President & CEO
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona
Phone: (520) 326-0060 X107
Kate Maguire Jensen leads the local chapter of Ronald McDonald House Charities, an international nonprofit dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children and their families. She oversees the Ronald McDonald House – a 27-room home-away-from-home for families from out of town with critically ill children; the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Diamond Children’s Medical Center and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile – a new program bringing dental care to children in Cochise County who have no access to a dentist.
Before accepting the CEO position at Ronald McDonald House Charities (the best job she’s ever had), Kate was the Director of Business Development for Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson, overseeing marketing and community relations.
For the nine years prior, Kate led the institutional marketing/branding office for the University of Arizona where she was responsible for creating and implementing integrated marketing strategies campus wide. She also spent 10 years leading communications and community relations for the University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics and Steele Children’s Research Center to increase awareness of children’s health issues children and develop new programs benefitting children and families.
Kate holds a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Arizona, with an emphasis on health administration and policy. A Tucson native, she started her career in San Francisco, working for several national advertising/PR firms. She moved back to Tucson to raise her family, which now consists of a husband, four adult children and one granddaughter.
Kate has been active in many community organizations including Father’s Day Council Tucson, Tucson Festival of Books, Diamond Children’s Medical Center, Tucson Values Teachers and Arizona Advocates for Children. She is a member of the board of directors for the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits.
Tucson Values Teachers
Phone: (520) 327-7619
Andy Heinemann is the CEO of Tucson Values Teachers. Mr. Heinemann received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1986 and was recruited to come to Tucson to become a classroom teacher. In his 10 years of teaching experience in Tucson, he has taught 4th grade, 5th grade, and 7th-grade mathematics. During his time as a teacher, he entered a master’s program through Northern Arizona University and received his master’s degree in Educational Leadership which led him into administration.
Mr. Heinemann has 23 years of administrative experience as he served as an Assistant Principal in a K-8 School, was an Elementary Principal for 12 years and finished out his career as a Principal at a Middle School for his last 6 years. Wherever he worked, he was able to build positive relationships, create a culture where people wanted to work and consistently increased student achievement.
Mr. Heinemann previously served on the Tucson Values Teachers Board of Directors and on the Raytheon Leaders in Education Awards selection committee. After spending the last three decades in education, he has personally witnessed how the needs of education have drastically changed over the years. He wants to continue his work in education by leveraging the resources and programs offered by Tucson Values Teachers and the collaboration with the business community to support all teachers. His hope is to take TVT to a new level that will have a greater impact on teachers in Arizona.
He and his wife Shari have been married for 29 years and have raised three children, Kyla, Chloe, and Luke.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona
(520) 624-2447 X118
Originally from Dallas, Texas, David Simpson moved to Tucson in 2006 to attend the University of Arizona. After graduating from the University of Arizona, David decided he wanted to make Tucson his home. His desire to provide guidance and leadership to youth-led him to the Boys and Girls Club where he worked as a Club Director for over five years. While at Boys and Girls clubs he received his master’s degree in Adult Education. In 2016 David accepted a position with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona as Program Director and was later promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2018. Professionally David has served in the nonprofit sector for over 12 years. David has worked and partnered with organizations to better serve youth and families in the Tucson community. He continues to be passionate about helping every youth reach their full potential.
Director of Communications
Tucson Metro Chamber
(520) 792-2250 X127
Heather’s the driving force behind most anything written at the Tucson Metro Chamber including the Chamber Edge magazine, print ads, radio spots, social media posts, press releases, event speeches, newsletters and more. She comes from a publishing background where she wrote features, edited the work of freelance writers, and managed online content and official visitor guides for clients in the tourism industry across the United States.
Heather hails from Maryland and graduated from the University of Arizona after she transferred from Boston University where she was too darn cold. And now that she’s lived in Tucson for 30 years, she considers it home.
On the topic of giving, she has volunteered and/or helped raise money for local nonprofits several times including rappelling the 17-story 5151 E. Broadway building for Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, bowling for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona (where she won the Team Spirit trophy two years in a row!), and lending her skills to Habitat for Humanity twice.
A native Tucsonan, Michael Guymon’s twenty-two-year professional career has primarily centered on political strategy, business development and advocacy, and organizational management. As Vice President for the Tucson Metro Chamber, Michael is responsible for developing and implementing the Chamber’s local public policy and workforce development/attraction programs and initiatives.
Michael’s previous positions include Vice President of Regional Partnerships for Sun Corridor Inc.; Executive Director of Metropolitan Pima Alliance; Chief-of-Staff to Tucson City Council Member Fred Ronstadt; Asst. Vice President for Governmental Affairs for the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce; and political consultant to The Bridges, a 360-acre mixed-use, infill development that will include Tech Parks Arizona, GEICO’s regional headquarters, housing, and a 111-acre commercial development. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona.
On a personal note, Michael’s passion is baseball and he was named the Official Scorer for the Tucson Padres AAA Baseball Club from 2011 – 2013. The team moved to El Paso in 2014.