Feeding Matters is fortunate to have the support of our Board of Directors. Each member is helping to create a world in which children with pediatric feeding disorders will thrive.
Board of Directors
Integration & Support Engineering Functional Senior Manager, The Boeing Company Phoenix, Arizona
Bruce has supported the design and build of helicopters for 35 year. His latest engineering position was with The Boeing Company, Mesa, AZ and he recently retired after 30 years of service. Bruce was a board member of the Employee Community Fund of Arizona and chairman of the grants committee with The Boeing Company.
Regional Manager, Wealth Management, and Arizona Market President, Comerica Bank
As Arizona Market President, Musa leads Comerica’s Arizona Management Council and supports Comerica’s customer initiatives and overall business and community development efforts across its Retail, Business and Wealth Management lines of business.
Comerica’s Wealth Management business, led by Musa since 2006, serves high net worth individuals, foundations, and corporations through wealth planning, private banking, brokerage, personal and institutional trust services, investments and insurance services.
Musa has more than 30 years of wealth management experience, 25 of those in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. A longtime Phoenix resident, she is actively involved with several local non-profits, including the Phoenix Art Museum and Fresh Start Women’s Organization, the latter for which she serves on the executive board.
In 2014, she was honored by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as “Woman of the Year.”
Founder and CEO of Jaburg Wilk, Attorney's at Law
As the founder and CEO of Jaburg Wilk for the past 30 years, Gary has been instrumental in growing the firm from two attorneys to more than 30 attorneys and 70 employees. He is not only a business attorney but also a business owner, actively working in his business.
Having represented hundreds of entrepreneurs and businesses, he understands both the legal and business issues that they encounter. Many entrepreneurs only contact their attorney when they have a problem. It could be a contract dispute with a customer or supplier; an employment related issue with one of their employees; or a conflict with a partner or shareholder. Often the conflict is a result of one or both of the parties having underlying financial difficulty and the entrepreneur is looking for a time and cost efficient way to resolve it. Gary’s expertise rests in combining the facts, with the law and assessing the emotions/human aspects of the situation. He then develops strategies and tactics that maximize the business owner’s probability of obtaining the desired result.
In representing clients in transactional matters, Gary has the entrepreneurial mindset to evaluate risk/reward tradeoffs in the negotiating process, and not fall into the usual attorney mindset of only seeing the risks. In short, Gary’s expertise is in providing business and entrepreneurial clients with both common sense business and strategic legal advice to create practical, and cost effective solutions.
Octavio is a senior tax associate with over twenty years of income tax and accounting experience, and is fluent in Spanish. He spent about 20 years working in the tax department of two large regional and one national Public Accounting firms in Phoenix Arizona on a variety of tax related assignments.
Octavio's experience includes working with tax exempt organizations, as well as closely-held businesses on IRS compliance issues, and multi-state issues. He spends a significant amount of his time coordinating and supervising the preparation tax exempt organization returns. Mr. Padilla has a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, I.T.L.M. (University Equiv – Mexico). He also is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In 2012 he obtained his certification as an IRS enrolled agent.
Octavio is married with two children
Shannon K. Goldwater
Founder + Strategic Advisor
Advocate for Children with Pediatric Feeding Disorders
Shannon Goldwater, a native of Arizona, graduated, with a degree in marketing, from Arizona State University in 1997. Since 1994, she has been a licensed Real Estate Broker in the Valley. She is a devoted volunteer who has won several honors and accolades, including her 2013 inclusion in the Phoenix Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.”
Shannon believes that our greatest accomplishments in life often come from our greatest challenges. Her dream of healthy children was shattered in 2002 when her triplets were born four months prematurely. Although they overcame numerous life-threatening infections and countless surgeries, feeding and nourishing them quickly became the biggest challenge. All three babies cried, gagged, vomited, and often turned blue during feeding and eventually required feeding tubes. Shannon had nowhere to turn, no information, and no support.
Shannon and her family spent over a year of their lives living in and out of numerous hospitals across the country to find help. However, no particular feeding program had all the right answers, and each one contributed to the triplet’s triumphs in varying degrees. She quickly realized that every family’s journey is unique. Treating children who struggle to eat is complex and requires the efforts of multiple specialists working together. It was through this battle, and the love for her children, that inspired her to create an organization that would bring pediatric feeding struggles to the forefront, as well as ignite research and education in this field.
To help this endeavor, in 2006 Shannon founded Feeding Matters, an innovative and unique organization that serves this misunderstood and under-served population of infants and young children. Her determination and collaborative spirit brought together international feeding experts to create a consortium of thought leadership, the Medical Professional Council, which helps direct the organization in identifying opportunities to further conquer pediatric feeding struggles. Her vision of creating an online platform for families to share advice and support, as well as providing medical professional education through workshops, conferences, webinars, vendor booths, and presentations at doctor’s offices, has made a substantial impact nationwide.
Shannon is a passionate and dedicated champion for these infants and children, their families, and the professionals who treat them. As a result of her vision, Feeding Matters is shedding light on the previously overlooked issue of pediatric feeding struggles. More importantly, they are increasing the awareness and understanding of the impact of feeding struggles on a child’s social, emotional, developmental, and medical well-being.
Member at Large
Sr. Philanthropic Advisor, Arizona Community Foundation
Lora Golke joined the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) as an Advancement Associate in September 2007 and was promoted to Philanthropic Advisor in 2011. Lora was named Senior Philanthropic Advisor in 2012. She serves individuals who have current, planned or prospective funds with ACF while ensuring all donors receive needed attention. Prior to working at ACF, Lora worked part-time with Social Venture Partners Arizona. She has a degree in Nonprofit Management from the American Humanics program at Arizona State University.
James A. "Jaime" Phalen, MD, FAAP
Member at Large
Developmental Pediatrician, University Health System University Medicine Associates, San Antonio, Texas; Adjunct Professor of Peds, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio; Clinical Professor of Peds, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Dr. Phalen received a bachelor’s of science degree in biology from Arizona State University; his medical degree from the USUHS F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland; and completed a fellowship in developmental-behavioral pediatrics at The Children's Hospital/JFK Partners, Denver, Colorado. He has led interdisciplinary teams (Feeding Team, Autism Clinic, Infant-Toddler Clinic, and Cochlear Implant Board) and is an active graduate medical educator. He published a comprehensive review article on feeding disorders in Pediatrics in Review in 2013. From 2007 to 2012, he was a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics PREP® DBPeds Editorial Board. In 2016, he retired from the US Air Force after 28 years of service and is now spearheading new efforts to advocate children with special health care needs in San Antonio.