Frontdoors Magazine October 2021

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2021/2022 SEASON

Join us for the triumphant return of The Phoenix Symphony as we celebrate our 75th anniversary season and the return of live performances. We’re celebrating this incredible milestone with a season that focuses on our world-class musicians and features a wide variety of performances. Tickets available at or call our box office at 602.495.1999.

The Phoenix Symphony’s Complete 2021/22 Season Includes: • An Evening with the Romantics:

October 22-24 •

Handel’s Messiah:

December 16-17 (Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, Scottsdale) December 18 (Mesa Arts Center)

An Evening with Renée Elise Goldsberry:

October 29-31 • •

New Year’s Eve Concert:

December 31

Coco In Concert Live to Film:

November 5-7 • •

Hot Latin Nights with the Mambo Kings:

January 7-9

The Jazz Effect: Gershwin and Stravinsky:

November 12-14 • •

Beethoven and Rachmaninoff:

Genius Meets Passion: January 14-16

Midori Returns!:

November 19-21 • •

Masterpieces of Elgar and Mendelssohn:

January 21-23 (Orpheum Theatre)

Music of the Knights : ®

November 26-28 • •

Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong and the Queen of Jazz:

February 4-5

Holiday Pops:

December 3-5 •

Music of Frank Sinatra and Beyond with Tony

DeSare: February 18-20 •

“Steve Hackman’s Brahms v. Radiohead”:

March 4-5 (ASU Gammage Auditorium) •

Broadway Showstoppers:

March 11-13 •

Music’s Master Architects: Beethoven and

Shostakovich: March 18-20 •

Revolution: Music of The Beatles. A Symphonic

Experience.: March 25-27 •

The American Rhapsody: April 22-24

Spotlight on Clarinetist Alexander Laing:

April 29-May 1 •

Jurassic Park in Concert:

May 13-15 •

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony:

May 20-21

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TABLE OF CONTENTS { october 2021, volume 19, issue 6 }

10 EDITOR’S NOTE ‘So Long, Summer’

12 1 0 QUESTIONS Patty and Keith Withycombe, Arizona Humane Society Capital Campaign Cabinet Co-Chairs

15 CHEERS TO THE CHAIRS A preview of the Valley’s premier philanthropic events

19 BOOKMARKED Laura Huser, president of the Literary Society of the Southwest

Photo by Rachel Fischer Visuals


20 CREATING CULTURE Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

27 A 2

ACT Hear the Desert Dragons Roar ND


40 STYLE UNLOCKED The Masters of Reorganization

46 FROM THE ROAD Drive to Bagdad or Yarnell

51 NONPROFIT PRO TIP Rhonda Bannard

52 COVER STORY A Taste for More



Humane Society + Brain Injury Alliance Arizona + Careers through Culinary Arts Program + Catholic Charities Community Services + Earth Gives + Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona + Kid in the Corner + Literary Society of the Southwest + Phoenix Desert Dragons + Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust + Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

58 NEXT DOORS A ‘Moonshot’ for Affordable Housing

64 OFFICE DOORS A Day with Carrie Collins-Fadell, CEO of Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona

67 CHARITY SPOTLIGHT Kid in the Corner


82 LAST LOOK Now is the Moment

WHAT YOU’RE SAYING { reader feedback }

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EDITOR’S NOTE { on the job }




oday’s forecast calls for rainy skies and a high of 88. Although it won’t be the end of triple digits for a while, it’s time to say, “So long, summer,” and step

outside the air-conditioning. Craving a change of scenery? Hit the road

and you’ll be rewarded with views that get

It’s a great time to be here. So read what’s going on, fling a window open and welcome the brand-new season.

prettier with each mile. Richard Sanderson shares itineraries for fall drives on page 46. Want to kick back on a patio quaffing a cocktail? On page 72, Shoshana Leon offers the skinny on

ready for change. For publisher Andrea Tyler

local rooftop bars.

Evans that meant throwing open her closet

Maybe it’s time to meet up with a friend at a

doors to experience the life-changing magic of

gem that should be on everyone’s must-visit list.

closet cleaning and reorganization. You can read

Lisa Pagel makes the case for visiting Western

about her adventure on page 40.

Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Fall 2021 also means the return of the gala.

Of course, being Frontdoors, we also celebrate community organizations doing

If a black-tie event is on your itinerary, turn

extraordinary things. Whether it is Habitat

immediately to Perrine Adams’s collection of

for Humanity Central Arizona building its first

swoon-worthy fashions for her and him.

3D-printed house in the United States or Arizona

Speaking of events, our cover subject, Mark

Humane Society fundraising for an ambitious

Tarbell, is hosting the much more casual Harvest

new medical complex to benefit Arizona’s

Moon Feast this month to benefit the Careers

animals, our nonprofits are thinking big and

through Culinary Arts Program. Mark is as cool

demanding attention on the national stage.

as they come — and as philanthropic — and

It’s a great time to be here. So read what’s

you can read what he’s been up to since the

going on, fling a window open and welcome the

pandemic on page 52.

brand-new season.

COVID-19 has made us all stick closer to home, and many of us are finding ourselves


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Karen Werner | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

OCT - NOV 2021

Join us for the 2021 Tucson Humanities Festival: STORYTELLING a series of public lectures and events featuring scary stories, myths and fables, and real-life tales from special guests. Presented by the University of Arizona College of Humanities.



A LIFE IN STORIES: Visions & Journeys in the Land of Mystery LOCATION: Poetry Center, Dorothy Rubel Room


INFLECTION POINTS: A Gallery Talk on Poetry in Translation LIVE ON ZOOM

OCT 12


BORDER MEDICINE: Origins of Mexican American Religious Healing LOCATION: Health Sciences Innovation Building


THE INNOVATORS: An Evening with Walter Isaacson

OCT 14 7PM

LOCATION: Health Sciences Innovation Building

OCT 19 7PM

LOCATION: Centennial Hall

1020 E University Blvd | Tucson Tickets $5/person

ANGELS & DEVILS: An Evening with Luis Alberto Urrea ASIAN AMERICANS: A History of Identity, Contributions & Challenges with Filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña LOCATION: Health Sciences Innovation Building

OCT 20


TRANSFORMATION: Story, Character & Meaning Across Time & Space LOCATION: Poetry Center, Dorothy Rubel Room

Bestselling and critically acclaimed author Walter Isaacson has written about Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, and Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna. In The Innovators, he delivers a masterly saga of collaborative genius destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution—and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. Event sponsored by the Dorrance Scholarship Programs.

OCT 26 7PM

SEQUINS & STORIES: Drag Queens & Kids Learning From Each Other LOCATION: Poetry Center, Dorothy Rubel Room

OCT 27 7PM

IN SEARCH OF FRIGHT: Tales of Monsters, Ghosts & the Undead LOCATION: Poetry Center, Dorothy Rubel Room



A FANTASTIC WOMAN Film Screening & Discussion LOCATION: The Loft Cinema


LUCI, TELECAMERA, AZIONE: An Acting Life From Broadway to Milan with Jessica Polsky LOCATION: Poetry Center, Dorothy Rubel Room


For tickets, reservations and information on these and other Tucson Humanities Festival events, visit

10 QUESTIONS { fascinating people }


What brought you to Arizona? PATTY: We moved to Arizona in 1972 from Ohio, where Keith was stationed as an Air Force officer. We were married in Arizona and loved the state and Phoenix — so much opportunity for a young couple!


How did you get involved with the Arizona Humane Society? PATTY: Almost 25 years ago, I worked on a fundraiser for AHS. I have been involved in one way or another ever since. I have chaired several of our signature Compassion with Fashion events, served on AHS’s board of directors for nine years and helped to establish the President’s Advisory Council.


