Board of Directors
The CFO board of directors is a volunteer working board comprised of 10 directors (including 2 to 3 friars from the mission in Guaymas) who coordinate their time and efforts to raise essential financial support for the mission in Guaymas. The board convenes monthly meetings and undertakes activities individually and in teams to achieve the objectives in the strategic plan and tactical goals in the annual operation plan. The board’s activities are guided by the following principles:
- Our actions reflect the spirit of St. Francis, remembering that we are called to be God’s instruments to serve, to shelter, to nourish, to aid, to teach, and to provide pathways of hope.
- Ongoing oversight assures that funds are spent in accordance with donor requests, the priority needs of the Mission’s poor and discernment toward sustainability.
- The board operates in compliance with the requirements and spirit of a 501(c)(3) corporation.
- Board members strive to utilize the talents of non-board member volunteers interested in serving the CFO.
The board reports to Franciscan Province of Saint Barbara and meets with the operating council, call the Provincial Definitorium, at least once annually. The Casa Franciscana Mission also maintains a governance board in Guaymas, Mexico, to assure all legal and operational aspects of being an AC, the Mexican equivalent of a 501 3(c) are met.
- To raise funding to support the Guaymas mission
- To increase and enhance awareness of the Guaymas mission and works
Kevin Gralen, President
Kevin is the owner of Watershed Software, LLC., an e-commerce software and consulting services business and a Practice Manager at Capstone Leadership Group, a transitional CEO services organization. He brings over twenty-five years of executive experience in sales, marketing and general management from within large corporations, mid-sized companies and numerous technology start-ups. In addition to his current role as President of the Casa Franciscana Outreach Board, he is a founding and active Advisory Board member for the Entrepreneurship Alliance at the University of Missouri’s College of Business. He was previously Board Co-Chairman and Treasurer for the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Mark Hiland, Vice President
Mark Hiland is an Arizona native, married father of two that resides in Phoenix, Arizona. For the past 16 years worked for Gannett, a media company that owns 109 local publishing properties and USA Today. Currently, he is the Vice President of the Local Digital Solutions Network, a software and digital product development division of Gannett. Prior to his current role, he has held various roles for Gannett’s local market, The Arizona Republic/azcentral, previously the VP of Sports and Digital Media, GM of Sports and Digital Innovation and Senior Director or Digital Operations. Before coming to the Republic, Hiland worked for over 11 years in television and radio production for KTVK-TV in Phoenix. During his time at KTVK he was fortunate enough to be awarded 15 Rocky Mountain Emmies for his work in television production.
Helen Houser, Secretary
As a registered nurse with a Masters’ degree in health services administration, Helen J. Houser worked in healthcare and education for over forty years. Amongst her accomplishments, she served as Vice President of Phoenix General Hospital, Deer Valley and healthcare programs director at Phoenix College. Helen is the recipient of several awards, including the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award for Teaching and two Arizona Governor’s Awards for Excellence. Her comprehensive board experience includes president of the governing board for, Adelante Health Care, a community health care center system. She became impassioned with the works of Casa Franciscana through many years of housing children coming to Phoenix from Guaymas for treatment at Shriners’ International.
Bob Brown, Treasurer
As a business executive, I specialized in turnarounds and start-ups for Information Services companies serving primarily the Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, and Packaged Goods industries. The various assignments included Xerox, Dun and Bradstreet, A.C. Nielsen, Solucient, and Fast Track Systems amongst others.
After a lengthy career in the business world I had a strong desire to “give something back.” I transitioned into the non-profit world to lead Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Arizona. At Catholic Charities I became immersed in a number of social justice issues including foster care and adoptions, domestic violence, sex trafficking of women, early childhood development, refugee assimilation, immigration, poverty, homelessness, and veteran affairs. Based on these experiences I resolved to continue, in retirement, my personal commitment to make a difference in selected social justice issues. I joined Casa Franciscana Outreach Board and volunteer at Andre House to continue my passion of serving the poor and the homeless.
Margie Camacho, At-Large
Margie Camacho brings more than 30 years of nonprofit experience to the Casa Franciscana Outreach Board of Directors. She is inspired by the words of St. Francis of Assisi; “I have done what is mine to do; may Christ teach you yours.” That has been her guiding creed during her 22 year career serving the Diocese of Phoenix during which she served in several capacities ranging from parish ministry to service on various boards and committees. Retirement from church ministry did not bring an end to her service. For the past eleven years she has been a fundraiser for Friends of the Orphans, Esperança and most recently for the Franciscan Renewal Center’s Capital Campaign. Margie looks forward to sharing her abundance of experience and enthusiasm with the Casa Franciscana Board.
