Throughout his career, Richard has always worked with a number of small businesses or been a self-employed entrepreneur. He has been in wholesale sporting goods, ranching and agriculture, real estate investments and now he serves as the CFO for the Arizona Leadership Foundation. His varied roles throughout his business life, give him a range of experience from relationship management to finance, all of which he brings to ALF. In the wholesale sporting goods business, he worked with the management team developing new products and oversaw sales and warehouse distribution. While Richard was in the ranching and agriculture business it required education of the many aspects of the business from veterinary, agronomics, human resources, water management and mechanics.
Richard was a vital part of ALF’s beginnings in 2011, establishing all business accounts, setting scholarship application procedures, corresponding with students and schools, as well as working with the Arizona Department of Revenue on compliance. Richard handles all financial details for the Foundation, ensuring it runs smoothly. Richard is an integral member of management, as the CFO and is responsible for payment of Low Income scholarships and overseeing the award cycle; in the 16/17 school year that was $13.7 million and over 3,900 scholarships.
In his free time Richard enjoys exploring on horseback the wilderness areas and monuments in the western states. He also enjoys overseas travel to Europe and historic places in the US. He is married and has two daughters and five grandchildren. His family is a large part of his life.
Meet the Conner-Townsend Family. Robert and Dolores Conner adopted their six grandchildren so they could provide them with a fresh start and the greatest chance for success. They moved their grandchildren from Pinetop to Tucson, where the Conner’s live, so they could lead a normal life with a quality education, in a faith-based environment. The Conners, who are Catholic, wanted […]Read More
Meet Waylon, who is in first grade at the Foundation for Blind Children (FBC). Waylon has a very rare chromosome abnormality that has caused multiple disabilities including cortical visual impairment. Waylon started receiving visual therapy services from FBC when he was around a year old. When it was time to choose a preschool, the family […]Read More
Over a decade ago, Luis Jimenez played in a grade school Mariachi Band at the Arizona Leadership Foundation Scholarship Fair. Luis played the violin and sang as part of the group, he has had the quite the journey since that sunny day in Tucson. Meet our latest “Where Are They Now” Spotlight Story, Luis Jimenez […]Read More
Every year, The Arizona Leadership Foundation hosts our donors for a breakfast event in May to celebrate our Corporate Champion’s contributions to education across Arizona. This year for our 10th Anniversary, we were excited to have our event at St. Mary’s and bring ALF home to where it started. In addition to serving as our […]Read More
Meet Dani Raymond who just recently graduated from Yuma Catholic High School with an unweighted 3.96 GPA. She comes from a family of seven and is the middle child of the five siblings. Dani has been attending private school since she was in second grade with the help of scholarships from the Arizona Leadership Foundation. […]Read More
Meet the Baker family from St. Augustine Catholic High School in Tucson. Kevin Luke is currently a freshman and Olivia is finishing up her sophomore year. Originally the mom, Andrea Neale, was living in Baton Rouge, LA. Unfortunately, she was displaced during Hurricane Katrina. She decided to move to Tucson, where she had family. A […]Read More
Meet the Hann Family from West Valley Christian School (WVCS) in Goodyear, Arizona. Bryson, age 9 is in 3rd grade Emerson, age 7, is in 1st grade Grayson, age 6 is in kindergarten N. H., age 6, is in kindergarten L.H., age 3, is in preschool From their mom, Amber Hann, “We chose to walk […]Read More
The Frausto family is made up of nine people including seven adorable children. The four school aged children are currently enrolled at St. Ambrose Catholic School in Tucson, AZ. Jeanette is in 4th grade, Gianna is in 3rd grade, Gabriel is in 2nd grade and Jacey started Kindergarten this year. The siblings are each a year and a […]Read More
Meet Layola Wallace a Freshman at St. Michael Indian School (SMIS) located in Window Rock, Arizona. This is her first year at SMIS and she has had a fairly easy transition to the school and is currently on the cheerleading squad and would like to try out for soccer next year. She told us that […]Read More
Meet Cyrus and Elijah Wiley from the Tucson Waldorf School (TWS). The boys are currently in 8th and 7th grade and have been at the school since preschool. A couple of years before finding TWS the family had a life-changing event that left their mom paralyzed from the waist down. April Wiley and Cyrus, who […]Read More
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