Community Led by Community
Individual volunteers drive this community – one unlike any other. An all-volunteer Board of Directors works closely with the Franciscan friars and lay staff to collectively discern and choose new directions for the organization. It is this model of shared ownership and shared authority that has allowed the Franciscan Renewal Center to truly work as community for the community for more than 60 years.
Board of Directors
The Franciscan Renewal Center is led by a 16-member Board of Directors comprising community lay volunteers, Casa leadership and friars. Board members are volunteers who — along with a passion for the Franciscan Renewal Center and for Franciscan spirituality — have a gift for looking at the “big picture” and deep experience in the areas of strategic guidance, financial management, human resources, health care, and more.
The primary work of the Board is to:
- Provide support and guidance that empowers the Franciscan Renewal Center to stay true to its mission, its values, and the broader mission of the Province.
- Ensure the Franciscan Renewal Center’s financial stability by providing financial oversight, inputting into the strategy, and assisting with the execution of fund-raising and endowment growth.
- Engendering interest from the community to actively participate in, and add greater value to, the Franciscan Renewal Center by becoming Board and Board committee members.
Steve Lyons (Chair, Board of Directors)
Steve was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and educated by the Dominican Sisters and Xaverian Brothers. He has a Bachelor of Engineering from the SUNY Maritime College at For Schuyler (Class of 1970) and later studied business at Eastern Michigan University.
After graduation, Steve served on active duty in the US Merchant Marine and was an Officer in the US Navy Reserve. He joined Ford Motor Company in 1972 and a design engineer, and retired after 34 years of service as President of the Ford Division and Group Vice-President for Marketing, Sales and Service. After retirement he continues to be very active in the automotive business and has worked as a consultant to Goldman, Sachs as well as building a Ford Dealership in Surprise, Arizona (sold his interest to his partner in 2012).
Steve and his family have lived in many cities across the US, as well as Madrid, Spain. He and his wife Donna are now settled in North Scottsdale. They share three children and four grandchildren and both enjoy traveling and golf.
They first came to the Casa in 2000 with many visits over the years, and became full time members in 2012 when they moved to the Valley. Steve and Donna have served on the Major Gifts Committee for the Capital Fund Raising Campaign.
Michele "Mike" C. Mencuccini (Vice Chair, Board of Directors)
Mike is beginning her first 3 year term. She has served as the co-head of the Casa’s lector ministry, is a Lector and Eucharistic Minister, and will continue as a member of the Board Formation & Governance Committee. Most recently, Mike earned a MPS in Pastoral Theology from Loyola University New Orleans and is currently continuing her education in biblical studies at Loyola University Chicago. Her previous education includes undergraduate and post graduate degrees in architecture, accounting, and education.
Mike is the designated broker for Voyager Investment Properties as well as the owner of The Conforta Collection. Additionally, she is a facilitator for the Loyola Institute of Ministry’s graduate studies program. She has served on a variety of non-profit boards including: Catholic Charities of Central and Northern AZ, President and Finance Chair; Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Finance Chair; YWCA of Maricopa County, Finance Chair; and St. Francis Xavier Parish Council and School Board, President. Currently she is a member of UMOM New Day Center’s (homeless shelters for women and families) Board of Directors and chairs their Social Enterprise Committee.
She and her husband, Mark Voigt, have lived in Phoenix since 1974. In 1986, they were blessed with twin sons, Christopher and Michael.
Arlene Davidson (Secretary)
Arlene recently retired from full-time work after a 35 year career in healthcare. She was most recently an executive with UnitedHealthcare where she worked for the past 14 years, specializing in the Medicaid industry. She has held leadership positions in strategic planning, business development, marketing and communications, start-ups and implementations and strategic initiatives. Prior to United Healthcare, Arlene held a variety of senior level positions at CIGNA, and a small consulting firm, responsible for population health management, provider contracting and provider office optimization and performance management. She spent the first eleven years of her career as a registered nurse, managing and working in intensive care and dialysis units. In addition to her nursing degree, she has a Bachelor in Business from Arizona State University and a Master in Health Service Management and Policy from the University of Michigan.
She has been a board member of several Arizona based non-profit charities, including Girls Ranch of Arizona and Florence Crittenton Services, both dedicated to assisting at-risk teen girls. In addition to being a Board member at the Franciscan Renewal Center, Arlene is also a member of the Board Formation & Governance Committee and was a sponsor in the Casa's RCIA program. She has been attending Mass and participating in Casa programs for over 40 years. Arlene lives in Central Phoenix with her partner and enjoys tennis, golf, bike riding, hiking, photography and spending time with her family and friends.
