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The Team


Celeste Plumlee 
Executive Director

Celeste started as the Executive Director of Tempe Neighbors Helping Neighbors in January of 2018. She has served a variety of roles in social service agencies including the Chandler and Gilbert Community Action Programs, the Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, and the Arizona Community Action Association. Celeste is a Fellow of the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy, and a graduate of Emerge Arizona Class of 2015 and Tempe Leadership Class 26. She is on the board of directors for Tempe Leadership and the Kiwanis Club of Tempe. “I love being on the Tempe Neighbors team and knowing that my day-to-day work is directly impacting my community. We serve a vital role in Tempe and it’s an honor to be a part of it.”


Frank Quijada

Special Programs Coordinator
Frank Quijada retired from Honeywell in March, 2015 and immediately joined TNHN as a certified driver. Within two months, he took over the volunteer scheduling duties and Special Programs Coordinator. "My biggest enjoyment is meeting our members and making them feel there is someone who is there to tend to their needs."
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Woody Wilson

Board President
Woody Wilson recently retired as a writer and art director of the syndicated newspaper comics, Rex Morgan, MD and Judge Parker.  He is also the founder and President of Lakeshore Music, Inc.  Woody is one of the original founders of Tempe Neighbors Helping Neighbors.


Barbara Lloyd

Board Vice President
Barbara Lloyd is a 20-year resident of Tempe and is Senior Vice President of the Investment Services Group at NAI Horizon in Phoenix, a commercial real estate company.


Gary Roberts

Past President and Founder
Gary retired from professional employment in January 2011 after fourteen years working for Valley Metro/ Regional Public Transportation Authority where he held the position of Vanpool Coordinator. As a founding member of Tempe Neighbors, Gary is also a graduate of Tempe Leadership, Class XXI.


Bob Kawa

Treasurer
Bob Kawa owns a commercial real estate business, Kawa & Associates, which is based in Tempe. He also serves on the Tempe Community Council Board of Directors.


Elaine Poker-Yount

Secretary
Elaine Poker-Yount is a Community Liaison for Visiting Angels and has more than 24 years of experience and expertise in working with seniors, with a focus on teaching and outreach.


Laura Kajfez

Board Member
Laura Kajfez works for the City of Tempe as the Neighborhood Services Specialist.


Todd Naig

Board Member
Todd Naig works as a Material Handler for Valley Metro.


Jan Nicpon

Board Member
Jan Nicpon currently serves as the Senior Services Director for Tempe Community Action Agency.


Joe Schmoker

Board Member
Joe Schmoker has been a Farmers Insurance Agent for the past 24 years. Joe is a charter board member of Tempe Neighbors Helping Neighbors..
 



Dorothy Rasmussen

Board Member



 


Dorothy Rasmussen is a former principle and administrator in the Tempe Elementary School District.  She was also a Faculty Associate at ASU.  She is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Tempe YMCA and is also a Board Member of the Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe Community Council, and Tempe Neighbors Helping Neighbors.


Karen Adams

Board Member
Karen Adams is a professor at ASU and 30-year resident of Tempe. She served as TNHN’s first board treasurer.