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Officers and Staff

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Officers

Mary Jane Rynd
President and CEO


Known for her dynamic leadership, with humanity and humility at the heart of all she does, Mary Jane Rynd had the great fortune to work with Virginia Galvin Piper, serving as her tax advisor and helping to establish the charitable legacy and Trust that bears her name. As president and CEO, Mary Jane leads the Trust’s mission to enrich health, well-being, and opportunity for the people of Maricopa County.

Mary Jane joined Piper Trust in 2001 as its first CFO and then as Executive Vice President overseeing all financial, operational, and programmatic aspects of the foundation. Her stewardship of the Trust continually strengthens its sound financial position—enabling the Trust to reach more than $650 million in grantmaking to date, while maintaining a highly resilient corpus.

Prior to joining the Trust, she was a partner with KPMG and also Rynd, Carneal & Ewing. A former CPA, she continues her participation as a long-time member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership serving on the Arts and Culture Task Force and the Social Impact Committee; she also serves on the Rosenbluth Family Charitable Foundation Board. Throughout her career she has served on boards and committees for numerous nonprofit and for-profit organizations such as the audit committee of the Foundation Financial Officers Group, Arizona Community Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Valley Leadership, to name a few. She was named one of the "48 Most Intriguing Women" by the Arizona Historical Society (2022) and recognized as an Outstanding CFO by Phoenix Business Journal (2013).

Mary Jane holds a BA in Accounting from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas and a Master of Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.

“I learned from the example set by Virginia Galvin Piper, this extraordinary woman of grace and character, witnessing firsthand her honor, loyalty, integrity, and commitment to her husband Paul Galvin’s path of philanthropy. We uphold her legacy daily as we empower people to believe in themselves, achieving more than they imagined possible.”

 

Carey Chambers
Chief Financial Officer


Carey oversees accounting and tax compliance for the Trust. She is a certified public accountant with more than 20 years of experience in financial statement audit, audit of internal control, performance improvement advisory, due diligence, and staff mentoring/development.

Prior to joining Piper Trust, she was a Managing Director at KPMG, one of the Big Four auditing firms. During her 20 years at KPMG she served nonprofit and for-profit organizations in audit and advisory capacities. Carey also led KPMG’s graduate recruiting at Northern Arizona University and has served in community engagement in roles such as Treasurer, Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence Board among other nonprofit Board roles.

Carey currently serves on the accounting advisory council for Northern Arizona University’s W.A. Franke College of Business and is a member of the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Arizona.

 

Karen Leland
Chief Communications Officer


Karen leads Piper Trust's communications and public relations efforts, which include developing and executing strategies to highlight the benefits of the Trust’s initiatives as well as the positive impacts made by its grantees. Before joining the Trust, she led communications and marketing operations for several units at Arizona State University, including the Global Institute of Sustainability, the Office of Research and Economic Affairs, and the Morrison Institute for Public Policy. A graduate of Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, Karen has also worked with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and other economic development organizations. She brings wide-ranging business and communications expertise to the Trust.

 

Staff

Christopher Bernal
Grants Management Associate


Christopher provides administrative, technical, and data management support to the Trust’s grants management staff. Prior to joining the Trust, Christopher worked in the property management industry for three years where he strengthened his skill sets that aligned with the responsibilities of grants management. These include being attentive to detail, having effective communication skills, and ensuring data integrity. Being born and raised in Phoenix, Christopher has a strong understanding of the community.

 

Alma Cuellar
Facilities and Technology Coordinator


Alma is responsible for building maintenance, event management, and meeting coordination. Prior to joining the Trust, Alma worked as a facility services supervisor and in the healthcare industry.

 

Angelica Gonzalez
Administrative Assistant, Program & Strategic Learning


Angelica provides support for Piper Trust’s Program and Strategic Learning teams. Prior to joining the Trust, she worked at the Diocese of Phoenix supporting the Chancellor and Assistant Chancellor. Angelica has served in various capacities in the nonprofit community for over 15 years. Angelica holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Arizona State University.

 

Erin Goodman
Senior Program Officer


Erin Goodman manages Piper Trust’s arts and culture grantmaking portfolio; she also co-manages the Trust’s responsive education, health, and human services grantmaking portfolios and oversees a number of collaborative efforts and special programs. Ms. Goodman has worked in fund development and nonprofit administration for more than 20 years, serving organizations with missions that span the sector; she currently serves on the Read On Arizona Advisory Committee and recently served on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Grantmakers Forum. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in the humanities from Arizona State University.

