Norton Advisory Board
Founded in 2008, the Norton Advisory Board of 20+ members represent a uniquely diverse and dedicated group of university supporters. On one hand, they include “old Arizona” families: John Norton’s father and Pamela Turbeville’s grandfather knew one another back in the territorial days. On the other hand, the board includes “new Arizona” represented by SAP.
Some of the board members were engaged during the building of McClelland Park, while others have developed their ties to the School since that time. The board is also diverse in terms of their histories and motivations to support the Norton School: The board includes alumni, parents of current and alumni students, family members, community leaders, and partners from business and industry. And although many are from Arizona, the board is geographically diverse and includes members from beyond the Tucson / Phoenix areas in Arizona, as well as from around the country (California, Texas, and New York).
All of the members of the board give not only financially, but, they are a working and engaged board. They give their time, professional and personal contacts and connections, and expertise and skill to creating a stronger School.
Known as a revenue driver and relationship builder, Denise Bina has been an executive in sales and marketing positions at leading hospitality technology agencies, hotels, wineries and food companies. Clients have included Four Seasons, Silversea, Hyatt Hotels, among many others. A member of the boards of many industry organizations, she credits the foundation that she received at the University of Arizona both in education and organizational leadership in her success today. She looks forward to mentoring the next generation of Wildcat leaders while continuing to contribute to the success of her clients.
Director of Development / Development, Alumni, Advocacy & Corporate Relations, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences - I help connect, to the University of Arizona, alumni and others who have professional interests or personal passions in the areas of Global Commerce, Human Wellness, Natural and Environmental Sciences, Sustainability, Agricultural Sciences, Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Research at the University of Arizona. This is about innovation, education, and developing solutions to address the challenges facing society and the planet and preparing the graduates who will have a role in shaping the future.
As Senior Director, Jim’s role is to generate outside support for CALS in the form of major gifts, enhance alumni affairs, support corporate relations, and provide constituent groups advocacy information on areas where the college needs support. A large part of Jim’s time involves traveling with Dean Burgess and unit heads to meet with donors and friends, updating them on all the exciting things happening in CALS. Jim enjoys helping alumni reconnect with the college to see the impact they can make with students and faculty. One thing he would like all supporters to know is gifts of any size to the college are very important.
Jim was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in Western Springs, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He is married with two daughters, one stepdaughter and one granddaughter. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Jim has worked at the University of Arizona for the last 13 years.
Prior to coming to the UA, Jim worked in the private sector in marketing for 27 years. He was the Senior Vice President of Marketing, Merchandising, and Distribution for Quality Stores, a privately held farm store chain of 150+ stores based from Michigan to New York until 1999. He also was one of the owners of the chain and held a seat on the board of directors. Jim sold his interest in the firm preceding a merger of equals with another retail company.
Ellen Goldsberry, PhD. Dr. Goldsberry is faculty emeriti of University of Arizona, Retail and Consumer Sciences. She was the founding director of the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing (TJLC) and the Global Retailing Conference. Ellen’s vision for TJLC was to establish a center that expanded opportunities for students to interact with industry professionals. Dr. Goldsberry earned her BS from Wayne State University in Family Life Education, her Master’s from Ohio University, and her PhD from The Ohio State University in Higher Education Administration. Before beginning her career at University of Arizona, Ellen was on faculty at The Ohio State University. Ellen received the prestigious University of Arizona Alumnus honor in 1999. In addition to her role on the Norton School Advisory Board, Ellen serves on the Circle of Engagement Advisory Board at Ohio University and the Advisory Board to the Apparel Design Program at Pima Community College in Tucson. Ellen and her deceased husband, Phil, established a planned giving program and an endowed scholarship at both universities. Ellen is an active member of several community groups in her home town of Athens, Ohio.
In addition to leading the Tucson Rotary Club, Harris is a mother of three, former president of the Junior League of Tucson, chairwoman of the Diocese of Tucson Sexual Misconduct Review Board and a reading coach for the Reading Seed Children’s Literacy Program, where she works on a semi-weekly basis with two students at Robison Elementary School in the Tucson Unified School District.
Harris influenced a collaboration between the Rotary club and literacy center in 2005, when she was placed on the initial board and aided in grant writing. The literacy center, which originally served a couple of schools, now has about 1,000 trained volunteers who go into 114 schools in the community. The volunteers provide reading lessons to students in first to third grade.
William “Bill” Kapfer, PhD, is the Global Head of Supplier Diversity for JPMorgan Chase in New York City. He is responsible for developing and engaging certified minority-owned, women-owned, LGBTQ-owned, verera and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses to integrate them into the JPMorgan Chase sourcing and procurement processes. He has also served as Principal and Strategic Consultant for his own company serving clients such as Travel+ Leisure Magazine, Genre Magazine, Window Media, Harper’s Bazaar Magazine, Miramax Films, and others. Bill is the recipient of many awards including the Global Diversity Award for the University of Arizona Alumni Association. Bill is a Child Development and Family Relations Graduate from the University of Arizona and holds Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Norther Arizona.
