ASU Alumni Association elects board of directors, national council members


July 1, 2014

The Arizona State University Alumni Association recently elected its 2014-2015 board of directors and National Alumni Council. Terms for all members of both entities began on July 1.

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The following persons have been elected to serve as officers of the board of directors and the National Alumni Council.

Chair: Bob Boschee '83 B.S., '85 M.B.A.

Bob Boschee is a principal partner with Merrill Lynch’s Ashley & Boschee Group, a team that develops and manages financial strategies for a select group of business and families. Before he joined Merrill Lynch in 1997, he spent 12 years as manager of treasury operations for Arizona Public Service Company and its parent company, Pinnacle West Capital Corp. Boschee earned his bachelor in justice studies and his master of business administration degrees from ASU, and while he was a student, worked as a technical supervisor for ASU Public Events, overseeing events at ASU Gammage, Wells Fargo Arena and Sun Devil Stadium. In addition to his leadership role with the ASU Alumni Association, he is a liaison to the Arizona State University Foundation for A New American University's investment committee.

Boschee is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a past president of the Phoenix Chartered Financial Analyst Society and holds a Certified Cash Manager accreditation. He serves on the City of Phoenix Pedestrian and Biking Ad Hoc Task Force, is a member of Class 32 of the Valley Leadership Institute and has raised more than $50,000 for injured American service people and their families as a participant in the Ride 430, a four-day, 430-mile annual charitable bicycle ride. Boschee lives in north central Phoenix with his wife, Lynne, and their sons, Jack, 10, and Ben, seven.

Chair-Elect: Kathleen Duffy Ybarra ’81 B.A.

Kathleen Duffy Ybarra founded Duffy Group Inc., a global research and recruitment firm headquartered in Phoenix, in 1991. Prior to starting her own business, she worked as the director of research for Tirocchi-Wright, Inc., a nationally retained executive search consulting firm.

She is a regular keynote speaker on recruiting and research, and is a founding member of the Arizona Human Resource Executive Forum. She has volunteered at Career Connections, the Alumni Association’s yearly mentoring fair for undergraduates, is a member of the ASU President’s Club and mother to her daughter Teresa, who is a junior at ASU.

Ybarra’s community service involvement includes a commitment to the local Moon Valley chapter and national organization of the National Charity League, a mother-daughter membership organization. Through this involvement, Ybarra served as the national district coordinator overseeing chapters in Arizona and Las Vegas. She and her daughter Teresa donate their time to charitable organizations such as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the Desert Mission Food Bank and Phoenix Children's Hospital.

Treasurer: Brian LaCorte ’85 B.S.

Brian LaCorte is an equity partner at Ballard Spahr LLC, a national law firm where he oversees the intellectual property team in the firm's Phoenix office. He focuses his practice on litigation involving patents, trademark enforcement, intellectual property cases and copyrights. He is recognized in Best Lawyers in America and in several other peer review publications.

LaCorte has served on Arizona's "Smart Beginnings" task force and the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness. He recently completed a long tenure as executive board member of Crisis Nursery and was past president of Southwest Human Development.

He is active in the St. Thomas More Society, Valley Leadership (Class XI) and the Valley Citizens League. LaCorte has supported the ASU Leadership Scholarship Program and Devils’ Advocates alumni chapters over the last several years.

Past Chair: Theresa Esparza ’94 M.Tax.

Esparza is vice president of tax at Spirit Realty Capital in Scottsdale. Prior to this position, she was the director of tax for P. F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc.

A graduate of the Hispanic Leadership Institute at Arizona State University, Esparza is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and serves as second vice president for the Arizona chapter of the Tax Executives Institute. While at P. F. Chang's, she was president for the Lucky Cat Assistance Fund, Inc., a relief fund that helps P. F. Chang’s China Bistro and Pei Wei Asian Diner employees who have encountered financial difficulties due to devastating circumstances beyond their control.

She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Phoenix, Inc., a founding member of Suns Charities 88 and has worked as a loaned executive for the Valley of the Sun United Way. Prior to joining the board of the Alumni Association, Esparza was a member of its National Alumni Council.

ASU Alumni Association Board of Directors

The following alumni were elected to their first three-year term on the Alumni Association’s board of directors, effective July 1:

Teresa Clement ’02 B.S.E., ’07 Ph.D.

Teresa Clement is a principal systems engineer and program/capture manager for Innovation Technologies for Advanced Missile Systems at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson. She received her bachelor’s degree and doctoral degree in engineering at ASU, both in material science engineering. She worked as a graduate research assistant at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and as a Sandia National Laboratories Graduate Research Fellow during her doctoral program, then joined Raytheon upon graduation. She currently has a patent pending for the 3-D printing of an integrated thermal management solution for cooling electronics. Clement is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronomics (AIAA), American Ceramics Society (ACeRS) and the optics society SPIE International. She lives with her husband, Ben, who is also an ASU alum, in northwest Tucson.

Darren Skarecky '94 B.S.

