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. Kirk is a retired major in the United States Air Force.
Liz Wallendorf, Board Chair, Gala Committee Chair. Liz has been involved in Alisa's Angels since its inception and is currently serving as the Board Chair. Liz is a former major in the United States Air Force. She has also worked in information technology planning and program management for Tucson city government; and as a director for government education events for a private company.
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.
Zoe Burcham, Secretary, Communications 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, Treasurer, Finance Committee. Ron has years of experience in financial management, and specifically nonprofit financial management.
Shannon Anderson, Communications Committee, Colorado Expansion. Shannon is an entrepreneur and Social Enterprise development expert. Since graduating as Student of the Year, with honors, from University of Colorado in 2014, she has assisted several for-profit and non-profit entities alike in developing and implementing socially responsible business models, practices and policies that not only aim to generate financial returns, but social and environmental returns as well.
Rudy Padilla, Scholarship Committee. Rudy is a 2007 Alisa's Angels scholarship recipient. He graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law in 2014. Rudy is currently civil rights investigator at the University of Arizona. Prior to that he was a deputy county attorney at the Pima County Attorney's Office.
Dawn M. Rhodes, Board Member. Dawn is a native of Arizona and has worked in higher education for over 18 years. She is a wife/mother, business owner, avid traveler, and active volunteer.
Ed Rios, Colorado Expansion. 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, Mentorship Committees. 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.
Renee is a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan, studying Cell and Developmental Biology and Bioinformatics.
Diagnosed as a young girl with juvenile diabetes, she focused on helping other children adjust to life-changing illnesses.
Her experience has inspired her studies, and she is now deciding where to focus her graduate work, looking at options such as researching methods to help repair adult muscles, or improved diabetes treatment.
Renee is excited for the opportunities ahead, “I am not sure which project I will spend the next five years working on, but I know any of them will be exciting and will make a big difference for many people in this world.”
Graduating high school seniors from across Arizona are eligible for the scholarships.
In 2019, high school seniors from the Colorado Springs, Colorado area are also eligible.
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.