Founder, CEO, and President
As Tia’s President, Laura Libman combines her educational background with her work experiences in global project management, knowledge engineering, and marketing in the field of Aerospace. After working for years as a contractor, Laura decided to complete her undergraduate studies at Arizona State University West, where she received a full tuition scholarship and graduated summa cum laude in English.
Ms. Libman continued her education at The Thunderbird School of Global Management, where she received multiple, generous scholarships. In addition to traditional M.B.A. courses in accounting, finance, and marketing, she focused her studies on International Development with particular emphasis on Latin America. While at Thunderbird, Laura received her certification as a Global Mediator. Ms. Libman is a member of The Border Trade Alliance, The Arizona-Mexico Commission, The National Hispanic Honor Society and The National Society of Hispanic M.B.A.s. She recently received the Thunderbird Distinguished Alumni Award for Global Citizenship.
Her concentration in International Development provided her with the latest research materials on new models and program designs in that discipline. After taking a Thunderbird course in Washington, D.C., where she met heads of organizations such as the World Bank, The Millennium Challenge Corporation, the International Monetary Fund, the Inter-American Development Bank, and USAID, she had the opportunity to see current development programs in practice.
Ms. Libman shares her knowledge in social impact measurement, monitoring and evaluation, and developing a learning culture with her students at ASU’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation.
Laura is also on the Board of Directors of, and a Group Leader for, The Washington Street Foundation, a Phoenix-based mentoring program for economically disadvantaged children.
Dr. Roberto Martinez
Roberto is a physician, specializing in Hospital and Health System Management and currently completing a M.S. in Healthcare Administration and a postgraduate degree in Social Project Management. His practice has been aimed at Academic Medicine, as well as Community Medicine and catering healthcare to Jalisco’s underserved population.
Naturally, he collaborated with Tia Foundation from the very beginning of his career. He worked for Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara (UAG) as its Academic and Public Health Director for the Community Medicine Program, and Head of the Mobile Unit Department for Healthcare and Brigades.
In 2014, he joined Laureate International Universities in their Zapopan Campus, as the Head of Social Service for Health Sciences. After collaborating with Tia Foundation in countless projects, in 2017 he officially joined Tia as its Medical Director.
Program and Marketing Director
John Schnaubelt excels as a generalist with skills encompassing marketing, communications, operations, copywriting, database and graphic design with a proven track record of creating and supporting brands to help develop well-positioned products and services across a variety of platforms. Schnaubelt harnesses the communication synergies of his creative and analytical mind through business writing, graphic design and music.
Schnaubelt’s career track can be traced back to his role as a key member of the USAuction/Merrill Lynch Realty Auction team, which sold $1.1B (adj.) real estate at 60 auctions through the early 1990s.
Schnaubelt gained experience working in the commercial print industry that led to starting his own boutique advertising design agency in 2005, which he continues operate for a handful of longterm clients today.
Schnaubelt attended Berklee College of Music in Boston on a scholarship sponsored by renowned American jazz and fusion pianist, keyboardist, and composer Chic Corea. John has worked for exempt organizations in the past including Temple Chai (the largest synagogue in the Southwest U.S.) and Jewish Family & Children’s Services. He also operated a 501c7 social poker club from 2017-2019. He is excited to begin working as The Tia Foundation’s Program and Marketing Director and is sure to bring new ideas and fresh insights to the role as he assumes his responsibilities.
He married his wife, Noreen, in 2000, and their home includes their 12-year old twins, Jackson and Jazmine, two long-haired dachshunds, a new Corgi pup, and an orange Garfield cat.