Darren Skarecky is chief financial officer for Mister Car Wash in Tucson. Prior to taking this position in May 2014, Skarecky was vice president of finance for Insight Enterprises in Tempe, a Fortune 500 technology provider. He had worked in various capacities for Insight and its subsidiaries beginning in 1997. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

He has served as treasurer and board member of the Grand Canyon Minority Supplier Development Council and was an ASU FestDevil Homecoming Gala executive committee member from 2005-2008. He holds a black belt in Kung Fu San Soo, and has completed 20 marathons in the past four years, as well as an Ironman triathlon. He is a third-generation ASU alumnus who resides in Queen Creek with his wife Heather and daughters Savannah and Lilly.

The new board members join continuing board members Ryan Abbott ’01 B.S., ’08 M.B.A.; Steven Balthazor ’91 B.S.E.; Michelle Bolton ’93 B.A.; Bob Boscamp ’69 B.A.E.; Malissia Clinton ’90 B.A.; Dan Mullen ’66 B.S.; Anthony Valencia ’91 B.S., ’13 M.B.A.; and Jeff van Raaphorst ’87 B.S., ’97 M.B.A.

ASUAA National Alumni Council

The following persons were elected to their first three-year term on the Alumni Association’s National Alumni Council:

Michael Crabtree ’96 B.S.

Michael Crabtree is the director of tax for Mobile Mini, Inc., in Tempe. He has held various other finance and accounting roles within Mobile Mini, as well as similar financial accounting roles at Fender Musical Instruments and SUMCO USA. He is a Certified Public Accountant. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1990-1998 as a petty officer second class with the Seabees, the Navy’s construction battalion.

Crabtree serves as a founding member and the current treasurer of the Minions of Kindness Fund, a relief fund that helps Mobile Mini employees in unique and dire circumstances. He is also the treasurer for the Fonte al Sole Home Owners Association and has been a board member for more than five years.  

He is a season ticket holder for ASU football and men’s basketball, and was a contributor to the Camp Tontozona refurbishment effort.

Eddie DeVall ’93 B.S.

Eddie DeVall earned his bachelor’s degree in communications studies from ASU in 1993 and works at CBS Films, working on product placement, partnerships and promotions for their feature films. He has been president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Alumni Association since 1998.

DeVall, who makes his home in Los Angeles, previously served on the National Alumni Council for two terms between 2007 and 2013. Prior to his service on the council, he was an alumni chapter representative on the Alumni Association’s board of directors from 1999-2007. He also has served the Alumni Association by working on its Homecoming committee, the chapters/clubs committee, and the awards and recognition committee. He is a season ticket holder for Sun Devil football and member of the Sun Devil Club.

John Gibson ’05 B.S., ’10 M.B.A.

John Gibson is community banking area president for Wells Fargo’s Greater Southern Arizona region. He is responsible for managing 1,375 team members and 93 banking stores with $5.9 billion in deposits.

Prior to this appointment, Gibson was district manager for the Greater Tucson Metro District. He began his career with Wells Fargo in 2005 as a teller and has served as a personal banker, service manager and store manager. He has been honored with numerous awards and has also earned the Wells Fargo Sales and Service Excellence Award for several years.

Gibson earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University. He serves on the board of directors and the executive committee for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson and the board of directors for United Way of Southern Arizona and the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. He resides in Phoenix with his wife, Mistie.

Sarah Krahenbuhl ’03 B.A.

Sarah Krahenbuhl is director of Phoenix Suns Charities and plays an instrumental role in granting more than $1 million to the more than 200 Arizona organizations it serves.

Prior to joining Phoenix Suns Charities, Krahenbuhl spent 10 seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes, serving in roles that included executive director of Coyotes Charities and director of community relations and fan development. She has devoted her personal time to serving numerous Arizona organizations, including Girls for a Change as a co-coach, Junior Achievement as a mentor and working as a Helping Hand for Gabriel’s Angels. Krahenbuhl has served on the board of directors for Beads of Courage, Jobs for Arizona Graduates and Melonhead Foundation, and is currently the board secretary for Valley Leadership.

Krahenbuhl was recognized for her philanthropic contributions with the Crohn’s and Colitis Woman of Distinction Award in 2011 and was named to the Phoenix Business Journal’s 2012 “Forty Under 40” list. An Arizona native, she currently lives in Phoenix with her husband, Peter Krahenbuhl.

Tere LeBarron ’82 B.S., ’92 M.H.S.A.

Tere LeBarron is a partner in the Eastwick Strategy Group. She is a senior health care executive with experience in ambulatory care, health plan, practice plan, hospital and academic environments, and with specific expertise in human resources, organizational performance, planning and execution. 
Prior to her work at Eastwick, LeBarron was vice president of human resources for University Physicians Healthcare, providing corporate-wide leadership in the areas of organizational alignment and execution. She has held other administrative positions at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Banner Health (formerly Samaritan Health Service), and has been recognized as a Certified Compensation Professional by World at Work (American Compensation Association).

