Speaker Date Topic
Offsite Visit Apr 25, 2019 7:00 AM
UA Football Stadium
UA Football Stadium

Chuck Cecil and Richard Marnell re: UA Football Program

7AM - We will meet in the Lohse Room at McKale Center. From the ticket office on the south side of McKale, enter the glass doors on the left.  Go to the elevator and go up to the 3rd floor.  The Lohse Room will be on the left as you leave the elevator.  Food will be provided. 

Our speaker at McKale will be Chuck Cecil, former UA football player and Senior Defensive Analyst for UA Football.  After a short talk at McKale, we will have a tour of the football facilities.

You may park outside of McKale at the parking meters or the Cherry Avenue garage to the west of McKale.

Chuck Cecil - A 15-year coaching veteran in the National Football League, Cecil stepped aside from on-field coaching duties and joined the Wildcats for the 2017 season. He was retained by new head coach Kevin Sumlin in January of 2018. His role includes assisting Sumlin and the defensive staff in areas of overall organization, scouting, film breakdown, analysis and other game preparation responsibilities.

A two-time First Team Academic All-America selection (1986-87), Cecil played for Arizona from 1984 to 1987, first under the late Larry Smith and then under former head coach Dick Tomey for his final year. He began as a recruited walk-on from Helix High School in San Diego, Calif., and finished his UA career as one of the Pac-10's noted and fearless safeties before later being inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

A consensus All-American in 1987, Cecil was the Aloha Bowl MVP and a two-time first-team all-conference selection, plus earned second-team honors as a sophomore. He was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 1987 and Pac-10 Player of the Week on three occasions.

Today, Cecil holds the Arizona career record with 21 interceptions and among those returned one 100 yards for a touchdown against Arizona State in 1986, a play that likely rests atop many UA partisans' choice as the single-most electrifying and revered moment in UA football history.

After his storied collegiate career, Cecil was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 1988 NFL Draft. He played in Green Bay through the 1992 season, before moving on to the Phoenix Cardinals in 1993 and later the Houston Oilers for the 1995 season. The safety finished a seven-year professional career with 461 tackles, 16 interceptions and one touchdown.

Cecil accepted his first professional coaching job in 2001 with Jeff Fisher and the Tennessee Titans, where he served as a defensive assistant and quality control coach for three seasons. He was promoted to coach the safeties and nickelbacks from 2004-06, before taking over as defensive backs coach in the 2007-08 seasons. Later, Cecil was named defensive coordinator for the Titans in 2009-10. The next stop in Cecil’s career took him to St. Louis, again working under Fisher. Cecil was the Rams’ secondary coach for five seasons.

Cecil is married to Carrie Gerlach Cecil, a native Arizonan who has established a successful communications career creating literary, television, film, online, business and live content. The couple met in their time at UA and have one daughter, Charli. They are heavily involved in community service, including hosting the Cecil Family Golden Hour Golf Classic for the UMC Level One Trauma Center in Tucson, Arizona and raise monies for Eve’s Angels, and Ordinary Hero, among other organizations.

Isabel Garcia May 02, 2019

Isabel Garcia, a fourth-generation Tucsonan, is a longtime human rights advocate and organizer with Coalición de Derechos. She attended Pueblo High School before graduating from the University of Arizona with a BA in 1975 and her JD in 1978. After being accepted into the Arizona State Bar, Isabel was awarded a Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship to work with migrant farm workers as an attorney with Texas Rural Legal Aid in Del Rio, Texas.

Isabel returned to Tucson in 1980 to work as an Assistant Pima County Public Defender, then as an Assistant Federal Public Defender until 1986.  She then began her private practice where she focused on criminal and immigration defense litigation. In 1992, Isabel was named Director of the Pima County Legal Defender’s Office.

Isabel has simultaneously been an advocate for migrant rights and has fought against the militarization of the US/Mexico border, bringing international focus on policy-driven death along US/Mexico border. In 2006, Isabel was awarded the Human Rights Award from Mexico’s Human Rights Commission, representing the first person not born nor living in Mexico to receive the honor.

Tim Bentley May 09, 2019

Tim Bentley is a communication and marketing expert driven by curiosity about the way companies interact with their customers. Always curious about innovative ways to connect to clients, Tim has stayed on the cutting edge of data management, population trends and communication platforms. Combined with his background in journalism storytelling, Tim has helped clients as diverse as western theme parks, ceramic capacitor manufacturers and nationally ranked hospitals to grow their business.

As the Manager, Marketing, Advertising & Wellness for Tucson Medical Center, Tim currently uses these skills to identify trends in population health, working to deliver timely health information to patients before they know they are sick.

Andy McWhirter and Karen Fogas May 16, 2019 7:00 AM
Fox Theater Foundation
Fox Theater Foundation

Andy McWhirter has been working with the Fox Theatre Foundation literally, since the project started.  The Fox Theatre Foundation was established in 1999, with the mission to rehabilitate, renovate, and reopen the historic Fox Tucson Theatre.  At that time, Andy was one of the first volunteers to assist with cleaning out thirty years of debris and associated demolition work required prior to reconstruction of the interior of the building.  For the last five years he has been serving a second term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation and is currently Chairman of the Wurlitzer Committee.  The Wurlitzer Committee is actively working on reinstalling a 1920’s era “Mighty Wurlitzer” pipe organ into the theater.

Karen Fogas brings more than twenty years of experience in nonprofit leadership to her position as Development Director for the Fox Tucson Theatre, including most recently as the Executive Director of Tucson Audubon Society.  Prior to that, she led the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire as its CEO for nearly 10 years.  A supporter of the arts for many years, Karen enjoys being part of the community of supporters who love the “Crown Jewel of Downtown” and wish to see it continue to be our community’s premiere performing arts center.  


No regular 7 am meeting May 23, 2019
Service project this week
May 23-25? May 25, 2019
Service project
Don Guerra May 30, 2019
Barrio Bread
Barrio Bread

Don Guerra, owner of Barrio Bread, grew up in the Phoenix area and enjoyed baking with his mother and eating his nana’s tortillas. He attended the University of Arizona to study anthropology and then headed to Flagstaff, Arizona.

Don worked in several bakeries before opening The Village Baker of Flagstaff in 1995. A few years later, he moved to Ashland, Oregon to open The Village Baker of Ashland. After returning to Tucson, Don completed a degree in education and taught K-12 grade students for seven years.

As time passed, he yearned to return to the artistry and passion of his baking days and started experimenting with new recipes. A “garage bakery “remodel yielded Barrio Bread in 2009 and the Community Supported Baker was born. Barrio is Spanish for neighborhood, a name he chose since his neighbors were the lucky recipients of his first Tucson loaves.

This sense of community is embedded in every aspect of the business. Don is committed to working with local farmers, chefs, and other food producers to strengthen the local grain economy and grow the local food network.

In 2015 he was awarded a USDA Local Food Promotion Grant that significantly helped him to increase collaboration with others and expand production with a new bakery. He has taught a variety of baking classes and presented at conferences and workshops, highlighting his business model and work with heritage grains. Don has consulted in Mexico, Taiwan and throughout the United States.

In 2016 Don was named one of the Top Ten Bakers in America by Dessert Professionals magazine. He also received the Leveraging Your Localness award from Bite Magazine, Good Food Finder USA and Local First Arizona. In 2019, he was nominated for a James Beard Award.

Offsite Visit Jun 20, 2019
No regular 7 am meeting Jul 04, 2019
July 4th