Tohono Chul

7366 North Paseo del Norte
Tucson, AZ 85704
ph: (520) 742-6455
fax: 520-797-1213

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Administrative Offices

Jamie Maslyn Larson
Executive Director x. 212

Nicollette Daly
Director of Finance x. 243

Rae Vassar
Director of Operations x. 219

Katy Shaw 
Human Resources Manager x. 221

Denise Wiscount 
Accounting & Payroll Manager x. 216

Hailey Cheek
Marketing & Communications Manager x. 222

Guest Services

Linda Wolfe
Director of Guest Services x. 213

Exhibits, Education & Volunteers

James Schaub
Director of Arts & Engagement x. 218

Karen Hayes
Associate Curator & Collections Manager x. 217

Vivianna Sanchez
Public Programs Manager x. 228

Docent Program


Ryan Trimpe
Facilities Manager

Philanthropy & Membership

Frank Vidal
Philanthropy Manager x. 261

Doreen Wolf
Membership Coordinator x. 246

Retail Greenhouse & Gardens

Jack Dash
Gardens Manager x. 247

Juliana Ahumada
Living Collections Coordinator

Events & Event Rentals

Sylvia Verbais
Community Programs Manager

Erika Segura
Events Coordinator

Visit our Private Events page for more information!

Board of Directors

Sasha Case | Board Chair

California native and world traveler, Sasha has called Oro Valley home since 2011. As an artist, educator, and environmentalist, she has always found solace and sanctuary in the exquisite, complex beauty of nature. Being a part of the TCP team, bringing the Wilsons vision to an ever-growing audience is both an honor and a delight. 

Expertise: Arts, community outreach
Affiliation: Independent artist and Arts Educator

Andy Swarthout | Treasurer
Andy is the former CEO of Bear Creek Mining Corporation. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in Economic Geology from the College of Earth Sciences. He has been a member of Tohono Chul since 1976 and has served on the board for ten years. He also currently serves on the boards of four public companies in Canada and the United States. Andy brings many years of expertise in corporate finance as well as mineral exploration geology.  

Expertise: Geology, finance
Affiliation: Retired Chief Executive Officer of Bear Creek Mining Corporation

Jamie Maslyn Larson, FASLA

Jamie is the Executive Director of Tohono Chul and an award-winning landscape architect whose career has focused on creating transformative public spaces for people to enjoy. Her commitment to creating inclusive community engagement processes and innovative ideas insures that projects not only look good, but perform better socially, environmentally and economically.  

Expertise: Landscape architecture, masterplanning
Affiliation: Current Executive Director of Tohono Chul

Rodney Pond

Rodney has a 30+ year career as an ecologist, horticulturalist, natural resource manager, and educator. He holds a MS in Forest Resources from the University of Washington and has approached his life work with a passion for nurturing mutual healing between people and our ecosystems through hands-on restoration and sustainable gardening and farming. Rodney is currently working on a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Prescott College to refocus his life work on alleviating human trauma through meaningful reciprocal healing relationships with the land.

Expertise: Ecology, environmentalism, mental health
Affiliation: Tohono Chul Planning Committee and Governance Committee

Charlotte Cordes | Vice Chair

Charlotte’s expertise lies in Education (Biology) and Fundraising. Charlotte has been a longtime supporter of Tohono Chul, as a retired Docent, she lends her expertise now to our Philanthropy Committee supporting the fundraising goals of the organization. Charlotte is also a member of the American Guild of Organists. 

Expertise: Education (Biology), fundraising
Affiliation: Retired Director of Foundation Relations at Claremont McKenna College, Retired Docent (Tohono Chul)

Penny Crutchfield

Penny moved from North Carolina to an older home near Tohono Chul Park in 1979. She often went to the Haunted Book Store and walked around the area regularly.  She was one of the first members of TCP and later became a docent. Her professional career was as a CPA, first for a public accounting firm and later at the University of Arizona and retired in 2004 as the Associate Controller after 18 years.   

Expertise: Finance
Affiliation: Retired from the University of Arizona in 2004 where she served in Financial Services for 18 years as Associate Controller.

Koren Manning

Koren is Deputy Director for the City of Tucson Department of Planning and Development Services, where she helps advance community goals of sustainability, equity, and economic vitality. She is a graduate of Catalina Foothills and the UA and returned to Tucson in 2018 after living in Brooklyn, NY for over a decade.

Expertise: Sustainability, equity, development
Affiliation: City of Tucson Department of Planning and Development

Penny Poynter
Penny joined the Tohono Chul board in 2022. She was the Director of Finance at Tohono Chul previously to joining the board. She now works in the Finance department of TMC Healthcare. 

Expertise: Finance
Affiliation: Former Director of Finance at Tohono Chul

Jacquelyne Mingle | Secretary

Jacquelyne is an estate planning attorney at Moeller & Conway, PLLC. Her J.D. is from the University of Arizona and undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas. Before law school, she was a journalist at USA Today. She and spouse Stephen live in Oro Valley in a house evenly divided between dogs and cats. 

Expertise: Estate planning, law
Affiliation: Fleming & Curti, PLC

Stephan Donovan

Stephan has lived in Boston, Manhattan, Madrid, Mexico City, Chicago and now resides in Oro Valley. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese. He spent twenty years in computers and banking in Massachusetts, New York, and Chicago. In Chicago he later spent 20 years in Development and Fundraising. He was the founding Executive Director of AIDS Walk Chicago in 1990, raising a million dollars for education and services for people living with HIV. Moving to Tucson in 2019, Stephan is also a Docent at Tohono Chul and serves on TCP’s Philanthropy Committee. 

Expertise: Fundraising, philanthropy, volunteering
Affiliation: Current Tohono Chul Docent

Lesli Pintor

Lesli is a retired financial and nonprofit leader, working 30+ years in banking, including 15+ in commercial real estate construction lending. She taught business communication at UA’s Eller College (overseeing 13 nonprofit student consulting projects) and led Growth Partners Arizona, a nonprofit loan fund. Lesli serves on UPI Loan Fund’s board and is a committee liaison for Tucson Festival of Books.

Expertise: Finance
Affiliation: Tohono Chul Governance Committee and Finance Committee

Michael Racy

Michael heads the lobbying and government relations firm of Racy Associates, Inc., a Tucson based public policy and government relations firm representing private and public clients before all levels of government.  Mr. Racy has over 30 years’ experience in the government relations field and represents a broad range of southern Arizona based businesses and public entities.  

Expertise: Lobbying, government relations
Affiliation: Racy Associates, Inc.

Our Vision

Core Values

Mission Statement

The mission of Tohono Chul is to enrich people’s lives by connecting them with the wonders of nature, art, and culture in the Sonoran Desert region and inspiring wise stewardship of the natural world.

Vision Statement

Tohono Chul’s vision is to be recognized internationally as the premier center for understanding and appreciation of the Sonoran Desert region through its fusion of nature, art, and culture. Tohono Chul seeks to be an indispensable resource for helping people learn about, celebrate, and conserve our region’s natural and cultural heritage, and to be a model institution for other unique regions around the world. Every element of Tohono Chul will reflect excellence and beauty, creating a pleasurable, inspiring, and enlightening experience for all.

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