PHOENIX - Valle del Sol, a nonprofit organization, announces honorees for the 2014 Mom of the Year event taking place on Friday, May 9, 2014, 8:15 a.m., at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix.
Mom of the Year is a recognition event to honor women of diverse backgrounds for service to community and for their exemplary roles as mothers. The event raises funds to benefit uncompensated care for families and children seeking primary care assistance at Valle del Sol's pediatric and family clinics. The premier sponsor is Cox Communications. ABC15 News is the Presenting Media Sponsor.
"The four honorees selected positively embody motherhood and service to the community," said Kurt Sheppard, Valle del Sol's President & CEO. "Their contributions of leadership profoundly touch many in our community and heighten philanthropy and volunteerism."
Honorees for Mom of the Year are Lisa Pacheco Geyser, Co-Founder of Families Giving Back; Robin Milne, Executive Director of Phoenix Suns Charities; Judy Jolley Mohraz, President and CEO of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust; and Judy Shubert, Retired Nonprofit/Philanthropic Leader.
This year, Valle del Sol is adding a new award, the Rose Mofford Caring for the Community Award. The inaugural recipient is UMOM New Day Centers. This award, with the namesake of Arizona's first female governor, honors an organization supporting and enriching the lives of families and children.
Lisa Pacheco Geyser, Co-Founder, Families Giving Back
Lisa Pacheco Geyser is making a difference in the community not only through her own personal involvement with numerous charities, but by getting others involved, namely her children. She is actively teaching them philanthropy and volunteerism. In 2011, Lisa co-founded "Families Giving Back" to give younger children volunteer opportunities in Arizona as she felt there was a void in the Phoenix metro area where she could take her two young boys to volunteer. She now has over fifty families that will actively volunteer on projects and activities with local nonprofits. Lisa believes that by teaching her children, and all children, to be compassionate and giving back early on, we can create great leaders for the future and build the next generation of caring philanthropists. Lisa is often found working with her husband, Jeff and their two boys, at different nonprofits on weekends doing collections for organizations and rallying friends and families to contribute financially or with their time. She has met with and created volunteer programs for nonprofits such as CASS, Ronald McDonald House, UMOM, Homeward Bound, Kivel Nursing Home, Ryan House, United Way, to list a few. Lisa is also on numerous boards and committees including Phoenix Children's Hospital "Beach Ball", Homeward Bounds "Old Bags" Luncheon, Jewish Women's Philanthropy Group, American Heart Association "Heart Ball", Make-A-Wish "Wish Ball", Las Palomas Board Member, and in 2012 she helped start the Foundation, "Barrow Beyond" at Barrow Neurological Institute. Lisa and Jeff also have the Geyser Family Scholarship endowment at Arizona State University. In 2013, Lisa was named one of the recipients of the "40 Under 40 Hispanic Leaders" award.
Robin Milne, Executive Director, Phoenix Suns Charities
Robin Milne is the Executive Director of Phoenix Suns Charities. In this role, Robin works in tandem with the Phoenix Suns Charities Board of Directors to raise and grant more than $1 million annually to state organizations that support programs in the areas of education, health, human services, the arts, rehabilitation, sports and recreation. During every Suns season, Robin oversees the development, planning and execution of the organization's annual signature fundraising gala, The Jump BALL. Robin has more than 20 years of professional sales experience in the technology industry. During her sales career, she earned a number of awards including the prestigious "Leadership 2000" award from ORACLE Corporation and was featured in FORBES Magazine for her work. In 1983, Robin had the distinct honor of serving as the national president for the National Association for Professional Saleswomen. Robin has a robust personal and philanthropic resume that is deeply rooted in the local community. She is active with ASU's Foundation for Women & Philanthropy and Banner Health's Alzheimer's Foundation. She served a two-year term with the Maricopa County Parks Commission, co-founded the Leadership Circle for Phoenix Children's Hospital and also served as co-education chair for the Arizona chapter of Young President Organization (YPO) and World Presidents Organization (WPO). She has held significant fundraising roles for the Arizona Science Center, Heard Museum, Phoenix Library's 100 Year Gala, the American Heart Association's Heart Ball, the Women's Board of the Arizona Kidney Foundation, The Phoenix Symphony Ball and Trends Charitable Fund, among others. A graduate of Arizona State University, Robin earned a
B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing. Today, she resides in Paradise Valley with her husband of 29 years, Richard Milne. Together they have two sons, Richard III, 23 and Ryan, 21.
Judy Jolley Mohraz, President and CEO, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
She's been called "A guiding light for philanthropy," but Judy Jolley Mohraz, who was born and raised in Texas, and is married with two sons, and three grandchildren, is also a shining light for motherhood. She likes to spend time with family and friends and travel in her free time. Judy's smile magnifies her role as a mom and it radiates love, compassion and support for family members. She is married to Dr. Bijan Mohraz. Judy is a Trustee and the President and CEO of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, a private independent foundation located in Phoenix. Focused on the fields of health, education, children, arts and culture, older adults and religious organizations, the Trust invested over $22 million in the Greater Phoenix community in the past year. Previously she served as president of Goucher College in Baltimore. Dr. Mohraz's current professional activities include serving on the boards of Encore.org, the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University, and Greater Phoenix Leadership. She was a presidential appointee to the Board of Visitors of the United States Naval Academy and co-chaired a special committee to review the Academy. She previously served on the boards of the Council on Foundations and the Arizona Grantmakers Forum. Judy will be retiring from the Trust in June 2014. Judy Jolley Mohraz has, through her professional work, assisted many in bettering their lives. Her radiating smile graces us all, but it is her philanthropic work that has helped many in Arizona.
Judy Schubert, Retired Nonprofit/Philanthropic Leader
Judy taught school before she was married, had children, and became a community volunteer. She and her husband, Bill, have three grown children and eight grandchildren. Judy invests her vision, leadership and time in organizations that care for children. She was a co-founder in 1985 of the Ronald McDonald House, a "home away from home" for families with children facing medical challenges. She was one of three volunteers who brought the Care Card to Phoenix and The Board of Visitors in 2000 (The Board of Visitors' Care Card program has generated $1.8 million to benefit children and families at Ryan House and UMOM New Day Centers). More recently, Judy chaired the founding board of Ryan House, which provides respite and palliative care to children with life-threatening conditions and end-of-life care. She has conducted tours at the Heard Museum, an alum of Valley Leadership (Class 6), and also served as chair of the board of Citizenship Counts, a local organization that expanded nationally to educate young people about citizenship and encourages them to appreciate their rights and responsibilities as American citizens. Judy and Bill are longtime supporters of Teach for America. In addition to her "mom-centric" work, Judy has been a member of the Barrow Women's Board, The Board of Visitors, and the Junior League of Phoenix. Judy was honored by the Arizona Historical Society as one of "48 Most Intriguing Women in Arizona"; 2007 Community Champion by the Boys and Girls Club of Central Phoenix; 2001 Valley Leadership Woman of the Year; 1993 Junior League of Phoenix Sustainer of the Year; and received the Ronald McDonald House Heart of Gold Award in 1992.