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Board Members

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District 1:  Catherine Ripley

Catherine Ripley is the District 1 representative. Catherine was one of the first women accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy, where she earned a B.S. in Engineering and Political Science. She served as a Naval Officer for 26 years in leadership tours that spanned the globe, including two tours as a U.S. diplomat.

While in uniform, Catherine spent several years teaching Leadership and Military History at Harvard University, Boston University, Tufts University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Northeastern University. She earned her master’s degree in National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

After her military retirement, she worked as an International Business Development executive at Raytheon Co. in Tucson. For the past two years, she served as the Executive Director for the Pima County Democratic Party and taught Political Science at Pima Community College.

 Elected in Nov. 2020 for the term 2021-2026



District 2:  Demion Clinco

Mr. Clinco currently serves as the Executive Director of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation and Vice President of Catalina In-Home Services Inc.

Mr. Clinco previously served as a member of Arizona State House of Representatives legislative district 2.  Since 2010 he has been the Arizona state advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, previously serving as vice-chair of the Western Region.

Mr. Clinco graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a B.A. in Art History. He completed postgraduate work at Istituto Marangoni in Milan, Italy.

Elected in Nov. 2016 for the term 2017-2022

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District 3:  Maria D. Garcia

Ms. Garcia worked for Hughes/Raytheon from 1974 until she retired in 2013. Her work experience includes engineering, quality control, research and development, and management. She received an Associate of Arts Degree from Pima and attended the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management.

A native Arizonan, Ms. Garcia was married to the late Arizona Senate majority leader Jorge Luis Garcia. Following his death in 2010, she was appointed to serve the remainder of his term in the State Senate. She currently serves as a precinct committee member for Legislative District 3.

Ms. Garcia has three children and five grandchildren.

Elected in Nov. 2018 for the term 2019-2024

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District 4:  Meredith Hay, Ph.D.

Dr. Hay is the former Executive Vice President and Provost of The University of Arizona. Currently, Dr. Hay leads an active brain research laboratory at the University of Arizona College Of Medicine. Dr. Hay is also President and founder of a new Tucson biotechnology company, ProNeurogen, Inc.  ProNeurogen is a preclinical and clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel drugs to treat memory loss and brain injury caused by cardiovascular disease and trauma. 

Dr. Hay is actively involved in the Tucson community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the YWCA, is Director for the Beacon Group and Sinfonia, Healthcare Corp., LLC.   She is an active member on the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and has served of the Arizona Bioscience Advisory Group and the National Institute for Civil Discourse.

Elected in Nov. 2016 for the term 2017-2022

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District 5:  Luis L. Gonzales

Mr. Gonzales is Yaqui. He honed his legislative and policy skills while serving as Tribal Leader from 2000-2012.

He is a product of the community college system, earning an associate’s degree in Administration of Criminal Justice. In 2012, Mr. Gonzales earned a bachelor’s degree in Education, with an emphasis on Literacy, Learning & Leadership, from the University of Arizona.

Mr. Gonzales lives on the Pascua Yaqui Reservation with his wife, Sally. They have five daughters and are proud of their 27 grandchildren.

Mr. Gonzales’ experience includes Director of Educational Programs, focusing on student scholarships and community resource management. He is multilingual, speaking Yaqui, Spanish and English. Over the years Mr. Gonzales has served on parent committees for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Tucson Unified School District. He currently serves on the Arizona Indian Council on Aging.

Mr. Gonzales will continue to promote quality, affordable and accessible higher education for all.

Elected in Nov. 2018 for the term 2019-2024

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