Beverly “Bam” Mitchell has been a Clinical Psychologist in private practice for more than 30 years in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. She is a consulting psychologist to the National Trauma Center at Del Amo Hospital in Torrance, CA. She presently serves as a Board member to the Switzer Learning Center in Torrance. The school is dedicated to nurturing kids with learning and developmental disabilities who struggle with social, emotional and behavioral challenges. She belongs to several professional organizations and especially enjoys serving as a mentor for the Los Angeles County Psychological Association.She feels honored to be a part of the Norton School since its beginnings. It has provided her with an opportunity to meet many outstanding CALS and Norton School people, make new friends, and reconnect with fellow classmates when she was in the School of Home Economics. Bam earned a B.S. in Home Economics, Textiles and Fashion Merchandising and a Masters of Education in Special Education from the UofA. She received a Masters of Counseling and Ph. D. from A.S.U. Her interests include golfing, traveling, gardening and walking along the beach near her home in Manhattan Beach, Ca.
Doris Norton was born Doris Schaefer to a family of South Dakota merchants and ranchers. Following her graduation from high school in Sioux Falls , the family moved to Phoenix in 1946. She refers this event as the beginning of the rest of her life. Doris attended the University of Arizona , where she pledged Kappa Gamma and met her future husband, John R. Norton. They married in 1950, and since then Doris has dedicated herself to her family, her community, and her country. To these tasks she is well suited. All who know her describe her as one of the most positive-minded and outgoing people they have ever known, as well as a woman committed to helping others through mutual understanding and by building bridges rather than walls. Her husband calls her, “the Rock” and credits her with much of his own professional success. During the years he served in President Reagan’s cabinet, she worked in Nancy Reagan’s office in the White House collecting and collating all the many news articles about the Reagans. Doris and John traveled all over the world visiting over 70 countries in every continent. Doris has served as a Co-Chair for the Norton School's Campaign Cornerstones and is a member of the Women’s Board of the Barrows Neurological Center. Together, Doris and John built a successful family based on the values of personal responsibility, integrity and achievement. They are the proud parents of three children, Michael R. Norton, John P. Norton, and Melanie Norton-Robinson. In 2002, John and Doris created the John R. and Doris S. Norton Endowed Chair for Fathers, parenting, and Families, and in 2004, they pledged $4 million to the School of Family and Consumer Sciences. As a result, the School has been able to conduct cutting-edge research, offer more and better instruction, and provide much needed community outreach.
Pat Raskob President, Raskob Kambourian Financial Advisors Ltd. Patricia is a Certified Seminar Instructor on Wills and Bequests. She has created and presented seminars on all aspects of financial planning (estate, retirement, tax, charitable trusts) all across the country. She is frequently quoted in Smart Money Magazine, Worth, Mutual Fund Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Medical Economics, Consumer Reports, Kiplinger, Business Week and other national and local newspapers and magazines. Her accomplishments include featured author-wrote the chapter “Financial Planning is More Than Money” in Wealth Strategies for Executives, founding member of the Tucson Women’s Presidents Organization, co-founder-Raskob Kambourian Financial Advisors Ltd., founder & past Corporate Director-National Advisors Trust Company, creator and Professional Director of the Catholic Diocese of Tucson 1978-1986, anthor-An Effective Planned Gifts Program, 1984, and financial author -Smart Money column in Arizona Living Magazine.
Jane Rojas is Senior Vice President of Morgan Stanley and has worked in the financial services industry since 1982. She was named to the 2017 and 2018 Forbes List of Top Women Wealth Advisors, 2015 Financial Times 400 Top Advisors, the 2015 Barron’s Top 1200 Advisers lists, Morgan Stanley’s 2016 Makers Class, as well as Morgan Stanley Master’s Club List from 2012-2017. Jane is the recent past Chair of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management National Diversity Council.
Jane is currently the Vice-Chair and has been a member of the Advisory Board for The Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Arizona. She was also a former member of the TCAI Advisory Board in Norton School. She had been President of ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals for America) Tucson Professional Chapter for almost 11 years.
Jane was born and raised in Southern Arizona. She graduated with a BA and an MBA from the University of Arizona. She has been married to Martin Rojas since 1982 and they have two daughters, Michelle and Selina. Michelle lives in Colorado. Selina is a Financial Advisor working with the Rojas Group in the Tucson office of Morgan Stanley. The Wall Street Journal published an article titled “When a Mother and Daughter Team Up” (dated 5/8/15) featuring Jane and Selina.
Beginning June 1, 2019, Dr. Laura V. Scaramella has been Director of the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences. An alumna of Tucson’s Salpointe Catholic High School and our own College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Laura has a background in family studies and child development as well as in psychology. She served as a post-doctoral fellow at both Vanderbilt University and Iowa State University, and in 1998 she was appointed as an associate research scientist for Iowa State’s Center for Family Research and Rural Mental Health. Laura began her academic career two years later when she joined the faculty of the University of New Orleans in the Department of Psychology. She became department chair in 2015 and leads the Family in Transition Research Lab.
