Board of Directors - June 2013
President: Tom Purdon
Vice President: Willem Van Kempen
Treasurer: Willem Van Kempen
Vice President Education and Board Secretary: Louise Gibbeson
Vice President Marketing: George Cottay
Vice President Operations: Larry Johnson
Board of Directors' and Responsibilities
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Adult Education Programs – Louise Gibbeson and Judy DePasquale
Annual Audit – Tom Purdon
Annual Meeting of the Friends – Judy Thoreson
Archives – Dita Hagen
Bat House Research Program – Jerry Popham
Car Counter - Wally Lamb
Chamber of Commerce Coordination – Eileen Buckel Currently Tom Purdon
Comment Cards – Dita Hagen
Education – Louise Gibbeson
Event Calendar –
Farmers Market and Special Event Tables: Judy Maury
Forest Service Liaison – Tom Purdon and Willem Van Kempen
Historian – Dita Hagen
Liaison with other Environmental Organizations – Tom Purdon
Literature Printing – Larry Johnson
Literature Distribution - Dita Hagen and Wally Lamb
Mailing – Jerry Popham
Marketing – George Cottay
Miles and Hours Compilation – Judy Thoreson
Newspaper Column – George Cottay
Newsletter Publisher - George Cottay
Nominations of new Board Members – Dita Hagen
Preservation – Dita Hagen
Publicity – Louise Gibbeson
Speakers' Bureau –Tom Purdon
Special Events –
Special Projects – Jerry Popham
Storage & Inventory – Larry Johnson
Visitor Information Station – Wally Lamb
Volunteer Coordination & Recognition – Willem Van Kempen
Volunteer of the Year – Willem Van Kempen
Web Site – George Cottay
Accessible Trail Tours – Rozanne Roman
Education Director -Doug Moore
Fundraising – open position
Grant Writing - open position
Planned Giving – Judy Thoreson
Membership Data - George and Ellen West
New Member Orientation: Ellen West
Newsletter Editor: George West
Preservation & Clean-up - Mike Staples
Scholarship - Sondra Dexter
Board Member Profiles
George and Ann Cottay became full time Green Valley residents in 2010. With moving boxes still occupying the garage they joined the Friends of Madera Canyon and enjoy being among the many volunteers who help maintain the canyon as a key educational, environmental, and recreational resource. Both enjoy birding, cycling, golf and hiking. George adds photography and communications to the mix.
Louise moved to Green Valley in 2000 from Seattle, where she owned a travel agency. Her father was a great fisherman, so most of her family's vacations were camping in the mountains and forests of the Northwest. "I naturally gravitated to Madera Canyon on moving to Green Valley because it reminded me of the beauty and green of my childhood."
Dita moved to Green Valley permanently a year ago, after retiring from teaching. She has lived in Washington state, Oregon, California, and Germany, her place of birth. The Madera Canyon was one reason for choosing Green Valley as a "forever home." "The beauty of the canyon continues to inspire, energize, and comfort me." She hopes to continue acting as archivist for the Friends.
Larry and his wife Jeanne started coming to Green Valley in 2006 as "Snow Birds" from the Chicago area when he retired from a career in sales management and she sold her art gallery and custom frame shop. They discovered the Canyon on their first trip here and have been fans since. They volunteer at the Visitor Information center and help with special events.
Wally and his wife came to Green Valley eight years ago from Indiana. Madera Canyon is one of the places that attracted them to the area because of the tranquility and the opportunity it provides to get close to nature.
After retiring from teaching in 2001, Judy and her husband Larry realized they needed to find a way to escape the gray skies of Seattle. They started looking for just the right place to relocate. In 2009, they decide the proximity to Madera Canyon makes Green Valley a good place to call home.
Jerry and Cookie Popham moved to Green Valley from California because of the beauty, openness, and natural wonders of southeast Arizona. Both are avid birders and enjoy Madera Canyon and its wonderful trail system. Jerry is interested in preserving the unique wonders of Madera Canyon through difficult times of population growth in the area.
Tom and his wife Kathryn have always loved being outdoors and engaging in activities that allows appreciation of nature. Tom has been active on the Defenders of Madera Canyon committee and is also on the board of Save the Scenic Santa Ritas. The Purdons grew up in Iowa and have lived in Colorado, Tucson, and Green Valley for the past ten years.
Judy has been a Docent with the Friends of Madera education program since 1994. She spends six months of the year "back at the lake" in Iowa, where her children and grandchildren visit, and where she serves on the board of the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory -- a biological field station of Iowa's state universities.
Willem Van Kempen
Madera Canyon and its surroundings were a big draw to our moving to this area of the country. Willem and his wife became members of the Friends because “its mission to educate and preserve the canyon has been foremost on my mind and drives my actions while in the canyon.”