Leadership

ALWAYS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Listed in alphabetical order.

Nancy Baldwin – Hickey Family Foundation

Nancy is the Executive Director and a Trustee of the Hickey Family Foundation. Nancy holds a BS in Business Administration, an A.A.S. in Marketing and A.A.S. in Management. In 2011, Nancy received her certification in nonprofit management from the Nonprofit Management Institute, ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Arizona Anti-Trafficking Network and Valley Leadership.

Holly Barrett – Banner Health – Board Treasurer

Holly Barrett has 30 years of international corporate finance experience and currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of Banner Health Ambulatory. Prior to joining Banner, Holly held executive positions in manufacturing, legal, corporate affairs, and high-growth start-up business divisions with Intel Corporation. Holly served as the Vice President of Finance for the Internet of Things Group. During her Intel career, Holly was awarded three Intel Achievement Awards, the company’s highest level of recognition. Holly holds a Certificate in Health Care Management from UCLA, an MBA from Arizona State University, and a BS in Accounting from University of Montana. In her spare time, Holly has volunteered for a variety of organizations focused on children’s health and well-being.

Richard Crews – Human Services Campus

Richard Crews was born in Queens, New York, and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. His leadership is rooted in faith-based initiatives and community collaboration. Richard currently serves as the Director of Programs at the Human Services Campus. He formerly served as Community Impact Manager of Thriving Together for Valley of the Sun United Way, a birth to career initiative to ensure that all children and young adults in Phoenix realize their full potential. He has been privileged to speak on numerous panels and facilitate workshops across the country addressing issues pertaining to collective impact, race, power and privilege, and many other challenges facing today’s educators and scholars within the education system. Above all, Richard holds two things closest to his heart, his family and working in solidarity with historically disenfranchised communities.

Leslie Kyman Cooper, JD – Board Chair

Leslie Kyman Cooper, chair of the Board of Directors of ALWAYS, is an attorney who has practiced law in Arizona in both public and private roles for some 30 years. Most recently, she served as Chief Counsel for the Arizona Attorney General’s Civil Litigation Division. She was previously Consumer Protection and Advocacy Section Chief and Education Unit Chief. Leslie also served as general counsel of a large community college district. Before that, she worked for nearly twenty years in private practice. An Arizona native, Leslie has contributed to the community by mentoring a student through New Pathways for Youth, volunteering in many capacities at Beth El Congregation, serving as president of the North High School Musical Arts Association, being Treasurer of Boy Scout Troop 619, and working on various committees for the State Bar of Arizona.

Honorable Meg Mahoney, JD – Retired Superior Court Judge

Mary O'GradyMary R. O’Grady, JD – Osborn Maledon

Mary O’Grady is a partner at Osborn Maledon where she works on civil litigation and appeals, with an emphasis on public law issues. She served as Arizona Solicitor General from August 2002 to March 2011. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and has received other national recognitions for her appellate and litigation work. She has significant experience with Arizona campaign finance and election laws and has worked on numerous constitutional challenges to state laws. She has worked on twelve cases on the merits before the United State Supreme Court. Mary spent most of her career in public service. Her work at Osborn Maledon has reflected that experience. For example, she is one of the lawyers for the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission who successfully defended independent redistricting in Arizona. She has served the community in a variety of ways, including serving on the Tempe Family Justice Commission,  supporting various activities of the State Bar of Arizona and the American Bar Association, and volunteering with Epiphany Episcopal Church in Tempe.

Beth Rosenberg, LCSW

Beth Rosenberg has focused her career on advocacy and policy reform to make government systems more responsive to the needs of children, young adults and their families. Beth has extensive experience in program and policy development, respected success in administrative and legislative advocacy, and values nurturing the leadership skills of young adults who have experienced foster care. After 23 years, Beth recently retired as the Policy Director of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice from Children’s Action Alliance. She worked previously for the Arizona Department of Economic Security and the Arizona State Legislature. Beth continues to serve on state and community boards advocating for fair and equitable treatment of our most vulnerable populations. Beth holds a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.

Marcos Tapia, JD – Chicanos Por La Causa – Board Vice Chair and Secretary

Marcos Tapia is an attorney who immigrated to the United States at the age of five. He utilizes the strong work ethic and problem-solving attitude he learned at home to achieve the objectives of his clients. Marcos is Associate Counsel at Chicanos Por La Causa. Prior to joining CPLC, Marcos was a shareholder at Tiffany & Bosco where he focused his practice on civil and commercial litigation. Marcos also serves as outside general counsel to many entrepreneurs and companies. Marcos is a former President of Los Abogados, Arizona’s Hispanic Bar Association, where he serves as a liaison to the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Marcos has been recognized as a “Top Lawyer Under 40” by the Hispanic National Bar Association, and was featured on the Arizona Republic’s “Who’s Next” list, honoring up and coming leaders.

Syreeta Amesha Tyrell, JD – U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Syreeta Tyrell is an attorney. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 11. Syreeta has spent her professional career working in the government sector, at both the state and federal levels. Before serving in her current role at the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, she was an Assistant Attorney in the Consumer Protection and Advocacy Section of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (AZAGO). At the AZAGO, she also served as Co-Chair for the Taskforce Against Senior Abuse. Before her time at the AZAGO, she clerked at the Arizona Court of Appeals for the Honorable Judges Donn Kessler (ret.) and Jon W. Thompson (dec.) and then at the United States District Court for the District of Nevada for the Honorable Judge Miranda M. Du.  She has also worked in the public sector at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. Syreeta hopes to continue focusing her career and advocacy on ways that help to advance equity, inclusivity and a sense and reality of belonging in society generally and especially for marginalized and vulnerable populations. Syreeta holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Berkeley Law).

Board Members Emeritus

mary-mitchell-2Mary Mitchell – Girl Scouts of Arizona Cactus Pine Council

Mary Mitchell serves as the Deputy Director, Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council. She serves as a member of the council’s senior leadership team. Over the course of her 21 years at the organization, she has held various roles in the areas of fund development, finance, volunteer services, membership and community engagement. She serves as the senior advisor and co-lead for the organization’s work related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Mary has spent the majority of her professional career working within the non-profit sector. She has also worked for the government sector (city, county and state). Mary is a 2017 Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Fellow. She is also a graduate of Valley Leadership, Class 26. She has served on several nonprofit boards and community coalitions.

Honorable Barbara Rodriguez Mundell – Retired Superior Court Judge

Barbara Rodriguez Mundell was appointed to the bench of the Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County in 1991. She is currently serving a 5-year term as the Presiding Judge for all Trial Courts which began July 1, 2005.  In her tenure as a judge, she has served in several assignments, including Civil, Juvenile, Family Court, Criminal, and Probate and Mental Health.  Prior to her appointment, Judge Mundell was with the juvenile department as a Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner.  As an attorney, she was in private practice, specializing in Workers’ Compensation and Social Security cases.  She received her B.A. and J.D. degrees from Arizona State University.  Judge Mundell joined the Board of Directors for the National Center for State Courts in August 2007.  Additionally, the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government selected Judge Mundell to serve as a member of its Executive Session for State Court Leaders in 2008 to convene over a three-year period.  Judge Mundell is a past president of the Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association and has served on a number of Arizona Supreme Court committees including the Task Force on the Code of Judicial Conduct, the Committee on Keeping the Record, the Fiduciary Advisory Committee, and as the past chair of the Commission on Judicial Conduct.