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35th Annual

SILVER & TURQUOISE BALL Benefiting the Phoenix Indian Center

Saturday, April 14, 2018 The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch Scottsdale, Arizona 5:00 p.m. Silent Auction & Fashion Show | 7:00 p.m. Dinner & Entertainment

With a theme of Honoring Women Warriors, the exciting evening will showcase strong women through a premiere American Indian silent and live auction, fashion show, fabulous American Indian cuisine, and entertainment laced with the beauty of culture.

For tickets and sponsorship information, please visit or call (602) 264-6768. Founder’s Award 2018 Leon Grant Spirit of the Community Recipients

Lori Ann Piestewa Family & Lori Piestewa National Native American Games Gold Star Family 2|

Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick Chancellor, Maricopa Community College District APRIL 2018


“Our rescue, Sally.”

"Our newest family member, Onyx."

WEB EDITOR Jamie Killin CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Lynette Carrington, Judy Pearson, Carey Peña FASHION WRITER Tyler Butler ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Jillian Rivera “Lola celebrates his one-year adoption anniversary this month!”


On the Cover PHOTOGRAPHY Thurlkill Studios

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“Our leopard gecko, Reese’s.”

In honor of our Furry Friends issue, a few members of the Frontdoors team share the animals in their lives.

GENERAL INFORMATION & PRESS RELEASES 3104 E. Camelback Road #967 | Phoenix, AZ 85016 480-622-4522 |

Magazine is dedicated to the memory of Mike Saucier.


TABLE OF CONTENTS {april 2018, volume 16, issue 4}

EDITOR'S NOTE........................... 05 Foster Hounds and Coffee Grounds NEXT DOORS............................... 08 The Society of Chairs Gala Is Back COVER STORY............................. 12 Two Pups to the Rescue CAREY'S CORNER. . ...................... 20 Transformative Fashion



10 QUESTIONS WITH................... 24 Patricia Hibbeler KITCHEN DOORS......................... 28 Where We Ate This Month OFFICE DOORS............................ 30 Jennifer Jost GIVING IN STYLE......................... 32 Fashion in the Philanthropy Lane HEAR HERE.................................. 38 Ashley Judd CHARITY SPOTLIGHT.................. 40 Gabriel's Angels BOOKMARKED............................. 44 Who’s Reading What this Month A 2ND ACT. . ................................. 46 Alliance of Therapy Dogs OPEN DOORS.. ............................. 50 Animal Art 4|



EDITOR’S NOTE {on the job}

FOSTER HOUNDS AND COFFEE GROUNDS “Do you know how to sew?” asked my friend Hannah Romberg. “No,” I replied, going into a monologue about how I picked typing instead of Home Ec as my junior high elective. “Why do you ask?” Turned out Hannah didn’t want me to sew her a skirt. She wanted help sewing a cape for her dog. You see, Hannah is one of those good eggs in life, always there to help a friend — or a stranger — in need. She volunteers, donates and sits on committees, but preserves a special spot in her heart for dogs. She currently fosters two dogs with Valley Fever and, with her husband Scott Goldberg, founded Better Days Rescue (, a Scottsdale nonprofit that rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes dogs in need. One of Hannah’s foster dogs, Valentina, was recently nominated for a Glimmer of Hope award from the Phoenix Animal Care

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Coalition. “She was honored because she is a fighter,” Hannah said. (Hence, the cape for this “Super Dog.”) When Better Days took Valentina in, she had no use of one of her back legs. She also had an extreme case of Valley Fever, a badly infected eye and was emaciated. “We were told three times by two different vets that she should be put down,” Hannah said. Valentina initially needed 24-hour care, which she received from a medical foster named Sandi Howlett. Valentina was with Sandi for about 8 months, until she moved to Hannah and Scott’s house to continue her rehabilitation. Today, Valentina has doubled her weight and her back leg is completely healed. “We did have to have her eye removed but she doesn’t seem to notice,” Hannah said. But Hannah’s animal affection doesn’t stop there. The owner of Espressions Coffee Roastery in Phoenix, she donates the large,


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burlap bags that coffee beans come in to the Phoenix Zoo for primate beds and to the Animal Welfare League for doggie beds. She and Scott even paid for a music system that provides music continuously via satellite at the Animal Welfare League. “It’s a sound system that goes into the kennels,” Hannah said. “Studies have shown that classical music calms dogs down.” Hannah’s passion for animals is one reason I admire her, and I bet you have a friend like Hannah too — a person whose character is elevated by their love for creatures great and small. Turns out this isn’t uncommon. A recent study by BarkBox found that pets don’t just make their owners happier, they make them all-around better people. Waking up to a devoted pet makes greeting the day easier for 71 percent of the dog owners polled.


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Others said their canines make them more patient (54 percent), responsible (52 percent) and affectionate (47 percent). And it’s not just dogs, of course. Cats, birds, hamsters, rabbits and other furry (and not so furry) friends enrich our lives and make us more compassionate people. That’s why we’re saluting animal organizations and pet lovers in this issue as well as all of the super animals they adore. No cape required.

Karen Werner EDITOR


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BEHIND THE DOOR {the caniglia group}


Steve Caniglia

Shelley Caniglia

9 East Orange Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85012

6837 North 2nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Remodeled gem in the enormously popular Windsor Square Historic District. Windsor Square was voted one of the Top 10 Big City Neighborhoods in the entire country! Located just feet from some of the hottest restaurants in town! 3 bedrooms, 2 baths with real hardwood floors, exposed red brick in master and kitchen, updated kitchen cabinetry, gas fireplace in family room, fully remodeled master bathroom in 2015, new roof in 2013, new water heater in 2017 and updated electrical to grounded copper wire. LED lighting and RO system. New backyard patio in 2018 with built-in BBQ, flood irrigation and inground sprinkler and drip system (both front and back). Freshly painted inside and outside. House benefits from historic tax credit for discounted taxes! Third bedroom makes an ideal office, sitting room or exercise room. Do not miss out on this amazing opportunity in Windsor Square. This property has been meticulously maintained and loved by the current owners and shows beautifully. This one is sure to impress even the pickiest of buyers!

Stunning 2018 remodel on a most picturesque street in the highly desired 85012. No detail has been overlooked in creating a beautiful home for today’s North Central lifestyle. 4 bedrooms, 4 baths with 3461 square feet. Vaulted 9 foot ceilings, warm wide-plank wood flooring, and large open rooms and hallways that open to the backyard make this home an entertainer’s dream. The huge kitchen boasts an amazing island with quartz slab counters, gourmet appliances, and generous walkin pantry. Custom tile work and designer lighting finish the kitchen and are featured throughout the home. This home features all new custom designed cabinetry, electrical, plumbing, millwork, drywall, and landscaping. The backyard features a huge covered patio to enjoy your .40 acre lot with a stunning tiled diving pool. New sprinkler system has been fully installed. Irrigation available. Steps from great walking/running along Central Avenue and close to all of the highly rated schools.