Why are animals so important to you? KEITH: We have always loved animals. We both had pets growing up. PATTY: Keith and I have been married for 53 years and have never been without multiple family pets. Currently, we have two horses and three dogs. Our son has a dog and our daughter has three dogs, two rabbits and chickens. Both grandkids, even at just 5 and 8 years old, are riding. Our family get-togethers are always a lot of fun.


You’re currently helping to raise funds for the new AHS Papago Park Campus. Tell us about that. KEITH: We want to do what we can to help AHS raise money to build this transformative and much-needed

PATTY & KEITH WITHYCOMBE Arizona Humane Society Capital Campaign Cabinet Co-Chairs OCTOBER 2021

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facility. We feel very blessed to have the resources to help and are committed to sharing our blessings with fundraising for animal welfare, education and healthcare. The team at AHS and the campaign cabinet are so wonderful; it makes this undertaking a lot of fun.


How will it help improve care for unwanted and suffering animals in Arizona? PATTY: AHS does so much for the Valley’s most vulnerable pets — the sick, injured and abused homeless pets — in the Valley. And they do most of it in a patchwork facility that is over 60 years old. The capacity for care can increase immensely with increased space, new equipment, easy Valley-wide access and innovative design to maximize safety and medical treatment for our furry friends.

The new $46 million Papago Park Campus will offer medical and behavioral interventions, treatment and care at a level not yet seen in the U.S.


The project will take more than $46 million to complete. How are you helping to raise the funds? KEITH: Besides our financial commitment to this project, we have and continue to reach out to our contacts in hope of generating the same enthusiasm for the AHS mission that we feel. We have made ourselves available to host, co-host or just attend many of the fundraising events. We want to be good ambassadors for AHS to encourage more people to become involved in serving the Valley’s pet community.


Patty, you’re a member of the President’s Advisory Council. Tell us how that group has helped to fuel this project. PATTY: I was fortunate to be a founding member of the President’s Advisory Council five years ago, along with Daryl Weil, Cindy Watts and Joette Schmidt. We had all been involved with various fundraising activities for other organizations. Our primary purpose was to brainstorm with Dr. Hansen and the amazing AHS team as they began their initial preparations for this enormous project.



Do you have any pets, past or present, that this work is dedicated to? PATTY: Our pets are dearly loved and cared for. If we were to dedicate this mission to any pet, it would be those in need of a loving forever home. It’s not an understatement to say that our dogs are our best friends. We wish that for all homeless animals.

10 Why is this new medical center so crucial for Arizona? PATTY: Phoenix is now the fifth-largest city in the U.S. Along with all those people are wanted and unwanted pets. As a community, we should strive to build a better solution for the housing and care of these animals. Since Dr. Hansen has been at the helm at AHS, we have improved the quality of life for pets in our community and reduced unnecessary euthanasia by 82 percent. As our community continues to grow and thrive, so should our

Keith, you join Patty as a member of AHS’s Capital Campaign Cabinet. Can you talk about those efforts?

ability to care for pets who have nowhere else to turn.

KEITH: I was in a support role to Patty’s involvement

Maricopa County from one of the worst places to be a

in AHS until I rescued an older lost dog in our neighborhood. I took him to another animal shelter in the Valley and they weren’t able to help or adopt him to a new family. He was a very sweet dog, and I’m still haunted by the thought he might have been euthanized. That’s when I became an active volunteer at AHS. I am thankful to be part of an organization that doesn’t euthanize pets due to space or the length of time they are with AHS.

Our new medical complex, and the Papago Park Campus as a whole, is truly the final transformation in taking homeless pet, to one of the best. KEITH: If you love animals, don’t sit back and hope things will get better. Take action … volunteer, adopt, foster and give what you can to help us build this much-needed facility. You will feel great having contributed to the solution. To learn more, go to


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CHEERS to the Chairs!

A preview of the Valley’s premier philanthropic events and who’s leading these important efforts

A Night in the Valley

Valleywise Health Foundation CHAIRS: Nita & Phil Francis, Nancy & John Hoopes EVENT DATE: October 16, 2021 DETAILS:

Saddle Up II

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West CHAIR: Stephanie Johnston EVENT DATE: October 16, 2021 DETAILS:


Homeward Bound CHAIR: Julie Friedly EVENT DATE: October 17, 2021 DETAILS:

Sabor: Celebrating the Flavors of Guadalajara

CALA Alliance

CHAIRS: Laura Franco French and Camila Alarcon EVENT DATE: October 21, 2021 DETAILS:


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Silver & Turquoise Ball Phoenix Indian Center

CHAIR: Treena Parvello EVENT DATE: October 22, 2021 DETAILS:

Buckles and Bangles UMOM New Day Centers CHAIRS: Marcia & Matthew Benjamin EVENT DATE: October 22, 2021 DETAILS:


Heard Museum CHAIRS: Jan Cacheris & Marilyn Harris EVENT DATE: October 23, 2021 DETAILS:

An Evening of Trends

Trends Charitable Fund

CHAIRS: Beth McRae & Oscar De las salas EVENT DATE: October 23, 2021 DETAILS:

Compassion with Fashion - Compassion in Bloom Arizona Humane Society

CHAIRS: Mandy Holmes & Courtney Beller EVENT DATE: October 24, 2021 DETAILS:

Open Your Heart Gala

Hunkapi Programs, Inc.

CHAIRS: Michelle Cheverie & Nicole Elliott Carlson EVENT DATE: October 30, 2021 DETAILS:


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Noche para los Niños Kids in Focus

CHAIR: Stephanie Nowack EVENT DATE: November 4, 2021 DETAILS: noche-para-los-ninos

Friends of Erma Bombeck Authors Luncheon 2021

Arizona Women’s Board CHAIR: Susan Purtill

EVENT DATE: November 6, 2021 (virtual event) DETAILS:

2021 JDRF Promise Ball Gala: Lights, Camera, ACTION JDRF

CHAIRS: Juliaette Chamberlain & Kelly Springs-Kelley EVENT DATE: November 6, 2021 DETAILS:

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BOOKMARKED { what are you reading? }

LAURA HUSER President of the Literary Society of the Southwest

RECOMMENDS: “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett


“The Literary Society has introduced me to many excellent books, each offering diverse tastes and subject matters. You may have read about The New York Times bestseller ‘The Vanishing Half,’ but if you haven’t yet cracked the cover, you don’t know that this book will grab you and not let go until the final sentence. “The Vignes twins, Stella and Desiree, grew up in the 1960s in a small Louisiana community composed of light-skinned Black residents. While the sisters were identical and best friends, their life choices split them apart. Stella, passing for white, left her former life behind to live life as a white woman married to a successful businessman. Desiree escaped an abusive relationship and returned to her hometown with her ‘black as tar’ daughter, Jude. “Spanning three generations and told in flashbacks, ‘The Vanishing Half’ explores themes of racism, familial bonds and what it is like to deny your authentic identity. Timely and unforgettable, this book is a must-read.”


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KEY TO THE GOOD LIFE { creating culture }

Meow Wolf


SPIRIT Have you visited this Smithsonian affiliate?

Photos by Melissa Mulera

Lisa Pagel I Associate Publisher


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Scottsdale’s Museum of the West immerses guests in the unique story of the Greater Western region.


Photo courtesy Scottdale’s Museum of the West

ocated in the heart of downtown Scottsdale, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is a visual delight. As you stroll through the picturesque Cactus Garden, the surroundings perfectly complement the museum’s architecture — desert xeriscape with saguaros as sculpture,

designs in the sidewalk that resemble tooled leather, metal sculptures and steel gently oxidizing in the Arizona sun. Designed by Studio Ma, the museum is LEED Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. The structure is energy- and water-efficient and built with sustainability as a top priority. An example is the “weeping wall” in the Christine & Ted Mollring Sculpture Courtyard. The water

“ We represent the past, present and future of Western art.”

trickling down its surface is from rainwater collected on the roof as well as water from the HVAC systems, which is then used for landscape watering.


