Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Shannon Roberts
Bio coming soon
Manager of Programs and Volunteerism
Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Leslie fell in love with Arizona while visiting here in 1979. A year later she moved to Tucson, where she has raised her family and enjoyed the vast skies and beauty of the desert landscape. Leslie brings a deep appreciation for the Tucson community and has been involved in non-profit work throughout the years, as a volunteer in her neighborhood Community Justice Program, Zuni Ave. Community Garden, Corbett Youth Employment Program, and the director of Girls with Tools carpentry workshop. With 10 years of warehouse experience, Leslie is enthusiastic about combining her skills with the Diaper Bank’s mission to meet the needs of families in Southern Arizona.
2018-2019 Diaper Bank Board of Directors
Craig High, President (4th Term)
Craig is originally from Lexington Kentucky. Go Wildcats! His wife Lisa is from Tucson, together they moved to Lexington, then Orlando. It was her dream to move back to Tucson and they did 7 years ago. Craig was a “fish out of water” in the desert. The environment was totally new. He so much enjoys the Tucson area and the people who live here. He often says that “Tucson is a special place that has a community heartbeat”. The people of Tucson truly care about each other, making this a special city that Craig is proud to call home.
Craig has had an interesting varied career. He has worked as a head chef in several restaurants, been a professional photographer, owned his own photography studio, and managed an I/T department for a Fortune 500 company. He now runs his own successful I/T company specializing in EDI E-Commerce solutions with his wife Lisa since 2003.
Craig and his wife are very passionate about the Diaper Bank. She started volunteering at the Diaper Bank almost 6 years ago and told Craig she really enjoyed it and he should also volunteer. He did and has been actively involved in the Diaper Bank ever since. Craig and Lisa truly believe in the mission of the Diaper Bank, and never imagined the impact that providing diapers to those in need could truly change lives and allow people to become independent.
Craig and Lisa enjoy hiking, biking, Kentucky and Arizona basketball, and spending time with their dog Charcoal Kingsford III. Interesting factoid, Craig is in the basketball Hall of Fame.
Holly Tripp, Vice President (4th Term)
Holly Tripp is not a native Tucsonan however, she claims semi-native status having lived in the Old Pueblo since the mid-1970’s originating from Ohio. Holly earned a BS in Education from the University of Cincinnati and taught elementary and preschool in various locations for five years. After teaching, she made a career change to the insurance industry and retired after 30 years as a claims representative. Holly served on the Board of Directors for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, served as House Corporation President, is a Past Matron and continues to serve two chapters Arizona #2 and Saguaro #48 of the Order of the Eastern Star. Holly enjoys volunteering for nonprofits, traveling with her husband and spoiling her grandchildren.
Sumi M. Rowe, Treasurer
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, Secretary
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.
Hannah was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She moved out of Arizona to live with her family in northern Spain but eventually made her way back to Tucson by way of Iowa and Oregon in 2008. She attended the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona where she received her BS in Accounting. Hannah works as the office manager for the Khalidi Law Firm. In her spare time she loves to read, cook, and spend time with her family.
Becca King has lived in Tucson for the last 16 years and prior to that lived in several states throughout the country while her father was in the Navy. She is a University of Arizona alumni who graduated with her Master’s in Public Administration in December 2013, with a concentration in non-profit management. Becca is the Director of Human Resources for HOPE, Inc., another local non-profit specializing in behavioral health services. She loves working for her community and is excited to have joined the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona. She also enjoys reading as well as spending time with family. She is married and has two kids along with two dogs, and two cats.
Karen Lou Kennedy-Evans, RN, FNP, APRN-BC
Karen Lou Kennedy-Evans is the President of KL Kennedy, LLC, providing consulting services for skin and wound care management for Long Term Care, Home Health, Industry, and Private Practice. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Geriatric Nurse, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, and Registered Nurse experienced in nursing management, administration, clinical research, quality control and infection control for nursing care facilities. Ms. Kennedy-Evans conducts seminars and classes aimed at assisting healthcare professionals nationally and internationally in the provision of quality assessment, wound, and skincare of the geriatric patient. She is also the author, co-author, and contributing author on more than 40 books, publications, and articles in the fields of wound, geriatric skincare, and incontinence. Her other passion is photography. Her photos and slides have been featured in numerous professional medical and health journals, presentations, and DVDs.
She is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine and School of Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner and the Saint Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Deborah Carr has 30 years of experience in marketing, public relations and resource development for industries and causes spanning social services, education, healthcare, media, arts, and the environment. Her background includes serving as Development and Marketing Director for Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, where she helped lead the organization to national visibility, increase attendance to more than 1.2 million visitors annually, and quadruple membership and financial support. She has also served in marketing and development leadership positions for a major museum, national, Fortune 50 healthcare corporation, and early education and childcare nonprofit with annual revenue of $40 million. She has been a producer for television stations in Tampa and San Antonio, and a media spokesperson and cause-marketer for nonprofit organizations in four states.
Deborah is currently Philanthropy and Public Relations Director at Interfaith Community Services, where for the past seven years she has overseen fundraising strategy, donor stewardship, grant writing, corporate and media relations, including serving on the leadership team for two capital campaigns. She is passionate about helping people and animals in need. In her spare time, Deborah enjoys traveling, reading, hiking and relaxing with her two cats Ellis and Mina.
Sumi M. Rowe
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.
Carla Johnson joined the Tucson (Arizona) Police Department in July 1986. During her 32 year career, she has held various assignments including patrol officer and sergeant, staff officer, bicycle officer, sex crimes detective, and internal affairs investigator. She has commanded many functional areas of the department, including patrol, family and sex crimes, professional standards, property crimes, and human resources. She was the interim Director of Human Resources for the City of Tucson for four months beginning in October of 2011. In September 2014, she transferred to the Chief of Staff position and she was promoted to Assistant Chief in June of 2015.
Assistant Chief Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Iowa (1984) and a Master of Education from Northern Arizona University (1999). She is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police and the FBI National Academy. Her professional memberships include the FBI National Academy Associates, the Police Executive Research Forum, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
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.
Lupe Duran Bio coming soon.