BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Susan Laubner Warmack – President
Susan was born in Ajo, Arizona, and grew up in the mountains of Cu:kud Na:k in the District of Gu Vo, on the Tohono O’odham Reservation. Her heritage is deeply rooted in Arizona history combining ancestry with a long line of traditional Native Americans as well as one of Arizona’s premier pioneers.
Susan attended Indian Oasis Elementary School in Sells, Arizona, graduated from Casa Grande High School, and holds a BBA in Marketing and an MBA in Management from Texas A & M University, Texarkana. Susan’s philanthropic endeavors are many and she is committed to her faith, her family, her community, and helping those in need.
Liz Baker is Vice President of Business Development for GreaterGood.com and Executive Director of GreaterGood.org, a 501 (c)(3) that focuses on people, pets and the planet. GreaterGood.org has given over 30 Million dollars to groups worldwide.
As the Executive Director of the Petfinder.com Foundation, Liz raised and distributed over 10 Million dollars in cash and product grants to adoption partners in the US. By seeking national, proactive solutions to the nation’s most pressing adoption issues, Liz worked/works with over 50 partners (companies/agencies) to eventually ensure that all pets have a chance at a home.
Before joining the Foundation, Liz worked for Petfinder.com as well as Vice President of Partner Relations, at Family Education Network as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and at MeetingMakers.com as Vice President of Operations building lasting partnerships and brand-building initiatives.
Locally, she volunteers for the Pima County Animal Care, Tu Nidito Children and Family Services and serves on several boards in Tucson, Arizona, where she lives with two “tween” girls, two dogs, and two cats and two fish. From time to time, Coyotes jump her five-foot fence and spend the afternoon playing in the back yard with her two dogs, reminding her that we shouldn’t let barriers get in the way of our dreams.
Jennifer grew up in Waco, Texas as one of four children. She attended Baylor University where she majored in Business Marketing/Communications. Jennifer received her BBA in 1986 and her JD from Baylor Law School in 1990. Upon graduation, she worked on the Waco Court of Appeals and as an attorney for the Dallas City Attorney’s Office. Jennifer also worked in private practice handling governmental issues, personal injury, medical malpractice and various other civil matters.
Jennifer’s community involvement includes but is not limited to
volunteer activities for the H.S. Thompson Elementary School Friendship Team as well as the president of the Friendship Team through the STEP Foundation. She assisted the principal and teachers in carrying out the vision of this intercity school as a partner in the community. Jennifer was an adjunct professor of Business Law for Dallas Baptist University, a member of the Junior League of Texarkana, on the school board of St. James Day School and served as president of the school board. She has been on the local board for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and assisted with fundraising for Race for the Cure. Jennifer has always been an active member of her church.
Jennifer currently resides in Texarkana with her husband, Brett, and three children.
Robert E. Stish
Rob is a Tohono O’odham citizen who was raised in Pennsylvania after adoption at birth. He returned to Tucson in order to reconnect with his Native American roots. Because both of his adoptive parents were college professors, he gained a strong sense of responsibility and understands the importance of education. His leadership abilities stem from his years attending Fork Union Military Academy in central Virginia. He has had an interest in aviation since childhood and spent his early years taking private pilot instruction in both sailplanes and single engine aircraft. He also has a background in aeronautical science and aerospace engineering. He is an avid outdoorsmen and a talented musician.
Rob has been involved with NAAF since early in its inception and serves as a medium of communication between the Tohono O’odham and Tucson communities. He successfully manages a diverse group of volunteers working together to make the Foundation’s projects run efficiently.
Nancy spent ten years in the advertising industry in both Los Angeles and New York City. She was Associate Media Director at Chiat/Day, Los Angeles in 1982 and subsequently worked for Siteman-Brodhead in Los Angeles, F. William Free in New York, and Doyle, Dane, Bernbach in New York before returning to Chiat/Day. Her devotion to community and charity includes volunteer and stewardship work with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Kitay Family Foundation, The West, Arizona Blind and Deaf Children’s Foundation, and St. Gregory’s College Preparatory School.
I moved to Ali Chugk when I was seven years old from Oakland, California. I learned the Tohono O’odham language and the history of our people from my elders. I stayed with my grandmother in the fields learning to grow crops, cook, and speak the language. I went to San Simon Elementary School, then to Santa Rosa Boarding School for 9th grade. At that time, the Tohono O’odham High School was completed and I attended and graduated high school.
After graduation, I attended the Portable Practical Education Tech school in Casa Grande, Arizona. I received my Data Processing, Data Entry, Word Process, and Typing II certifications. Upon completion, I was hired as the GuVo District Secretary where I worked from 1994 until my resignation in 2003. In 2010 I became a District Council Representative for Ali Chugk Community and am now in my second term. In addition to serving on the Council, I am also a member of the following GuVo District Committees: Chairperson Budget & Finance Committee, Chairperson Housing Committee, Member Culture Committee.
My hobbies include reading about Tohono O’odham history and hiking using historical maps. My interests are protecting our traditions and culture for our future generations.
My heroes are my grandmother and ancestors. If it were not for their strength, beliefs in our traditions and culture, it would not be alive today!
My favorite movie is The Notebook because it reminds me of my time with my grandmother when her dementia was getting worse. I asked her questions about her childhood to refresh her memory and to learn.
I became interested in the Native American Advancement Foundation when the organization first presented to our council. It was a new concept to us but is very helpful to our youth, providing assistance through the help from all who are involved.
Luis is a Brazilian student who currently seeks a Ph.D. degree in Cultural Anthropology. He arrived at the University of Arizona in 2006 to pursue his studies in Latin American Studies, and acquired his Masters degree in 2008. Originally an economics undergraduate major (from the Universidad de Brasília, Brazil) he pursues his passion for the social sciences by combining the ‘quantitative’ skills learned from his previous discipline with the more ‘qualitative’ lens he has recently acquired. He has actively participated in research since 2007 when he worked as a research assistant in the USIAD BARA/ACDIVOCA Latin American Cooperatives Project and, more recently, with the Climate for the Southwest (CLIMAS), at the University of Arizona Institute.
Jim Kober has been working with nonprofits since he was an undergrad at the University of Arizona. He currently serves as the Director of Content for GreaterGood.org.
The opportunity to effect positive change on a local level is one that Jim is incredibly grateful for, and inspired by, every day. Outside of work, Jim can be found hiking, reading, playing music, and spending time with friends and family.