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KEY TO THE GOOD LIFE { creating culture }

“ What surprises first-time visitors is the breadth and scope of Western heritage from all of the region, including Canada,”

Jeffrey White (left) stocks the museum store with unique products and books celebrating the Western lifestyle. All purchases are tax-free and benefit the museum’s nonprofit organization.


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Opening this month, “Light and Legacy: The Art and Techniques of Edward S. Curtis” explores the photographer’s work.

The art and artifacts on exhibit inside the museum are

to be more than a ‘souvenir’ shop,” White said. “The

from the Greater Western region, representing 19 Western

product selection is based on patrons desiring to

states, including Alaska and Hawaii. “What surprises first-time

take something home to remember their enjoyable

visitors is the breadth and scope of Western heritage from

museum visit.”

all of the region, including Canada,” said David Scholefield,

“Light and Legacy: The Art and Techniques of

the museum’s marketing and communications director. “We

Edward S. Curtis” is the next major exhibition running

represent the past, present and future of Western art.”

Oct. 19, 2021, through spring 2023. The exhibition will

In a sunny corner of the first floor, Jeffrey White, the

feature original photographs from the Peterson Family

retail manager for the Sue and Robert Karatz Museum Store,

Collection, and the store will sell reproductions of the

welcomes guests. White was instrumental in opening the

art on postcards, note cards and limited-edition images.

museum in January 2015 and is responsible for buying and

For each museum exhibition, the store curates books

merchandising the store’s inventory. “We wanted the store

and other items to represent the art and artists.


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KEY TO THE GOOD LIFE { creating culture }

The store features unique, hard-to-find items as well as selections from the Western region. Examples include whimsical Oaxacan wood carvings; Western-inspired children’s clothing, perfect for every day or Halloween; new or vintage pottery representing Arizona’s Native cultures; and Four Peaks Amethyst brand jewelry sourced from an active mine located in a cave on top of Four Peaks in the Mazatzal Mountains. Explore the full range of Western art, enjoy responsible environmental design and treat your senses to a trip to Western Spirit. To learn more, go to

JFCS is humbled and honored to announce that on September 13, 2021, our organization received a surprise, unrestricted gift from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. 71 other organizations received gifts from the trust totaling $123 million dollars, making it the largest single-day grant initiative in the history of Arizona. From all of the JFCS board, staff and clients, | 602.279.7655

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A 2ND ACT { helping is healing }

Hear the


Survivors paddle on

The goal of the Desert Dragons team is to extend its support network to the many women and men diagnosed with breast cancer in the Phoenix area each year.

Judy Pearson I Contributing Writer

Melissa Adams was 31 when she found a lump in her breast. “You’re too young to have breast cancer,” her Pittsburgh doctor told her. Yet cancer it was, and positive for the BRCA2 genetic mutation as well. Just like that, Adams’s life changed forever. She underwent a bilateral mastectomy, reconstruction, 30 rounds of radiation, and five years of an estrogen blocker. Then came more surgeries, most of them related to complications from her radiation. “I was left searching for its meaning in my life,” she said. “Then one day, as I was pacing at my newlyappointed gynecological oncologist’s office, I saw a postcard with a picture of a boat filled with women. The message beneath read, ‘Come Paddle With Us.’ I didn’t know what kind of boat was on the postcard, but I knew I wanted to be a part of whatever it was!” FRONTDOORS MEDIA

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A 2ND ACT { helping is healing }

Dragon boating requires teamwork as well as the use of upper body and core muscles. Research shows it has a positive impact on recovery from breast cancer.

And just like that, Adams’s life changed again, this time

A cancer patient is considered a survivor from the

in a wonderful way. A week after seeing the postcard,

moment of diagnosis, as that’s when they begin surviving

she was in the front of a dragon boat with 20 other breast

the disease. One remains a survivor for the balance of life,

cancer survivors, paddling the 40-foot vessel, all in unison.

whether they have no evidence of disease, or they must live

“As I looked into the faces of these women, I saw strength, I saw hope, I saw women who never gave up. They were Pink Steel, and I wanted to be one of them!”

with their cancer. The dragon boat teams help survivors take their lives back after cancer. Adams speaks with awe about one of her survivor

Adams said. She paddled with Pink Steel in Pittsburgh for

paddlers. “Deb Hebert lived with stage 4 breast cancer for a

seven years. During that time, her coach helped her learn

long time. She played soccer, ran triathlons and, even though

a great deal about herself. She vowed she would coach a

she was 20 years older, could run circles around all of us.

team one day, too.

She was the steer, and that’s not an easy job. You have 20

That day came sooner than she expected. When her husband suggested a move to Phoenix, Adams agreed

people in a boat and hope they all paddle at the same time.” Adams paused, then: “Despite not feeling well because

on the stipulation that there was a dragon boat team. (She

of chemo and brain radiation, she was always cheering

never imagined she would play a water sport in the desert!)

people on to get out of their comfort zone. Even if you didn’t

Shortly after joining the Desert Dragons, the team’s coach

believe in yourself, Deb would believe in you.”

had to leave and Adams took up the position.

On any given weekend, you’ll find the Desert Dragons practicing on Tempe Town Lake. They’re easy to spot; just look for the pink. Desert Dragons belong to the Breast Cancer Paddlers,

Hebert died in 2020, but she left behind a team that paddles on in her honor, and that of the two others who have died. Paddling together creates unbreakable bonds and lifelong friendships; it becomes a source of hope, strength and inspiration. That’s a powerful formula for anyone, cancer survivor or not. “After a year under my coaching, we won our first-ever gold medal at a festival in Las Vegas,” Adams said. “And we have defended that gold for the past two years.”

which is a division of the U.S. Dragon Boating Federation.

The team raises funds to offset the cost of equipment

Their mission is to encourage and empower breast

and travel.

cancer survivors by promoting a healthy lifestyle, balance

In 2018, the team traveled to its first international

and mindfulness within a fun, positive and supportive

competition in Florence, Italy, for the International Breast

community. Cancer is a tough journey, requiring more

Cancer Paddlers Festival. “We competed with over 125 other

healing than just within the body.

breast cancer survivor teams from 25 different countries,”


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Adams said. “We finished in the top third. And now, we’re setting our sights on the 2024 international festival, this time in New Zealand.” On any given weekend, you’ll find the Desert Dragons practicing on Tempe Town Lake. They’re easy to spot; just look for the pink. Watch them row in perfect harmony. Listen to the sound of the boat gliding through the water. Remember how strong these athletes are to have gone through their trials and come out the other side, more resilient. Take inspiration from them. And then go slay your own dragon. To learn more, go to

The Phoenix Desert Dragons paddle because they can, for those who can’t, and in memory of those that have gone before.


