March 2017 | Jade Nunes

Jade Nunes is an integral member of the communications committee for TYP.

Tucson-native, Jade Nunes, is a skilled wordsmith and editor serving as Habitat for Humanity Tucson’s CommunicationsSpecialist. She brings an innate knowledge of media relations and a strong voice to the nonprofit’s storytelling efforts. Her skills and expertise are supported by a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Arizona.

 

While attending the U of A, Jade served as a news reporter for The Daily Wildcat, covered local arts and events with Zocalo Magazine and worked alongside veteran journalists as a features apprentice at The Arizona Daily Star.

 

She also spent Summer 2013 covering environmental issues in Costa Rica, where she explored how native people continue to live off the land amidst severe poverty and foreign industrial impact.

 

In the spring of 2014, Jade was noted for her writing skills, work ethic, and tenacity. She was awarded the B.P. Campbell Junior of the Year distinction through the U of A School of Journalism.

 

Jade went on to study at New Jersey City University while enrolled at the U of A as part of the National Student Exchange. There, she pursued a number of internships before accepting an opportunity as a research intern with the Upstart Business Journal in Manhattan. She helped profile small businesses and entrepreneurs across the country in preparation for the inaugural Upstart 100 Awards.

Jade graduated cum laude from the University of Arizona with a BA in Journalism and a Humanities-Thematic minor with an emphasis in Intercultural Studies. She now assists TYP by serving on the Marketing Committee and is also an active member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Southern Arizona.

January 2017 | JP Martin

With applied experience in optimizing government affairs for social service sectors, JP has the ability to operationalize an abstract vision with an orientation for detail. JP deploys his expertise founding, leading and strategically re-visioning communities and companies. He shows enthusiasm for intercultural exchange and global relations while promoting grassroots involvement through political advocacy. JP is interested in lean business mechanics. He thrives in the space where government, technology, and medicine intersect.

He is currently working to launch a company that connects patients and physicians using a mobile platform to bring back the house call. His vision is global commercialization and implementation of cutting edge systems in health care delivery. He has volunteered countless hours for non-profit organizations, leading fundraising endeavors and strategic planning. He works in the political industry using cloud-based technology to drive successful congressional and county-wide political campaigns in Arizona. He has worked on several executive councils implementing technology as a tool to shorten distances between people and ideologies.

He currently sits on the executive board of Equality Arizona where he helps with statewide development and policy.

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October 2016 | Josiah Hood

Josiah Hood grew up in Nebraska and earned his B.S. in Finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2015. Shortly after graduation, he moved to Tucson. Even though he traded the Great Plains for desert and mountains, he feels right at home.

Josiah is a Portfolio Management Assistant with BMO Private Bank, where he assists in providing customized investment management and advisory solutions for high net worth individuals, families, and organizations, as part of an overall personal wealth management strategy. Each client’s story is unique. He enjoys interacting with clients and getting a better understanding of their respective situations.

With Tucson Young Professionals, Josiah is a dedicated Board Member and Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee. He’s excited about the TYP Mentorship Program – a new opportunity for members – and always values hearing and interacting with Tucson influencers at CEO Roundtable.

Outside of work and studying for CFA exams, Josiah can be found traveling, staying active, and dancing salsa. Tucson is something special. Josiah looks to continue building relationships and making a positive impact within the community.

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September 2016 | Chris Rudhe

Chris was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and has lived in Arizona since 1998. Somewhat new to Tucson Chris is responsible to help build relationships and expand the sales efforts in the market. Chris graduated with a degree in graphic design which has never been used professionally as he started his career in sales and has never looked back.

Chris has been working as an account manager in the audio-visual and technology industry for 10+ years and has managed many high profile enterprise accounts. Chris’s experience in managing projects spans a variety of verticals including corporate, education, government and large entertainment venues. As a Senior Account Manager, Chris’s primary goal is to fully understand the client’s needs and apply his industry knowledge and prior experience to assist in building quality systems that are both functional and economical.

Outside of work Chris is the head cook for an award winning competition BBQ team. Loves to play golf, camp, fish, travel, etc… Pretty much anything outdoors. Being a big foodie Chris is always looking for new restaurants to explore.

“I’m really happy to be so welcomed into the Tucson market. It’s been a great start for me here and I’m looking forward to meeting more great people and building relationships in the industry.”