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NEXT DOORS {ahead of the curve}


Society of Chairs Gala WITH A FRONTDOORS TWIST Tom Evans | CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Frontdoors Media is proud to announce that it has reached an agreement to bring back the Society of Chairs Gala, and we’ll be hosting the newly relaunched event on May 16 at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. We’ll be celebrating those who chaired charity events in the community this past fall and spring season, as well as select civic and business leaders. We’re incredibly excited to make this announcement and grateful to Deborah Bateman, vice chairman of the National Bank of Arizona board of directors, and the bank itself for making this possible, as well as the Westin Kierland for agreeing to host the event. Bateman will be the chairwoman of this year’s event, and Linda Herold will be the honorary chairwoman. Proceeds from the Society of Chairs Gala will benefit a new charitable foundation we’re establishing, which I’ll tell you about shortly. Now, the backstory. When Andrea and I acquired Frontdoors early in 2017, we started kicking around the general concept of having a signature event that would benefit a foundation we would establish as the charitable arm of Frontdoors. 8|

We had no idea what that might look like, and what the foundation might benefit. Then, tragedy struck. Our beloved friend Mike Saucier, the first editor of Frontdoors under our ownership, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Mike fought a brief battle against the disease, but we lost him on November 1, 2017. I don’t need to restate how heartbroken we were — still are — and how much we miss him every day. When Mike died, we offered to help out his wife Fernanda by setting up a memorial fund. We weren’t sure what it would go toward, we just knew people wanted to give. Fernanda said Mike would have wanted to help young people become writers — especially young first-generation college students — so we filed that in the back of our minds and went on with our grieving. At around the same time Mike got sick, Deborah Bateman reached out to Andrea with an intriguing question — would Frontdoors be interested in producing the next Society of Chairs Gala, the rights to which National Bank of Arizona has had for the past few years after taking the event over from founder Linda Herold.

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The Society of Chairs Gala will take place May 16 at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa.

For more information or to register for the Society of Chairs Gala, visit SOCIETYOFCHAIRS.ORG For more information on The Sauce Foundation, visit THESAUCEFOUNDATION.ORG

Left: Deborah Bateman, Chairwoman, Society of Chairs 2018 Gala Right: Linda Herald, Honorary Chairwoman, Society of Chairs 2018 Gala

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It will be called The Sauce Foundation, and it will fund pancreatic cancer research as well as scholarships in Mike’s honor for students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. And yes, Fernanda is part of it — she’s one of the three board members for the foundation, along with Andrea and I. But not only that, she’ll see the scholarship students grow and be able to personally help them become exceptional writers, just like both she and Mike. Fernanda is now on the faculty at Cronkite, where she will get to teach the recipients of the scholarships provided in her late husband’s memory. The Sauce Foundation was created in memory of Frontdoors' late editor, Mike Saucier, shown here.

Of course we were humbled and honored by the opportunity. We thought it would be a perfect fit for Frontdoors — after all, so much of what we do centers around the charities in our community and the work they fund through events. And after drawing up all the necessary paperwork, we had an agreement. So, here we are. We have a purpose — a gift Mike left us in his passing — to help first-generation college students find their voice, and to help fight the dreadful disease that robbed us of his presence. We have a memorial fund — which was the recipient of thousands of dollars in generous contributions from dozens of Mike’s friends, family and colleagues. And now we have an event, one that can help us raise money for the cause on a consistent basis well into the future. Put it all together, and here’s what you have: Proceeds from the Society of Chairs Gala will benefit the new foundation we’re setting up to include the contributions to Mike’s memorial fund and to serve as the philanthropic 501(c)3 for Frontdoors Media.

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One of the best pieces of advice I received during my grieving over Mike’s death was to try to find ways to carry on his memory and impact. We’ve already dedicated this publication and all it does to Mike in perpetuity. Now, we can take it a step further, by both fighting the terrible disease that took his life and creating an entire generation of Mike Sauciers — kind, thoughtful storytellers with a love of community, friends and family. Mike may be gone, but through The Sauce Foundation and with the support of our community, we have an opportunity to ensure his impact in the future will be extraordinary. And we’ll get to celebrate that impact and his memory at the Society of Chairs Gala, this year and every year moving forward. We hope to see you on May 16. It’s going to be great.



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Society of Chairs Gala Wednesday, May 16, 2018 | 5:30 pm The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Recognizing those who chaired charitable events this past year, the organizations they serve and the partners that make philanthropy in the Valley possible.

Deborah Bateman, Chairwoman Linda Herold, Honorary Chairwoman

Enjoy dinner, drinks, dancing and entertainment Proceeds to benefit

The Sauce Foundation The new charitable arm of Frontdoors Media, dedicated to fighting pancreatic cancer and creating the storytellers of tomorrow.

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Produced by

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Mary Martin, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control director, and Nancy Silver, co-owner of Scottsdale’s The Paper Place and founder of the Two Pups Wellness Fund.

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COVER STORY {by karen werner}


“MR. P. AND MISS LACIE. THEY WERE MY EVERYTHING.” Nancy Silver, co-owner of Scottsdale’s The Paper Place, is reminiscing about the two dogs she bought at the Crisis Nursery auction years ago. “They were littermates. Only one was being auctioned off but they brought both of them and I thought, ‘Are you kidding me? How do you split those guys up?’” The two pups became her close companions, well-known to the customers of her store. Silver gave them care and affection and in return they offered unqualified love and devotion.

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Years later, when Miss Lacie became ill, Silver would sit in the veterinary hospital and see people whose hearts were broken because they couldn’t afford veterinary care for their animals. “I just sat there and watched, over and over again, poor people turning around and taking their sick dogs out the door because they couldn’t afford treatment,” she said. Silver vowed to make a difference. “I knew that the care I had been able to provide was not a possibility for many others who loved their pets just as dearly and grieved their loss just as deeply,” she said.

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That’s why, together with her friend Bip Haley, Silver established the Two Pups Wellness Fund in 2017, in memory of Silver’s two dogs. Operating under the umbrella of the Arizona Community Foundation, which provides help managing and distributing funds, Two Pups provides financial assistance to shelter and rescue animals in need of life-saving care. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control director Mary Martin has seen the remarkable impact Two Pups has made in only a year. “For me, this is magical,” she said. Martin has been in animal welfare for 25 years, starting as a veterinary technician at the Arizona Humane Society before working in shelters nationwide. She ran Animal Care and Control for the City of New York, built spay and neuter clinics in Los Angeles, and was executive director of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society for nine years before returning to Arizona. In all those years, she hasn’t seen anything like the Two Pups Wellness Fund. “It is terribly hard on your heart when you see conditions that can be treated—that should be treated—but the only thing that’s stopping us from providing treatment is having the resources to do it,” she said. That’s where Two Pups steps in. The animals that come to Valley shelters are most often there as a function of poverty. Many have been hit by cars or run away from homes that didn’t manage their animals well. “We see every disease, because these are dogs that have not been vaccinated,” Martin said. “We see a lot of dogs that have been left out in yards with no ability to get out of the sun.” Valley Fever, parvo, cancer, heartworm — the conditions run the gamut. Martin looks for what she calls “discrete conditions” that have an end point. What