Alanna M. Mack, CPA (Treasurer and Finance Chair)
Alanna Mack was born and raised in Los Angeles, and graduated from Santa Clara University, in Santa Clara, Calif., with a degree in economics. In 1980, she attained her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license and moved to greater Phoenix. Alanna began her own accounting practice in 1989, which has grown to become Mack & Rohwedder, PC.
Over the years, Alanna has served on Boards of Directors for many organizations, including the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Southern Arizona, and Sojourner Center. Additionally, she has been an active member of the Franciscan Renewal Center's Finance Committee since 2006. Alanna's sustained commitment to public service was recognized with the Public Service Award from the Arizona Society of CPAs.
Alanna and her husband of 18 years, Don Murray, have been members of the Casa community since 2000. They have three children and five grandsons.
Bob Crawford (Chair, Board Formation & Governance)
Bob Crawford is beginning his first three year term. He has been and continues to serve on the Board Formation & Governance Committee. Bob first came to the Casa in 2005. He completed his catechist certification and has been a team member of the RCIA program since 2007. Bob will be retiring in November 2015 after 35 years working in healthcare, including Scripps Hospitals, Health Net and most recently at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Bob has held various positions including hospital and physician contracting, strategic planning, marketing, sales, business development and program implementation.
Bob’s family moved to Scottsdale in 1959. He received his BA in Education from the University of Arizona and moved to San Diego where he later completed his Masters of Public Health at San Diego State University. Returning to Scottsdale in 2001 Bob has been a volunteer with Hospice of the Valley. Bob lives in Scottsdale with his partner and enjoys traveling, cooking and golf.
Keith Davis (Co-Chair of Sustainability Committee)
Keith was born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in the Moon Valley area of North Phoenix. His Casa journey began as a member of the Sirach 51 High School Youth Group in the early 1980’s, then led by Fr. Ben Innes, OFM and Ms. Joan Petersen-Wiebe. Over the last twenty five years he has served in various ministries --- Lector, Eucharistic Minister, member of the Board Formation & Governance Cmte. and now begins his first Board term, where he will also serve as Chair of the Sustainability Committee.
Keith is a proud member of the Brophy College Prep Class of ‘87 and went on to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in English from Northern Arizona University in 1992. He later earned a Master of Arts in Education from Chapman University in 1999 and taught Junior High and High School English for five years before transitioning in 2001 to a career in Financial Planning & Investment Management. He has been an investment advisor and registered representative for various firms over his 16 yr. career, is a Certified Financial Planner Practitioner and is currently a Vice President/Private Client Advisor with J.P. Morgan Securities in Gilbert, Arizona.
Professional accomplishments aside, Keith’s proudest roles in this life are that of husband and father. He and his wife of seventeen years, Connie were blessed with three beautiful children --- Kyleigh, Schuyler, and Jarrett, and were further blessed with the arrival of their first grandchild, Oliver, in 2016. His most cherished accomplishments include leading several Mission trips to the barrios of Tijuana, Mexico and the Tenderloin District of San Francisco as a youth minister with Young Life International where he witnessed firsthand Christ’s presence in the most challenging of circumstances.
Keith lives in Scottsdale and enjoys travel, tennis, reading, and in the great Jesuit tradition striving to be a Man for Others in all aspects of his daily life.
Carol Sanger (Co-Chair of Sustainability Committee)
Carol grew up in New York, attended middle school in Mexico City, high school in the Bay Area and graduated with a B.A. Washington University in St. Louis. She was an international banker in New York (Manufacturers Hanover Trust) in the 70’s and 80’s prior to moving to Phoenix in 1992. She worked at both the Department of Commerce and the Department of Transportation in the administrations of Governors Symington, Hull and Napolitano, focusing on economic and rural development, finance, transportation and trade issues.
In 2002, Carol and her husband, Jay, moved to Cochise County where she was Executive Director for the Upper San Pedro Partnership before joining the Arizona Community Foundation in 2007 as their Regional Director for ACF’s 6 affiliates in SE Arizona. They returned to Phoenix in 2012. Carol continues with ACF as a consultant.
Carol and Jay began attending Mass at the Casa in 1994. Carol went through the Casa’s RCIA program 1997-1998. Carol joined the Sustainability Committee earlier this year, the Planned Giving (La Verna) sub-committee last year and attended Benevon training in March 2015.
Donna Chase (Member)
Donna first came to the Casa in 1990 seeking spiritual direction. She became a Catholic in 2005 after completing RCIA. She is involved in the Liturgical ministry at the Casa as a Eucharist Minister and Lector. She also serves as an RCIA catechist and is a member of the Board Formation & Governance Committee. In 2015 Donna left a 32 year career in the Aerospace Industry. She now leads her own company focused on Leadership & Transitions coaching. Donna holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University, a MA in Theology & Biblical Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, and is a certified Leadership Coach through the Hudson Institute. Originally from Denver, CO, Donna has called the Valley of the Sun home since 1989. She currently lives in central Phoenix with Chris and their three rescue dogs, Nikki, Raven and Pico. Donna’s interests include spirituality & health, cooking, travel, and gardening.