Chris Rudhe
Commercial Business Development,
Digital Video Networks, LLC

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August 2016 | Sandra Canett & Emma Muriel

Sandra13501586_10157120010070593_6171589632985724831_n Canett was born in Tucson, Arizona but lived most of her life in various US cities and Mexico. She is a proud Wildcat having graduated this past May from the University of Arizona with a BA in Communication and a minor in Spanish. Shortly after graduating, Sandra was hired by Dodier & Co., a full-service creative marketing agency with a unique focus on the shopping center industry. As Social Media Coordinator, she manages bilingual communications with followers and comes up with creative ways to grow and engage Dodier & Co,’s shopping mall clients across the United States. Additionally, Sandra holds a communications internship with COSHARE: The National Coworking Association and is Sub-Committee Chair for Tucson Young Professional’s CEO Roundtable events. On her free time she travels, strives to catch ‘em all on POKÉMON GO and shares her refined interest in food and beverages as fatucson on Instagram.

unnamed-1Emma Muriel was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and has lived in Arizona most of her life. An avid traveler, she frequents the east coast and the Caribbean to see family and friends frequently. She is a proud Wildcat alumna and graduated this past May from the University of Arizona with a B.A. in Communication and minor in Leadership Studies and Practice. Emma is currently working as the Website & eMarketing Coordinator for Vantage West Credit Union. In this position she manages SEO, web content development and special marketing campaign projects. She also serves on the National Public Relations Special Committee for Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated, based out of Union, New Jersey. In addition she serves as the Area Recruitment and Retention Coordinator for the sorority’s local chapters in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado, assisting both undergraduate and alumna chapters with recruiting and retaining membership. Emma is passionate about connecting others and building meaning professional relationships. In her free time, she hikes local trails in Tucson, travels, frequents Disneyland and enjoys playing on her Gamecube at home with friends. Emma is now gearing up to begin her Masters in Educational Leadership with a focus in Community College and Higher Education at Northern Arizona University. Emma also currently serves on the Professional Development Committee for TYP and assists in hosting the monthly CEO Roundtable. Catch Emma on Twitter @emmamuriel

July 2016 | Danielle Duarte

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Danielle Duarte specializes in connecting Tucson employers with quality job seekers as Area Manager at Nesco Resources.

Danielle has been a dedicated TYP Board Member since she joined the organization in 2008. She was the founder of the Alliance Committee, and has also served on the Executive Committee as Secretary. She has created, organized or otherwise been an instrumental part of the following TYP Events: #thisistucson, Frist Fridays, Alliance Committee events, New Year’s Eve Galas, as well as ignite520. In addition to this, she is also involved in many other local organizations: Tucson Professional Recruiters (founder), Workforce Investment Board, PEERS, JTED, and YMCA.

Danielle received her BS in MIS in 2003 from Eller College of Management which has been ranked in the Top 5 by U.S. News since the inception of such rankings, one of only three programs in the U.S. with such a distinction. She has more than 11 years of experience in IT and Engineering recruitment for the staffing industry placing over 1,000 IT and Engineering professionals in the Tucson Community including: Software/Hardware Engineers, C/ C++ / JAVA/ SQL Programmers, Network Administrators, Database Administrators, IT Managers, Optical/Electrical/Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineers, Web Application Developers, Web & Graphic Designers, Electromechanical Technicians, Chemists, Laboratory Technicians, SAP Developers, SAN Testers, SAN Engineers and Technical Writers for short/long term contracts and direct hire positions.

After eight years of service on the TYP Board of Directors, Danielle will transition to Board of Director’s Advisory Committee, offering her knowledge, experience and insights to future board members.

A Message from Tucson Young Professionals – Danielle, it is difficult to properly thank someone for so many years and countless hours of leadership, dedication, community service to the TYP Board of Directors.  Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for the organization.  TYP is fortunate to have members like you who embrace our mission of promoting, attracting and retaining young professionals in our community, and commit to positively shaping the economic development of the city we love!  Thank you, Danielle!

June 2016 | Erin McEldowney

erinmcErin McEldowney moved to Tucson in 2009 and continues to stay and enjoy this family friendly community with her three young children. She realized shortly after arriving just how many opportunities there were to build a network of business professionals and friends. She grew up between Phoenix and Montana but says that Tucson makes her feel “at home,” though she does miss the Montana fishing. Erin says that having a ‘more than’ full time career, being a mom to three, and attending philanthropic/networking functions is sometimes a challenge, but with a pot of coffee a day (or three) she manages to always find more to take on!

