Bruce Johnson, President
Bruce grew up in a wonderful family in Central Illinois. As a Fireman/Paramedic he was exposed to a side of life that he had never seen before. In off time he was able to volunteer in his Church and the Youth for Christ organization. He saw how committing one-on-one time with a young person can make a significant difference in a life. Bruce believes that “Mentoring Tucson’s Kids and One-on-One Mentoring relationships can change lives here in Pima County.”
Bryan Bergsma, Vice President
Bryan is a graduate from the U. of A, is a licensed Professional Engineer and has been in the aerospace and defense industry for over the past 30 years. He is married with two kids in college. Bryan is currently a mentor in the program with experience with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Henry Fortino, Treasurer
Henry is a C.P.A. with 23 years of public accounting experience. While owning his own business in Tucson, he gives of his time and resources to Mentoring Tucson’s Kids and One-on-One Mentoring because he “understands the great need that the Tucson community has for the services that these organizations provide.”
Shirlie McNeill, Secretary
Shirlie brings to the Board a wealth of training and experience as a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and an Educational Specialist Degree covering three areas: reading, language and learning disabilities. After working as a hospital nurse, Shirlie became a school nurse in Tucson that led her to be a teacher for nineteen years in the Amphitheater School District in Special Education. Shirlie has been involved with Mentoring Tucson’s Kids and One-on-One Mentoring since the programs began. She is committed to the idea “that children have someone in their life to guide and model a life with character, love and stability.”
Dave Goswitz, member
Dave is a Tucson native who attended TUSD schools until college. He graduated from NAU. He was raised by a single mom so understands the “at-risk” youth. He says, “I know the pain, isolation and depravity when there is no father in the home, while trying to grow up. It is what fuels my passion for the kids in our program.” Dave is currently a business owner and Area Director of “Man in the Mirror” Ministries in So. Arizona. He has a wife and 3 beloved children.
Charlotte Brown, member
A native of Tucson, Charlotte has invested herself into the community. She has a B.A. in Social Work & Human Services from the University of Phoenix. She is married with a son and a ShihTzu dog. She has mentored with Big Brothers Big Sisters and currently works with the Tucson Unified School District as the Compliance Liaison and Title XI Coordinator for the district. Along with being a respected member of her church, Charlotte brings much to the Board and the kids.
Melissa Low, member
Melissa moved to Tucson in 1994 from Southern California where she grew up. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Cal Poly Pomona and worked in the defense industry for 10 years. She left the field to be at home for her three children who are now in college and high school. She now owns her own management company and has her real estate sales license. She enjoys playing golf and attending UA sports events. She joined the board because she wanted to be able to positively impact the lives of children in Tucson.
Rodney Hamilton, member
Rodney arrived in Tucson in 1986 as an airman assigned to Davis Monthan Air Force Base. After serving in the U.S. Air Force for 3 ½ years he received an Honorable Discharge from the military. He recently retired from the Pima County Sheriff’s department after 25 years of service as a Deputy Sheriff. He is happily married with three daughters and three grandchildren. He is very excited to discover what Jesus Christ has in store for him with Mentoring Tucson’s Kids, the Tucson community and the second half of his life.
Terri Proud, member
Terri was raised by her mother who joined the Army when Terri was 11 years. She attended a private high school in Kifissia, Greece. She moved to Tucson, in her 20’s, where she has since resided. Terri began her career as a paralegal moving up to managing law firms. In 2010 she was elected to the Arizona State House of Representatives in one of the largest districts in Southern Arizona. She later obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Business at Grand Canyon University and is now pursuing her Master’s in secondary education. Terri became an original mentor with One on One Partners in her mid 20’s and has joined the board as a strong advocate for our youth. She believes our youth are the foundation to a thriving society.
Myla McGuire, member
Myla grew up in a military family and married a career military man, Jim. She has been married for 28 years and has 3 grown children. Tucson has been her home for the past 16 years. She is a substitute Special Education teaching assistant for the Amphitheater School District. Myla also volunteers for Interfaith Community Services (ICS) delivering Mobile Meals. She and her husband began mentoring a young man in February 2014 and has witnessed first hand the positive effect One-on-One Mentoring has had. She is very excited to be an integral part of an amazing organization.