We are a devoted team with a passion for helping people


The El Rio Foundation serves Southern Arizona through it’s steadfast support of El Rio Health. Raising funds, hosting events, and providing direct support the Foundation makes an impact on the health of our community.

Foundation Board of Directors

Bobby Bakos

Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith Inc.

Nate Eggman

Shareholder, R & A CPAS, A Professional Corporation

Richard “Rick” T. Gregson

President, AssuredPartners of Arizona, Inc.

Stephanie Healy

Director of Public Affairs, Cox Communications

Christine Helin

Retired, Vice President Lovitt & Touche

Craig “Lars” Larson

Retired, Construction Loan Officer, Bank of the West

Alex Levin

Financial Professional, Levin Risk Management

Paul Loucks

Attorney, DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C.

Lisa Marie Hoye

Director Internal Audit, UNS Energy/Tucson Electric Power (TEP)

Yvette-Marie Margaillan

CEO and Clinical Director, ABA Consulting Group

Angela Mattix-Celis

Sr. Operations Manager, AppFolio

Dominic Ortega

Retired, Allstate Senior Consultant

Michael Rodriguez

Managing Partner, Qualifire Farms Creative Director & Founder RandomLyfe, LLC.

Brian Saunders

Retired, Director Global Securitized Markets

Anthony Schaefer

Realtor, The Schaefer Team, Long Realty Company

Griff Straw

Griff Straw, CMB LLC

Lucy Velez

Clinical Field Specialist, Natera

Patricia A. Wallace

Retired, Attorney
El Rio Vecinos

The El Rio Vecinos are a group of young professionals with a collective goal to help make a difference in our Tucson community. These high-energy, passionate, committed volunteers, ages 25-40 years old, work together to raise money to help children get the healthcare they need through their signature fundraiser, the Vecinos Block Party. They network with each other and the community on behalf of El Rio Health and El Rio Foundation.


Vecinos translates to neighbors, which is how El Rio Health was started in 1970. It was through the cooperation and support of Tucson neighbors and several organizations that a true community, consumer-based health center was established and has grown from one site on the west side to many locations across Tucson.

Visit and Like the El Rio Vecino’s Facebook page for ongoing updates.

El Rio Vecinos Executive Committee: Nicole Budd, Santana Huffman, Carlos Chavez, David Villa, Gabe Encinas, Cori Rodriguez, Gustavo Corte.

Foundation Staff

Brenda Goldsmith
Executive Director

John Fung
Major Gifts Officer

Joshua Anderson
Director of Development – Special Events

Rita Cadena
Executive Assistant

Robin Kaslly
Foundation Administrative Specialist