Benevilla Announces New 2018 Non-Profit Board Members

March 07, 2018

Benevilla today announced the appointment of five new non-profit board members to the 2018 Benevilla Board of Directors: Shannon Arriola, Merlyn Carlson, Delaine Donohue, Patricia Lewis Finnell and Dick Stuckey. Non-profit board members provide leadership and guidance for the long range planning and policies of Benevilla, the West Valley’s premier nonprofit serving the needs of seniors, developmentally disabled adults, children, and the families who care for them.

Shannon Arriola, MC is the Executive Director of Arriola & Associates, Inc., an organizational coaching and consulting company formed in 1992.  Shannon has successfully established herself as a consultant to companies including Vanguard Healthcare, Mayo, Apollo Group, Boeing, American Express, Best Western, Safeway, Inc. and Xavier College Preparatory.  Shannon has served as adjunct faculty at Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University and has taught undergraduate and graduate business and counseling courses with University of Phoenix, Ottawa University, and Western International University.

Merlyn Carlson and his wife, Janice, moved to Sun City West from Washington, DC.  A past President of the Rotary Club of Sun City West, he has a long and tenured career in the national agricultural industry.  While in Washington DC he had a presidential appointment as Deputy Undersecretary of Natural Resources and Environment in USDA.  He also served as Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Nebraska, President of the National Cattlemen’s Association, Chairman of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion Board, Chairman of the US Meat Export Federation, Vice President US Telephone Bank Board and was a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Richard Stuckey graduated as biology major with a math minor from Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana.   He received both his M.S. and Ph.D. in plant pathology from Michigan State University.  He has served as past president of the Goshen College Alumni Board, Chairman of the Board of Crestwood Christian Church in Lexington, Kentucky,  Director of the National Association of Wheat Growers’ Foundation, Washington, DC. and Executive Vice President of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.  Richard, a past president of the Rotary Club of Sun City West is a returning member to the Benevilla Board.  He served on the Board from 2009 to 2015 and was Board Chair in 2011-12.  In 2015, he was the recipient of the prestigious Benevilla Bill Wolfrey Award.

Delaine R. Donohue is a graduate of University of Nebraska who began his career with Dun & Bradstreet Corp following his discharge from the U. S. Air Force. He was instrumental in the formation of D & B’s National Business Information Center. During his career he served as officer/director of many business and civic organizations including National Association of Credit Management, International Information Association and the Union County Chamber of Commerce.  Upon retirement in Pennsylvania he continued to serve on boards of United Way Lehigh Valley, the Allentown Chamber of Commerce and the Allentown Rotary Club.  Since coming to Sun City West he has served as President of the Lord of Life Lutheran Church Foundation and served on the Board of Spirit in the Desert, a full retreat center in Carefree, AZ.   In April, 2017 he completed 4 years on the Board of the Arizona Broadway Theater.

Patricia F. Lewis, ACFRE serves as Sr. Professional-in-Residence at the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation.  Ms. Lewis has acquired more than thirty five years professional experience in nonprofit leadership, management, governance and fund raising.  Prior to moving to Arizona, she served in the faculty position of Nonprofit Professional-in-Residence at George Mason University in Virginia and managed the graduate Nonprofit Management Studies program.  Ms. Lewis is a past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) in Alexandria, Virginia. Concurrently, she served as Secretariat to the World Fundraising Council. Ms. Lewis previously served as chief operating officer of the National Center for Nonprofit Enterprise.   She has served as a non-profit board member both and officer, including Treasurer of the AARP Foundation, Chair of the Board for the Alexandria, VA Symphony Orchestra and the Women’s Philanthropy Institute.  Currently, she serves on the Board of Trustees of Sun Health Foundation, and the MORE Foundation both of which she has also served as chair.

Benevilla would like to recognize the non-profit board members whose terms ended this year and say Thank You for their commitment to our mission and our community:  John Bridgford (still on the Benevilla Development Committee),

Larry Vering (still on the Benevilla Finance Committee), Kelly Crane, Adam Carlat and Katie Pearson who resigned on January 26, 2018.

Started by the community and for the community in 1981, Benevilla is a not-for-profit human services agency dedicated to enhancing the lives of West Valley residents by providing care services for older adults, disabled adults, children and families. Services are provided through a dedicated group of staff and volunteers. For more information on services and volunteer opportunities, to schedule a tour or make a donation please call 623-584-4999 or visit