LeBarron is a member of the ASU President’s Club and serves on the board of directors for CODAC Behavioral Health Services in Tucson, Arizona. She has also served on the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson board of directors.

Alberto Pino ’06 B.A., ’06 B.S.

Alberto Pino is a senior operations analyst for Voya Investment Management. In this position, he oversees more than 800 dealer contracts that have direct business with the mutual fund sector of the company. Prior to his graduation from ASU in 2006, he worked as a program assistant in the university’s Office of Public Affairs Hispanic Programs group, which operated the fall and spring Hispanic Convocation for ASU and facilitated the planning of minority youth higher education program, the César E. Chávez Leadership Institute.

Pino has served as the president of the Hispanic Business Alumni chapter of the ASU Alumni Association, as well as the chapter’s treasurer and a director at-large. He is a 2012 graduate of Valle Del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute and is a member of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting. He has also served as national communications chair for the Latino Employee Resource Group and as local Scottsdale site ERG leader associated with Voya Investment Management.

Graham Rossini ’02 B.S., ’11 M.B.A.

Graham Rossini has worked for the Arizona Diamondbacks Major League Baseball club for seven years, three of them as vice president of special projects and fan experience. In this business development capacity, he manages the relationships between the baseball club and key business partners, and also serves as the organization’s point person for MLB special events, including the 2011 All-Star Game, the 2013 World Baseball Classic and the 2014 Opening Series in Sydney, Australia. He also oversaw the design and construction and business planning of Salt River Fields, the Diamondbacks award-winning spring training complex that is shared with the Colorado Rockies.

Prior to joining the Diamondbacks in February 2008, Rossini spent six years as the director of baseball operations at Arizona State University. While at ASU, he was involved with two College World Series teams and the successful recruitment of a number of current major leaguers.

Rossini sits on the board of directors for United Blood Services, is an active member of the Green Sports Alliance, the MLB Licensing Retail Committee and the ASU Baseball Legacy Committee. He is a voting member of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.

These new members join Michael Grosso ’97 B.S. and Guy Patrick Roll ’90 B.S., who were elected to a second term on the council, as well as continuing council members Yesenia Barraza ’08 B.S.; Christine Devine ’87 B.A.; Dick Foreman ’76 B.A., ’79 M.P.A.; Michelle Gettinger ’90 B.S.; Bret Giles ’87 B.S.; Andy Hanshaw ’87 B.S.; Kristine Kassel ’91 B.S.; Danelle Kelling ’00 B.A., ’04 J.D.; Nick Kieffer ’00 B.A.; Frank McCune ’92 B.A.; Caleb Navarro ‘05 B.S., ’08 M.S.; and Travis Snell ’00 M.P.A.

New ASU engineering program designed to broaden solar energy expertise


July 2, 2014

Engineers who will help lead renewable energy development in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, are getting the specialized training they’ll need through a new solar energy education program at Arizona State University.

The three-week Solar Energy Engineering & Commercialization certificate program geared for professionals in the solar energy industry focuses on the technologies involved in the field, as well as the production and applications of solar energy. ASU solar energy panels Download Full Image

The curriculum also emphasizes the social and environmental aspects of the industry, as well as project management, finance, economics and supply chain management.

“The combination of technical and nontechnical curriculum makes this a unique learning opportunity,” says Karl Theisen, the associate director of professional and executive programs for Global Outreach and Extended Education in ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, which is managing the new certificate program.

The program can be customized to meet specific needs of individual companies, agencies and other organizations.

A custom version of the program was developed to educate engineers with the Dubai Energy and Water Authority (DEWA) through a partnership with Tempe-based First Solar, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of thin-film solar cells.

Through the partnership, First Solar is helping to support the Green Economy for Sustainable Development Initiative launched by Dubai’s leaders. The initial group of DEWA students traveled to ASU’s Tempe campus last fall to study the three-week program. They are among those “who are responsible for the development and management of Dubai’s solar initiatives,” Theisen says. “They were required to complete an applied project in the program, and we were able to tailor these projects specifically to the kinds of energy challenges they are facing in their country.”

ASU’s new program grew out of a joint educational venture between the university, First Solar and the Phoenix Workforce Connection to help professionals in the solar energy industry broaden their skills and to prepare others to enter the industry.

“Our long-term aspiration is to support the advancement of solar energy expertise throughout the United States and in other countries,” Theisen says.

The program can be delivered anywhere in the world but, when hosted at ASU, it includes classroom sessions on the Tempe campus as well as off-site tours of several ASU energy research labs and First Solar’s Aqua Caliente solar energy generating station.

Fourteen ASU faculty members are currently on the program’s teaching staff. Their range of expertise spans engineering, agribusiness, resource management, urban planning, geographical sciences and technology development.

Participants in the program are typically required to have an undergraduate degree in a technology-related area, such as engineering, or other energy industry-related areas, such as environmental sciences and business.

Joe Kullman

Science writer, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

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