Board of directors
Nadine Dunning is a Business Development Director for a global education technology company serving millions of learners. Nadine has been a successful sales leader for over 15 years with a BS in Marketing from Arizona State University. Nadine currently resides in Flagstaff, Arizona with her husband and two children.
Jean is a former pediatric oncology nurse and has served the mission of Beads of Courage, Inc. since she founded the non-profit corporation in March of 2005. Jean developed the Beads of Courage Program while working on her dissertation at the University of Arizona College of Nursing. The first Beads of Courage Program was piloted at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in February of 2003. She holds two degrees from the University of Arizona College of Nursing including a Bachelors in the Science of Nursing and a PhD in Nursing. She is passionate about advancing the science of caring for children coping with serious illness through evidence-based interventions. In her spare time, Jean is learning to play the banjo, and enjoys the occasional long bike ride. She lives in Tucson with her three children Luke, Aiden and Brooke Ellen.
Deb has recently retired from over 35 years in the mortgage industry. Prior services for non-profits include: Rotary Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Women’s Council of Realtors. Deb lives in Lakeside, Arizona with her husband.
Aaron Leal works for a major lending company in Tucson, AZ. He lives in Tucson with his wife and three children.
Michelle has a passion for marketing and sales and has spent the last 30 years working in the industry. Currently she is a partner with a marketing group in Colorado and owns a media company. She grew up in Tucson and is currently living in Colorado where she spends time hiking and exploring the area.
I have been a local Real Estate agent for 20 Years. Coming off a 6 year term on the board of Ben’s Bells I am absolutely so excited to be a part of the Beads of Courage Board. My niece Kelsey Luria was a bead recipient. The Queen Bee Bead was created for her. I have lived in a Tucson for 30 years and I am a graduate of University of Maryland Baltimore County. I have 3 adult married girls that live in Massachusetts, Chicago & Florida. I am the ridiculous proud Grandmother of a baby boy & baby girl.
Matt M. Mars, Ph.D.
Matthew (“Matt”) M. Mars, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Leadership and Innovation in the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He teaches courses on community development, social innovation and entrepreneurship, and program planning and evaluation. His research focuses on how entrepreneurial logics and strategies become embedded in and influence community development initiatives and social movements. In addition to being a widely published interdisciplinary scholar, Matt is currently the Co-Editor of Advances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Growth series, Associate Editor of Community Development, and a member of the editorial board of Local Development & Society.