Board of Directors
Chad E. Cline
Sr. Director of Revenue for JDA Software
Chad Cline is a graduate of the University of Arizona earning his degree in Accounting. After serving Ernst & Young as an auditor for 8 years, he joined JDA Software in Scottsdale where he currently serves as Sr. Director of Revenue Accounting. Chad is fortunate to be able to spend time with his family having several generations here in Arizona. He enjoys playing golf, water sports and spending time with his family.
Bette F. DeGraw, Ph.D.
President of Bette DeGraw Ph.D, Dean Emerita of the College of Extended Education at Arizona State University
Bette DeGraw has spent more than 35 years in public service. She is currently president of a small consulting firm Dean Emerita of the College of Extended Education at Arizona State University and teaches for the School of Public Affairs at ASU. Dr. DeGraw joined the university in 1986 to lead the development of ASU's Downtown Center. She served on loan from ASU as Executive Assistant to the Governor in 1988, then returned to become Dean in 1991 of ASU's College of Extended Education which she helped create to extend the University's presence in the community and provide opportunities for adult students to pursue their educational and career goals.
Bette received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Rutgers and her PhD from Arizona State University. She also attended programs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and Graduate School of Education. Early in her career, she worked with the Arizona Legislature for two Senate Majority Leaders--Sandra Day O'Connor and Alfredo Gutierrez--on a wide range of health, welfare, employment and education issues. Bette joined the Department of Economic Security in 1978 as Assistant Director and soon became Deputy Director. She served as chief operating officer for this billion-dollar agency, until she became the driving force for ASU's presence in downtown Phoenix.
Bette has been a member of more than 30 local, state and national boards and councils, serving in various leadership roles regionally and nationally, and has been recognized for her commitment to her community and her profession. She is a recipient of the prestigious Phoenix Community Alliance Starr Award and the Downtown Phoenix Partnership DREAMR Award. She has also been recognized regionally and nationally by the University Continuing Education Association for her contributions to the field of community development.
Examples of board service include the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Phoenix Community Alliance, Phoenix Civic Plaza, Valley of the Sun United Way, Phoenix Memorial Hospital, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund and The College Board. Bette is an active member of the University Continuing Education Association, and is a frequent presenter on extended education strategies. From 1999-2002 she provided leadership to the national Council on Extension, Continuing Education and Public Service, comprised of university administrators whose interest and responsibility is to make the resources of universities available to the community.
A native of Philadelphia, Bette has lived in Arizona since 1972. She enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening and spending time with her family and her cat, Sassy.
Regina L. R. Edwards, Ph.D.
President, Arizona Opportunity Foundation
Regina Edwards is the Vice Provost for Curriculum with Anthem Education Group in Phoenix, Arizona. Regina has spent many years in higher education, including service at Arizona State University's College of Extended Education, Paradise Valley Community College, and Kapiolani Community College, as well as the University of Hawaii. Her experience includes developing academic, professional and community programs, staffing, organizational structure, budgeting and program implementation. Her past experience includes work in the areas of institutional advancement, communications and grant writing.
Regina earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and her Doctorate from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She spent several years working on the University's Lincoln campus and in the NU system office focusing on outreach, external relations and strategic planning. Following a stint with the Nebraska Governor's office evaluating legislation affecting higher education, revenue and gaming; Regina moved to the University of Hawaii to work in University Relations and pursue her doctorate. She is a member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and the University Continuing Education Association, where she also served a term as Secretary of Region VI. Regina is also past president of the Women in Communications, Inc. Chapters of Phoenix and Honolulu.
Regina is former Board President of the Maricopa County YWCA. She currently serves as Board Chair for the PV Emergency Food Bank and is an active volunteer with other groups. Regina is especially drawn to efforts benefiting youth, families, and the prevention of domestic violence. She and her husband Patrick have two children. Regina enjoys hiking, reading and traveling.