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that means is, if a dog has a fractured leg, after the fracture is fixed you have a healthy, adoptable dog. Such treatable conditions are candidates for Two Pups assistance. Shelter workers take the animals to private practitioners for discounted treatment and Two Pups pays the bills. “There is no law against having animals. We see so many animals come in from owners who simply can’t afford veterinary care,” Martin said. After receiving care supported by Two Pups, many animals are able to return to their homes; others get adopted by new owners. The work can range from simple things, like removing a benign tumor from a kitten’s ear, to more complicated conditions. Silver recalls the night she received a phone call from Bip Haley describing a frightening situation. “Bip said, ‘We have an emergency. There’s an epidemic at the county’s east shelter and we need to figure out what we can do.’” A fast-spreading bacterial infection had hit the shelter, endangering the lives of 330 dogs. “I said do whatever it takes,” Silver said. “Twenty-five thousand dollars later, we bought all the vaccines. Long story short, we only lost four dogs.” Another Two Pups patient made headlines and won hearts throughout the Valley. BB Bear, an abused Husky, was beaten within an inch of his life and abandoned in a dumpster near Seventh and Southern Avenues at just 2 months old. Suffering from a massive skull fracture, he was taken to Phoenix Dog, Cat & Bird Hospital. With expert care along with financial assistance from Two Pups, BB Bear made a tremendous recovery. In the process, he garnered national attention and became a social-media sensation. After receiving more than 200 adoption applications, BB Bear was adopted by an East Valley family and

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Each year, thousands of dogs and cats make their way to Maricopa County Animal Care shelters. Consider adopting a shelter pet – you never know what you’ll find! To learn more, visit

A newly created mural at the West Valley shelter was recently donated by Tito's Handmade Vodka.

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selected as a 2018 Hero Award winner from the Arizona Pet Project. While BB Bear is Two Pups’ most famous patient, Silver has heard dozens of touching stories and received many letters about Two Pups assistance over the past year. Still, Mary Martin says the organization’s impact can’t be quantified. “It’s really more the idea that whenever we see anything that’s going wrong, now there is always that hope that we have an opportunity to do something besides euthanasia,” she said. Today Maricopa County Animal Care and Control has one of the best outcome rates — what they call live release rates — for any agency of its kind nationwide. What Two Pups has done, according to Martin, is change the entire culture of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. “We were the agency that would say, ‘Sorry, we can’t. We don’t. We don’t have.’ Now the staff is far more filled with hope,” she said. Today, when a dog or cat is injured or ill, the staff asks if it’s a case that Two Pups can take on. “That was never how it was before,” Martin said. “It really was a culture of learned helplessness. Now it’s a culture of can-do. It has changed the organizational culture completely.” Not only has Two Pups changed Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, it has also changed the outlook for Martin. “I don’t think I could have survived without it. I really don’t,” she said. “It is just so sad to watch what happens to the animals who are living in poverty.” Now, thanks to Two Pups, shelters and rescue organizations have resources that provide a feeling of hope. “We come in the morning ready for the day because we know that mostly it’s going APRIL 2018

Three Lucky Dogs Beau This is Kelli with her dog, Beau. Beau had a cold when he was adopted and Kelli was given antibiotics to take home. Despite the medication, Beau continued to spiral down and was diagnosed with pneumonia shortly after. Kelli spent more than $1,000 on treatment before asking Maricopa County Animal Care and Control for help. Two Pups Wellness Fund stepped in to assist with medical costs and today Beau is a happy, healthy dog.

Bella Bella came into the shelter with two large fungal masses on her neck as well as Valley Fever. With such conditions, she had little chance of being adopted. Thanks to Two Pups, the masses were removed, the Valley Fever was treated, and Bella found her forever home.

Cara Cara had been dumped on the I-10 by friends of her owner’s boyfriend. Cara’s leg was badly broken and her owner had no money, phone, or place to go. Cara needed help immediately — help that her owner couldn’t provide. Normally, amputation would be the only option under the circumstances, but with assistance from Two Pups, Cara was delivered to Pet Urgent Care and her leg was saved. After being splinted, Cara was quickly adopted and is now living a safe and happy life. | 17


to be good,” Martin said. “Mostly, we can fix things.” For her part, Silver is grateful for — and a little surprised by — all the good that Two Pups is doing. “I don’t think we realized how needed Two Pups was going to be,” she said. “We had no idea.” New to running a nonprofit organization, Silver is trying to raise funds to grow its impact even more, but admits she isn’t comfortable asking for money. That’s where Mary Martin is glad to speak up. “I want people to know how large the problem is, and how grateful Maricopa County Animal Care and Control is for having the opportunity to work with Two Pups. If this work resonates with you, please help Two Pups to keep these animals getting care, because without them there would be no hope.” Hope is something Silver hears a lot about these days. “I got this e-mail from a woman who is a volunteer down at the west side shelter who said that because of Two Pups, volunteers are happier. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Dogs don’t have to be euthanized. We get letters like that all the time — and it’s all because of my two pups.” These days, Silver doesn’t have a dog, and has no plans to get another one. “I can’t do it,” she said, choking back tears at the thought of Mr. P. and Miss Lacie. “Now, I have all these other dogs that are my dogs.” For more information about Two Pups Wellness Fund, visit

Frontdoors editor Karen Werner is a writer, editor and media consultant. She has interned at The New Yorker, worked at Parents Magazine, edited five books and founded several local magazines. Her work has appeared in Sunset, Mental Floss and the Saturday Evening Post.

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CAREY’S CORNER {transformation tuesday}


Twelve seconds changed her life. Elena Breese’s husband was running the Boston Marathon in 2013 when the first of two bombs exploded. “I was standing in the bleachers right across the street from where the bombs went off,” Breese said. “I have to say, it was a beautiful day in Boston. Sunny, warm, the city was alive. It was celebratory.” And then, “the worst of humanity took over right before my eyes. I had a front row seat to the terror that day.” It has been a long, painful road to healing for this Arizonan ever since. “It all happened so fast, it’s hard to slow down those moments in my mind. It’s like being faced with hell, seeing the suffering happening right in front of me.” Breese hadn’t spoken publicly and in-depth about the marathon for years. Then she decided to sit down and share her story on my podcast, Transformation Tuesday. Over the years, I have interviewed hundreds of people who have suffered tragedy. I cried while sitting with the parents of the Granite

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Mountain Hotshots killed in an out-of-control wildfire. I prayed with parents forced to say goodbye to children suffering from cancer. I’ve covered drownings, murders, natural disasters and deadly disease. I never looked at my role as a journalist as someone who should stay removed. To me, every story is about a human being — I want to feel what they feel in order to do justice to their story. The one commonality in all of these stories is the incredible resilience of the human spirit. I was always intrigued by what happens next. After the tragedy. How do you go on? For Elena Breese, the journey to become whole again after witnessing such an atrocity was excruciating. After the bombing, Breese suffered from debilitating anxiety and stress. Doctors told her she had PTSD. She ended up checking herself into a hospital where she spent six days and, according to Breese, left “sicker than when she went in.” It motivated her to advocate for herself. To do this, she had to confront the pain of what she witnessed and figure out how she could move on.

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Top: Elena Breese and her husband, Jeff. Bottom: Elena Breese and her father meet Maria Shriver at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix.

