The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Board of Trustees Expands By Two
Appointment of José A. Cárdenas, Stephen J. Zabilski Brings Board to Seven Trustees
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (May 11, 2005) – The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust today announced two new appointments to its board of trustees, bringing to seven the total number of trustees for the Scottsdale-based trust. José A. Cárdenas, chairman of Lewis and Roca, and Stephen J. Zabilski, executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul-Phoenix Diocesan Council, were named to the board.
“The addition of José and Steve brings a depth of knowledge to the Board of Trustees in bioscience, economic development and nonprofit management – areas critical to the Valley’s future and the work of the Piper Trust as a community partner,” says Judy Mohraz, president and CEO of the Trust.
Cárdenas and Zabilski join James D. Bruner, Paul N. Critchfield, Arthur W. DeCabooter, Laura R. Grafman and Sharon C. Harper as trustees.
“These appointments resulted from more than a year of work among the trustees to determine what strengths and skills were needed to round out the board,” Mohraz says.
Cárdenas is a partner in Lewis and Roca’s Business Litigation Group. Additionally, he serves as chairman of the board of the Translational Genomics Research Institute, as vice chairman of
Arizona’s Commerce and Economic Development Commission and he is chairman-elect of Greater Phoenix Leadership. Within the community, Cárdenas serves on the boards of Chicanos Por La Causa, Xicanindio Artes, Inc., the East Valley Partnership, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and the ASU Foundation. Additionally, he is a past chairman of the board of the Valley of the Sun United Way.
Zabilski joined the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in 1997 after serving as senior vice president with Transamerica Insurance Group and an audit manager with the accounting firm KPMG Peat Marwick. At St. Vincent de Paul, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization’s 200 employees and thousands of volunteers throughout Central and Northern Arizona. Zabilski also serves on the Investment Committee for The Diocese of Phoenix, the Finance Committee for the Catholic Community Foundation and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Human Services Campus, LLC. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, Legatus, the Phoenix Community Alliance and the FBI Citizen’s Academy. He is a past president of the Board of Trustees of Ville de Marie Academy and has served on a number of school and parish advisory councils.