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.

Larry Pace

Larry Pace

Vice President

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I live in San Tan Valley, Arizona but I was born and raised in Missouri.  I joined the Air Force during the Vietnam conflict and after nine years, I took an honorable discharge and entered law school.  I had my own private law practice for 13 years before joining the Federal Public Defender’s Office.  I spent 19 years with the Federal Courts handling complex litigation which was primarily death penalty cases and organized crime. I have a small home-based business where I help charity golf tournaments raise money for veterans and various children’s charities.  I am also on a Citizen’s Advisory Board for the University of Arizona College of Nursing where I help to support the College and raise money for student programs and nursing scholarships.

 

 

Sumi Rowe

Sumi Rowe

Treasurer

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I am a tax senior manager at Beach Fleischman PC. I have provided accounting, tax, and financial statement services for a variety of privately held companies for 11 years. I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2014. I like traveling and hiking, as well as spending time with my family.

E. Hardy Smith

E. Hardy Smith

Secretary

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I am a lawyer with courtroom experience in matters concerning prosecution and defense of personal injury claims, including medical malpractice and product liability; insurance law and litigation, including coverage and bad faith claims; contracts and contract litigation; employment law; civil rights; and general civil litigation. I provide services in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. I am a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law and obtained my undergraduate degree in Animal Health Science from the University of Arizona College of Agriculture. I am a musician and frequently perform with other musicians for various community fundraising and social events.

Bonnie Demorotski

Bonnie Demorotski

Board Member

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Bonnie just recently retired (April 30, 2019) after spending five years as the director of the Infant and Early Learning Center for TUSD. Before that she was the director of the Angel Children’s Center for Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse. She worked for Aviva Children’s Services helping all the Department of Child Safety (CPS) caseworkers with their kids. She also worked for Camp Fire Boys and Girls and was very instrumental in building the Skatepark at Santa Rita Park on 4th Avenue and 22nd Street. She got her start in social work at the Primavera Foundation back in the early ‘90s and is still supporting the fight to end homelessness.

Bonnie is a U of A alumni and also spent time teaching and serving on the Marana Unified School Board for eight years. She was involved with Girl Scouts for over 14 years and was always involved with the schools that her three daughters attended. Bonnie is a true product of the Midwest having been born in Detroit and lived in Missouri, Indiana and Ohio. She moved to Tucson in the 70s and spent six years in Utah before moving back to what has been “home”. In addition to three daughters, she has two grandsons and two rescued greyhounds.

Kristin Davis

Kristin Davis

Board Member

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A native of Palo Alto, CA, Kristin graduated from University of Redlands (CA) and from there
she went to New Jersey; Paris, France; London, England; and Brussels Belgium. After seven
years abroad, she settled in Short Hills NJ for twenty-eight years, where she was a Senior Vice
Present of Risk and Insurance Management of a major New York bank for fourteen years.
She has served on many non-profit and corporate Board of Directors: American Women’s Club
of Brussels, Belgium for four years, Girl Scout Council Board of Essex County, NJ for four
years, as well as, three HOA boards, including four years as Secretary and President here,
recently in Tucson. Kristin also served on the Boards of Bankers Insurance Company Ltd for
nine years, the NY College of Insurance for six years and the NJ Risk and Insurance
Management for three years. She is a new Board Member of the Diaper Bank of Southern AZ.
She has served as a Foster Grandparent for almost five years has been instrumental in
establishings the Black Lives Matter Bookclub over the last year plus, been on the Grants
Committee and has been one of the Mentors in the iPad Tech Connect Program for almost a
year. She has helped Melissa with several projects during the pandemic.
She belives passionately in the Foster Grandparent Program and in volunteerism as a source of
providing organizations with unending resourses and experience. Reading, the theater, ballet,
and watching tennis, ice skating and basketball are her hobbies, as well as going out to eat or
cooking with friends.

Jade Lewis

Jade Lewis

Board Member

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Jade-Lynn is a mom of three small children, wife, and humanitarian. She has a background in theater arts and education in anatomy and physiology as part of a nursing program at Pima Community College and the University of Arizona. After working as a Certified Nursing Assistant both in a hospital setting and long-term care facilities, she decided to follow her passion and peruse a future in teaching dance.

 

Jade-Lynn was inspired by watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers at a young age and soon after she began a 10-year journey in ballet, performing with Ballet Arizona and Ballet Tucson. She has been teaching dance since the age of 18, with a current focus on Ballroom, Latin, and Country. She has competed at national events, performs at Showcase, and has attended Dance Camps across the country. Jade-Lynn continues her own dance education by working with a variety of coaches including national champions. She is a firm believer in using dance to heal and empower. She has worked with students using dance to help rehabilitate physical injuries after open-heart surgery, knee & hip replacements, shoulder injuries, and spinal fusions. She has seen the power of dance overcome emotional hurdles and bring a huge light to people’s lives! She routinely volunteers at local K-8 schools, teaching Ballroom to students as part of Physical Education courses, after school programs, and Etiquette courses. Jade says, “Dance is a universal language. No matter where you go on the planet you can share and express yourself through dance.”

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. 
Lupe Duran

Lupe Duran

Board Member

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Guadalupe is a bilingual/bicultural licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Tucson, Arizona. She provides individual, couples, and family therapy.

Guadalupe is a native of Tucson, Arizona and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University.

Guadalupe is the President and Co-founder of the Tucson Latina Professionals (TLP) group. TLP provides networking, support, resources, and educational opportunities for Latinas.

Ashley Byma

Ashley Byma

Board Member

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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.

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.

Evonne Cummins

Evonne Cummins

Board Member

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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.

Amber Fleming

Amber Fleming

Board Member

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Denise Ferrell

Denise Ferrell

Board Member

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Gaby Martinez

Gaby Martinez

Board Member

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Ginger Clayton

Ginger Clayton

Board Member

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