My parents lived in Green Valley and my wife Sylvia Bencomo and I became familiar with and grew to appreciate the area. After retiring in 2012, we sold our home in Phoenix and moved to Green Valley. We believed the community offered a desired lifestyle, amenities and options forvolunteer involvement. Currently I’m on my HOA Board and serve on three GVR Committees: Board Affairs Committee; Fiscal Affairs Committee; and Planning & Evaluation Committee. This has provided the opportunity to gain insight and learn considerable detail on how GVR functions and the positive prospects and challenges that GVR will deal with in the future. I am a good communicator, willing to hear, respect and consider varying points of view and compromise to achieve positive outcomes. I have the ability to work with multiple stakeholders to reach consensus and agreement on where common ground can be found.
The experiences and skills gained during my career provide me the ability to think analytically and work effectively with diverse individuals/groups having diverging opinions and competing interests. I’m willing to commit time and effort to move GVR forward on both short and long term plans to implement and provide quality opportunities for members and increase the value of the community.
I was also involved with our local civic association and served on the board. I served first as a liaison for security of the neighborhood with the local police department and then for 5 years as the treasurer. As treasurer I converted the accounting from spreadsheets to accounting software and when I handed over this duty to the new treasurer I trained them in the correct procedures.
Now that I am retired I have time to pursue my interests in reading, various needlework projects and mah jongg. I also want to give back to the community and feel that I can do this best by becoming more involved with Green Valley Recreation which, I believe, is a very important part of life in Green Valley.
My business background is in marketing and advertising. I began as a writer in a big agency in Chicago and eventually moved west to California where I was a creative director and then Executive VP. Some of my clients include Revlon, Quaker, Kraft… along with many small local businesses . My client list also includes many non-profit organizations such as the Coalition for the Homeless, Domestic Violence organizations, and the Arts…. where my work included awareness and development campaigns earning millions of dollars of donations over my career. I’ve created events, print advertising, electronic marketing, national radio and tv; — work that has shaped image, polished brand, grown revenue and won awards. My experience working with Boards along with my marketing communications and creative expertise will help me serve you as a GVR Board member. I believe I can help enhance the transparency and clarity of communication with the Board of Directors and help vision our future, together.
I graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston Illinois and my graduate training was in Psychology from the Process Work Institute in Portland, Oregon. I have several certifications and training in holistic health and wellness. Currently, I offer consulting to non profit organizations and business and teach yoga. I am a Docent, Naturalist at the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy and have many thousands of hours of volunteerism in shelters and with at-risk youth. As cofounder of a non-profit retreat center, I developed programming in health, wellness and personal development. I intend to listen, learn, draw on my experience and use my very best judgement and team building skill to help make GVR better and better.
He was employed for 29 years as director of purchasing for Yellow Freight System, where he managed expenditures over $100 million annually, oversaw environmental compliance at over 500 locations and corporate travel, and was involved with corporate acquisitions. Allen holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Utah.
Allen’s experience serving on boards includes two three-year terms on the board of directors of the Alto Lakes Golf and Country Club in New Mexico, where he served as treasurer and president. He also was chairperson of the Long Range Planning Committee and served two years on the Alto Lakes Special Zoning District. A licensed mediator in the State of Kansas, Allen also served for five years as a reserve deputy sheriff with Lincoln County, N.M.
“I believe I can make a positive contribution toward the goal of maintaining and improving the Green Valley experience for the residents of the community,” Allen said. “My purchasing responsibilities
required highly developed negotiating skills as well as the ability to work with and understand numbers. I believe my mediation experience as well as the experience negotiating and executing high dollar and complex contracts have given me the insight to see and understand varying sides of an issue and work toward common ground.”
Allen’s activities at GVR include taking Elementary Spanish courses and enjoying GVR’s swimming pools and fitness centers.
The responsibilities of project management are very similar to the duties performed by the GVR board.
I served as the treasurer of an HOA in Washington state, and I am currently serving as the treasurer of our Green Valley HOA.GVR is one of the primary reasons that we have chosen to retire in Green Valley. I feel that the activities offered by the GVR are exceptional, and would like the opportunity to contribute part of my time to maintaining and enhancing our GVR facilities and programs for all of it’s members.
Lathrop retired from the U.S. Army in 1994 after 37 years of civilian service. He was a senior executive in financial management for his last 16 years with the Army, and also was a comptroller and deputy commander for resources, managing a budget exceeding a billion (B) dollars annually. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Iowa and a Master of Business Administration degree from Syracuse University.
Lathrop has served as a member of the GVR Planning & Evaluation Committee and as a board member of Steamboat Springs (Colo.) Orchestra. He also was president of the GVR Tennis Club for one year.
“I want to help GVR move forward and improve. I manage people and organizations well. I am very physically active in tennis, pickleball, biking and hiking.”
Lathrop participates in GVR’s Tennis and Pickleball Clubs, and volunteers with GVR’s fitness center and performing arts.
LANCE HEISE – Director. Term 2016-2019 Lance obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and Master’s degree from the University of Colorado. He recently relocated to Green Valley from Washington state where he launched his career in Human Resource Management. Lance worked in both metropolitan and rural hospitals, clinics, and long term care facilities. For seven years he operated his own consulting business where he authored the paper, May the F.O.R.C.E. be with you…solutions to solving Washington’s health-care labor shortage. Lance retired in 2012, but afterwards earned a certificate as a career coach and spent one year coaching students at Perry Technical Institute. He enjoys sports, music, and theater and is a member of the Green Valley Players. He hopes to join the table tennis and pickleball clubs in the future.
I believe in Green Valley Recreation and want to be part of making it even better than it is now by utilizing my skills in both accounting and in working with people from various backgrounds.
KATHY PALESE – My husband and I moved to southern Arizona from the Midwest in 2007 because of his job being relocated to Mexico. Since then we have both retired and researched many active adult communities before settling in Green Valley. We both loved this location, the views, and what Green Valley had to offer us with the recreational facilities. Since moving here in 2013 my husband and I have utilized many of the different athletic facilities and social activities that are offered.
I have over 30 years of Office Management experience in environments that contained highly confidential material along with many different personalities and situations. In my positions I needed to be a great listener and problem solver. I organized a union for the local City Government Professional Support Staff because the support staff was being taken advantage of. The support staff came to me with their concerns and we organized for a better working environment. I spoke with different unions to see which one would be the best fit for us and then scheduled the meetings, voting, and helped create the contract. I was on the negotiating committee and worked with management in order to achieve a signed contract. While working for the City, the Police Chief asked me to work on the City’s United Way Campaign. After three years I became the chairperson for the campaign and with 350 employees, designed fundraising activities that grossed over $20,000 in just one day. These same person to person, team building and negotiation skills are needed in order to drive GVR growth, fiscal strength, and activities that best represent all of the GVR membership. My past experience demonstrates that unique and negotiated solutions will be beneficial to today’s GVR challenges.
The reason I am running for a position on the GVR board is because of what I have been noticing this past year. Too many businesses are closing up around us creating a poor impression of a generally strong, close knit community with so much potential. The GVR and Green Valley businesses are two sides of the same coin so “What do we need to do to draw the next generation of retirees to our area so that businesses will follow?” A thriving community benefits all GVR members and we as a community need to work together, not fight amongst ourselves, in order to achieve this goal. I have met a lot of talented, resourceful and knowledgeable residents in Green Valley. Let’s unite them all together to work for a stronger GVR future.