Erin attended Cochise Community College, pursuing a degree in Psychology, before transferring to Southern New Hampshire University where she is currently enrolled. She jokes that she is on the 10-year program and will graduate with honors, in time. She says that hard work, dedication and learning her business inside and out has always taken her where she needed to go! Working up the ranks in the investment/financial industry, she has earned her Series 65, 63 and 6 financial licensing and was working as an Investment Advisor Representative before moving on to Business Development and Marketing at Peoples Mortgage Company. She enjoys being able to use her creative talents and to help others in the development of their business. It suites her well considering she has always derived joy out of lending a hand and making others happy!
Community service and philanthropic adventures are a passion to her and she is always looking for a way to make Tucson a better place. Her latest endeavor involved co-organizing a 700-person charity event, “Derby Day the Peoples Way,” with Tucson Young Professionals, GAP Ministries and Goodthreads. Together, they were able to raise about 11 thousand dollars for our Tucson Foster Children, all while having a ton of fun! Tucson Young Professionals has been a favorite non-profit of the various groups that she has been involved with and Erin has volunteered her time to the marketing board where she continues to meet the Young Pros that make it all happen.
In her spare time (what little she has) she enjoys being with her family and friends. Outdoor activities are some of her most sought after escapes. Anything from hiking the serene Catalina Mountains with her three beautiful children trucking behind, to hunting the treacherous Montana mountain ranges with Grandpa are on the menu of enjoyable activities! She grew up a “Mountain Woman” so growing a beard and camping out comes natural to her (she says hopefully she won’t grow a beard for another 20 years or so.) Aside from the outdoors, she enjoys yoga, a good happy hour, and countless hours of Audible on her commutes.
Erin says she looks forward to being in Tucson for many years to come and appreciates the opportunities that present themselves through this community of great people!

 

February 2016 | Diana Sanchez

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Diana Sanchez is a native Tucsonan who was drawn back to our wonderful city after college. During High School, she was selected amongst a group of students throughout Tucson to represent the U.S. on a trip through Europe where she experienced the culture, government and architecture of the Mediterranean. Because of this, Diana wanted to branch out of Tucson to see more and did so by attending college at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Attending GWU was a unique opportunity and living two blocks from the White House through most of college, Diana took advantage of the city and opportunities available. From lobbying on Capitol Hill for non-profits to being a tour guide for the University, she says that her time in D.C. was one of the most amazing experiences that she ever had. Diana was a founding member of the D.C. Alpha Chapter of Pi Beta Phi, a yearbook photographer and also an Emerging Leader Mentor for GWU to name a few accomplishments. Working at least two jobs throughout college to help her single mom with tuition, she still stayed highly involved throughout school while still gaining as much work experience as possible. After graduation, which had followed a brutal ‘Snowmageddon’, Diana decided to replace the snow and cement city with the desert heat and mountain ranges of home.

Finally back home, and out of the cold, Diana started working at a unique job that gave her the opportunity to travel attending tradeshows, work on a #1 television show, and gain valuable experience in sales and manufacturing. She currently serves as the Senior Sales Coordinator for Tattoo Manufacturing International (the World’s Largest Manufacturer of Temporary Tattoos!). Even though she works full time, Diana also contributes locally to the community as much as possible as an alumnae advisor for Pi Beta Phi at the University of Arizona, mentoring and volunteering at PACC (Pima Animal Care Center), serving on the Author’s Table Committee for the Tucson Festival of Books, and volunteering for the local chapter of Team First Book (the non-profit she lobbied on the Hill for). Last, but certainly not least, Diana joined TYP early last year and has been developing the TYP Mentorship Program with the Professional Development Committee that will launch this year!!

Diana loves Tucson and the local community. Early this year, she is taking a slight break from some of her duties, but for good reason: She is getting married this March!! You will see her in the future as Diana Charbonneau and she is very excited for big changes coming for her future and the betterment of our beautiful community.

October 2015 | Layton Cox

Layton-300x270 was raised in Midland, TX. Only famous for its role in the blockbuster movie, Friday Night Lights, Midland is an oil and gas paradise for the common Texas cowboy. Layton had zero desire to be either an engineer or a cowboy, so he set out for “greener” pastures. During a series of college visits, Layton came across Tucson in January. Impressed by the co-eds, golf courses, and weather, Layton knew his “greener” pasture may be a little bit drier than he anticipated.

Layton started his academic career at the University of Arizona in 2009. During his time at UofA, Layton became greatly involved in Greek Life. He started Theta Chi fraternity with four of his friends his freshman year and was able to grow it to 120 members by the time he graduated. He also held the president position on the governing board for all Fraternity life his junior and senior year, winning Greek Man of the Year his senior year. Layton graduated from Eller with a major concentration in accounting in 2013.

After graduation, Layton took the role of Director of Retirement Plan Consulting for Pathways Financial Partners. Layton consults corporate retirement plans, like 401(k)s, for small businesses in the Southwestern United States. Layton consults on $20 Million of 401(k) assets.

Driven by the desire to help people make wiser financial decisions, Layton runs a startup called My Pathway. My Pathway is an online investment management and financial planning service to help anyone with more than $2,400 invest and plan for the future. You can read more on Layton’s startup at www.2mypathway.com

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