The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors which meets once a month during the year. The Board sets Foundation policy and future direction and makes decisions on investments, projects, and donations. The current Marshall Foundation Board officers and members are Bruce Burke, President, Gabriela Corrales, Vice President, Jimena Valdés, Treasurer, Emily Maass, Secretary, Fabian Cordova, Michael Hammond, Sean Stuchen, and Alfredo Cuestas .
President – Bruce Burke
Bruce Burke joined the board in 2011 and currently serves as the board’s President. He grew up in Phoenix and moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona. In 1971 he graduated with high distinction from the College of Agriculture upon earning a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Agricultural Economics and a minor with Honors in English Literature. In 1975 he received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arizona College of Law. Bruce then practiced law in Tucson as a civil trial attorney for 42 years, with an emphasis on representing plaintiffs in consumer class action litigation. He retired from active practice in 2017.
Bruce has a passion for community service. From 2003 to 2010 he served as an elected member of the Tucson Unified School District School Board and was board President in 2005. In 2019 he returned to the TUSD Board for one year, having been appointed to complete the term of a board member who retired early.
Over the years Bruce has also devoted his time and energy to several community campaigns and committees. He co-chaired campaigns in which voters approved bond programsto upgrade Tucson’s parks and recreational facilities and improve Tucson’s roads. He also co-chaired a referendum campaignestablishinga temporary city sales tax increase to fund capital improvements for roads and Tucson’s police and fire departments. He currently serves on the Tucson Bond Oversight Commission and was its chair in 2016. He has also served on the Tucson Redistricting Advisory Committee, the Tucson City Magistrate Merit Selection Committee, and the Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments.
Bruce is a lifetime member of the UA Alumni Association and an enthusiastic supporter of the Wildcat Nation. Since 2010 he has served on the Honors College Advisory Board and is currently its Chair. He is a Fellow of the Law College Association, and an advisory board member on the Education College’s Education Policy Center.
Married to Melinda Burke, they have three adult daughters and five grandchildren. Bruce enjoys cycling and hiking, fly fishing, reading, and cheering on the Wildcats.
Vice President – Gabi Corrales
Gabi, has served on the board of the Marshall Foundation for 5 years. Currently, Gabi is the Director of Philanthropy at the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project. Previously, Gabi managed the Tucson Children’s Team. In that capacity, she represented detained and released unaccompanied immigrant children in Southern Arizona facing the threat of deportation or prolonged detention and defended children separated from their families. Gabi has also advocated on behalf of detained children before the U.S. government agencies, elected officials, and in the media. In her spare time, Gabi is a member of the Morris K Udall American Inn of Court, and a board member for Los Abogados (Arizona’s Hispanic Bar Association).
A 2016 graduate from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, she published an article on U.S. asylum law with the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, received the Dean’s Award for Public Service, and received the Outstanding Oral Argument Award in advanced legal writing. Prior to law school, Gabi was a member of the Teach for America Program. There, she was able to help seven students obtain both regional and state science fair awards. In addition to her J.D., Gabi also has a Master’s in Education, and graduated from the University of Arizona in Political Science with Honors – Bear Down!
Secretary/Treasurer – Jimena Valdes
Jimena joined the board in January of 2020. Jimena immigrated to the United States at an early age and recognizes the unique struggles that immigrants face. Her parents instilled in her from an early age the importance of education. Serving on the board, she hopes to continue to support the legacy of Louise Marshall who had a passion for helping those less fortunate and understood the advantages of a quality education. Jimena currently is the Vice President of Retail Banking for Vantage West Credit Union. Jimena has worked in the financial industry for over 20 years and understands the need for financial literacy and education to help her community thrive. Jimena graduated from the University of Arizona in 2001.