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Venus satin with pearl and crystal bracelet clutch, $1,195 Jimmy Choo, Scottsdale Fashion Square

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KEY TO THE GOOD LIFE { luxe living }

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Slim-fit tuxedo, $995 Hugo Boss, Scottsdale Fashion Square

R de Cartier cufflinks, $790 Cartier, Scottsdale Fashion Square


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KEY TO THE GOOD LIFE { luxe living }



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KIESHA McFADDEN IS THERE A HOUSING MARKET COOL-DOWN ON THE HORIZON FOR ARIZONA? /// National housing experts say as temperatures cool down this fall, the recent home-buying frenzy could be slowing down as well, but will the same happen here in Arizona? We know prices have skyrocketed here in the last 12 months. According to Zillow, Phoenix and Scottsdale home prices jumped 30%, Mesa 29.5%, and Chandler and Tempe rose 27%. Median home prices range from over $700,000 in Scottsdale to $360,000 in Phoenix. Buyers have taken drastic steps that include waiving inspections, writing letters to current owners, even offering tens of thousands of dollars above the asking price just to move in. The good news for homebuyers is that sales have been decreasing slightly over the last couple of months. With demand down, prices could be following as the supply of homes on the market grows. We’re starting to see a little more inventory, which means sellers are having to get a little more realistic when pricing their homes. I don’t expect home prices to drop, but I do believe more inventory means less competition. With the steady influx of out-of-state residents, home prices will continue to climb, even if at a slower pace. Regarding interest rates, they’re still the lowest they’ve ever been, but economists say that could change going into 2022. So, what does this all mean for you if you are in the market for a new home? We should chat. With homes expected to hold their value, the payment you’re expecting to make could be larger than what you are currently planning for if rates go up. Always remember, the best way to take advantage of a good thing is to act now.

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KEY TO THE GOOD LIFE { style unlocked }

The Masters of

REORGANIZATION Andrea Tyler Evans I Publisher

Whether big or small, it’s easy to let your closet go awry.


t’s fall, and you have places to go. But your closet has become a place of pre-pandemic dresses in dry-cleaner bags … or it is filled with a variety of sizes … or it is in disorganized chaos. In my case, it was all three, and I needed help! Fortunately, The Power of 3 came to my rescue, and I am now in week eight of closet bliss. Meet The Power of 3: Angela Zdrale, Afi Maita and Lisa Moore, three friends and former co-

workers who banded together in 2020 to create an innovative and creative service showcasing each of their talents. Angela is the cheerful stylist, taking you through every item in your wardrobe to assess the fit and potential as a keeper. Afi notes the things you need to add to your collection, either as a replacement or something that will be the perfect addition to the final edit. She then works with Angela to create your custom “Look Book.” And, Lisa? Well, the Chanel makeup superstar is a bonus to the effort: She takes you through all of those drawers and cabinets in your bathroom for a clean-out, reorganization and creation of a personalized list of beauty must-haves. To start my closet and bathroom makeover, I scheduled a Zoom with The Power of 3. I gave them a video tour of my home so they could prepare a custom proposal and plan of attack. We would need a full day together and a half-day follow-up to get my wardrobe and bathroom fabulously functional. Day one started at 9 a.m. at my historic home in Central Phoenix and included a complete clean-out of the two closets I use: my everyday closet and my dressy closet as well as a new master bath we added in 2019. continued...


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Angela Zdrale, Afi Maita and Lisa Moore combined their skills to become a powerhouse wardrobe and beauty consulting team.

Photo by Rachel Fischer Visuals


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Join us November 12–15! Valley Youth Theatre is excited to join theatres all over the world with our very own production of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL’S

All Together Now!: A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre A musical revue featuring songs from some of your favorite shows including Annie, Frozen, Oliver, Waitress and Thoroughly Modern Millie, our cast members are in rehearsals right now to welcome you back to VYT in a big way!

Theatre: 525 N. First Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004 • 602.253.8188

BEFORE Everyday Closet

BEFORE Dressy Closet

AFTER Everyday Closet


ome things were easy to say goodbye to, but

AFTER Dressy Closet

After I had a few weeks to live with my new organized

most needed a try-on and a professional opinion.

life, I had some time to reflect on the experience and ask

We sorted items into four areas: keep, sell,

a few questions. First, how did my project compare with

donate and tailor. By noon, we had finished the everyday

others? Angela said, “Every project has been completely

closet and filled a garbage bag with old beauty products.

different. No closet is the same, and no one’s wardrobe

After a short lunch break, it was time to do the same with

needs are the same.” And knowing the team’s diverse

the dressy closet and drawers of jeans, folded tops and

professional backgrounds means they know how to

workout clothes.

approach each case and create an incredible result.

By 5 p.m., we had amassed a giant pile of plastic and

I know what you’re thinking next, how much does it cost?

hangers from the dry cleaners, a carload of bags filled with items

“We tailor each project to fit the client’s need and budget,”

being donated to UMOM, about 20 things that needed tailoring

Angela said. “A proper closet clean-out will pay for itself!

and another 30 pieces headed to the consignment shop.

Consider the items that are being sent to consignment, the

I also had homework before we would meet again in a

final Look Book, and that your future shopping trips will add

week for the finishing touches: namely, a list of items from the

items that build your wardrobe, not just buy a one-off item

Container Store, including matching velvet hangers, sweater

for an event that you will never use again.”

boxes and clear shelf dividers for handbag organization. Day two was so much fun! Seeing everything rehung on

Whether big or small, it’s easy to let your closet go awry in today’s busy world. This closet clean-out was just

the new hangers, folded into windowed boxes and organized

what I needed on so many levels. I love “shopping my

into a new bathroom storage system felt so good. This was

closet” now that I know everything fits properly, that I can

also when items were pulled and photographed for my new

see my items clearly and pull up my Look Book on my

digital Look Book — a collection of outfits using the pieces

phone for inspiration!

that made the edit, mixed and matched in a whole new way.

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LOSE THE FAST FASHION. These items get purged the most. They don’t stand the test of time, are overly trendy or just don’t fit well. Instead, invest in versatile staples that can be worn through the years in different ways. ACCEPT THAT IT CAN BE EMOTIONAL. If you are emotionally tied to an item, The Power of 3 will never force you to get rid of it. A functional closet can also hold things that inspire us or remind us of a happy time or special event. LET YOUR CLOSET REFLECT YOUR BEST LIFE. Holding on to items that you “might” fit into again is rarely a successful tactic (unless it is a garment of significant emotional connection). Make your closet be a reflection of who you are. It should make you happy – not stressed.


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KEY TO THE GOOD LIFE { from the road }


NORTHWEST Drive to Bagdad or Yarnell

Richard Sanderson I Contributing Writer


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Granite Mountain Hotshot Memorial State Park is located around the area of the Yarnell Hill Fire.

ot wanderlust? Take off for fun fall drives to some of the most beautiful areas northwest of Phoenix. Drive to tiny Yarnell, home of the

Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial, or Bagdad, home of one of the oldest active open-pit copper mines in the world. Great roads, beautiful vistas, rolling countryside — both within two hours of Phoenix.

To travel to Yarnell from Phoenix, take U.S. Route 93

northwest of Wickenberg to Highway 89 north. This is the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Highway, toward Yarnell. As you drive the beautiful, winding road north, watch for the signs and circle back to visit the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial, commemorating the 19 firefighters who lost their lives on June 30, 2013. There’s a 3.5-mile trail from the memorial to the summit, where the Yarnell Hill Fire took place. Every 1/10th mile is a memorial for each firefighter who lost his life, culminating in a group memorial at the top of the hike commemorating those brave men.


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KEY TO THE GOOD LIFE { from the road }

Bagdad is a historic, thriving copper-mining community

founded in 1882 in Yavapai County. Stop at the Copper Country Bar & Grill for good food and a lively scene. When you’re looking for new adventures, head northwest for fascinating options.

A longer option is to drive to Yarnell, continue north

to Prescott, circle back to Bagdad, then return to Phoenix. From the Hotshots Memorial, continue your route to Yarnell for a light lunch, then drive on to Prescott. The drive from

You can also visit the Shrine of St. Joseph of the

Mountains and the nearby ghost towns of Stanton, Octave and Congress. Gold was first discovered there in 1863,

Yarnell to Prescott reveals soft, rolling green pastures and beautiful unspoiled vistas. You’ll drive through to an elevation of 6,100 feet.

and it’s a colorful history to explore.

