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 its works
In the spirit of St. Francis, we are committed to promoting the dignity of the poor and marginalized in Guaymas by connecting communities, resources and services that create opportunities for people to transform their lives.
To support the vision, we will:
- Enhance and sustain the ability of the Mission to serve the basic needs of its communities.
- Fund the development of the staff’s assessment and planning skills to consistently engage the communities served in a process to evaluate existing services, to identify unmet needs and create proposed solutions.
- Engage other communities to deliver services with quantifiable outcomes.
- Collaborate with local organizations to create a cohesive and seamless approach to serving the community with programs that become self-sustaining.
- Enlist selected U.S. Franciscan communities to join with the Mission in committed relationships that provide financial support, personal community connections and spiritual solidarity.
- Attract like-minded social investors to support sustainable programs with measured impact.
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.
Francisco Lopez, Vice President
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.
Mike Milinazzo, Secretary
Mike is a husband, and father of two, looking to make the world a better place than when he entered it. He first encountered Franciscan spirituality in 8th grade during a Confirmation retreat. That experience, and his interaction with a Friar at that formative age, opened his eyes to the importance of service to others and a new understanding of the Gospel message.
Mike spends most working days in his role as a Sr. Technical Project Manager working with financial institutions improving their technology systems and implementing modern technical solutions. He also is a part-time app developer looking for ways to make things easier for students, teachers, and parents alike. As a Computer Science major, and Religious Studies minor, Mike has tried to humanize technology and find uses where it can benefit others.
Shortly after moving to Phoenix, Mike and his wife started attending Mass at The Casa. It was here that he learned of Casa Franciscana and the important work being done in Guaymas. After participating in a Service Pilgrimage, where the need of the people of Guaymas was made even more evident, he felt called to do more for his brothers and sisters south of the border.
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.”
Kevin Gargano, At-Large
Kevin is a father of two adult children. Has resided in the Phoenix area for 16 years and has worked for Clariant Corporation for the past 31 years. He is currently the General Manager for Clariant’s business in the Western United States and Mexico. Has held various operations and commercial positions for Clariant across the United States. Kevin has recently volunteered for a Service Mission and attended a Pilgrimage at the Mission in Guaymas. These two experiences have moved Kevin to become more involved with the Casa Franciscana Mission.
Mark Hiland, At-Large
Mark Hiland is an Arizona native, married father of two that resides in Phoenix, Arizona. For the past 20 years worked for Gannett, a media company that owns 261 local publishing properties and USA Today. Currently, he is Sr. Director of Content for USA TODAY Sports Media Group, managing 70 owned and operated niche sports web products. 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.
Br. Bob Valentine, At-Large
Helen Houser, At-Large
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.
Bill Hinski, At-Large
Bill is former owner and CEO of Harter Aerospace, a company that provides repair and overhauls services to commercial Airlines worldwide. Bill began his career with the former Garrett AirResearch, which is now part of Honeywell Aerospace. He worked for Telair, and Teleflex Inc and served as President of AerLink, Inc; all Aerospace Companies. Bill has more than 40 years of managerial and sales experience in the Aerospace Industry and currently serves as Harter’s Managing Director. He holds licenses as an Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic and Private Pilot.
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.