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During our 50-minute interview, Breese shared the steps she took on her journey back from darkness, and she explained how each one of them helped her heal:

Float therapy

Recently, Shriver was in the Valley at Changing Hands Bookstore to promote her new book, “I’ve Been Thinking.” Breese attended the event, and says Shriver remembered her story and gave her a huge hug. Shriver also asked Breese to contribute another article in April, when her husband goes back to Boston to run the 2018 Marathon.


Yes. They are returning.

EMDR — eye movement therapy

Five years after the bombing, Breese and her husband, Jeff, will return for the Boston Marathon. She will be back in the bleachers April 16 — this time with their children — to cheer Jeff across the finish line. (He is raising money for a fellow survivor, so she can continue therapies not paid for by insurance.)

Naturopathic medicine Acupuncture

She also cut caffeine and alcohol out of her life. And she had to cut some people out, too. They were friends, Breese explained, who just didn’t understand what she was going through. Why couldn’t she “just get over it?” They wanted her to go to crowded restaurants and drink wine, like they used to do. But life for Elena Breese had changed. She had to accept that to become healthy again. “Healing hurts. And it takes a lot of time and it takes you being willing to be gentle with yourself and listen to yourself and go through your emotions,” Breese said. “It’s a process. It takes a lot of fight, a willingness to feel uncomfortable — and a lot of faith. You have to be willing to heal.”

It is, Breese said, “the end of a chapter for all of us.” You can hear Elena Breese’s entire 50-minute interview at She talks, in depth, about the therapies and dayto-day practices that helped her transform. Everyone has a different road to transformation. Whatever the road, I just like to see people traveling forward.

Slowly, Breese transformed her life postbombing. She launched a website, stillbloomingme. com, to help others dealing with tragedy and trauma. She’s met with many survivors of terrorist attacks, and others who have walked through their own painful journeys. Breese has also had the opportunity to write for various websites, including Maria Shriver’s Powered By Inspiration platform,

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What’s your role with the Phoenix Indian

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I’m the CEO, so my role is really around board development. I spend a lot of time working with my board and helping to operationalize a strategic plan that comes from their direction along with fundraising and putting all of those management skills together to put the Phoenix Indian Center on a good trajectory moving forward.

2 How did the Phoenix Indian Center start? It began in 1947, so we’re now in our 71st year of service here in the Valley. We started during the time of what we call “Indian relocation,” so there were many Native Americans that were being brought to the inner city. It actually became a federal policy to relocate them to the city, with the idea that they would not make it back to the reservation. So it’s part of the 6 federal government’s assimilation policy for Native people. At that time, there were American Indians arriving in the city, many who didn’t know the language or the makeup of the city. They needed assistance with housing and help in finding a job. There was a group of community members who went to the mayor at that time and asked for assistance in creating a support center for American Indians moving to town.

3 What is the Phoenix Indian Center’s mission? The mission is to support individuals in their goals and in their livelihood to better support themselves and their family members and be a contributing member of society. That’s really what we try to do.

What programs and initiatives do you think are 4 most important? I think they’re all equally important when we talk about our target audience of American Indians. Our signature service is job readiness so we’re working with individuals who have been out of the workforce for three months or longer. We help them to re-tool and really hone in on jobsearch skills, because today that’s a job in itself. APRIL 2018

We still see a fair number of individuals moving to the city who are ill-prepared for city life, especially those that are lower-income. If you’re used to finding assistance in the way that many people need assistance on the reservation, you’re finding it somewhere within the tribal offices. When you come to the city, it’s a very difficult network of systems to navigate. Sometimes the city offers support; other times it’s the county or nonprofits or even churches, so it gets really difficult. So one of our services is helping people navigate that system. We’re not an organization that can be everything to everybody, but we need to stay connected so we can connect individuals to organizations and services, based on their needs.

How many people does the Phoenix Indian Center serve? We’re serving around 7,000 people annually through direct services. Those are the individuals we have direct contact with, and many of those are in repeat skill-building classes over time. We service about 20,000 annually and that includes those who might have just a one-time touch. They may come to one event, or to one of our cultural activities once or twice. We’ve served well over a million in 71 years.

What are some things people may not know 7 about American Indian culture? I think there are a lot of misconceptions, so we do a lot of cultural-awareness presentations. We do them for businesses, to help meet their diversity initiatives. We do cultural-awareness presentations for schools and teacher orientations. We do them for the foster-care system. One of the things we hear quite often is people actually believe Native Americans don’t exist anymore. They think of them as wearing beads and feathers. We arrive looking professional, just like everybody else, so they think we’re not Native. So, we have to have a conversation about what’s historical and where we are today. | 25

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How can people learn more about 8 American Indian culture? Take one of our classes! I think that really gives you the opportunity to act and interact and learn more. You’ve got to be really careful searching on the Internet. A lot of it may be historical, but it plays out a little differently today. I would look for those current resources that are connecting with Native people.

Why do you choose the term American 9 Indian, as opposed to Native American? Native American is a term that can be used by anyone who was born in the Americas, so that’s a little misleading. We choose not to use that. We feel that American Indian is a better term to bring in those groups as the first people who were here. It’s also become a political term that is in a lot of federal language and also the language that the National Congress of American Indians uses.

What can attendees look forward to at the Silver & Turquoise Ball that benefits the 10 Phoenix Indian Center?

McCormick Ranch. It’s a great event where people can learn about American Indians. We try to make it a cultural experience from the time you walk onto the property. It will begin with a cocktail hour and a silent auction and as part of that silent auction we will have a mini fashion show from some American Indian fashion designers. In the silent auction we usually have between 90 and 100 pieces produced by American Indian artists. We’ll also have some wonderful entertainment. Then, we’ll move into the dinner portion. This year, our theme is honoring warrior women. We’ve been very thoughtful to make sure that all of the elements in the night feature women. For instance, every year we have a signature chef who is American Indian, who works directly with the hotel and helps to design the meal with American Indian food elements interspersed throughout the dinner. This year, our chef is a woman, so we’re really excited about that. We’ll have women doing the entertainment, we have a woman emcee for the first time in many years. We also have two awardees this year. We hope that the public will join us. For more information, visit

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KITCHEN DOORS {where we ate this month}

GADZOOKS ENCHILADAS & SOUP Phoenix This casual eatery is the creation of Aaron Pool, who spent years feeling the noble enchilada was getting a raw deal. That stops here! Diners at the two Phoenix locations create their own enchilada on the spot. The combinations of fillings, sauces and toppings must number in the hundreds. (Hint: The roasted tomatillo chicken and green chile pork shoulder fillings are worthy of celebration.) Plus the fillings and toppings can be made into street tacos, too. Tossed in at no charge is atmosphere. Sitting at the Arcadia location, overlooking the canal, are dozens of other happy enchilada fans. Gadzooks — it’s the perfect springtime meal. — Judy Pearson

Photo: Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup

NINJA JAPANESE RESTAURANT Chandler I recently headed out for a night with friends at Ninja Japanese Restaurant in Chandler. The restaurant is adorably decorated like a bamboo tea house and features table or sushi bar seating and several teppanyaki tables. Our group of nine opted for sushi. Remarkably, there is a $23.99 all-you-can-eat sushi deal, all day, every day. Best of all, sushi and rolls are of high quality and generously sized. The menu includes nigiri, side dishes, rolls, dinner combos, tempura, vegetarian options and a huge variety of teppanyaki dinners. This is the perfect place for couples, friends or families and boasts wallet-friendly pricing. — Lynette Carrington

Photo: Lynette Carrington

O.H.S.O. Arcadia, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley When the Arcadia location of this eatery and nano brewery opened in 2011, the notion of brewing your own beer and drinking it on tap was totally foreign. It’s still a little out there for most of us, but never mind. Everything else offered at O.H.S.O. — as in Outrageous Homebrewers Social Outpost — more than compensates for the non-brewers. Consider their AZ Burger: lovingly adorned with jalapeño cream cheese and poblano aioli. Equally heavenly is the brisket sandwich, enveloped not just in BBQ sauces, but green chile cheese sauce as well. And if the dozens of seasonly updated beers don’t light your skies, take a walk on the whiskey side. We fell in love with the Peach Smash — a whiskey, peach nectar concoction.

