Joe La Rue - Chair
As Executive Vice President of Sun Health, Joe La Rue provides strategic oversight to senior living communities as well as real estate and property interests owned by Sun Health. Before joining Sun Health, La Rue practiced law for 16 years in the Sun Cities area, with an emphasis in real estate finance and development. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in business in 1985, he earned his juris doctorate from Arizona State University College of Law in 1988. La Rue is a member of the Maricopa County Transportation Advisory Board, representing Supervisory District 4. He also is a member of the Arizona Town Hall Board of Directors and the WESTMARC Board of Directors. Previously, he served a four-year term on the Peoria City Council from 1997-2001.
Rodney Wacker - Vice Chair
As the owner of Celestial Care, Rodney is responsible for the overall operations of the company. Working with a highly dedicated and professional team, Celestial Care is proud to be recognized as both a “Provider of Choice” and “Employer of Choice” in the home care industry. Prior to Celestial Care, Rodney was a consultant with Management Action Programs for 18 years. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from the University of Arizona in 1973, Rodney worked in public accounting as a CPA for Coopers & Lybrand and then as a vice president for Arizona Industrial Machinery. He is a current member and past president of Executives Association of Greater Phoenix and has served on various not-for-profit boards in his career.
Patricia F. Lewis - Secretary-Treasurer
Patricia F. Lewis, ACFRE, serves as Sr. Professional-in-Residence at the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation. Prior to moving to Arizona, she served in the faculty position of Nonprofit Professional-in-Residence at George Mason University in Virginia and managed the graduate Nonprofit Management Studies program. Ms. Lewis is a past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) -- formerly known as the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE) -- in Alexandria, Virginia. Read More
Jason J. Scalise, MD
Jason Scalise, MD, is a board certified and internationally fellowship-trained specialist in reconstructive and arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder with The CORE Institute.Read More
Edwin Knight, Esq., is an investment advisor, estate attorney and nonprofit consultant. His recent projects have involved roles with the Arizona Community Foundation as a Philanthropic Advisor and Managing Director of Affiliates, as well as the Director of the Arizona Endowment Building Institute program. During his career, he has worked with many donors and their advisors to facilitate lifetime and planned charitable giving. He frequently provides training courses on planned giving programs and is a speaker and presenter for nonprofits and their board of directors. Read More
Melissa Addington is a dedicated and creative executive engaged in numerous non-profit, medical and management marketing plans. Ms. Addington’s expertise includes programs with the USMCR Toys for Tots, University of Arizona/NSF BRAIN research and international management with The Institute for Mobility and Longevity. In addition to her non-profit work, she owns I-Zone Marketing, a boutique marketing and advertising agency and serves as the VP of Client Experience for American Wealth Advisers. As both an analytical and strategic thinker, she excels at providing long-term vision while addressing existing problems and driving continuous improvement; implementing effective processes, policies, and procedures; and ensuring we meet/exceed deliverables, corporate goals, and customer expectations. Read More