George Sabol, ofs, PhD, PE
George Sabol is a secular member of the Franciscan order and has studied at the Franciscan Institute of Saint Bonaventure University in Olean, New York. He first visited the mission in Guaymas in 1995 and has since returned more than 100 times. He has assisted with service retreats to the mission for high school confirmation classes, university students and adult groups.
Currently, he manages and leads the pilgrimage program for the Outreach. He has been on the board of directors for the Outreach since 2000. For many years, he and his wife, Joyce, operated Sister Luca’s Closet at the Franciscan Renewal Center and managed rummage sales to financially support the mission.
Fr. Tommy King, Ex-officio
Father Tommy is 59 years old and comes to us from St. Boniface in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District where he was pastor. With the true Franciscan missionary heart, he served 11 years in Guatemala and Peru where he traveled the Amazon in a 14 foot aluminum boat visiting his parishioners in 61 villages along the river. Fr. Tommy says that “Mission and evangelization are Jesus’s job description for me.”
Amber Brown, At-Large
Amber Brown is a recent graduate of the Franciscan School of Theology in Oceanside, CA. She mastered in Theological Studies and wrote her thesis on the water crisis in California through a Franciscan Lens. She now works at Old Mission San Luis Rey Retreat Center in Oceanside. She is actively involved in her church and community and volunteers regularly with the young adults. A native to Arizona, Amber graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. The values and charisms of the Franciscans is not new to Amber. She grew up at the Franciscan Renewal Center attending kid’s camps, the young adult ministry, and retreats. Amber looks forward to her time working with Casa Franciscana Outreach and being a part of the impact to those in the community.
Robert Keith’s professional careers in the photography and design industries have spanned twenty-four years in Philadelphia and Phoenix. In addition to photographing corporate clients across the United States and Europe, Keith has extensive experience in image processing and photo editing. He regularly contracts with production companies and commercial creative teams for photography, editing, digital asset management, and high-end photo re-touching.
Robert attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and prepared for his careers by majoring in English literature and minoring in philosophy. He has been on the board of directors for the Casa Franciscana Outreach since 2012, contributing photography and design to the CFO marketing efforts.
Francisco Lopez, At-Large
Francisco is the founder of VivaBien Medicare Insurance Brokers, LLC., a Senior Advocacy company whose mission is to help older adults and educate communities on how to access and maximize their existing Medicare benefits while simultaneously mitigating cost. Their focus is primarily to help low-income and underserved communities such as the disabled, frail and elderly. Francisco joined the board to serve as a cultural liaison for the pilgrimage, in order to help bridge cultural and language barriers between our ministry and the people we serve.
Br. Bob Valentine, At-Large
Board Member Position Description
The board’s role is specifically designated as a fundraising organization for the Franciscan Mission in Guaymas, Mexico. We report to Franciscan Province of Saint Barbara and meet with the operating council, call the Provincial Definitorium, at least once annually. The Casa Franciscana Mission also maintains a governance board in Guaymas, Mexico, to assure all legal and operational aspects of being an AC, the Mexican equivalent of a 501 3(c) are met.
Definition of Board Member Duties
- Act as an advocate for the Casa Franciscana Mission
- Exemplify Franciscan spirituality in all of your board work
- Ensure that funds are spent in accordance with the donor requests, the priority of the Mission’s poor and discernment toward sustainability
- Comply with the requirements and spirit of a 501(c)(3) corporation
- Participate in all monthly board meetings
- Participate in the creation, updating and monitoring of the CFO’s strategic plan
- Ensure that the CFO has the ability to provide stable financial support for the Mission’s activities
- Engage as an active participant in one of the three board committees focused on fundraising, awareness/education or capacity building.
- Participate in all fundraising events
- An annual board retreat to Guaymas for three days
- Maintain strict confidentiality regarding all CFO board meetings
Length of Commitment
Board members are elected to serve a three year term. Board members may serve up to six years or longer by special election.
Time Commitment Required
6 to 12 hours a month including the 2 hour monthly board meeting.