Luther W. Goehring, LFACHE
President of HealthNetwork of the Southwest
Mr.Goehring founded HealthNetwork of the SouthWest, a management consulting firm, providing consultative services to the healthcare industry, software developers and other corporations. Prior to establishing this effort he was a senior-level healthcare professional with over 35 years of integrated system management experience. He served as the Group Vice President for Samaritan Health System (now Banner Health Corporation) of Phoenix, Arizona for fifteen years. Luther was also the Regional Vice President for the Lutheran Hospitals and Homes Society in Fargo, North Dakota; the Director of Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio; and President/Chief Executive Officer of the Lutheran Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
Mr. Goehring graduated from St. John's College in Winfield, Kansas with an Associate Arts in Accounting and Business Administration. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Economics from Fort Hays (Kansas) State University and a Masters in Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota. Luther served a well-decorated four years active duty in the U.S. Navy and received a Presidential Unit Citation for service during combat while serving in Korea. He has received numerous awards for his professional and civic achievements, several honorary awards, including being granted a Honorary Doctor of Letters LLD degree from one of his alma maters, and has published articles in various professional journals. Earlier in his career he was selected as the Outstanding Young Man of the Year in Cleveland, Ohio by the Chamber of Commerce. He is a Life Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (LFACHE), having been awarded Life Membership recognizing his years of active participation and achievement as Regent of the State of Ohio and as Regent of the State of Arizona.
Luther is a member of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, the American Hospital Association and a member of several professional societies. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Vox2Data, Inc. He served as Chairman of the Board of the Samaritan Federal Credit Union for four years. An active volunteer with Second Harvest and the LPGA, he also keeps busy with various church activities, particularly at his home church – St. Mark Lutheran Church. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Pacific-Southwest District of the Lutheran Church-Mo.Synod, a member of the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Church Extension Fund, St. Louis, Missouri and was recently appointed by the Lutheran Church-Mo. Synod Board of Directors as a Member at Large to the Lutheran Church Extension Fund.
Luther has been a resident of Arizona for 29 years and with his wife, Judy, enjoys spending time with their grandchildren and great grandchildren, volunteering and working with stained glass.
Donald E. Cline (Don)
Retired Vice President and
Chief Executive Officer of Arizona US West
Interim Chairman of the Board of RepublicBankAz
Donald E. Cline, former Vice President and Chief Executive Officer in Arizona for US West, is a native of Oklahoma. He joined Mountain Bell in Colorado in 1950 and held management positions in sales, public relations, advertising, and operations. Don came to Arizona in 1973 as Assistant Vice President for External Affairs and served in that position until 1982 when he was named Arizona Vice President and Chief Executive Officer until his retirement in June 1987. For two years Don served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of First National Utilities Inc., a water utility holding company. In February 1990, Mr. Cline accepted a gubernatorial appointment as Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce. In April 1991, he left government service to return to the utility company he helped build. Currently he is semi-retired and is President of DEC Enterprises, a private consulting firm.
Mr. Cline currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Banner Health Foundation and is former Chairman of the Board of the Board of Governors of the Standard Register/PING LPGA tournament. Don served on the Governor's Commission on Reform of the Welfare System in Arizona and was a member of the Commission on Cost Efficiency in State Government (Mini-Grace). He is past chairman of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, the Governor's Task Force on Urban Air Quality, Surface Transportation Advisory Committee of Phoenix and the Arizona Board of Advisors for Mountain Bell. Don was president of the Boys Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix and served as general chairman of the very successful1988 Citizens Bond Committee. He was a member of the citizens group, which won the designation of "All American City" for Phoenix.
Active in many civic and business affiliations, Don is chairman of the Dean's Council of ASU's College of Extended Education and co-founder of Data Network for Human Services, Inc. He belongs to All Saints Lutheran Church, and was a member of United for Arizona, ASU Council of 100, Phoenix 40, and is a life member of the Fiesta Bowl Committee. He belongs to the Prescott Country Club, and is past President of the Board of Governors of Moon Valley Country Club.
Don has been honored with the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith's Torch of Liberty Award, the Arizona Newspaper Association's Billy Goat Award, and the Phoenix Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America's PHOENIX Award. He was named Citizen of the Year by the Phoenix Board of Realtors for unselfish contributions to the betterment of Phoenix, and designated Man of the Year by the Phoenix Advertising Club for outstanding service and inspiration to the life of the community. The University of Arizona honored Don with their Distinguished Citizen's Award of 1986 for his professional achievements and community contributions. The Phoenix chapter of Executive Women International honored him with their first Executive of the Year Award in 1987. In 1996 Arizona State University College of Extended Education awarded Mr. Cline the ASU Distinguished Achievement Award and he was named Volunteer Fund Raiser of the Year by the ASFRE, American Society of Fundraising Executives.