Meanwhile, a trip to Bagdad tests your driving

skills. Again, take U.S. Route 93 north, this time further, to State Route 97. On 97, you’ll enjoy 11 miles of curves, switchbacks and nice scenery on your way to Bagdad.

DAY TRIP DISTANCES >> Phoenix-Yarnell-Prescott

and home: 225 MILES

>> Phoenix-Yarnell-Prescott-

Bagdad and home: 295 MILES

>> P hoenix-Bagdad and home:


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From Prescott, take Iron Springs Road, State Route

96, through Kirkland, approximately 38 miles to Bagdad to enjoy another scenic, remote, curvy road with rolling green hills and beautiful vistas. A favorite of some of the sportscar clubs in Phoenix, this one’s a bit of a roller-coaster, with ups and downs and sharp curves. A shorter option is to come directly back to Phoenix from Prescott.

Enjoy the drives and the beautiful scenery!

Phoenix is a perfect launchpad for day trips in Arizona. Just drive a few hours and explore.

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COVER STORY { by karen werner }

While navigating the COVID crisis, Mark Tarbell revised his recipe for success

A Taste For



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Photo by Scott Foust


ince coming to the Valley, Mark Tarbell has gone from strength to strength, enjoying success as a wine expert, chef, restaurateur, TV host and amateur musician. Even still, 2020 was one of the most challenging years of his life. In March, dine-in services at Phoenix restaurants were suspended to limit the spread of COVID-19. Tarbell’s, the eponymous restaurant, did not offer takeout or delivery. “It was

a pretty scary moment,” Tarbell said. “I looked at the prospect of everything I did for the last 27 years being no longer.” Just like that, the team changed its business model. They put

together an online ordering system, rented cars and figured out how to package and deliver food. “We took all the tables out of the restaurant and filled it with boxes and tables to organize. We drilled a hole through the wall, pulled phone cables through and had six stations with iPads for taking orders,” he said.

“We were walking this razor’s edge all year, believing we were part of the solution.”

Tarbell tapped his servers for delivery to provide jobs for them, friendly faces for customers and to ensure the quality of the food. Running the operation was scary and expensive — and also a smashing success. April revenue was above the previous year. “The phones were ringing off the hook,” Tarbell said. “We were scrappy, and we wanted to be excellent.” Tense days were filled with two-a-day COVID-protocol meetings and worry about the safety of family, staff and patrons. “We were walking this razor’s edge all year, believing we were part of the solution,” Tarbell said. Dubbed an “essential business” — “I was like, seriously? We’re one step below Disneyland. We’re here for entertainment.” — Tarbell came to see himself as part of the food distribution system. “We were trying to be consistent and give people what they wanted, when they wanted it, which is a lot of their favorites,” he said. “What woke up in us during COVID was innovation and wanting to break some of the models we were doing before. We’re all essentially wacky creatives, and this really ignited that in us.”


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In some ways, the scramble felt like his early culinary days, when Tarbell was working his way up from dishwasher

“The world needs to know how great the chefs are here. It’s not just sunshine and new homes.”

to chef. “I did an apprenticeship for a year in Amsterdam. I went to culinary school in Paris. I did apprenticeships at one of the top restaurants in Paris, a 3-star restaurant at the time, and then a 1-star restaurant. I worked in a butchery and at a wine bar,” he said. Tarbell became a chef, then a sous chef, then a chef in Boston before decamping to Arizona. Along with the move came the pivotal step to the front of the house to learn the business side of restaurants. Leveraging his wine experience, Tarbell became the food and beverage director at The Boulders Resort in Carefree when he was 23, the youngest of any 5-diamond resort in the world. “I entered into that whole realm for practical reasons and ended up loving working at The Boulders. I was there eight years.”

Tarbell is thrilled to host the 7th Harvest Moon Feast in support of the Careers through Culinary Arts Program. This workforce development nonprofit mentors the next generation of food stars.


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Then came a fork. Money he’d borrowed planning to open a restaurant back in Boston wasn’t tied to location. “I’m grateful that, for practical reasons, I decided to stay here,” he

From the time he arrived in Arizona, Mark Tarbell has been a passionate advocate for the state’s food and beverage culture.

said. “I’d already established myself a little and knew where to get my food and wine. From a fear-based mentality, I stayed in Phoenix. And I loved it.” He opened Tarbell’s in Phoenix in 1994, and the restaurant became a hit. It was also the launching point for Tarbell himself, whose outsized work ethic and ambition spurred him to open several more restaurants, write a weekly wine column for The Arizona Republic, and make frequent radio and TV appearances, including winning “Iron Chef America” on The Food Network in 2007. His current Arizona PBS series “Plate & Pour” recently received four Emmy nominations. An engaging host, Tarbell takes viewers into interesting Arizona eateries and chats with chefs, restaurateurs and others in the local food community. The gig suits him. “The world needs to know how great the chefs are here. It’s not just sunshine and new homes,” Tarbell said. The show also offers a chance to shine a light on the good people of Arizona. “There’s so much charitable work,” he said. “People are committed to being here and are so generous.” A case in point is how the culinary community has rallied around the Careers through Culinary Arts Program. The 31-year-old nonprofit provides culinary, job and life-skills

training to 9,000 Arizona high school students each year. “These kids get a purpose, and they get an opportunity to compete and meet other kids around the state,” Tarbell said. This year, they’ll also get the chance to show off at the 7th Harvest Moon Feast that Tarbell is hosting in his restaurant’s Camelback East Village parking lot. With 25 food tables, C-CAP students will cater the event with their chef mentors. Tarbell is pulling out all the stops — closing down the restaurant for the night, inviting celebrity friends, even stepping in with Nate Nathan and the Mac Daddy-O’s on guitar. The event will not only help students get real-world cooking experience with professional chefs, but it will also raise funds to provide scholarships and jobs. “We have one of the largest, most effective C-CAP programs in the country,” Tarbell said, “One that others model themselves after.” Tarbell’s has taken on a lot of


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“I’m just a guy from a town of 600 people,” Tarbell said, reflecting on his rise. He credits much of his success to the community. “There’s a youthful dynamic to Phoenix. It continues to grow and evolve.”

C-CAP students as apprentices over the years. “They don’t all stay in the culinary world, but they’ve accomplished something,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with being in the kitchen because you learn about people, time management, math and all kinds of other stuff.” Tarbell enjoys seeing the kids grow and move on. Matt Fenton, a C-CAP scholarship winner, is an example. “He worked at Tarbell’s for six or seven years. I trained him and

“ I want to make this a teaching restaurant and influence in a positive way as many people as I can.”

opened up my kimono — showed him everything about the restaurant business, including the back of the house, front of house, regulatory, government, all the things where people fail. He’s gone on to open his own restaurant — successfully — in Iowa,” Tarbell said. His success brings Tarbell joy, both for Fenton individually and because another C-CAP graduate has created another great place to eat. “We here at Tarbell’s fund two $5,000 scholarships every year for them to continue their education,” he said. Tarbell is known for being generous; he’s a staple at charity events throughout the year. So much so that early in


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Tarbell’s career, his accountant asked if he was aware he had given away three times more than he took home that year. “You might want to think about balancing that” was his advice. These days, the balancing act includes his own children, who are in middle school. Not surprisingly, cooking together is a favorite pastime. “There’s a lot of joy in cooking,” Tarbell said. “We bake and make homemade pasta. I make breakfast for them every day from scratch.” Fatherhood offers a new perspective and the responsibility that comes with mentoring a new generation. “We’re not always going to be perfect, but in our imperfection, we can also teach,” he said. “I don’t think any child is different from any other child in their abilities. I think it’s just access and opportunities. So if we can, in our small way, provide that inspiration, motivation, mentorship and an opportunity, then we are doing our part.” In many ways, the pandemic offered Tarbell a forced reset and a chance to prep for the courses to come. He looks forward to filming more episodes of “Plate & Pour,” traveling the state, eating food and sharing stories. He also has big ambitions for his bistro and wine store. “My aspiration is to get one Michelin star for Tarbell’s or any kind of team recognition for our wine program or service,” he said. “I want to make this a teaching restaurant and influence in a positive way as many people as I can.” Whether as chef, wine expert, TV host or musician, he remains everyone’s friend, showing up to give back and do the job. “That’s what I do,” he said. “I’m very work-focused.