Member – Sean Stuchen
Sean Stuchen graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Economics. He joined Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 2008. Prior to Merrill, Sean was with Smith Barney for seven years. Sean is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificate, a designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. In addition, Sean holds the Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor designation and is a Retirement Benefits Consultant for Merrill. This designation is only awarded to a limited number of firm-wide Advisors who have completed a rigorous assessment process and training program. He has been advising affluent families, business owners and non-profit organizations for nearly twenty years. Sean’s focus with his clients is on developing and implementing strategic plans that address the complex needs of high net worth families and business owners.
Prior to entering the financial services industry, Sean served as an executive for several retail chains located in the Southwestern United States. Sean was directly responsible for managing over 180 store locations in 4 states, producing in excess of $180,000,000 in sales. In addition, Sean was responsible for new store site locations and loss prevention programs in stores.
Sean has played an active role in the community serving on a number of non-profit boards. He currently sits on the board of the Marshall Foundation and he is Past President of the El Rio Foundation. Sean also served on the board of The Tucson Fire Foundation, Immanuel Campus of Care, the Jewish Community Center, AZ Hillel Foundation and B’nai B’rith Covenant House.
Sean has lived in Southern Arizona for more than 40 years and is married to his wife Rebecca. He has a great passion for photography and enjoys hiking, international travel, and camping with Rebecca.
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP® in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.
Member – Mike Hammond
Michael Hammond moved to Tucson in 1976 and has been in commercial real estate since 1978. In 1985, he founded PICOR Commercial Real Estate Service and, today, Cushman & Wakefield|PICOR is Southern Arizona’s leading independent commercial real estate brokerage and management firm. In 2002, with his background in industrial real estate and interest in regional economic development, he began focusing on the border region and, more specifically, the State of Sonora, Mexico. Cushman & Wakefield|PICOR subsequently incorporated in Mexico and has successfully expanded their services into Southern Arizona and Sonora. He believes very strongly in giving back to the community and has been intimately involved in numerous charitable and civic organizations throughout the years. Hammond received “Tucson Man of the Year” honors from Greater Tucson Leadership in 2013.
Member – Fabian Cordova
Fabian has over 26 years of experience providing leadership in all facets of internal operations, including Finance and Accounting, IT and System Integration, Human Resources, Contract and Risk Management, and Business and Partnership Development. His experience includes working with Fortune 500 companies, where he traveled throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Western and Eastern Europe, and Asia performing complex financial audits and leading ERP implementation teams. He also has had the privilege of serving in leadership roles in local public accounting firms where his work entailed managing client relationships, specifically working to meet their audit, tax planning and financial statement preparation needs. Fabian also served as the COO & CFO of the University of Arizona Alumni Association, led the financial and internal operations of Clinical Outcomes Solutions (an international pharma-consulting firm), and is now serving as CFO of FreeFall Aerospace (an early-stage aerospace company.)
Fabian graduated from the University of Arizona (U of A) in 1994 with a degree in Accounting and Finance and received an MBA in 2009 also from the U of A. He holds a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and of the Arizona Society of CPAs.
Fabian is also committed to supporting his community and philanthropic efforts by serving in leadership roles of local groups and was recognized for these efforts by being awarded a Tucson 40 Under 40 Award in 2011. His current involvement includes serving as the Supervisory Committee Chairman of the Hughes Federal Credit Union Board of Directors, Chair of the Amphitheater School District Foundation and as Treasurer of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Oro Valley.
Member- Alfredo Cuestas
Alfredo is a born and raised Tucsonan and a first generation college student. Alfredo is currently pursuing his Bachelors and Masters in Accounting at the University of Arizona / Eller College of Management that would soon lead and guide him towards a career path in Audit, Assurance and Forensics Accounting. During his collegiate career he ensures that his time is spent fostering an inclusive environment for everyone within the college campus. He is an active Vice President for the Eller Hispanic Honorary, senior mentor for the Eller Diversity Leadership Council and an undergraduate representative for the Eller DEI Faculty Committee. Alfredo hopes to promote diversity and a different perspective as a Student Representative for the Marshall Foundation.