Don is an avid golfer and takes pleasure in spending time with family: three children, eight grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren.
Camala C. Bailey, CPA (Cammi)
President & Camala C. Bailey, CPA
Cammi Bailey is founder and president of Camala C. Bailey, CPA, PC, a Certified Public Accounting firm in Tempe, Arizona.
After several years as a CPA with national and local accounting organizations, Cammi established her own CPA firm in 1998.
Her firm specializes in strategic planning and business coaching, including its proprietary CFO ON DEMAND™ service for small business owners. The firm is known nationally for its expertise in medical and veterinary accounting and consulting, with Cammi a popular speaker on veterinary financial issues.
The mission (and passion) of her firm, is helping business owners make sound decisions to achieve success in their businesses and lives. The staff works on every facet of the client business from initial start-up, to growth and successful exit strategies including business sales and retirement.
Cammi is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and The Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants. She's sat on several local boards including the Arizona Small Business Association and National Association of Women Business Owners.
Cammi lives with her husband, Randy, and champion Affenpinscher dogs in Tempe. She has two sons; one with an MBA working on his CPA certification and the other studying business communications at Arizona State University.
Her hobbies include breeding and showing Affenpinschers in national competition, abstract painting, scuba diving and geo-caching.
Judith A. Lynn (Judy)
Judy Lynn serves as the managing member of 831 Investors, a property management corporation. She was employed in various levels of restaurant management for Smitty’s of Arizona from 1976 to 1989. During her graduate studies at ASU, she served as program assistant for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at ASU, a program that reaches out to older adults in the community by offering short courses, lectures and workshops.
Judy has been involved in non-profit organizations across the Valley of the Sun for more than 17 years. Her experience includes serving as a board member of the Arizona Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting from 1998 to 2003. She is presently a member of Assistance League of Phoenix and previously served as president. As president of this volunteer organization of 350 women, she presided over, organized, and supervised fundraising and philanthropic programs serving thousands of underprivileged children and adults.
Judy is currently a member and past president of the Phoenix Friends of the Arizona Cancer Center. As president of this organization, she led a group of 45 active and dedicated women in raising funds specifically for cancer cure research at the University of Arizona’s renowned comprehensive cancer center.
Judy earned her bachelor’s degree in 2000 and master’s degree in 2008 in Communication Studies (with focus on organizational communication) from ASU.
A resident of the Valley since 1975, Judy is the proud mother of three step children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In her spare time, she enjoys learning, reading and cooking.
President, Gemma Companies
Alan Sparks is Owner and President of Gemma Companies, LLC. Gemma was founded in 1999 and operates two business divisions; Gemma Consulting and TeleSys Communications.
TeleSys Communications Company is a CenturyLink (formerly Qwest Communications) Channel Alliance Member specializing in sales and marketing of business voice and data network products.
Gemma Consulting has worked with clients on a wide variety of business assignments. The company specializes in due diligence for corporate acquisitions, restructuring and recapitalization for firms facing changing environments, and financial analysis for companies seeking to improve internal efficiencies. Gemma also works closely with real estate investors and developers in California, Arizona, and New York. Recent and current assignments involve market forecasting for a new ocean-based spa product line, valuation work for a California based aerospace company, and budget development for a rapidly growing health care services firm. Gemma also owns a series of patents and trademarks for water treatment processes and services. The patents have been licensed to a third party for sales to municipalities across the U.S.
Prior to his role at Gemma Companies, Mr. Sparks was Vice President of Network Services at Cox Communications where he managed a staff responsible for all field operations related to telecom services, including Cox's video, voice, and data products. Alan has also held various technical and senior engineering management positions at Cablevision Systems; a New York based telecommunications company with operating systems on Long Island and in New York City.
Alan graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Business Administration, and earned his MBA in 1999 from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He has taken post-graduate courses focusing on corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions.
Alan is a 7-year member of the Paradise Valley Village Planning Committee. He was President for the founding chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation from 1993 to 1996. Alan has served on the Cox Charities Board of Directors, Arizona Science Center Advisory Council, the Governor's Strategic Partnership for Economic Development, and also served as a member of the Dean's Council for ASU's College of Extended Education, acting as co-chair for its marketing subcommittee.