Chuck Zaepfel

Southern Arizona District Director

Chuck Zaepfel is the Director for Junior Achievement of Arizona’s Southern District, serving students in Tucson and the surrounding areas. A native Tucsonan, Chuck has worked with many local nonprofits over the years as a volunteer, donor, board member and fundraising consultant.

Chuck started his career at Custom Computer Services as a programmer and computer operator developing software for local companies covering payroll, estimating, medical billing, utility billing, and collection agency systems. He then took over management and ultimately purchased the company in 1985, which he rebranded as CCS Direct Mail and adapted the company to a changing economy. After mailing more than one hundred million mail pieces, he sold it to AlphaGraphics Commercial Printing Services in 2005.

Chuck left that company after 34 years of entrepreneurship and business management to transition into nonprofit leadership. As the Southern District Director, he oversees the implementation of Junior Achievement programs, fundraising, community awareness and development of business relationships in Tucson and the surrounding area.

Chuck is a graduate of the University of Arizona and is proud to be an entrepreneur, leveraging his entrepreneurial track record to grow Junior Achievement’s presence in Tucson.

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Chuck Zaepfel

Southern Arizona District Director

Colleen Cox

Senior Vice President, Education

 

Colleen Cox has been with the organization for more than 10 years. Colleen is responsible for overseeing the implementation of all JA education programs in Arizona, which reached more than 93,000 students (kindergarten through 12th grade) during the last school year. She has also played a role launching and evaluating new programs for JA at the national level. Prior to JA, she worked as the Director of Operations and Human Resources for E2C which owned Amber Alert, Pets 911, and Earth 911. While at E2C, she played an instrumental part in the national launch of the PETS 911 program.

Colleen attended College of Charleston, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Her background includes over 25 years of combined experience in the areas of banking and finance, human resources, education, and business management. Colleen has also passionately volunteered for over 20 years, working with both animal rescues and youth programs. Colleen currently serves on the Tempe Union High School District CTE Evaluation Committee and previously served on the Phoenix Animal Care Coalition Board of Directors.

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Colleen Cox

Senior Vice President, Education

Joss Francheterre

Senior Vice President, Events and Development

Originally from France, Joss grew up in Africa, South America, Holland, and France. At 20 years old, while studying Commerce & Business Management in Paris, Joss became an entrepreneur and started his first company.

In Europe, Joss created and managed a flourishing distribution network of thousands of distributors, but Joss’s true dream was to move to the United States – “the land of opportunities and free enterprise,” as he exclaims. For three years, Joss had the opportunity to manage a “Tour of the West of the USA” for nearly 9,000 European guests, honing his event planning, management and fundraising expertise.

Joss then relocated to Arizona permanently and started his first U.S. Company, TotalNews, “surfing” the wave of the new and burgeoning Internet industry. TotalNews was truly a pioneer in online advertising and news aggregation in the late-90s. The company was featured in the Wall Street Journal as well as other top-tier national and international news outlets.

Joss became a U.S. citizen in 2002, the same year he joined the Junior Achievement team as Senior Vice President of Events and Development. In his nearly 15 years at JA, Joss and his team have developed many signature fundraising events, including the largest, premier nonprofit golf tournament in our state. Under Joss’s leadership, JA’s fundraising events raise more than $1 Million each year to enable Arizona students to receive JA’s critical programs. During his time with JA, Joss has raised nearly $20 million for the organization.

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Joss Francheterre

Senior Vice President, Events and Development

Katherine Kemmeries Cecala

President

A fourth-generation Arizonan, Katherine Kemmeries Cecala brings to Junior Achievement a diverse background in nonprofit leadership, healthcare administration, law, industrial engineering, utilities, and business. Katherine has extensive knowledge of our community and nonprofit landscape as she has served on more than 35 nonprofit boards including the Arizona Humane Society, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Vista College Prep, Maricopa Integrated Health System, Mountain Park Health Center and Arizona Women’s Leadership Forum.

