Nonprofit organizations are governed by boards of directors which have both legal and ethical responsibilities. Our Foundation is managed by volunteer board members who represent a diversity of expertise and skills. Each member has gone through a nomination process to affirm that they are committed to our vision of transforming the end of life experience into the final act of living well. If you are interested in the possibility of serving on our board, please click here for more information.


Alan Barreuther

Alan Barreuther was born in Chicago, but grew up in Tucson where he received most of his education. He graduated from the University of Arizona and the University of Michigan College(s) of Pharmacy. He was a clinical faculty member at the U of AZ College of Pharmacy for 17 years and then pursued activities in the area of Medical Affairs for a number of pharmaceutical companies working in the pharmacological/therapeutic areas of pain and sleep.
He first became interested in pain control while teaching at Tucson Medical Center. He helped establish a patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) program on a surgical ward and became interested in hospice philosophies and activities. After TMC established its hospice, he was active in the training of volunteers and served on the TMC Hospice Advisory Board for many years.


Kasey Hill, TMP
Vice President

Kasey became the executive director of Greater Tucson Leadership in July 2016. Prior to that she served as communications director for Develop Danville — a public-private economic development organization in central Kentucky. Kasey is a Kentucky native, and received recognition as a Kentucky Colonel in 2015. Kentucky Colonel is an honorary commission given by the governor of Kentucky to individuals noted for their public service and their work for the advancement of Kentucky. She is a proud graduate of two community leadership programs, including Greater Tucson Leadership. She currently serves as Arizona Ambassador for the Association of Leadership Programs and as treasurer of the board of directors for the Public Relations Society of America: Southern Arizona Chapter. She also serves on the Southern Arizona Advisory Council for the Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Casa De La Luz Foundation and Tucson Youth Development. In May 2018, she competed in the Tucson Dancing with Our Stars fundraiser to benefit the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona; and recently danced in “The Nutcracker” ballet to benefit Dancing in the Streets AZ. She will be serving on the Executive Leadership Team for the 2019 Heart & Stroke Walk to benefit the American Heart Association. Kasey graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in communications. She has since received certification as a Travel Marketing Professional from the Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College in Dahlonega, Ga., and graduated from the Kentucky Institute for Economic Development in 2014.


Nicholas Healy
Treasurer and Secretary

Nicholas Healy, CFA, CFP®, EA, is a Partner with Sunrise Wealth Management, LLC. Nick has been a professional in financial planning, investment management and tax & accounting since 1982. He provides investment management and comprehensive planning services and tax analysis for individuals, families and small businesses. Nick earned an MBA from the University of Minnesota with a specialty in securities analysis and portfolio theory. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Certified Financial Planner® and an Enrolled Agent. Nick is a member of the Investment Committee at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and is a member of the Planned Giving Roundtable, and the Tucson CFA Society. He and his wife, Sharon, have been married 36 years and have four children and two grandchildren.


David Fife

David Fife has sought to bring greater cross-cultural and inter-religious understanding for 20 years. Prior to his current role as Casa de la Luz Hospice Director of Social Services he spent 10 years as a spiritual counselor with the organization. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister who has pastored congregations in California and Arizona and worked with Catholic Charities, the American Friends Service Committee, Muslim community associations, and in Central America. David graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, and received his Masters of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary. He shares a love for the Sonoran desert and wilderness with his wife, Jennifer. They have two daughters.


Ed Fix

Ed Fix is a retired banker after working 44 years in the industry. He worked in several major US cities and 5 Asian countries as a commercial banker. He has volunteered for 3 years at Casa de la Luz Hospice as a patient companion. He and his wife’s parents both benefitted from hospice care at the end of their lives. He also volunteers at other organizations in Tucson. His wife owns an antique mall in Tucson and he helps her with that business.


