucson Airport Authority, Northern Trust Bank of Arizona, and University Medical Center Corporation to name just a few. In addition, he participated on the Board of Directors of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, Tucson Healthcare Council, and Caseworks Industries, Inc. He received his bachelor's degree in economics from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA in 1952, and an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Arizona in 2010.

Robert L. Davis Robert L. Davis
Manager, RLD Investment Properties LLC

Robert Davis founded RLD Investment Properties LLC in 2013. He was formerly Managing Director of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, and Senior Vice President at CBRE. Before beginning his real estate career in 1985, Mr. Davis was the head swimming coach and an associate athletics director of the University of Arizona, where he earned his BS in biology. He serves on numerous committees and advisory boards in the Tucson community and the University of Arizona.

Sally S. Drachman, PhD Sally S. Drachman, PhD
Board Member Emerita
Major Gift Consultant

Sally S. Drachman is a fundraising consultant, working primarily with non-profit organizations to develop fund raising capabilities. She spent 27 years at the University of Arizona and was named Fund Raising Executive of the Year by the National Society of Fund Raising Executives. She earned a PhD from the UA in 1983.

Linda Lohse Linda K. Lohse
Board Member Emerita
Executive Director, Foundations

Linda Lohse is the managing director of eleven private foundations in Tucson. Active on numerous boards of directors, she was named Tucson's 1998 Woman of the Year by the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the 2002 Alumnus of the Year by the UA College of Nursing.

James R. Patton, Jr.
Board Member Emeritus
Patton Boggs, LLP

James Patton was Founding Partner and Chairman (emeritus) of the law firm Patton Boggs, LLP. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina (BA cum laude) and Harvard Law School (JD) with postgraduate studies at Yale University. Some of the boards he has served on include the Smithsonian National Board, National Museum of Natural History, and Whitney Museum of Art. He is a past lecturer in international law at Cornell and other law schools.

John P. Schaefer, PhD John P. Schaefer, PhD
Board Member Emeritus
President, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)
President Emeritus, The University of Arizona

John Schaefer received his BS in Chemistry from the Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn, NY; his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana; and his Postdoctoral Fellow from the California Institute of Technology. He began his career as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of California (Berkeley) before coming to the UA in 1960. He served on the UA faculty for 21 years, held titles of Head of the Department of Chemistry and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and served as President from 1971-1982. In 1982, he joined Research Corporation and served as President and CEO until December 2004. He currently serves as President of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope project (LSST). He is an avid nature and landscape photographer and a regular contributor to many professional photographic journals. Dr. Schaefer remains active in national and international councils, committees and professional organizations.


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Bernadette Olson
Director, Faculty Affairs and Special Assistant to the Dean
(520) 621-4037

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