HE DOESN’T CONSIDER HIMSELF A CHEF. “I have a complicated relationship with this whole chef thing. How I was brought up in the European system is a chef is a chef all his life. Like, you were born to be a chef, with a pan in your hand.” Instead, the Paris-trained chef views himself as a restaurateur.


HE SPEAKS FLUENT FRENCH. “I pinch myself now because back then, I didn’t think it was special. I learned in France. For me, it was just, like, being with my friends.” Quelle chance!


HE MAKES EVERY DAY “YES DAY.” Tarbell’s enthusiasm makes him take on a lot. “I feel like, why not? As long as I can get a good night’s sleep and a little quiet time now and then, I’m good. So I do as much as I can.”


HE’S AN AVID GUITARIST. Tarbell gigs with local all-star band Nate Nathan and the Mac Daddy-O’s, which will be headlining Harvest Moon Feast this month. “It’s 13 of the best musicians in Arizona. Except for me. I’m there because I’m the curiosity, like the cook with a guitar instead of a spatula.”


HE’S BULLISH ABOUT THE LOCAL FOOD SCENE. “We’re a foodie town, a bar town, a whiskey town. There’s a lot of young chefs, owners and mixologists doing what they feel in an authentic, powerful and singular way.” Tarbell encourages everyone to eat up.

Always work, work, work.” To learn more about C-CAP Arizona and the Harvest Moon Feast, visit


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NEXT DOORS { ahead of the curve }

Jason Barlow (right), president and CEO of Habitat Central Arizona, said 3D-printed houses can be “a real game-changer. Think of the implications.”



Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona builds its first 3D-printed house in the U.S. Tom Evans I Contributing Editor


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n or around the year 1440, Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. It was one of the tickets out of the Dark Ages for humanity, allowing for the mass production of books for the first time and

enabling people to expand their ability to learn rapidly. It was a neat trick, and it changed literally everything — it even resulted in the article you see before you. But it was a two-dimensional trick. At the end of the day, everything printed on a printing press is flat, at least for the most part. This changed a bit around 1945, when the idea for what’s now known as 3D printing was spelled out in a short story by a guy named Murray Leinster. But it was concept-only until 1971, when another Johannes — Johannes F. Gottwald — patented something called the Liquid Metal Recorder, designed to take liquid metal and reshape it into an object by spraying it. The concept has grown and evolved, but now 3D printing is pretty widely understood. The big question is, what can be done with it? How can it change the world? Here in the Valley, Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona may have just come up with an answer, one way 3D printing could result in a massive change for the better. They’re working on what will become the first primarily 3D-printed house built by the organization in the United States.

Designed by Mark Candelaria (shown here) and the team at Candelaria Design, the single-story home in Tempe is Habitat Central Arizona’s attempt at a scalable, costeffective homeownership solution.

Photos by Scott Foust and Habitat for Humanity


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NEXT DOORS { ahead of the curve }

Although the pandemic created many challenges for the project, Candelaria and Barlow have enjoyed the process.

You’re probably familiar with Habitat for Humanity and its mission to help people attain affordable homeownership. The challenge is harder than ever before. The combination of a scorching hot housing market, rapidly increasing rental rates and the pandemic’s economic side effects are making it more difficult for many to find an affordable place to live. The Tempe house is what Jason Barlow, president and CEO of Habitat Central Arizona, calls a “moonshot.” It’s one of the first attempts to solve affordable housing by making the home construction more affordable through new materials and processes. If it’s truly scalable, Barlow envisions rows of such houses across the Valley. “Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live, and a big piece of that is affordability,” he said. “Buying a home right now can be very tough for the families we serve. So imagine if we can get to a place where we’re building in less time, with less cost and OCTOBER 2021

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important to try something new.” The Tempe house is an experiment, but it’s also a home. Designed by Mark Candelaria and the Candelaria Design team, it’s a single-family home with three bedrooms, two baths and 1,738 square feet of livable space. Between 70 and 80 percent of the home will be 3D printed, including all internal and external walls. The

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remainder of the house is a traditional build, and its new owners are expected to move in by December. Candelaria, who routinely designs multi-million dollar homes, is a Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona board member. He said that designing a 3D home was a unique opportunity. “The innovative process intrigued me and knowing that 3D construction will have a profound effect on the history of construction, especially for single-family homes — we wanted to be a part of this and learn what we can in creating this first home,” he said.

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NEXT DOORS { ahead of the curve }

The single-family home is built on a lot purchased from the City of Tempe.

Central Arizona. “As you can imagine, we’re getting phone calls from pretty much everywhere to talk about what it takes to do one of these. We’re hoping that the industry will run with this concept and improve upon it.” The 3D-construction process initially ran into a minor snag — there was nothing in the City of Tempe’s building codes about constructing a house this way. The Habitat team “The challenge was learning and understanding the

had to work with the city to modify guidelines to make the

capabilities and limitations of the 3D-printing technology,”

3D-printing model possible, something that will likely have to

Candelaria said. “Many of the ideas and expectations we had

be repeated in other communities.

during design had to be modified during the construction due to temperature and climate factors, but the team always was able to pivot, and the result is amazing.” The big question for the Habitat folks is Economics 101 —

But the potential is there, and Barlow is confident that the vision can be expanded over time. “We really like the design flexibility of this technology,” he said. “It has allowed us to look at our layouts and designs in

is this process scalable? It’s a question they’re getting a lot

new ways. Imagine a street of two-story or even three-story

from people across the country and the world as they see if

homes, each unique and perfect for the family that will live

this is truly a game-changing model.

there. So, a cookie-cutter approach, but not cookie-cutter

“We’re going to keep looking at it,” said Dusty Parsons, director of marketing and media for Habitat for Humanity OCTOBER 2021

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results.” To learn more, go to

Habitat’s 3-D printed house is not a demonstration home – a Habitat-selected family will live there.

OFFICE DOORS { valley changemakers }


Carrie Collins-Fadell CEO of Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona Julie Coleman I Contributing Writer



I love to spend time in the morning in my backyard. One of the relaxing activities I do is spend time on my cactus collection. I have 90 varieties of cacti and none of them was purchased. They were all grown from friends’ clippings in garden clubs. I enjoy garden clubs because it’s a group of people who come together for a mono focus. If I’m not drinking coffee among the cacti in the morning, I take a 3-mile walk with my rescue Chihuahuas, Winston Churchill, Coco Chanel and Joey. It allows me to get in the right mindset for the day.

I have a small and agile 10-member team that works remotely throughout the state. Back in person for us means we are at hospitals, on military bases, addiction centers or on college campuses since we are co-located in places where people have a brain injury. We choose strategic partnerships and make sure we’re doing data-driven things so we can sustain the impact of our work. We’re a trusted partner in the medical community and their companion to excellent medical care. Over the last few years, we’ve made a concerted effort to get to places where brain injury isn’t known. The undiagnosed, untreated brain injury from abuse, car accidents and falls can cause people to be destabilized in systems that aren’t built to serve survivors. This keeps me up at night.