Photo: O.H.S.O.

Locations in Arcadia, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, with a Gilbert joint opening soon. And all are dog-friendly! — Judy Pearson

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K9 Kitchen Doors WHERE MY DOG AND I ATE THIS MONTH In honor of this month’s Furry Friends issue, I recruited Tucker, my 11-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, to find his favorite spots not just to hang out, but to eat out. Here are Tucker’s picks.

FARM + CRAFT From the second we walk in to Farm + Craft, Tucker feels right at home. He insists on stopping at the toy basket to choose from the selection of rope toys to stay entertained while his humans sip their kombucha cocktails. And even though Farm + Craft has only one doggie dish, it’s a solid option. The “Dog Bowl” features a generous portion of

grilled chicken over a bed of faro. It’s simple, filling and delicious (or at least that’s what I surmise from the licked-clean bowl). But it’s not just the toys and tasty dish that keep Tucker coming back, the upbeat vibe and great people-watching in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale make it his go-to spot.


“Caffeine“ Fix:

MORNING SQUEEZE Tucker is “all wags” for Morning Squeeze’s K9-friendly twist on brunch classics with the choice of the Chow Hound Scramble, Pup Cakes or even Doggy Biscuits and Gravy. Only thing missing is a dog mimosa.

DUTCH BROS. COFFEE When mom is in serious need of her coffee, Tucker is happy to tag along to Dutch Bros. Coffee for a Puppacino.

Grub on the Go: D’LITE HEALTHY ON THE GO When Tucker is looking for a quick but healthy bite, we head to d’Lite Healthy on the Go for the “Doggy Bag” filled with scrumptious leftovers from the day.

Food and Fun: BRAT HAUS Tucker can’t resist Brat Haus’ Pork-and-Chicken Brat and what’s even cooler — all the proceeds benefit Lucky Dog Rescue. Tucker enjoys the lively patio with games and loves helping to “fetch” stray ping-pong balls.

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Sweet Treat: SHAKE SHACK Tucker likes to treat himself with a decadent “Pooch-ini” at Shake Shack — but only if he’s been a good boy! Don’t just take Tuck’s word for it. Leash up your pups and treat them to a meal out.

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OFFICE DOORS {leadership}


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Jennifer Jost’s more than 15 years of corporate experience with brands like Target and PetSmart have more than equipped her to make a difference here in Arizona with Pet Club. The retail pet store, which boasts 40 locations across the state and four more in Colorado, came under new ownership last year, with Jost joining six months ago as the director of marketing. “In my role as the head of marketing, I’m rebranding the entire company down to logos and style guides. So, I handle all aspects of the brand, including store design,” she said. “We’re in the process of remodeling and opening stores, and developing new logos. It’s very different to come in and be able to start from a clean slate and really shape all aspects of the brand.” Part of the revitalization of the Pet Club brand includes a renewed focus on community partnership and giving back — something that’s always been close to Jost’s heart. “My role has always been in marketing, but one of the things I’ve been passionate about is working on reputational and charitable aspects of that,” she said. “Whether that was back in the day with Target’s education program and library remodels or work with PetSmart Charities and their adoptions. When I joined Pet Club, the owners asked me to lead our community commitment strategy.” Through her role at Pet Club, Jost has been able to engage in one of her other passions — animals. Jost has two rescue dogs herself, a 7-year-old Maltese-poodle mix and a

Chihuahua-poodle mix she adopted last year. “I do have a love for pets of all types,” she said. “I’m passionate about the rescue side of things.” Jost is also ardent about her ability to make a difference locally through partnerships with Arizona animal-adoption agencies and other pet-centric nonprofits. “Having worked at large companies, I know that one of the things that doesn’t hit their radar is being able to support things at a very local level,” she said. Jost believes that a smaller team and local focus make big changes possible. “We are a small group but we’re looking at how not to do things the same way,” she said. “As a retail executive with lots of experience, I know how other companies operate. We’re purposefully talking every day about how to do things differently. We don’t want to execute in the way other companies are, so it’s exciting to come to work and have your ideas celebrated because they are unique.” It’s that ability to think differently, with a hyper-local focus that Jost hopes will propel Pet Club and its partners forward. “In a lot of larger companies it’s based on how big they are. It’s very one-size-fits-all and you can’t really get into the personalized customization of programs,” Jost said. “It’s one of the things that drew me to Pet Club, along with ownership that’s dedicated to being an Arizona-based company focused on being here locally.”

Jamie Killin is a writer, editor and public relations specialist. Her work has been published by Thrillist, Phoenix Magazine, The Arizona Republic, So Scottsdale! and more. She is also the Public Relations and Marketing Manager for Frontdoors Media’s sister company Evans Communications. She is a media enthusiast with experience in all things news, marketing, public relations and social media.

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Sparkle Bar co-owners Leiah Scheibel and Alex Bradberry believe every woman deserves a chance to sparkle.

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GIVING IN STYLE {fashion in the philanthropy lane}

Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix Welcomes Designer of Iconic Brand Tyler Butler | FASHION WRITER Like a lightning bolt illuminating the sky, Sharon Tol’s mind lit up after seeing Kate Middleton’s wedding gown. Tol was in awe as she realized that the design house she had formally called home, Alexander McQueen, was the same one that had dressed the duchess for her biggest occasion. After three years of leading the embroidery team for the Alexander McQueen brand, Tol had taken a break to return to her homeland to start her family in Israel. Having learned from McQueen and designed for the likes of Cate Blanchett, Scarlett Johansson and Lady Gaga, Tol was beckoned by her passion for fashion design after seeing the McQueen gown at the royal wedding. Tol began researching opportunities in Israel. To her dismay, she found that all that existed were mass market or youth-based brands. She could find nothing like the luxury and quality she had become accustomed to working at Alexander McQueen. It was then that she stumbled on Maskit, a historic Israeli fashion house that had been silent for 20 years. In its heyday, Maskit (pronounced “mahsKEET,” a biblical word for an ornamental object) was sold by retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. It was worn by models

