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.

Key Goals

  • To raise funding to support the Guaymas mission
  • To increase and enhance awareness of the Guaymas mission and its works

Our Vision

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.

Francisco Lopez, 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, Vice President

Mike 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 Technical Program Manager working with financial institutions improving their technology systems and implementing modern technical solutions. He is also 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.

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Joe Klein, Secretary

For the last 36 years, Joe has worked for POS Professional Office Services, Inc in the Healthcare & Non-profit industry. He has spent the majority of his time as a Regional Territory Manager along with product and business development roles, VP of Sales and Director of Marketing. POS Professional Office Services strives to help medical & dental offices improve their patient communications.

With a BA in Special Needs Education  he was always intrigued with opportunities to help others. He has enjoyed volunteering at St. Vincent De Paul, working within the Jail system and fundraising the last 15 years for Relay for Life. When my two children were young, he served on the Board of Community United Childcare Centers which gave a deeper glimpse of how important those early childhood years are.

Joe found out about the Guaymas Pilgrimage from a church bulletin. He was moved during his visit in 2019 as he witnessed the great good the Outreach is providing for those ‘less than”. But there is still much to do and he hopes to be one of many to help accomplish this.

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David Paddison, Treasurer


C-Suite Change Agent

Dave is a highly accomplished nonprofit executive who specializes in leveraging data analytics and business intelligence to drive organizational change, maximize impact, and create a data-driven culture.

For over 20 years, Dave has successfully led organizational change and process improvement initiatives by leveraging actionable data to drive decision-making. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Dave oversees the Finance and IT departments of FSL, Inc.,  a $50 million human services nonprofit. He provides strategic vision to the executive leadership team and plays a pivotal role in driving organizational transformation. Dave is also the Founder and Chief Analytics Consultant at Impact Analytics, LLC, a company specializing in delivering analytics tools and strategies to the nonprofit industry.

Dave has a proven track record of leading business analytics project implementation and effectively communicating visions to diverse groups of stakeholders. He holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting and a BA in Russian Studies from Louisiana State University. Dave is also a highly coveted national speaker on topics surrounding nonprofit data analytics.

Driven by his belief that anything worth doing is worth doing better, Dave seeks to lead innovation- focused nonprofits in using data to increase their impact on communities. With his strategic focus, data- driven approach, and extensive leadership experience, Dave is well-equipped to drive organizational change and make a meaningful difference in the nonprofit sector.

Areas of Specialty

  • Analytics & Business Intelligence
  • Creating & Selling a Vision
  • Strategic & Tactical Planning
  • Project Implementation
  • Business Development & Revenue Generation
  • Financial Analysis & Forecasting
  • Market Opportunity Identification
  • Board & Stakeholder Reporting
  • Budget Development & Analysis
  • Financial Modelling & Projections


Helen Houser

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.


Mark Hiland, At-Large

Mark Hiland is an Arizona native, married father of two that resides in Phoenix, Arizona. Currently, Mark works for Teladoc Health as the Vice President of Product Management, leading the Care Delivery and Operations product teams. Previously he spent over 32 years in the news media, spending 20 years with Gannett, a media company that owns 261 local publishing properties and USA Today. At Gannett he held various leadership roles in both product/software management and content development. Prior to his corporate positions, he 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.


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.



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Ron Douglas, At-Large

“The most satisfying thing in life is to have been able to give a large part of one’s life to others.”

–Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

B.S., M.A.

Ron’s diversity of interests and talents has awarded him a multitude of experiences over his professional career.  He is a native to The Valley and his early years found him working on construction projects with the family-owned construction business.

After finishing an undergraduate in Construction Engineering from Arizona State University, he finished a master’s degree in pastoral studies and theology at St. John’s College in Camarillo, California.  For over 16 years he ministered, taught, coached, and worked as theatre technical director for both Xavier and Brophy.  Additionally, during this time Ron led retreats and immersion programs and served on building committees where he consulted on projects for St. Francis Xavier Church, Brophy College Preparatory and Bourgade Catholic.

While never straying too far from building projects, Ron currently has a rewarding career at Salt River Project as a consultant, project manager and electrical specialist to multiple groundwater projects, including over 260 wellsites, and substations throughout the Valley.

Ron is looking forward to serving where he can with love, compassion and hard work.  “How can I help?”

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George Sabol, ofs, Ph.D., PE

George Sabol, ofs, is a secular member of the Franciscan order and has served several roles for Our Lady of the Rosary Fraternity at Saint Maria Goretti Parish in Scottsdale, AZ, including minister and formation director.   He studied Franciscan history and spirituality during summer programs 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 serving the needs of the mission and leading visitor groups. 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.

He has been a long-time resident of Arizona and currently splits his time between Phoenix and his home in Farmington, NM. He has engineering degrees from St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO, and Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO.  He was a member of the graduate faculty of the Civil Engineering Department of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM, in the 1970s and 1980s.   He is a water resources engineer with international experience with water supply and dams.  Although partially retired, he continues to provide consulting services regarding dam safety, dam repair, and dam enlargement.

He is married to Joyce, and they have two sons; Dan, a doctor in Farmington, NM, and Mickey who returned to the Lord as a young man.  He is the author of a book of meditations, Peace and Good – Franciscan Meditations of the Gospels, and a Christian novel, Bartimaeus, the Blind Beggar of Jericho.

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Br. Bob Valentine, At-Large

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Fr. Martín, Ex-officio


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.

Get Involved!

Interested in becoming a board member? Email us at for information regarding upcoming board vacancies.