Just prior to joining JA, Katherine was the interim CEO/President for Friendly House, a 95-year-old social services nonprofit with a $7 million annual budget, 125 employees and a K-8 charter school, among other programs aimed to empower youth and families. Before that, she was Chief Operating Officer for eight years at Valley of the Sun United Way, one of the largest United Way offices in the country with an annual budget of $120 million.

Previously, she held executive roles at Mayo Clinic in Arizona for 12 years where she oversaw a staff of 350 and led all revenue cycle functions of an $800 million annual budget.

For the first 11 years of her career, she was a senior management engineer at Baptist Medical System in Arkansas as well as Samaritan Health System (now Banner Health) in Phoenix. Because of her love of learning, she attained her law degree and practiced in the areas of commercial and real estate transactions, business and employment law. She began her career as a work management analyst in Arkansas.

A master’s level instructor of philanthropy and nonprofit innovation at Arizona State University, Katherine has a degree in industrial engineering, a Master of Business Administration and a law degree.

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Katherine Kemmeries Cecala

President

Sam Alpert

Senior Vice President, Business Development

Sam Alpert’s family has been in Arizona since 1898 and has a long history of working in education and for the community. Before coming to Junior Achievement, Sam was an entrepreneur. He ran his own advertising and public relations agency for seven years and represented an impressive portfolio of clients including My Sister’s Closet, Dunkin’ Donuts, NYPD Pizza, Mountainside Fitness, Cox Communications, Cancer Treatment Centers of America and KJZZ-NPR. In 2010, his agency won the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce IMPACT Award for Best Company Culture, and it was also a finalist for ASU’s Spirit of Enterprise Awards.

In 2012, Sam sold his ownership in the agency and was recruited to Junior Achievement to re-build its development team and increase awareness of JA in the community. Since then, Sam’s team has raised more than $2 million in new gifts. His team oversees annual funding of approximately $1.5 million from corporate, individual, government and foundation donors.

In 2016, Sam was honored as one of the Phoenix Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” up-and-coming business leaders. He is on the Corporate Advisory Board for the Association of Latino Professionals For America, was previously the chairperson of Friendly House and served on the boards of Scottsdale Prevention Institute and Phoenix Chamber’s Small Business Leadership Council. Sam has a degree in journalism from Arizona State University and is currently in the Executive MBA program at ASU.

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Sam Alpert

Senior Vice President, Business Development


Administration

Amy Schaefer, CPA
Controller

Elizabeth Clements
HR and Administration Senior Director

Lily Urrutia
Receptionist

Maggie Jones
Southern District Operations Manager

Paul Durazo
Executive Assistant

Ronald Hamilton
Facilities Manager

Thomas Messinger
Bookkeeper


Development

Anne Landers
Marketing and Communications Senior Director

Aryn Musgrave
Database Specialist

Debbee Donahue
Development Senior Manager

Dena Kidd
Development and Stewardship Senior Director

Eddie Mehta
Development and Marketing Coordinator


Education – In-Classroom Programs

Carolyn R. Gorst
Southern District Education and Events Manager

Joe Roberts
Education Outreach Coordinator

Lisa Potter
Education Manager

Rebecca Lopez
Data and Operations Senior Manager

Sandra Villarreal
Education Manager

Sarah Sullivan
Senior Education Manager


Education – JA BizTown®/JA Finance Park® Programs

Celeste Marquez
Education Coordinator

Codie Cancellieri
Education Senior Manager

Danielle Mychajlonka
Education Coordinator

Danielle Smith
Education Manager

Janae Landers
Education Coordinator

Julie Kasper
Education Coordinator

Jyothsna Moudgal
Education Director

Kelly Mershon
Education Manager

Rachel Dain
Education Coordinator

Sherri Koshiol
Customer Service Coordinator


Special Events

Brianna Croye
Development and Events Manager

Sarah Amaral
Development and Events Senior Manager