Christine Lobdell Raney, Chair
Christine has worked at Edward Jones as a financial advisor since 2004. She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Arizona State University in Organizational and Interpersonal Communication. In addition, she received the AAMS (Accredited Asset Management Specialist) professional designation in 2006. Besides serving on the board of directors for Neighbors Who Care she is a Facilitator of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Sun Lakes Business Group. She is also past Chair of Capital Funds for Chalice Christian Church, Planned Giving Advisor for the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation and Service Chair for Chandler North Rotary Club. Her husband, Bill, teaches in the Gilbert School District. Her son, Brad Sonoda, graduated from Northern Arizona University and serves as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army. Her daughter, Elizabeth Sonoda, works for Sea Life Park, Hawaii.
Barbara Carr, Vice Chair
Barbara has been a resident of Sun Lakes since 2002 and has been with Neighbors Who Care since 2004 mostly assisting with business help. Barbara relocated from Detroit, Michigan in 1964. Her background is in Corporate Accounting and since 1978 a Real Estate Broker. Barbara also belongs to the Sun Lakes Lions Club and is a Board Member of Christian Care/Fellowship Square, a Continuing Care Retirement Community having five campuses in Arizona with over 2000 units. Neighbors Who Care has an exciting future and she is looking forward to being part of it.
Ron Chase, Treasurer
Ron and his wife, Phyllis, have lived in Sun Lakes since 1987. They are originally from Pennsylvania and have no children. Ron spent most of his working years in the aerospace industry as an engineer until he retired in 2011 from the Boeing Company. He enjoys most sports and is an avid golfer. He and his wife also enjoy travel, especially cruises. Besides being on the NWC Board he volunteers as a van driver and also takes clients to doctors and other appointments.
Colette McNally, Secretary
Colette was born in Ireland and on completing her high school education moved to Spain where she completed her certification and began her teaching career teaching English as a foreign language. Colette then moved to Arizona and got her teaching credentials by, graduating with a BS in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University and an MA in Education Administration at University of San Francisco. In 1997 Colette received her certification in Nonprofit Management and for 16 years she worked in the field of prevention, delivered numerous trainings on prevention issues, volunteered with community organizations and served as an advocate for prevention as State President of “Arizonans for Prevention”. Colette last worked full time as the Director of Prevention for the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley where she worked (1996-2006) doing grant writing and grant management, as well as developing program accountability and outcome measurement through staff training. After retiring she spent a couple of years working for Mesa Community College developing curriculum for teaching English to Chinese Students via the internet. Throughout her life Colette has been actively involved in many nonprofit organizations helping those in need locally, nationally and internationally. She now resides in Sun Lakes retirement community where she volunteers as a Homeowners Association Board member and dedicates a lot of her free time to making music. Besides volunteering for Neighbors Who Care Board she is a board member for Sun Lakes Rotary.
Wes has been a resident of Sun Lakes for 20 years. He is married to a metal artist, Linda Cassetti. They have three children and three grandchildren who reside in Colorado. Wes is a practicing attorney in Sun Lakes with a Bachelor of Science (Engineering) from the US Coast Guard Academy and a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School in New York.
Dick and his wife, Vicki, have been residents of Sun Lakes for 11 years. He graduated from Washington State University with an Architectural Engineering degree. Dick was senior partner and owner of EEA Architects for 37 years. His main hobby is tennis and he is a very active member of the IronOaks Tennis Club. Besides being the chairman of the Board of Directors for Neighbors Who Care he also volunteers his time to assist clients.
Joel is President of Admiral Scrap Metal Company, Inc. that has been in business in Arizona for 30 years. He has lived in Sun Lakes for 18 years and is a member of the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation (SLJC). Joel has been a board member of the SLJC for 6 years and past board President for 1 year. He currently serves on the Chapel Board as a representative of SLJC. Previously, he served on the Neighbors Who Care Board of Directors for 6 years. He was a board member of the Sunnyslope Village Alliance in Phoenix and vice-president of the Sunnyslope High School PTA. He has worked closely with past city Councilmen and 2 Mayors of Phoenix on projects in the Phoenix Metro area.
Doug lives in the Sun Lakes Oakwood community. A resident since 2011, Doug’s career has centered in education. He was professor and director of the MBA program and Associate Dean of the College of Business at Grand Canyon University. He is a member of the Sun Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club. He loves to read, golf, and travel. He is married to Dee Ann an active realtor with Go Hawkins Realty in the area. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Jennifer Lindley is the Town of Queen Creek’s Economic Development Coordinator with over 10 years of experience in non-profit leadership and economic development. Her expertise in redevelopment, economic and community development links people together to solve high profile local and regional challenges across the East Valley. Before joining the Town of Queen Creek, Jennifer was the Executive Director for the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership and served as the Vice President of the East Valley Partnership. Her involvement in local organizations including the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, International Downtown Association, Arizona Association for Economic Development, United Food Bank and a Valley Leadership Graduate Class XXX serve to connect her with leaders in the Arizona community and broaden her proficiency in economic development.
Adam McCown was born and raised in Arlington, Texas. After graduating from Baylor University, he moved to Seattle and received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. Adam moved to the Ocotillo area of Chandler in 2009 where he worked in retail pharmacy prior to starting Medmetrics Compounding Pharmacy. Adam takes a particular interest in helping patients stay healthy, with an emphasis on functional medicine and compounding to help patients achieve their wellness goals. Adam is married to Byranne who is also a pharmacist. They have two daughters he adores. When not serving patients at Medmetrics, he enjoys traveling, reading, gold, and sports of all kinds.
Mahnaz Pourian, the owner of Home Instead Senior Care in Mesa, is excited to bring her passion for serving seniors to the Southeast Valley. The world’s most trusted source of in home, non-medical care and companionship, Home Instead Senior Care created the industry in 1994 and now through its extensive franchise network has thousands of trained, bonded and insured CAREGivers. A registered pharmacist for more than 23 years, Mahnaz chose a new career path in 2004 when she purchased the Home Instead Senior Care in Houston. Now, the mother of three is here in the Southeast Valley dedicating each day to making seniors’ lives richer and more fulfilling.
Francisco graduated from the University of Arizona in 2001 with a B.S. in Biosystems Engineering at the top of his class. He entered the legal profession as a law clerk in 2002 and then pursued his law degree with Arizona State University. He obtained this degree in 2006 and was one of a few students to earn a Certificate in Law, Science, and Technology. God has blessed Francisco and wife, Nicole with four beautiful children, ages 8 and under, twins Gabriel and Isabella, Sophia and Zachary. Francisco and his family are members of Central Christian Church. He enjoys outdoor activities including fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, and photography.Francisco has a special concern for elder law and the mission of Neighbors Who Care. He has been a loyal partner and supporter of NWC for the past six years since opening his practice in the Sun Lakes area.
Grace is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Medical Dietetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Health Science Degree in Health Professions Education from Governors State University. She believes in health promotion and prevention of disease and actively worked in the Healthcare field for many years as a Registered Dietitian (RD) and Nutrition Consultant. Grace and husband Gene Woods moved to Arizona in 1997. She retired from Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Office of Nutrition Services in 2006. Widowed in July 2013, she has compassion for those who need a helping hand. She has been a resident of Sun Lakes for 17 years and has two daughters and three grandchildren. In the past, she has volunteered for various organizations as time permitted. She is a new member of Sun Lakes Rotary and a 2014 volunteer for Maranatha Volunteers International. Her hobbies are travel, gardening and crafts.