The Nation’s 1st Diaper Bank

Our Story

The Diaper Bank movement began in 1994 when a small consulting firm decided to give back to their local community during the holiday season. Resolve Inc., located in Tucson, Arizona, began their philanthropic endeavor by collecting diapers for a local crisis nursery. Their annual diaper collection tradition continued, and only five years later they were able to collect 300,000 diapers for 30 different agencies. By this time the small consulting firm was spending six months a year preparing for their December Diaper Drive.

From 1996 until 1999 the Diaper Bank operated as a program under the nonprofit umbrella of the Carondelet Foundation. In 2000 the Community Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona became a free standing charitable organization, becoming the nation’s first Diaper Bank.

The Diaper Bank hired its first employee in 1999 and still hosts hundreds of volunteers annually to provide diapers and incontinence supplies to those in need. In 2004 the New Haven Diaper Bank opened its doors using the model established in Southern Arizona. There are more than 250 Diaper Banks across the country today.

Just as it did at its inception, the Diaper Bank provides diapers to those at or near the poverty line where no public assistance exists. We recognize that an inadequate supply of diapers puts families with young children at an increased risk for health related problems and potential abuse.

In 2013, the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona was selected as a Regional Partner of the National Diaper Bank Network to receive and distribute two million diapers to the community in 2013 and 2014. This partnership continues today and with the help of the NDBN and Huggies, we are getting closer to eliminating diaper need in Southern Arizona.

 

Our Leadership

Dr. Shannon Roberts

Dr. Shannon Roberts

CEO

Leslie Pike

Leslie Pike

Manager of Programs and Volunteering

Gary Bahman

Gary Bahman

Staff Accountant

Ian Arthur

Ian Arthur

Executive Assistant and Development Associate

Board of Directors

Bryan Haver

Bryan Haver

Board President

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Bryan is an Arizona native and hails from the north part of the state where he learned to love the outdoors.  He is a proud, humble father of four amazing children and gives thanks daily for his wonderful wife Kim, who in a moment of weakness and possible poor decision making, said yes over 24 years ago.

He served 25 years in the Army and has enjoyed serving his community even longer through his numerous volunteer activities in support of Women, Children and Veterans.  Having witnessed firsthand what it means to need assistance, and the difference a committed person can make in the lives of others, Bryan accepted an invitation to join the Diaper Bank espousing the philosophy that board membership is the starting point and not the destination with the goal of helping more people retain their dignity and independence.

Evonne Cummins

Evonne Cummins

Vice President

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Evonne Cummins holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and has her SPHR from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Evonne has served for over 12 years on the Board of Directors for [email protected] –Southeastern Arizona; helping to create policies and programs to improve employment services for the people and businesses of Southern Arizona. She sat on several communities to include Outreach and Policy committees.

Mrs. Cummins is a Principal Recruiter at Iron Bow Technologies with over eighteen years’ experience recruiting high-end technical talent to support programs for the Department of Defense and other government agencies. Evonne’s publications include an article for the Virginia Human Resources Today magazine called “Managing Your Social Media” (2015) and she continues to train and promote using social media for talent recruitment.

Ashley Byma

Ashley Byma

Treasurer

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Ashley Byma is a Senior Manager for BeachFleischman’s Tax department. She provides accounting and tax services for a variety of privately held companies. Ashley is a member of the firm’s Science & Manufacturing and Large Taxpayer Client Service Team, and she leads the firm’s Cost Segregation service line. Ashley is also an active member of the firm’s Women RISE and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committees. She is a licensed CPA in Arizona with over eight years of public accounting experience. She has participated on the Diaper Bank’s finance committee since 2018 and is excited to join the Board to raise awareness and expand fundraising in Southern Arizona. When she’s not crunching numbers, she enjoys spending time with her husband & two boys, and baking sweet treats.

Denise Ferrell

Denise Ferrell

Secretary

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Marcus Carreon

Marcus Carreon

Board Member

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Marcus Carreon, is a financial service professional with New York Life Insurance & MainStay Investments for the past 10 years, located here in Tucson, AZ.  He is a University of Arizona Alum and has come to consider Tucson home after moving here some 17 years ago.  Additionally, Marcus has been an active member of the Tucson community serving on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association for the previous two years, working with the El Rio Community Health foundation as a “Vecino” and serving as part of the United States Airforce Honorary Commander for the 355th Fighter Wing Red Lions here at DM Airbase.  Marcus is passionate about helping others and building relationships within our local community both civilian and military.  Marcus grew up around the world as a Marine Corps brat so he understands the military life and the challenges/sacrifices that are associated with both.

In his spare time, Marcus enjoys spending time with family and friends.  He is very adamant about health, fitness, and nutrition.  He very much enjoys the outdoors, healthy competition of all sorts and considers himself to be a bookworm of sorts.

Amber Fleming

Amber Fleming

Board Member

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Gaby Martinez

Gaby Martinez

Board Member

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Kasandra Prieto

Kasandra Prieto

Board Member

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I was born in Tucson and raised in Douglas by an amazing Hispanic Latina until the age of 18. The day I graduated High School, I decided to move to The Big City of Tucson!. Music was a part of my life growing up and when I moved to Tucson I started singing in a band in my spare time. I also worked in the corporate world for most of my twenties. During my early 30’s, I started searching for meaning and stumbled into “Sales” I say it lightly, but the reality is “Sales changed my life” 7 years ago. I feel Sales is an Art and one of the most incredible ways of communication with another human being. You learn to truly listen and connect in a way that most people never get to experience. If you are genuine, these are some of the most gratifying connections you will experience in a lifetime! An endless personal growth journey. You never stop learning or thinking of ways to improve your communication skills so that you can help more individuals who need your help. 
When I found Real Estate, I fell in love with being a part of one of the most significant investments in a person’s life. Many individuals purchase a home only once in their entire life and being the person holding their hand is truly meaningful. I believe life is lived in moments and it is important to make the very best of every single one as we don’t get any back. 
Ginger Clayton

Ginger Clayton

Board Member

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