My workday begins with what I call East Coast alphabet soup as I participate in many national brain injury networks. I’m a board member for the United States Brain Injury Alliance and I facilitate the group’s National Collaborative COVID-19 Workgroup, where we work to identify, support and deploy emerging best practices in the community around brain injury programs and survivor service delivery. I also chair the United States Brain Injury Alliance Public Policy Committee working directly with the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force. Brain injury is common but misunderstood and rarely thought about compared to other diseases. While we were involved in alliances before COVID, new things are now coming into play, such as how neurological conditions from COVID are going to be classified as a disability, billed and tracked. Brain injury is handled inconsistently by state with varying resources. We’re seeing a lot of research, systems and best-practice sharing that we’re working on as individuals in the field to address gaps in the system. OCTOBER 2021

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I spend time in the community with other human service organizations discussing trainings and potential partnerships where we can play a role in helping them understand brain injury. For example, we work with veterans who are released from prison and don’t have anywhere to live to understand brain injury and brain health as part of their re-entry into the community. Brain injury is found in 80 percent of the incarcerated population, and one in three people with a traumatic brain injury will likely be involved in the justice system within five years. 2 P.M. >> NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US

I ensure the team has what they need as they execute

Brain Injury Alliance advocates for survivors of all types of brain injury, such as Mike (far left). Collins-Fadell is shown above with former congresswoman and brain injury survivor Gabby Giffords and her husband, Sen. Mark Kelly.

support groups and education programs for survivors and neuro-professionals. We are facilitating a COVID response series so professionals who have made strides in COVID or long-hauler treatments can come together and share because what occurred in the system was siloed during the pandemic. We’re also a conduit in helping professionals share and inform others on brain injury protocols. I work with our various committees and board, such as our 36-person Brain Health Advisory Council, which informs our work and sets the direction and tone of our programming. This piece of my day is vital because I learn from different stakeholders with lived experience on what they need to be successful years after brain injury. Something that is misunderstood, and the piece people don’t see, is the entire new journey that happens after you’ve walked out of the hospital. We’re there with free services every step of the way by providing help with work, relationships or financial management. I also connect with my staff to see how they are emotionally, because I’m concerned about their self-care. They are in the middle of other people’s trauma and with them during some of the worst times of their lives, when things have been upended because of brain injury.


I check in on our peer support team to see how their cases went throughout the day. We have peer support for veterans, people with substance-use disorder and interpersonal violence. We manage one of the only contracts in the nation looking at addiction in the disability community, specifically how brain injury and addiction play together. If you have a head injury, you are 70 percent more likely to be discharged with an opioid prescription. So, we give survivors a “Living Well After Head Injury Hospital Discharge Kit” that includes several items, such as drug disposal bags, journal, medication lockbox and gun lock since the risk of suicide increases after a brain injury. We are working upstream in the opioid crisis by talking to people and giving them tools to make informed decisions when they are discharged from the hospital. People have worked for years in their recovery from addiction. They should be able to heal from injury without resetting all of their work on the addiction front. 5 P.M. >> SCHOOL OF THOUGHT

I spend the early evening catching up with family and friends and enjoying some downtime. I also love to swim and bike. About 7 p.m., I read journal articles, do homework and prepare my dissertation research as I work toward my Ph.D. at Grand Canyon University. My doctoral dissertation focuses on how brain health information could play a role in reducing recidivism and improving the overall quality of life for a group of women being released from Perryville Prison. I admit I’m the worst at sending emails to my staff at 11 p.m. or later because it helps me relax knowing things are off my to-do list. Because we are small and busy, decisions must be made quickly, and I don’t want anyone waiting for my input to move ahead with their day. To learn more, go to FRONTDOORS MEDIA

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CHARITY SPOTLIGHT { giving back }

IT’S OK NOT TO BE OK On June 13, 2017, Zachary Sumner (above) took his own life.

Shattering stigma, changing lives By Karen Werner

ORIGIN: Kid in the Corner is a grassroots organization

ORGANIZATION Kid in the Corner

LEADERSHIP Founder & CEO | Francine Sumner

started by Zachary Sumner’s family and friends after he committed suicide in 2017. During his fight with mental illness, Zach often said he felt alone, like nobody cared. None of the kids at his school, youth groups or extracurricular activities asked where he was after being gone weeks for inpatient treatment. It was as if

Board President | Maggie Miller

mental illness made Zach invisible.


convinced that he was the “kid in the corner.” This sense of


isolation and insignificance fueled his depression and the

Zach was a funny, smart, well-liked kid. But he was

decision to end his life.


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CHARITY SPOTLIGHT { giving back } If only he could have seen the outpouring of love for him after he died. It wasn’t that nobody cared — people didn’t know what to say. And when people don’t know what to say, they say nothing. Today, Kid in the Corner works to shatter the stigma surrounding mental illness through education, awareness, compassion and activism. In the process, it is working to change the story for other kids in the corner, wherever they may be.

KNOWN FOR: Kid in the Corner is known for its “Penny Pledge.” Zach was a coin collector and pennies were his specialty. By wearing pennies around their necks, key chains or backpacks, Kid in the Corner supporters have a physical reminder to reach out, be kind and show people that they are not alone. Zach’s pennies serve as symbols to prompt active listening, start bold conversations and recognize our own mental health needs. Pennies are often discounted as insignificant. But the pledge is a reminder that every cent counts. Here’s how it goes: By wearing this penny, I pledge to: Reach out to the kid in the corner. Say hello, smile, ask where they’ve been. Be aware of my own mental health. It’s OK to not be OK. Realize there is strength in asking for help. Be a safe and caring person that others can talk to. Be a friend. Be a shoulder to lean on. Listen.

CHALLENGES DURING COVID-19: Before COVID, all Kid in the Corner programming was in-person. To adapt to restrictions, the nonprofit developed a virtual presentation using an online classroom, which has helped it reach more youth than ever. Kid in the Corner plans to use the platform in the future in the hope of reaching young people beyond Arizona. Kid in the Corner works to help kids, teens and young adults feel connected to and supported by the community.

MOST SURPRISING THING ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: Since its inception, more than 30,000 people have taken the Penny Pledge. “We are saving and changing lives every single day and constantly hear testimonials from parents, students and educators telling us about the impact our program has had on them,” said Kid in the Corner CEO Francine Sumner.


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Francine Sumner (below) honors her son’s legacy through her work with Kid in the Corner.

The organization now offers “Penny Pledge” workplace trainings to educate adults as well, because better-informed adults lead to better-informed youth.

ON A QUEST TO SPREAD KINDNESS: A significant aspect of Kid in the Corner is its community kindness programming. One of its biggest events is “Zach Packs,” a day when individuals, groups and families fill care packs for people experiencing homelessness. The organization’s other major program is “Kindness Rocks,” where people come together to write kind messages on rocks and leave them out for others to find. Promoting contagious kindness is a pillar of the organization and everyone who participates helps move this vision forward.

WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS YEAR: Kid in the Corner has received funding to hire presenters and trainers to reach even more youth in Arizona. They are looking forward to presenting inperson and online to change as many stories as possible, spread awareness and promote contagious kindness. To learn more, go to

Kid in the Corner works to shatter the stigma surrounding mental illness through education, awareness, compassion and activism.


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KITCHEN DOORS { let’s eat }


ROAD TRIP A taste of Mexico from a Top Chef at Tucson’s Boca Tacos y Tequila


Photo by Jackie Tran

“ I was always intrigued by the beauty of cooking and how food brings people together.”