Kelly Daly (Member)
Kelly is a new member of the Board of Directors having previously served on the Casa's Board of Governance and Formation. Kelly received an undergraduate degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Juris Doctorate degree from Notre Dame Law School. Kelly began her legal career in an internship at the United States Department of Justice in the Criminal Division's Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. After completing a clerkship as an Attorney Advisor to the Judges at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Kelly entered private practice at Stinson Leonard Street LP., (and its predecessor) where she has served as a partner for over 20 years. Kelly and her family have been attending the Casa for almost a decade and can typically be spotted at the Saturday evening vigil mass where Kelly serves as lector. In her spare time, Kelly coaches youth basketball and serves as a mentor for the youth volunteer group called "Love Grows" that promotes social events (musical performances, arts and crafts events and cookie exchanges) between kids and seniors living in convalescent/nursing homes in the valley.
Steve O’Neill (Member)
Steve is a new member of the Casa Board of Directors having previously served on four committees and subcommittees. He received an Undergraduate Degree in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute. Steve’s career began with 29 years at General Electric with multiple assignments in Engineering, Sales, Strategic Planning and General Management. After a 2 year stay at Rapistan as Senior Vice-President his team acquired Pinnacle Automation, a material handling software and hardware company. Steve sold the company in 2000 and retired to Scottsdale, AZ. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors for the Honor Health Foundation. Steve and his wife have been attending the Casa for 2 years. He has “inherited” Jan’s 2 children and 6 grandchildren. Steve is on the Finance, Investment, Endowment and Gratitude committees.
Don Petersen (Member)
Don Petersen is beginning his first 3-year term on the Board. He has been and continues to serve on the Finance Committee. Don has been a member of the Franciscan Renewal Center since 1987. After completing his undergraduate studies at University of Weber State, he continued his graduate studies at the University of Wyoming.
Don worked for Xerox Corporation for 27 years and during that time his leadership roles included marketing and management positions that led to his executive role as General Manager for the Phoenix region. In 1998, Don followed his passion for building and founded PCH Development, a custom homebuilder that focused in the Troon and Ancala Country Club areas. Presently, Don is President of REP Investments concentrating in structured financing.
He and his wife, Andy, share five children (3 boys, 2 girls) and six grandchildren. They live in Scottsdale and Don enjoys traveling, photography and reading.
Fr. Garrett Galvin, OFM
Information coming soon.
Fr. Sebastian Sandoval, OFM
Information coming soon.
Ex-Officio Directors: Fr. Joe Schwab, OFM (Executive Director, Franciscan Renewal Center)
Fr. Joe came to the Casa in June 1997 and became Executive Director in 1998. He entered the Franciscan Order in 1978 and served as Superior or Administrator in several communities, including Oakland and Santa Barbara, Calif. He received his Bachelor with honors from Arizona State University and is a lifetime member of Golden Key National Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. He received his graduate degree in theology from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif. He holds certifications in Contemporary Spirituality from the Kino Institute, Franciscan Theology from the International Study Centre at Canterbury and Pastoral Ministry, University of Notre Dame.
He has been a member of the Provincial Board (Definitorium) for two terms and has served on numerous committees and as a hospital chaplain. He has directed many pilgrimages to Italy and the Holy Land and travels frequently through Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Fr. Joe keeps active in sacramental ministry, preaching, retreats, education, local and provincial administration.
Ex-Officio Director: Charlie Brown (General Manager)
Charlie was hired in 1998 as General Manager of the Franciscan Renewal Center, forming a collaborative leadership model with Executive Director Fr. Joseph Schwab, OFM.
He graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., in 1984 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Business Administration. He immediately began his management career with Kmart Corporation and was promoted to General Manager in 1988. He was continually promoted to larger-volume stores in a variety of locations throughout California. After a 15-year successful retail management career, he chose to transition his skills to better align with his family needs, faith and spirituality.
Charlie has continued his education by attending Harvard University on scholarship and the Arizona State University non-profit extension. He is a member of the Organization of Non-Profit Executives. He has served as Chair of the Retreat Directors Committee for the Province of St. Barbara for four years. Charlie also completed the two-year certification training process as a spiritual director.
He is a father of two lovely and faithful daughters, Amber and Bridget, and enjoys spending quality time with them. Charlie enjoys triathlons, outdoors and continuing his education and religious/spirituality studies.