Board of Directors 2024

Tu Nidito is led by a dedicated, diverse volunteer board of directors. The Board supports the work of Tu Nidito and provides mission-based leadership, advocacy and strategic governance. Board members are elected annually and may serve two terms of three years each.

Executive Committee

“Tu Nidito is a great organization with local impact and I look forward to bringing further exposure about Tu Nidito to my peers and company.”
Richard Thompson, Board President
Caterpillar, Inc.
“It is wonderful to be able to give back to the community. Tu Nidito’s mission resonates with me and I am honored to be a part of it.”
Supriya Bakshi, President-Elect
New York Life
“I value the unique services Tu Nidito provides and am proud to be a part of this amazing organization.”
Eric Maneval, Treasurer
Beach Fleischman PC
"As a ten-year volunteer at Tu Nidito, I've seen firsthand what a difference Tu Nidito makes in the lives of children and families. It's truly an honor to serve."
Andy Townsend, Secretary
Elvira Elementary
“As Tu Nidito supports young people and their families, it is really creating a strength in our community through a web of compassion, connection, and resilience. I love being a part of this.”
Heather Bachman, Vice President
El Rio Health

Board Members

"I lost my father as a young adult and was fortunate to be a part of a community that helped me through my grief journey. Being a part of the Tu Nidito Board is a way that I can echo the kindness extended to me and assist the Tucson community, our families, and our children so that none of us grieve alone."
Jenna Elmer
University of Arizona Human Resources College of Medicine
“As a nurse, I often experience tragedy as part of my job. Tu Nidito helps me to be a part of the healing process after many of these tragedies.”
Melissa Ritchey, RN
Children's Clinics
"The importance of supporting children during times of grieving and loss cannot be overstated. Tu Nidito's mission supports not only the children, but also their families and our community as a whole. I am honored to contribute to Tu Nidito and serve on its Board."

Ed Moomjian, II
Moomjian Law Firm, PLLC
“I am the grown-up version of some of the kids that are helped by Tu Nidito. I’d like kids to be able to feel safe in their little nest so they don’t go through what I went through."
Gabriela Cervantes
Snell & Wilmer
“I started volunteering at T Nidito when I was a senior in college. I had experienced many deaths when I was in high school. Then freshman year of college my father died in a car accident. I since got my doctorate in psychology and specialize in trauma and complicated grief. I hope my life experiences and profession can continue to impact those supported at Tu Nidito.”
Courtney Schuneman-Patel
Courtney Schuneman, Psy, D. PLLC
“I've returned after 11 years where I was involved in many capacities. Tu Nidito’s purpose is where my heart is."
Angelica Weber
Amgen, Inc.
“I have been on and off the board since 2003 and the reason I keep coming back is the incredible mission and the impact Tu Nidito has on the lives of so many grieving children and families in our community.”
Charlie Bowles
Bowles Realty & Investments
“I am honored to serve on the Tu Nidito Board of Directors so I can play a part in ensuring grieving children has the support and resources they so richly deserve during such difficult times.”
Robin Campos
AZ Oncology
“I started as a volunteer group facilitator at Tu Nidito and it changed my life in such a profound way. I am honored to provide my professional skills to the Board of Directors and make a difference at this level as well. I love Tu Nidito.”
Ernesto Duran
RBC Wealth Management
“My family has long supported Tu Nidito’s mission. As a Latina mother, I believe there is nothing more important than supporting our children and their emotional needs, especially when going through such a tremendous change that grief brings.”
Candace Carrillo
Si Charro/Stillwell House

Honorary Lifetime Members

Marianna Cacciatore

Jannie Cox

Richard DeBernardis 

Brandt Hazen

Jim Murphy

Ginny Clements 

Honoring Alice Belmonte

Honoring Ron MacBain