Board of Directors
Kirk Wallendorf, Founder and President. Kirk created Alisa’s Angels in 2005 as a way of carrying on the faith, hope and love of Alisa, his youngest daughter.
Liz Wallendorf, Board Chair, Gala Committee Chair. Liz has been involved in Alisa's Angels since its inception and is currently sering as the Board Chair.
Craig Zimmermann, Vice President, Scholarship and Loan Committee. Craig is sole proprietor of Zimco Electric. He has been a key leader in the Boy Scouts of Southern Arizona, and at his church.
Steve Phillips, CPA, Treasurer, Finance Committee.Steve has been a CPA for more than 20 years, and is the principal at Steve Phillips & Associates. He brings a wealth of financial experience to the board.
Zoe Burcham, Gala Committee. Zoe is currently the business development director for Go Red for Women at the American Heart Association. As a Chicago native (or where she claims to be from), Zoë is an alumna of The University of Illinois at Chicago, with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a minor in German. Zoë comes to the board with experience in many different areas, a true jack of all trades! Her personal motto is anything worth doing, is worth doing right. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Arizona and traveling with her husband Sean and daughter Bennett.
Ron Parker, Finance Committee. Ron has years of experience in financial management, and specifically nonprofit financial management.
Ed Rios, Fund Raising Committee. Ed is a retired colonel in the United States Air Force, and is the CEO of CSOC, one of Alisa’s Angles partners. He has 26 years of military service in space operations, special technical operations and command/control; and 10 years of corporate experience. He lives in Colorado Springs, CO.
Sue Schmelz, Scholarship and Loan Committee. Sue recently retired from her position with the state of Arizona’s foster child services. She has spent her life volunteering for important causes, including at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in numerous capacities, and as board chair for the Montlure Presbyterian Youth Camp board.
Pat Lopez, Legal Adviser. Pat Lopez is a senior partner at Rusing, Lopez & Lizardi, PLLC. He volunteers his time as the legal adviser for Alisa’s Angels. Pat has over 30 years of experience in counseling and assisting businesses, entrepreneurs, lenders, and developers to reach their goals, solve their problems, and implement their business plans. He is active in the community and has volunteered with organizations such as The First Tee, Arizona Land and Water Trust, formerly Arizona Open Land Trust, Salpointe school board, Perimeter Bicycle Association (non-profit charitable organization and sponsor of “El Tour de Tucson” bicycle race), and Chinanos por la Causa.
Dan Nentl, CFS, ChFC, Investment Adviser. Dan Nentl is a partner with Ironwood Financial, LLC. Dan and Ironwood volunteer their services to manage the Alisa’s Angels investment account, the Angel Fund. Dan volunteers for numerous causes in the community, including the Boys & Girls Club, Wee Works and the Centurions. He is the founder of Rollin for Ninos.
Rudy Padilla, 2007 recipient
After spending time as a prosecutor with the Pima County Attorney’s Office. Rudy is now with the University of Arizona as a civil rights investigator. Rudy volunteers with several organizations in Tucson providing victim support services and has twice served on the Alisa’s Angels scholarship selection committee. You may also recognize Rudy from the gala, where he is the co-master of ceremony for the evening.
Graduating high school seniors from across Arizona are eligible for the scholarships.
Alisa’s Angels scholarship recipients are working and attending school throughout the nation, from Washington state to Washington DC, Maine to Michigan, Oregon to Orlando.