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and showcased on the cover of Vogue and on runways in collaborations with the likes of Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent and Dior. Founded in 1954, Maskit had gone dark after its change from a government-run company selling luxury women’s wear incorporating Israel’s melting pot of ethnic styles to a privately run company. After meeting with Maskit founder Ruth Dayan, Tol knew her purpose: to revive this treasured brand while contributing to her homeland in a meaningful way. Together, Tol and Dayan strategized about how to rejuvenate the brand. By joining forces with many other talented designers, they did just that. One component that remained from the original iteration of Maskit was its commitment to social impact. The new Maskit, like its predecessor, recognizes the need for the brand to take a lead on social and humanitarian issues. It is this dedication to philanthropy that recently brought Tol to Phoenix for a speaking engagement and trunk show. The Greater Phoenix Jewish Federation is focused on engaging and strengthening the Jewish community while providing for Jews in need locally, in Israel and around the world. This affiliate is one of many throughout the United States and Tol has

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A PHOENICIAN’S LINK TO MASKIT After 14 years of courtship, Phoenicians Risa and Bruce Mallin wed in Denver in 1973. The unique gown the bride wore was purchased at an exhibition of Israeli goods in celebration of Israel’s 25th anniversary. The beige linen gown with ornate gold and pastel embroidery includes a hood and front placket and pockets designed with a Moroccan flair, detailed with brass buttons. Years after purchasing this treasured piece, Risa was kind enough to share it with the guests of this year’s Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix luncheon.

ENGAGING PHOENIX’S NEXT GENERATION OF JEWISH LEADERS NowGen engages Jewish adults in their 20s through 40s in philanthropy, connections to community and leadership. NowGen provides the opportunity to LIVE Jewish, GIVE Jewish and LEAD Jewish in the Valley of the Sun. In addition, the Federation’s NowGen initiative funds community programs that enrich the lives of young Jewish adults, including Moishe House, Birthright Israel and the Jewish Genetic Diseases Center.

supported several of them through these Maskit-driven events. Tol admits that this dedication to community is not easy as she spends “two weeks of every month in the United States and outside of her home country, promoting and growing the Maskit brand.” Her support of the Federation enabled a very active women’s philanthropy group to host a themed luncheon centered on women’s issues. While the event has evolved, Tol’s commitment to this year’s event was a catalyst for its success.

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Maskit’s charity efforts also focus on the Israeli culture as the brand understands that supporting its roots is a priority. To that end, the patients at the children’s hospital in Tel Aviv sport custom Maskit-designed hospital gowns. Tol works tirelessly to boost the brand and the communities it supports. She wishes she had time to participate in an Israeli hospital campaign, hug a baby, or “do something hands-on and independent.” But her dedication to rebuilding Maskit takes most of her time and energy.

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Sharon Tol (right) with Maskit founder, Ruth Dayan (left).

These efforts are about to pay off in a big way. Maskit will be opening a New York City showroom later this year, enabling boutiques to offer the brand to customers around the world. The first collection the boutique will feature will be fall 2018, taking the brand from being offered only at trunk shows and through direct to customer sales to a larger platform. Thanks to Tol’s appearance at this year’s Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix luncheon, Phoenicians had a rare chance to buy these coveted pieces before the expansion of this legendary brand. For more information about Maskit, visit

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GIVING IN STYLE {fashion in the philanthropy lane}

DANGO IN THE DESERT Tyler Butler | FASHION WRITER As guests enter the Desert Botanical Garden gates, they find a welcome new addition. A large, glazed, blue and pink Raku head from famed artist Jun Kaneko is there to greet them. Phoenix, a competitive philanthropic market, is becoming a magnet for such special displays, because nomadic residents and visitors seek new desert experiences during the mild winter and spring weather.

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The Desert Botanical Garden is one of only a few botanical gardens accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. As such, it has a unique opportunity to host a fusion of experiences. Previous exhibits such as Chihuly in the Garden by artist Dale Chihuly have elevated the status of this outdoor wonderland. Today, four years after this exhibit, visitors can still see the large green cactus sculptures, which are now a permanent staple of the garden.

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Today, the Jun Kaneko showcase — another bold, monumental exhibit — is driving people to indulge in the desert. Best known for his groundbreaking work in ceramics, Kaneko boasts a career that has included painting, leading projects in both design and architecture, and teaching at universities throughout the United States. This Jun Kaneko exhibit is unique as it is thoughtfully mixed with the landscape. The soothing shapes sport colorful stripes, dots, spirals and squares. Most notable is perhaps the Head sculptures, or Dango, a Japanese term for “rounded form,” which stand as high as 11 feet. It is one of these that greets guests as they enter the garden.

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“Kaneko’s sculptures challenge the physical limitations of the ceramic firing process and are meant to spark interaction with the natural environments,” said Elaine McGinn, director of planning and exhibits at the Desert Botanical Garden. The exhibit’s bold forms and dynamic colors look stunning juxtaposed with the landscape, so don’t miss this daring demonstration that promotes our desert environment. It will be on display until May 13. More details available at

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HEAR HERE {news, updates and events} The best stories we saw this month about those who give generously and work for a better future.



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Sometimes all it takes is one voice to make a change. Golden Globe-nominated actress, Arizona Foundation for Women’s 2018 Sandra Day O’Connor Lifetime Achievement Award honoree and humanitarian Ashley Judd has been using her voice to speak out against sexual misconduct since childhood. She was one of the first to speak out against the now scandalized film producer Harvey Weinstein, she was a frontrunner in the #MeToo movement popularized in October 2017 and even appeared with fellow #MeToo ‘Silence Breakers’ on the cover of Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 2017 issue. While her experiences weren’t validated when she suffered sexual abuse as a child, she’s now leveraging her international platform to advocate for those whose voices haven’t been heard. “What I hope to do is advocate for those who, for a variety of reasons, don’t yet have the mechanisms, the platform and the voice,” she said. “I think that we all internally have resilience. It may not be tapped into yet, but helping people find their own agency and self-efficacy is what, ideally, I hope to be doing.” At the Arizona Foundation for Women luncheon where she was honored last month, Judd encouraged women to find their own voice, share any experiences of sexual misconduct with a safe and validating confidante and prioritize caring for themselves.

“She’s such a pioneer and she’s such a brilliant mind and she’s such a sweet spirit. That she would choose me and personally sign the letter inviting me to come to Phoenix, it means a great deal,” Judd said. “I generally don’t accept awards — that’s not why I’m in this gig — but this one’s special.” Self-care, a concept that has gained popularity in recent years, was one of the primary themes of Judd’s remarks, which she attributed to her ability to continue to serve as an advocate and humanitarian. “As an advocate for women I have to be an advocate for myself and that starts with healthy self-esteem, healthy boundaries, really good self-care, knowing that I can’t transmit that which I do not have, so making sure that my cup stays full,” she said. It’s a practice Judd hopes will be adopted by not just women, but by what she calls “a very sleep-deprived society.” Additionally, she looks forward to a future where men and women are no longer limited by gender roles and expectations. “I think that the patriarchy is just as limiting to boys and men as it is to girls and women and I look forward to the day when everyone can be exactly as they are, who they are, without society feeling that we have the right or the need to add or take away from the essence of their humanity,” Judd said. To learn more about the Arizona Foundation for Women, visit

Judd, who shared that she doesn’t typically accept awards, also expressed her admiration of the award’s namesake, Sandra Day O’Connor.

