Katherine Kemmeries Cecala

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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 40 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.

Prior to joining JA, Katherine had twenty-five years of leadership experience in nonprofits. Most recently she was the interim CEO/President for Friendly House and served as the Chief Operating Officer at Valley of the Sun United Way. Previously she held executive roles at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. 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.

A master’s level instructor of philanthropy and nonprofit innovation at Arizona State University, Katherine has a BS in industrial engineering from LSU, an MBA from Louisiana Tech, and a JD from the University of Arkansas.