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.
Ron Parker, Treasurer, Finance Committee. Ron has years of experience in financial management, and specifically nonprofit financial management.
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.
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.
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.
Elisa Loya Gill
Pima Community College,
Northern Arizona University
Elisa attended graduated from Tucson High with support from Youth on Their Own. She learned at a young age to set goals and work hard to achieve them. Despite her own challenges, Elisa helped her family and contributed to her community throughout high school.
Elisa earned her associates degree in nursing through Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ. She continued her education, earning her BSN through Northern Arizona University.
Elisa is a registered nurse working at St Joseph's Hospital in Tucson. Patient care and the telemetry unit are her passions. Elisa plans to continue her education and become a nurse practitioner.
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.