 

Amy Jorgensen
Project Coordinator, Part-Time


Amy supports Piper Trust’s accounting and financial reporting. Previously, as an accounting manager with Make-A-Wish America, she served on the Centralized Financial Services team managing the relationships and accounting for select Make-A-Wish chapters. Amy holds bachelor of science degrees in accountancy and finance from Arizona State University.

 

Kerri Kaczmarczyk
Program Officer


Kerri co-manages Piper Trust’s responsive portfolios in the grantmaking areas of children and education. She brings 15 years of experience supporting Arizona communities through roles she has served in corporate philanthropy, nonprofit fund development, and program management. Prior to joining the Trust, Kerri was a program director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ); she led the organization’s family support and trauma informed care initiatives, which garnered attention as an innovative standard among the BBBS network. As a corporate giving specialist for Arizona Public Service, Kerri supported the company’s grantmaking and employee volunteer programs. She completed Arizona State University’s (ASU) Lodestar Nonprofit Leadership Academy and is a certified Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) trainer through the Arizona ACEs Consortium. She holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Arizona State University.

 

Renée Khoury
Project Manager, Communications


Renée provides project management support to the chief communications officer and the communications team. Renée coordinates communication efforts and special events. Prior to joining the Trust, Renée worked as an assistant project director at a community college district in California where she administered non-credit programs for the community. Renée is a Phoenix native and graduate of Phoenix Community College.

 

Samantha Klick
Executive Assistant and Facilities Manager


Samantha supports Piper Trust’s CFO and the finance and grants management teams. Prior to joining the Trust, Samantha worked for the commercial aerospace company, Curtiss-Wright serving as executive assistant to the senior vice president of the Sensors and Controls division. Samantha has more than 15 years of experience supporting executives in Phoenix, including eight years as executive assistant to the director, and board liaison for the Phoenix Art Museum. Samantha holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology.

 

Roberta Lind
Technology Manager, Communications


Roberta works with the chief communications officer and coordinates a variety of communications efforts and oversees the Trust's technology. Previous to joining the Trust, she worked with the marketing department at Northern Trust, NA in Phoenix. Roberta holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.

 

Kelly Matti
Director of Grants Management


Kelly leads the development and implementation of effective grants management processes and strengthens the Trust’s internal operations throughout the organization; Kelly has significant experience working in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors including serving as program manager for the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, grants manager for The Pokagon Fund, and president of Junior Achievement of Michiana. Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Grand Valley State University.

 

Emily Mead
Program Officer


Emily co-manages Piper Trust’s responsive education, health, and human services grantmaking portfolios. She has more than 10 years of experience leading nonprofit programming and development, most recently serving as senior program manager for the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), where she co-led a large-scale community resilience initiative in Maricopa County. Prior to ISC, Emily served as director of community partnerships at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) arming her with a deep understanding of the economic strengths and challenges in our community. Emily holds a master’s degree in public administration from Arizona State University.

 

Elaine Price
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant


Elaine works as Piper Trust’s receptionist and administrative assistant providing a variety of staff support services. Prior to joining the Trust, Elaine worked as the program events manager for the Irish Cultural Center & McClelland Library and their Academy of Irish & Celtic Studies in Phoenix. She generously volunteers at many nonprofit organizations and served as vice president for membership of Irish Network Arizona. Elaine began her career as a graphic designer and art editor for Dorling Kindersley Books in London, UK. She is a UK certified teacher of information and communication technology (ICT) and oversaw the delivery of the ICT curriculum at various secondary schools in England. Elaine holds a bachelor of arts degree in media and production design from the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.

 

Linda Smith
Board and Executive Assistant


Linda supports Piper Trust’s Board of Trustees, and president and CEO. Prior to joining the Trust, Linda worked for PGH Wong Engineering, Inc. as a consultant to Valley Metro Rail on the $358 million Northwest Extension to the Phoenix Light Rail system. She was also a former 911 Operator for the Phoenix Police Department—a role that strengthened her talents in assisting multiple people and priorities. Linda began her career at the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Boston; over the past 20+ years she has supported executives in Phoenix and Washington, D.C.

 

Cynthia Vana
Accounting Manager


Cindy works as the accounting manager to support Piper Trust's accounting and financial reporting. Previously, as an accounting manager with Make-A-Wish America, Cindy served on the Centralized Financial Services team managing relationships and accounting for select Make-A-Wish chapters. Cindy is a Phoenix native and graduate of Arizona State University.