Rachel M. Sass

Rachel Sass is an Associate at Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P.  Rachel concentrates her practice in estate and tax planning, probate and trust administration, and business law.  She enjoys helping individuals develop estate plans in a wide variety of circumstances, from simple plans to complex plans for high net worth individuals and families.

Rachel is a Tucson-native and double Wildcat.  She graduated summa cum laude and with honors from the University of Arizona in 2013 with her bachelor’s in political science, and later graduated cum laude from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law in 2018.  Rachel is a former Miss Arizona United States and enjoys serving her local community.  In her spare time, she and her husband and can be found hiking around Southern Arizona with their three dogs.


Elsa Swyers
Past President

Elsa is an active volunteer at Casa de la Luz Hospice and a retired physician. She received her MD degree in 1966 from the University of Rochester, and served a residency in Ophthalmology at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center in New York City. Most of her medical career was with the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Denver, Colo., which included clinical and administrative responsibilities. During her medical career, Elsa found a growing interest in alternative/complementary modes of healing. She retired from medical practice in 1998 and moved to Tucson in 2001. She finds Casa de la Luz Hospice an organization where she is able to provide meaningful support for patients and families through companionship and the energy healing techniques of Reiki.


Martha Taylor

Martha G. Taylor spent much of her career as an educator, working as a teacher and principal in Tucson for over twenty years. During that time she earned two masters' degrees in English and History from the University of Arizona and then attended and graduated from its James E. Rogers College of Law. Currently she works in the Legal Department of Tucson Unified School District as its Sr. Director of Desegregation. She has been married to her husband Abbott for 45 years, and they have two daughters, one son, and one grandson. She and her husband support many local causes, especially those that enrich the lives of children, and enjoy traveling throughout the state, nation, and world. A life-long Arizonan, she appreciates spending time with her family, reading, playing the piano, and trying to garden in her backyard.


Frank R. Williams

Frank R. Williams, Ph.D., is a sought after speaker and author of many articles on issues of loss, grief, and life transitions. He offers practical wisdom as a guide for those whose lives are deeply affected by grief, honoring each individual’s unique journey. He is the Former Director of Social Services at Casa de la Luz Hospice, and previously was Executive Director at Family Counseling Agency/Our Family Services. He served 20 years as a professor on the Family Studies faculty at The University of Arizona. As an ordained United Methodist minister for more than 50 years, he has served parishioners in churches in California and Arizona. A native Arizonan, he graduated from The University of Arizona. His Masters of Sacred Theology and his doctorate were received from Boston University. Frank is active on many community boards, and continues to serve as a founding board member of the Casa de la Luz Foundation. He is the founder of the Divorce Recovery program of Tucson and co-director of the Tacheria Interfaith School of Spiritual Direction.


Genie Williams

Genie spent her early years as a flight attendant with Trans World Airlines for 15 years, flying domestic and international routes. She has spent 30+ years in various volunteer programs and is currently an active volunteer with Casa de la Luz Hospice, providing meaningful support to patients and their families by being a companion during a difficult time. She is compassionate about end of life issues and the valuable services hospice has to provide. She is active in Community Church at Saddlebrooke and sits on their Board and Women’s Council.

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Alex Hardie

Alex is a commercial real estate agent with local independent firm Buzz Isaacson Realty. Prior to her role in commercial real estate, she was the director of operations for a multifamily asset portfolio. Her background in leadership gives her a unique perspective in understanding her clients' real estate needs. Alex earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from Northern Arizona University, with an emphasis in small business management and entrepreneurship. In her spare time, she loves autocross and being outdoors: camping, hiking and walking her dog.

It is one of Alex's missions to engage with her community in a way that speaks to her personally and meaningfully. She learned of the Casa Foundation at the beginning stages of the rapid deterioration of her mother's physical and mental health, shortly after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's. As a daughter planning for end of life care for her parent, she hopes her work serving the board will help ensure that education and support surrounding end of life care is accessible to all members of our community.

Casa de la Luz Foundation was established in 2000 as a nonprofit organization to support end of life care.

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