Your Board Members

Joseph A. Gunton, Jr

President
Term
2013-2016 and
2017-2019

JOSEPH A. GUNTON, JR. – I moved to Green Valley from Franktown, Colorado nine years ago. Besides the weather and some good friends who lived in Green Valley, the facilities and programs at GVR played a big part in my decision to move here. I retired from the U.S. Army after 22+ years of service with the grade of Lieutenant Colonel. After retirement from the Army, I attended law school at the University of Cincinnati. I hold an MBA from the University of Oklahoma and am a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the Army Management Staff College.After law school, I accepted a position in the United States Army Europe headquarters, responsible for many new programs. In each position I developed, trained and executed these new programs, as the U.S. Army was reducing their foot print in Europe. Among the new programs that I was responsible for building and executing was a strategic planning cell responsible for the planning of the drawdown of U.S. Army installation support activities, the Army Career and Alumni Program, and was commandant of the U.S. Army Management Staff College, Europe.I had many command and management assignments while in the Army. I served as Vice Moderator and Chairman of the Finance Committee for my local church in Denver. For the last 16 years I have conducted seminars and training in Constitutional Law and federal financial management courses for federal agencies.My wife, Cece, and I live in Green Valley for nine months of the year and spend the heat of the summer in Grand Lake, Colorado.

 

 

Tony Zabicki

Vice-President
Term
2015-2018

TONY ZABICKI – After graduating from Western Michigan University and working for the State of Michigan, I relocated to Arizona in 1983 and began a career in the field of early care and education working for both the Arizona Department of Economic Security Child Care Administration and the Arizona Early Childhood Development & Health Board. I held numerous positions including acting as State Program Administrator where I was responsible for administering a statewide program utilizing staff located throughout Arizona, being responsible for policy, administrative operations and an annual budget of over $150 million dollars. I was state liaison with Arizona’s Indian Tribes for child care and lead coordinator for grants/communications with the federal government on funding and program issues. My responsibilities also included managing grants/contracts and conducting federal/state legislative analysis. Additionally, I was an adjunct professor at Phoenix College in the Applied Sciences Department.
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.

 

 

Jim Nelson

Secretary
Term
2015-2017

JIM NELSON – My wife and I have been residents of Green Valley for 8 years. I was born and raised in Iowa. I graduated from the University of Dubuque receiving a BA in Music Education and was a high school band director. My band performed in numerous national parades including the Cotton Bowl, Macy’s Thanksgiving parade and President Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural Parade. I completed graduate school at the University of Iowa and was a school district superintendent in Iowa and Arizona for the next 28 years and retired while at the Continental School District here in Green Valley. Giving back to this community is my reason for serving on the GVR Board of Directors. I also serve on the Board of the Greater Green Valley Community Foundation, Wisdom Sports and Scholars and a Ruling Elder at the Valley Presbyterian Church. As a school superintendent, I was an effective communicator establishing a high level of confidence and trust. I am honored to be selected to serve on the board will do my best maintaining this same principle.

 

 

Vicky Mournian

Treasurer
Term
2015-2017

VICKY MOURNIAN; – When my husband, Arthur, and I visited friends in Green Valley we were so impressed with the locale and all it had to offer, including GVR, that we decided that this was the place for us. In 2007 we bought our house and were thrilled to find that this did, in fact, include membership in GVR with all the facilities open to us. This was important to us as we wanted to continue our gym activities once we retired. We moved here full time in 2011 after retiring. Prior to retirement I owned an accounting/bookkeeping company that provided services to small businesses. This included accounting software consulting and training for both owners and employees.
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.

 

 

Leslie Shipley

Asst. Secretary
Term
2015-2018

LESLIE SHIPLEY – I moved to Green Valley from Encinitas California last year after 13 years of visiting my folks here.. Our beautiful landscape, the weather… the wonderful, friendly sense of community we share… and the expanse of opportunities available through GVR all invited me to make this my home.
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.

 

 

Bob Allen

Asst. Treasurer
Term
2016-2019

BOB ALLEN -Bob Allen has been a GVR member since 2012, and resides full time in Continental Vistas II.
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.

 

 

John Arnold

Director
Term
2014-2017

JOHN ARNOLD –I have been a full time Green Valley resident for fifteen years. During this time, I have volunteered at the Community Food Bank, White Elephant, Santa Rita Nursing Home, and Friends In Deed. I served one term on the GVR Board of Directors; including one year as Vice President. I also served two terms as President of the Duplicate Bridge Club. I graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in Public Administration, with a major in Law Enforcement Administration. Upon graduation, I served as a Police Officer for the City of Tucson. From there I entered the insurance claims field, where I worked in claims investigations, managed a claims office, and ultimately became a specialist in claims administration. This included extensive work in overseeing budge preparation for numerous claims offices. I believe I can help manage our financial resources in a fiscally conservative manner. Our first priority must be to maintain our facilities in a first class fashion. This can be done with existing revenue sources if we budget our money wisely.

 

 

Richard Kidwell

Director
Term
2015-2018

RICHARD KIDWELL – I have spent many years as a resident of Arizona, graduating from Scottsdale High School, attending the U of A and being stationed at Davis-Monthan AFB. My wife Donna and I have been full-time residents of Green Valley for almost 6 years. My educational achievements include a BS in Computer Science, and an MBA from the University of Redlands.I have 25 years of software development experience, preceded by 13 years as a communications field engineer. During the course of my career I managed 2 software departments, and spent more than 10 years as a project manager, which involved writing proposals and specifications, developing business plans, adhering to budgets, maintaining project schedules, and cohesive team building.
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.

 

 

Don Lathrop

Director
Term
2016-2019

DON LATHROP -A resident of the Las Campanas community and GVR member since 2011, Donald R Lathrop is a part time resident for six months of the year.
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.

 

Barbara Mauser

Director
Term
2014-2017

BARBARA MAUSER– My husband, Jim, and I have been full-time residents of Green Valley since 2006. After visiting many areas of the Sunbelt, the weather, the people and Green Valley Recreation were the main magnets pulling us to this area. Both my husband and I enjoy using the gym facilities and I am currently attending the Jazzercise classes offered by GVR. In my “previous” life, I was chief accountant for an international marine salvage organization. I quickly learned how to multi-task when I became responsible for the financial records of eight different companies world-wide. One of the main areas I concentrated on was the auditing of on-going project costs. I now enjoy reading, playing Mah Jongg and doing a variety of different needlework projects. A number of my projects have won awards at the Arizona State Fair.
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

Director
Term
2015-2018

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.

 

 

Contact your board members via email at: board@gvrec.org