Board of Directors

Our board of directors make up a governing board, providing insight and perspective to the CEO. The board oversees three main strategic initiatives—governance, financial sustainability, and advocacy. We expect that our board of directors assume a position of leadership in their personal and professional community by nominating potential board, task force, and committee members. Additionally, our board of directors serve as key members of committees including Governance, Financial Sustainability, Advocacy, and more.

Board member expectations:

  • Attend and actively participate in 100% of board meetings and 100% of assigned committee/task force meetings.
  • Serve on one of the following committee or task force(s): Governance, Audit, Financial Stability, Compensation, Advocacy, or Arizona Endowment Building Initiative.
  • Promote Stardust in their personal and professional community by nominating potential board, task force, and committee members.
  • Give a meaningful, financial charitable gift.

Katherine Trontell

SVP, CIO, Consultant




Chair Elect

Jennifer Smiljanich

Managing Director; SJS Investment Services




Past Chair

Dr. Lou Ruggiero

Chief Business Officer; Collagen Solutions, PLC





Secretary and Treasurer

Matt Lovelady

Manager, Investment Recovery; SRP




James Cobb

ASU Graduate Student, Sustainability



Gregg Espin

Real Estate Investor



Dr. Fatima Hafsa

Postdoctoral Scholar; ASU W.P. Carey School of Business




Stephanie Hertzberg

Vice President; Circonomy Solutions



James Jennings

Director of ESG; Leslie’s Poolmart, Inc.



Cecilia Sears

Corporate Services Account Manager, ISM


Carol Shilliday

General Contractor, Owner CMI Construction


Interested in Joining Our Board of Directors?

Our board of directors meet on the third Tuesday of the odd numbered months  from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. In addition, board members serve on one committee or task force which generally meets six times per year. If this sounds like a good fit for you, fill out our application below.

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