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GIVING BACK {charity spotlight}


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THE STORY After leaving her career in the corporate world, Gabriel’s Angels CEO and founder Pam Gaber decided to reconnect with Arizona by volunteering with what was known at the time as Crisis Nursery — now Child Crisis Arizona — a nonprofit that provides a safe haven for children who have been victims of abuse and neglect. Then, in 1999 she adopted her Weimaraner puppy Gabriel, not realizing the impact he would have on the children she was volunteering with. Each week, she would tell the kids stories about Gabriel and what he’d been up to — from his first bath to eating his bed. “Every Friday they’d ask, and it was ‘Gabriel ate his bed,’ and the next Friday it was ‘Gabriel ate another bed.’ One little boy looked at me and said, ‘Did you hit him?’ That made me realize that kids who are victims of abuse and neglect think that’s how you solve things,” Gaber said. “I said to him, ‘No, because in my house we don’t solve violence by hitting.’ I realized they were bonding through stories with Gabriel.” The children’s interest in Gabriel gave Gaber the idea of bringing him to the organization’s annual Christmas party. When the organization’s CEO didn’t say no, she

brought him dressed up in a full Rudolph costume, and the kids immediately fell in love. “My intention was to say, ‘Here’s Gabriel. Here’s the dog you talked about and see pictures of,’ and my life would be the same,” Gaber said. “But that day those kids were different. They weren’t angry; they weren’t violent. They were loving and compassionate.” Gabriel’s impact was felt by even the most traumatized child, who hadn’t wanted to join the party and was crying in his room. Eventually he joined the event, and stopped crying once he’d hugged Gabriel. “I just watched a gentle soul reach children in a way no adult could. I got Gabe in the car, still wearing the antlers, and I looked in the rearview mirror while we were driving home and I said, ‘What did you just do?’ He just stared at me, but if he could have spoken I think he would have said, ‘Oh, silly human, I simply do what dogs do best,’” Gaber said. After realizing there was no organization that provided neglected and abused children with pet therapy, Gaber registered Gabriel as a therapy dog, helped a few friends do the same, and in 2000 created what is now Gabriel’s Angels.

THE CAUSE Nationally, Arizona ranks fifth in the rate of children suffering from abuse and neglect, with 25,000 children statewide who could benefit from Gabriel’s Angels programs. The programs, which currently serve nearly 15,000 children annually through 122 partner agencies, provide more than just comfort to kids. They help children develop emotional skills such as trust, compassion and empathy through the unconditional love of animals. APRIL 2018

“Gabe brought out behaviors in kids that most of us have because someone cared enough about us to teach us those behaviors. But if kids are in an abusive household — even a household that’s at risk of abuse and neglect — no one really has the time to teach them empathy and compassion, because it’s so high-stress,” Gaber said.

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Gabriel’s Angels began with the traditional group visits program and grew to include the individual intervention program, where a child works one-on-one with an animal and therapist. Another Gabriel’s Angels program is Animals, Books and Children, which allows first- through third-grade students at Title I schools to develop their reading skills by reading to therapy animals. The healthy attachment, self-regulation, affiliation, empathy, tolerance, respect and confidence participants develop through the programs help kids establish a foundation for a healthy future, breaking the cycle of violence. “They have to have these behaviors or they’re going to repeat the very cycle of violence they were victims of,” Gaber said. “I don’t want to see the kids of the kids we’re seeing today. We’re at it every day, hard and furious.” Gabriel’s Angels’ extensive evaluations show that the program works in developing these behaviors, cultivating a love of

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animals and a sense of compassion for them and people alike. “It was probably our sixth visit at a nonlockdown group home in Mesa where I met David. This 15 year old looks at me and says, ‘I want to tell you something.’ I thought ‘A 15-year-old kid wants to tell me something? It’s not going to be good,’” Gaber said. “So, I said, ‘What do you want to tell me?’ and he looked at me and he goes, ‘I get it.’ I asked, ‘What do you get, David?’ and he said, ‘I’ve abused animals before, but I’d never do it again because I know Noah loves me and I know he has feelings and I would never hurt another animal.’” Gaber continued, "David asked why I was crying and I told him, ‘David, this is why I come here. You’ve developed compassion, and not because of me, because of the unconditional love of an animal. You get that animals have feelings and I bet that you get that I have feelings and other people have feelings.’ He said, ‘Yeah, I get it.’”

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THE EVENT Gabriel’s Angels hosts several events throughout the year to raise awareness and funds for the organization, with one of its signature events being the Unleash the Love breakfast taking place this year on April 26 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge. The event, which began 14 years ago, has grown with the organization, beginning with 140 people and now hosting more than 1,000. At the breakfast, Gabriel’s Angels supporters have the opportunity to meet some of the therapy teams, interact with the dogs and learn more about Gabriel’s Angels programs,

which provide increased well-being and happiness for children who have been removed from households where they were neglected or abused. “It’s that mission-packed hour where people laugh, people cry. There are tissues on the table and 50 therapy dogs there. I think it is the best event we put on,” Gaber said. For more information, visit

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BOOKMARKED {what are you reading} Pet-Related Nonprofits Recommend Doggone Great Books

Michael Morefield Director of marketing and communications, Arizona Animal Welfare League

IS READING “The Martian” BY ANDY WEIR H I S TA K E “‘The Martian’ brought me back to reading for pleasure again. It was so engaging, suspenseful and was the first book that made me literally laugh out loud. I had to force myself to read slower or put the book down after a few pages, because I wanted the

experience to last as long as possible. I love my job and love saving animals, but the joy of escaping to Mars and being part of Mark Watney’s journey of survival against astronomical odds was the greatest part of my day.”

Michelle Giesen, CPA Vice president of finance and chief financial officer, Arizona Humane Society

IS READING “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” BY DAVID GRANN H E R TA K E "This true-crime tale reads like a fastpaced fiction book. This story has it all — murder, greed and the birth of the FBI. The Osage found themselves sitting on a goldmine of oil and they

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were in a unique position to have retained the mineral rights on their land, and then they started to die. You will be amazed that you never heard this story before!"

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BOOKMARKED {what are you reading}

Dr. Jamie Harper Founder and executive director, Rockstar Canine Rescue & Sanctuary

IS READING “How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain” BY GREGORY BERNS HER TAKE "I loved this book for its scientific approach to understanding animal behavior from a neurological perspective. Finally, with time and major patience, a comprehensive look into the animal brain. Dr. Bern’s own dog was studied in a non-lethal,

compassion-first manner using hot dogs and an MRI machine. We can learn much from animals, more than just observable behaviors, without harming them and this experiment and book proved it. A great read for the animal behaviorist and/or lover alike."

Barb Savoy Director of public relations and marketing, Friends for Life Animal Rescue

IS READING “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action” BY SIMON SINEK H E R TA K E "Truly understanding the depth of my own ‘why’ allowed me to help others on the team explore their ‘whys.’ Once we all understood and embraced one another's

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‘why,’ we are able to operate at a much higher level, which is a benefit to the animals and the community we serve."