Laura comes to us with a wealth of experience in adaptive leadership in some of the most challenging academic circumstances imaginable. She understands extremely well the Norton School’s heritage. She shares a very strong motivation to continue our research strengths in Family Studies and Human Development and to develop an internationally recognized research program in Consumer Sciences areas of the future. Laura is highly motivated to ensure more students benefit from the Norton School’s valuable degrees that have high employability.
Beth Stern (BS’90) has spent the past two decades working as an executive in the fashion industry for some of the top design houses in the world including Chanel, Ralph Lauren and Tahari. She has also played a role in management at Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale's. Beth graduated from the University of Arizona in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Merchandising and Fashion Promotion. Recently, Beth has started her own business consulting firm that specializes in brand management and special events/promotions. Her clients have been seen on the runways of London, Malta, Milan, Miami and Toronto Fashion Weeks as well being featured in Vogue Italia, Vogue Spain and Vogue Britain. Beth was a contributing editor for Runway Magazine and served as a judge on an international fashion blogger contest. Not only does she enjoy working with the fashion industry but works with clients with a variety of interests. She has taken two groups to the Sundance Film Festival. Beth showcased Nelson Mandela's grandson's work in 2015 and worked with National Geographic on a documentary for the Heroes and Horses organization in 2016. Her interior design collaborations have been seen in Big Sky Journal, Mountain Living and New York Times. Currently Beth is in the process of launching a new beverage product with a highly respected group out of Toronto that will be featured in major food chains and yoga franchises.
Pam began her career as an environmental engineer at an asbestos mine in Quebec for Johns-Manville. She then held a number of financial positions before serving as an executive in finance, administration and government affairs for fortune 500 firms Nortel, WR Grace and Navistar. Since retiring as CEO of Navistar Financial Corporation in 2009, she has started a number of companies and is currently CEO if i-calQ, LLC, a biotech start-up in medical diagnostics. She holds a BS from U of A, a MS in Environmental Science from the University of Texas at Dallas, a MBA in Finance from the University of Denver and did her Executive Business Education at Stanford. She has been on the Norton board since inception, currently serving as Chairperson. Pam continues at be active in the UAF and recently transitioned from the board to the National Leadership Group. She was awarded the U of A Alumni Achievement Award in 2009.
Jon Underwood is a University of Arizona graduates who have served on numerous boards, chaired events, led committees, and helped make the University of Arizona's Campaign Arizona a success.
Jon spent many years in senior management in the paper industry, including President of Boise Southern Company and Phoenix-based Southwest Forest Industries, Inc.’s Paper Products Group. In 1988 he joined Lyle Anderson, a multi-state developer of recreation-oriented planned communities. Since 1997, he has been President of Scottsdale, Arizona-based Desert Mountain Properties, with 8,000+ acres of homes and world-class golf courses located in the high Sonoran Desert.
Jon earned his Bachelor of Science at Arizona in 1964 and MBA from UC Berkeley in 1966. He has served on the Eller College of Business and Public Administration National Board of Advisors since 1983, the Karl Eller Center and Entrepreneurship Program Advisory Board since 1989, and is a member of the Campaign Arizona Presidential Leadership Team.
In addition to their dedication to their UA and Scottsdale communities, Jon and his wife Tammy are active members and committee chairs of their Episcopal church.
Tammy received her Bachelor of Science from Arizona in 1965. Highlights of her long list of community contributions include chairing numerous UA Alumni Association events, Campaign Arizona Presidential Leadership team member, founding board member or the Steele Memorial Children’s Research Center, and past president of the Friends of Arizona Cancer Center board.
In addition to their dedication to their UA and Scottsdale communities, Tammy and her husband Jon are active members and committee chairs of their Episcopal church.
Tom Warne, local Tucson commercial real estate developer who has developed in Tucson and Phoenix since the 70s. He has developed commercial office space, industrial space, and retail space. He is most proud of the Main Gate Square, which comprises approximately 1,000,000 sq. ft. of office, hotel, and retail space. This has been a public/private partnership between Tom and his partner, Don Semro, the University of Arizona, and the Marshall Foundation. Tom graduated from the University of Arizona in 1965.
Whitney Wilkening is a 2008 graduate with a BS in Retailing and Consumer Sciences. Upon graduation, she worked for Macy's Corporate, Macy's MMG in New York City. In 2009, she took her jewelry company, Bling by Wilkening, full time. Bling by Wilkening is founded on the three pillars of outstanding quality, great price, and philanthropy. The company specializes in travel jewelry pieces, set as estate jewelry, at affordable prices with outstanding quality. Bling by Wilkening has an ongoing partnership with the University of Arizona Alumni Association for the Arizona Couture Jewelry, including the Couture 'A' Pin and Couture Earrings launching this Fall. Sales of the UA Couture jewelry benefit the UA Alumni Association. Bling by Wilkening is carried in Bloomindale's as well as Kleinfeld Bridal from the TV series, Say Yes to the Dress!
Bling by Wilkening also operates the e commerce site, www.blingbywilkening.com