BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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 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
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Kevin Carmichael
Dr. Kevin Carmichael was born and raised in Miami, FL. After completing his higher education, he returned to Miami for Medical School and his residency in Family Medicine. His medical education coincided with the beginning of the HIV epidemic and as Miami was an early epicenter, he cared for many people with HIV and AIDS. Along with his sister, Kevin wrote a textbook on HIV care.
In 1990, Kevin moved to Tucson with his wife, Tejal. He worked at the University of Arizona’s Immune Deficiency Clinic for two years and then moved to El Rio CHC. While at El Rio CHC, he began their HIV program, Special Immunology Associates. The early days of HIV were difficult with many hospitalized patients and many deaths. In 1995, 14 of every 100 patients he cared for that year died. Over the next 27 years, the clinic grew to include 5 physicians, as well as medical case managers, clinical pharmacists, and on-site psychological and psychiatric care. Dr. Carmichael retired from SIA in December of 2018.
During the darkest days of HIV, he partnered with Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospice to develop a dedicated HIV Hospice program. He developed a deep appreciation of the care Hospice could provide at the end of life. Shortly after his “retirement”, he joined Casa de la Luz Hospice serving as a Hospice Physician in their inpatient unit until May of 2020.
As a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, Kevin is eager to continue his support of the hospice mission.
Kevin and his wife, Tejal Parikh, a faculty member at the UA College of Medicine, have two sons. Deven is starting his senior year of college and Rajan is a Junior at Catalina Foothills Highschool.
Sally Dodds, Ph.D.
Sally Dodds, Ph.D., is a recently retired research professor of Medicine and Psychiatry from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Before moving to Tucson, she lived in Miami where she was a research professor of Psychiatry at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and simultaneously professor of Social Work at Barry University. Earlier, Sally held senior and executive positions in health and human services including as the founding Executive Director of Miami’s first AIDS service organization in 1983.
During her academic career, Sally conducted extensive research in HIV/AIDS, health care disparities for women and children, and the effectiveness of integrated health care delivery systems. Internationally, she undertook studies in India on poverty and HIV/AIDS, and later was a special consultant for the US Ambassador to Haiti on the role of NGOs and HIV prevention. In 2007, Sally joined the faculty at the UA Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine to study physician burnout, and the role of meditation on depression in breast cancer survivors at the Arizona Comprehensive Cancer Center. Currently, as Affiliate Faculty with the UA Southwest Institute for Research on Women, she is conducting a study on COVID-19 risks in older LGBT adults in Arizona. Through the UA College of Nursing, Sally serves as meditation teacher/interventionist on studies of compassion meditation for cancer survivors and their caregiving partners.
Sally received a Ph.D. in Social Work from Barry University in Miami, and an MSW in Social Work and a BA degree in Psychology from West Virginia University. She has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, monographs, and book chapters, and was recognized for her work in HIV/AIDS by the National American Red Cross and the National Association of Social Workers.
During retirement, Sally has been deeply involved in volunteerism, board service and philanthropy. She has served as a docent at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and recently chaired the LGBT&S Alliance Fund of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. She currently is a consultant for the Emory University Center for Compassion-Based Ethics where she is also a certified teacher of compassion meditation (as sanctioned by HH the Dalai Lama).
Sally is very committed to working with the nonprofit sector in Southern Arizona. As so many services are provided by them to our community and they are nimble and flexible in their ability to respond to the needs. The Foundation has a very unique role and mission and she is delighted to be able to lend some of her experience to its growth.
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.
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.
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.
Karyn, a native Tucsonan and former University of Arizona Wildcat (and NAU Lumberjack), is committed to providing education and advocacy for women about financial as well as health issues. She has been a driving force in creating a Wealth Solutions and Life Planning initiative designed by women for women.
For over 20 years she has dedicated herself to community service in numerous Tucson organizations including the American Heart Association, Girl Scouts, Pima Council on Aging, Greater Tucson Leadership and now the Casa de la Luz Hospice Foundation.
Karyn's interest in hospice work was sparked after she started guiding her clients through end of life care and transition. She is proud to continue her advocacy work with the Casa de la Luz Hospice Foundation Board.
Karyn is a local, independent Financial Planner helping clients take the mystery out of complex programs such as Social Security and Medicare. She is a holistic practitioner focused on all facets of comprehensive planning including Taxes, Estate Planning, Income Planning, and Insurance Planning. She is the owner of the Damschen Group, LLC, and a strategic partner with Rincon Financial Group, LLC.
Karyn loves to spend time with her two grown children, Cassady and Garrison, and when she has some free time, you'll likely find her kickboxing, going to the beach, golfing or reading.
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