Juanita “Nita” Francis, a member of the new Board Emeritus at CSCAZ

In an effort to honor past board members and benefit from their continued advocacy and support, CSCAZ proudly announces the formation of its Board Emeritus.

“We started the Board Emeritus with several goals in mind,” said CSCAZ CEO Debbie DiCarlo. “First and foremost, we wanted to honor their legacy and prior service as leaders of the CSCAZ Board and to continue to build on those strong relationships. We also wanted to create an opportunity for former Board members to continue serving CSCAZ as strong ambassadors and community influencers.”

The inaugural members of the Board are:

  • Dawn Carson Senger, Community Philanthropist
  • Beth Cohn, Shareholder, Jaburg Wilk
  • Melissa Costello, Attorney of Counsel, Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Juanita “Nita” Francis, RN, President, F2 Family Foundation
  • Barbara Gomez, Retired Executive, APS
  • Mary Ann Luciano, Retired Vice President, Philanthropy Plexus
  • Jeremy Poryes, Attorney, Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Drew Reich, Managing Diretor, Clear Vision Business Advisors
  • Jamie Sellar, Chief Strategy Officer, RI International
  • Ron Stoll, Retired Attorney
  • Mary Ann Sturm, Consultant

As part of this prestigious new panel, Board Emeritus members are honored guests of CSCAZ at special events like the annual Porch Party. Although they are not required to attend any meetings, Emeritus members are invited to current Board gatherings to get an insider’s view of what the organization is doing now, including its programs, successes and challenges.

“We can only benefit from the historical understanding and institutional knowledge they provide as past board members and we think their insights will be invaluable as we move forward,” DiCarlo said.

Many of the Board Emeritus members were already committing time, energy and resources to advance CSCAZ’s mission. Some have stayed in touch, meeting informally with DiCarlo to discuss the organization and keep informed about the work to advance CSCAZ’s mission to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.

Others were already starting new initiatives with CSCAZ after their board service. For example, the F2 Family Foundation, led by Board Emeritus member Juanita “Nita” Francis, is underwriting a pilot program to incorporate a CSCAZ Nurse Navigator at Valleywise Health Medical Center’s cancer unit.

“What Cancer Support Community Arizona does is absolutely essential,” said Francis, a former RN who heads up the foundation with her husband, former PetSmart CEO Phil Francis. “We’ve made the initial investment in what is a true partnership between a hospital and a nonprofit so we could embed someone who could help patients stay in compliance with their treatment and increase the success of that treatment.”