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A 2ND ACT {stories of perseverance}

COLD NOSE, WARM HEART The Best Therapists Have Fur and Four Legs

Judy Pearson | CONTRIBUTING WRITER Rata, a cocker spaniel mix, would have wordlessly wagged her tail through an entire interview. But then you would never know the story of her second act, and those of 15,000 of her canine counterparts across the country. Rata — along with her owner Jeanette Sinohui — belongs to the Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD), an organization of dedicated dogs and humans on a mission to share smiles and joy. When Sinohui first met Rata as a puppy, she recognized something special in her. After she retired from teaching, Sinohui saw a television ad for therapy dogs. She knew immediately that that was Rata’s calling and called the hospital for details. Now, nine years later, Sinohui and Rata spend their time qualifying other human/canine teams to do what they do: spread companionship, tranquility and love. Four years ago, Sinohui was asked to join ATD’s national board of directors. “As a tester/observer for ATD, my job is to make sure dogs have the right temperament 46 |

for therapy work, and that they and their owners have a good relationship,” Sinohui said. “The dogs are going to be exposed to new sights, sounds and smells in their work. They have to be comfortable with unfamiliar experiences, like elevators and stairs. All of that is way more important than if they’re stars at sitting and staying.” ATD’s testing process is simple and free of charge, as all of the humans involved are volunteers. Owners’ sole financial commitment is a $35 annual fee to cover the cost of their $5 million liability policy. Then they’re off, ready to visit whatever setting makes their hearts sing: medical settings, schools, even the airport. “We’ve just begun our presence at Sky Harbor,” Sinohui said. “We have over 35 dogs who calm passengers who’ve had delays, are anxious flyers, or are awaiting flights or passengers. The reaction in the terminals is fantastic. People’s faces change, they break into big smiles. They don’t want to talk to the handler, just the dog!” APRIL 2018

ATD doesn’t put many constraints on their therapy dogs. Any dog over the age of 1, purebred or mixed, is eligible for testing. Sinohui’s guess, though, is that there are more rescues than pedigrees that come through the program. “I think people who rescue dogs are also more likely to give back,” she said. Dogs thrive when they have something to do. This kind of work gives them more purpose than just being a family pet, and purpose is what second acts are all about. One day, Rata was called in to visit a patient who was in a coma. The family asked Sinohui to put Rata on the bed, then they put the patient’s hands on her. Suddenly, and to everyone’s amazement, the patient’s fingers began to pet her. Even more amazing was when he regained consciousness and asked to see the little black dog that had been there while he was in his coma. “Most of our work is with adults,” Sinohui said, “but as a former teacher, I love going into schools. Magic happens when kids read one-on-one to the dogs. Rata and I worked with an 8th grader who began reading in a low voice, hands and feet fidgeting. I told him it was OK to pet Rata while he was reading, and everything changed. He relaxed, stopped fidgeting, sped up and spoke up.”

The “dream team,” Jeanette Sinohui and Rata.

Dogs visit neonatal ICU waiting rooms to comfort families. Here, they’re dressed in Wizard of Oz-themed costumes for a reunion of NICU babies who are now healthy children.

Love is a main ingredient of second acts. And the unconditional kind a dog gives — along with a wet nose and warm heart — makes it even better. For more information about the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, visit

Judy Pearson is a journalist, published author, and the founder of Her organization supports and celebrates women survivors of all cancers as they give back to the greater good in their 2nd Acts. Her passion is finding those who have healed themselves by helping others.

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2017-18 Tax Credit Directory A Tax Season Giving Guide for Arizona presented by

It’s finally here, just in time for tax season! It’s our 2017-18 Tax Credit Directory, providing a key resource for Arizona residents looking to receive a dollar-for-dollar credit on their state income taxes while helping a broad spectrum of nonprofits. Our Tax Directory provides an overview of tax credits, how they work and why they are important, and includes listings from dozens of organizations across the tax credit categories. CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE DIRECTORY! 48 |

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2017-18 Tax Credit Directory

Q: HOW TO MAXIMIZE THE TAX CREDIT OPPORTUNITY? A: GIVE TO ALL 4 CATEGORIES! Arizona Qualified Charity Tax Credit / $400 per Individual or $800 per Couple


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Foster Care Tax Credit / $500 per Individual or $1,000 per Couple


Example - Mr. & Mrs. Smith give $500 to 2 Qualified Foster Care organizations or give $1,000 to one organization


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OPEN DOORS {publisher’s page}

Animal Art To say we live in a community of pet lovers is an understatement. Let’s admit it, most of us are a bit obsessed when asked if we have a furry friend at home or a favorite place to support wildlife conservation throughout the year. So much so that I have noticed another trend — local artists who are known for the incredible pet art. Here are a few that I have had the pleasure to meet this season.

JULES GISSLER I met Jules at the annual Shemer Art Center Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival this past year and am thrilled to see she will be back at this fun event this September. You can find her beautiful prints, giclées, cards, calendars and paintings at local shops throughout the Valley or commission her to create a masterpiece of your furry friend. Her whimsical style is magical and I cannot wait to have her do a commissioned piece for my next holiday card.

JOE RAY If contemporary art is more your style, I am thrilled to let you know that the incredible Joe Ray (known for his beautiful series of heart paintings) has put together a group of artists and illustrators to create a line of custom portrait and gifts for pet lovers. Check out their Instagram page to see examples of the pets that have become colorful pop art. Also unique is a line of pet angel ornaments … a sweet memento to 50 |

remember a friend that has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge that also benefits Arizona Poodle Rescue.

APRIL HOWLAND If your passion is supporting Arizona’s wildlife conservation programs, check out the amazing pieces created by April Howland. Her vibrant throw pillows make a dynamic focal point to any room. She created a special portrait of a Mexican gray wolf for the upcoming Dinner with Wolves benefit in support of both the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center and Defenders of Wildlife. For more info about April, check out the article by Lynette Carrington on So the next time you are thinking about a living room refresh or updating your kiddo’s room, consider adding a custom piece or representation of your favorite animal from a local artist. I know they are all out and about at the festivals and events going on this month and throughout the year. I promise to share the one I am having created when it’s done!

Andrea Andrea Tyler Evans PUBLISHER

@AndreaTEvans APRIL 2018

Top: Ruby, Cynthia & Harper… One of These Is Not Like the Others by Jules Gissler; Bottom Left: Schnoodle – acrylic painting by omgpetart; Bottom Right: Manitu by April2018 Howland will be auctioned off on April 15, 2018 at APRIL

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Spring Arts & Culture Frontdoors Media is once again putting a spotlight on the incredible arts organizations that call the Valley home in this 2018 Spring Arts & Culture Special Edition . We’re excited to share this special edition and all the organizations that are a part of it. Do you have visitors coming to town? Need something to entertain the children this weekend? We hope you will use this resource to discover a new place to find “something to do.” With more than 50 museums, performing arts and cultural destinations across the Valley one click away, we hope you will be back often to find something new or an old favorite you haven’t been to in a while.


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APRIL 2018

Frontdoors Magazine April 2018  

The Furry Friends Issue Featuring Two Pups + Society of Chairs Gala + Pet Club + MORE!

Frontdoors Magazine April 2018  

The Furry Friends Issue Featuring Two Pups + Society of Chairs Gala + Pet Club + MORE!