Kate Bartholomeusz

Member, Board of Directors
Kate Bartholomeusz is a stellar non profit fundraiser, focusing on long term relationship building with donors and volunteers, as well as large scale prospect research and development. She currently works as West Coast Regional Lead of Individual Philanthropy for Grameen Foundation, a global nonprofit using technology to combat poverty and hunger. Prior to Grameen, Kate was Director of Major Gifts for KQED, the PBS and NPR station broadcast in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has been a volunteer for other organizations including Room to Read and Homeless Prenatal Program. She began her career in fundraising when she was lucky to land an internship with the Tia Foundation in Phoenix, where she was attending graduate school at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and never looked back.

Kate has a M.A. in Global Affairs and Management from Thunderbird and a B.A. in Political Science and Business Administration from the University of San Diego. In her spare time, she spends time with her husband and daughter, who keeps them on their toes, travels, and explores the Bay Area, from local breweries to the zoo.


Shelley Detwiller DiGiacomo

Member, Board of Directors
Shelley is an attorney specializing in securities law at the firm of Detwiller DiGiacomo & Pisaruk. Her practice focuses on advising private companies and investors with respect to securities transactions.

She assists her clients from start-up through exit, advising on a variety of business matters including commercial contracts, loan agreements, licensing agreements, supply and distribution agreements, and sale and acquisition of assets, securities, and companies.

Shelley graduated summa cum laude from Cornell Law School. She also holds an M.A. from New York University in Political Science and received her B.S. in Political Science and her minors in History and Spanish from Arizona State University.

Shelley has been an active member of the Phoenix community and served as the Board President for Community Information and Referral. She was selected by U.S. News and World Report for their Best Lawyers in America for 2013 and 2014 in Corporate Law.


Matt Jewett

Member, Board of Directors
Matt Jewett is the Associate Director of Grants at Mountain Park Health Center, providing oversite on $15 million in grants, a 30% increase in his three-year tenure with the organization.

Previously, Matt was the Director of Health Policy for Children’s Action Alliance, a non-partisan research and advocacy organization, where he oversaw research and communication with media, elected officials, and educated the community on children’s health issues.

He served as a Spanish language spokesperson for an outreach campaign that increased enrollment in KidsCare, Arizona’s Children’s Health Insurance Program, by 30% in 18 months after several years of flat enrollment. He also helped secure passage of legislation signed by the Governor of Arizona that clarified reduced liability for schools that open their playgrounds outside of school hours to promote physical activity.

Before that, Matt worked on political campaigns, an efficiency review of Arizona state government in the Governor’s Office, and as a staff assistant to two members of Congress.

Matt holds of Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Arizona. Past community involvement includes six years on the governing board of the Creighton Elementary School District in Phoenix and several non-profit boards. Matt is a graduate of Valley Leadership Institute Class 37.


Dale Lillard

Member, Board of Directors
R. Dale Lillard is the President of Lansdale Semiconductor, Inc., an Integrated Circuit aftermarket manufacturer.

Dale received his B.S. in Electronic Engineering from the University of New Mexico in 1972 and started his career in product management with Motorola. He spent two years with Fairchild, and in 1980 became President of Lansdale Semiconductor, a semiconductor aftermarket manufacturing company of military and wireless commercial integrated circuits.

He has been active in the American Electronics Association in Arizona and is a member of both the World President’s Organization and Boy Scouts of America.


Mike Lofton

Member, Board of Directors
Michael Lofton is Owner and CEO of the Lofton Family of Companies, a real estate, investment and development firm, and is an owner and partner of Capital Fund, LLC, a private lending company in Arizona.

He has been involved with numerous professional organizations related to the home building industry and with several charities focused on helping children and victims of domestic violence.


Diego Milán

Member, Board of Directors
Diego is a CPA specializing in entrepreneurship at Corporativo Diemy. Currently, Corporativo Diemy invests and provides management in several industries such as biotechnology, Tequila, and Film-making. He also provides consulting in business development, strategic growth, organizational and financial plans.

Diego graduated from Universidad Panamericana Guadalajara campus and later completed his International Master’s degree in the Moore School Business from the University of South Carolina.

Diego leads Filantropía Diemy, a non-profit organization mainly focused on funding some projects that assist kids with AIDS and sometimes looks for funding for other entities that assist the elderly or homeless children.

Diego is based in Guadalajara and occasionally writes for local newspapers on travel and sports.


Katie Smith

Member, Board of Directors
Katie is originally from Sparks, Nevada and has lived in San Francisco for 5 years. She is a bilingual project manager who runs the Agent Success Team for the Bay Area at Compass, a Real Estate Tech Company. She has spent most of her career in customer facing, implementation roles and she is passionate about people, process improvement, and managing change.

She enjoys traveling, spending time with her loved ones, cooking and dancing. She is even part of a group that performs flash mobs throughout the city! She loves to go explore, go to yoga, and plans on becoming a motivational speaker.

The Tia Foundation is very special to Katie. She has been enamored with Tia’s mission for nearly a decade and aligns very closely their values. As a Spanish speaker, lover of the latinx culture, and proponent for the empowerment of women and minorities, Katie feels “at home” with Tia. She became the first VEA for Tia in June 2016 when she visited the Tuxcueca municipio with the UVM brigade and then attended a second time in 2017.


Cindy Yeager

Member, Board of Directors
Cindy Yeager manages programs in Latin America and supports campus-based and off-site programs for Thunderbird for Good. She is a 2008 Thunderbird School of Global Management graduate and has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, French and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.