Chef Maria Mazon did an incredible job representing Arizona’s thriving culinary scene when she appeared on “Top Chef” earlier this year. She stood out for her personality and passion for Mexican cuisine. Mazon had many restaurant jobs before opening Boca Tacos y Tequila in the heart of Fourth Avenue in Tucson in 2010. “I became a chef by accident, and it was a beautiful accident,” she said. “I was always intrigued by the beauty of cooking and how food brings people together.” The menu at Boca reflects Mazon’s upbringing in Sonora, Mexico. “The fun part of being a chef is having diners travel through your food,” she said. “My menu showcases what I ate growing up in Mexico. I try to stay true to the cuisine and give it my twist.” The menu includes unique fresh salsas and a variety of meat, vegetarian and seafood tacos served on homemade tortillas, including steak and beer-battered shrimp, grilled cauliflower and citrus-marinated salmon. Diners can also enjoy ancho butter lime octopus, elote, quesadillas and weekly specials. Mazon grows key limes, cilantro, mint, kale and herbs on the restaurant’s patio, which she incorporates into her dishes. “Mexican food can be elegant, beautiful and colorful,” Mazon said. “I want to elevate the simplicity of a taco. As a Mexican chef, I have to do it justice.”

In addition to authentic and delicious food, Boca offers a fun and relaxing atmosphere. “I appreciate that people are spending their money at my restaurant and I want to give them the best food and the best experience,” she said. Mazon has been featured on several television shows, while Boca has been highlighted in publications like The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today. In 2020, Mazon was named a semifinalist for Best Chef Southwest by the James Beard Foundation, one of the culinary industry’s most prestigious accolades. Mazon’s recent experience competing on “Top Chef” had a profound impact on her. “It was an overwhelming and humbling experience that changed my life,” she said. “I learned not to doubt myself. I met beautiful people who are now great friends because we understand each other.” Mazon is working on her first cookbook and doing culinary events around the country. Wherever she travels, Arizona will always be special to her. “The way the Tucson culinary scene is evolving is amazing, and I’m so proud to be part of it,” she said. “Arizona is where I am a mother, a wife and a chef. Arizona will always have my heart.” Learn more at


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KITCHEN DOORS { let’s eat }



Scenery, snacks and sips at Valley rooftop bars Two of the best things about living in the Valley are the views and the weather. Several rooftop bars allow guests to experience both while enjoying refreshing cocktails and tasty bites. Flint by Baltaire opened in Phoenix’s Biltmore area in 2019, offering wood-fired American fare with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors in a sophisticated setting. Above the restaurant is a lounge with inventive cocktails and stunning mountain views. “Upstairs at Flint is an inviting outdoor lounge with a modern speakeasy vibe,” said general manager Tim Hass. “Our downstairs restaurant is more of a mid-century modern designed, upscale dining experience with glass-walled views of our wine room and bustling kitchen. Upstairs is more of a fun, laid-back atmosphere. Guests see it as a relaxing environment where they can unwind from the day.”

Photo courtesy of Lustre


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Photo courtesy of Outrider Rooftop Lounge

In addition to an array of cocktails, guests at Upstairs at Flint can enjoy the restaurant’s full menu, including popular items such as spicy short rib hummus, Spanish octopus with smoky romesco sauce and lamb chops with Lebanese tomato salad and hummus. Another option for mountain views is Outrider Rooftop Lounge, located on the seventh floor of Canopy by Hilton Scottsdale Old Town, which opened in October 2020. “Outrider has become a must-visit spot in Scottsdale,” said general manager Devin Mahoney. “There’s truly no better place to watch the sunset than Outrider since it’s backdropped by the iconic Camelback Mountain.” Outrider’s menu consists of light fare and handcrafted cocktails. The most popular items are poke ceviche and spiced meatballs, while favorite cocktails include seasonal slushies and the gooseberry elixir made with tequila, cilantro and elderflower.

Take it outside — it’s patio season.

Photo courtesy of Tavits Photography

“The atmosphere at Outrider is chic and casual. We pride ourselves in being approachable to everyone,” Mahoney said. “There are firepits and plenty of social spaces to relax and unwind.” For downtown views, visit Lustre on the third floor of the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix. “Lustre is a social hub designed to elevate any occasion, whether it be a pre- or post-game cocktail or nosh,” said Tim Jesson, the hotel’s director of food and beverage. “This is the place to sip and savor the best of the city with breathtaking views of the surrounding downtown cityscape.” Along with a craft beer and cocktail list and extensive wine choices, the menu offers shareable options such as parmesan pretzels and waffle bites as well as salads, flatbreads and tacos. Popular drinks include the berry mule and margaritas. For more information, visit, and


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KITCHEN DOORS { let’s eat }



You don’t need a passport for authentic French food


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Photo courtesy of Francine

Photo courtesy of JL Patisserie

“ You travel from the moment you push open the door.”

Cuisine and Wine Bistro is known for its French wines and was awarded a 2021 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its extensive wine selection. Son Killian serves as the restaurant’s sommelier. “He guides our customers through the complexity of flavors found in wines and how to pair them with his father’s food,” Buschtetz said. Speaking of parents, restaurateur Laurent Halasz was inspired by meals hosted by his mother and went on to open Francine in 2020, bringing the Mediterranean flavors of the South of France to Scottsdale Fashion Square. Francine’s menu focuses on fresh seasonal ingredients utilizing local suppliers, including Crow’s Dairy, Steadfast Farm, Abby Lee Farms, Two Wash Ranch, Chula Seafood and Mediterra Bakehouse. “We are very proud to support local Arizona farms,” said Brian Archibald, executive chef at Francine.

From croissants to crème brulee, many venues offer a

“We pride ourselves in using only the highest quality

taste of France in the desert. The Buschtetz family owns

of ingredients and it is an honor to be able to use

Cuisine and Wine Bistro, a fine-dining French restaurant

Arizona produce, cheese and meat to create beautifully

in Chandler. The family also owns B Gastrobar, Copper and

crafted Mediterranean dishes.”

Logs and Frenchie Pizza in Gilbert.


Máiréad Buschtetz and her husband Fabrice opened their first restaurant in France in 1988. They lived in France for 25 years before moving their family to Arizona in 2013. “My husband is an excellent chef with an exquisite palate and there are so many flavors he can bring to the table with his extensive culinary background and the wonderful flavors of the Southwest,” said Buschtetz. The restaurant’s most popular items include beef and lobster Wellingtons and desserts such as crème brulee. “You travel from the moment you push open the door,” said Buschtetz. “It gives everyone an opportunity to experience another culture without leaving the Valley.”

Photo courtesy of Cuisine and Wine Bistro


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Photo courtesy of JL Patisserie




For French baked goods, JL Patisserie offers exquisite desserts and pastries at its Scottsdale and Phoenix locations. Owner and pastry chef Jenna Leurquin was born in Barcelona and grew up in Belgium. She studied in Paris and moved to Phoenix



in 2016. “I started selling my products at farmers markets and it grew from there,” she said. “I couldn’t find the croissants and pastries I was craving in the Valley and I figured I could bake them myself. When I started offering them to the Arizona market, I realized there was a high demand.” JL Patisserie’s bestselling products include croissants, chocolate pistachio cake, macarons

“ I couldn’t find the croissants and pastries I was craving in the Valley and I figured I could bake them myself.”

and baguettes. “Customers appreciate the quality of our products,” said Leurquin. “We utilize natural fermentation, which makes our products healthier and more easily digestible. We also pride ourselves in having an incredible team, always going out of their way to make our customers happy.” For more information, visit, and

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n Sept. 13, 2021, trustees of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust awarded a total of $123 million in surprise grants to 71 Arizona nonprofits — the largest single-day grant initiative in Arizona’s history. The grants were presented to the awardees throughout the day — as a complete surprise. As part of the Now is the Moment Grants Commemoration, Trustees personally met with the CEOs and board chairs of the 71 organizations to thank them for their leadership and work and provide significant capital through grants. It was a joyful day of hugs and tears, and a much-appreciated shot of hope during a difficult time for the community. Shown here are Paul Mulligan and Tony Siebers of Catholic Charities Community Services after receiving a grant.


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