Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Rhonda Anderson, Feeding Matters Board of Directors

Rhonda Anderson, RN, DNSC(h), FAAN, FACHE

Board Chair

Chief Executive Officer, Cardon Children's Medical Center

Dr. Anderson was Chief Executive Officer of Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona, a Banner Health hospital from 2009 to 2016.  She currently is a healthcare consultant for RMA Consulting of Arizona.   She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). In addition to serving as the Joint Commission Commissioner for nine years and on the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees for three years, she was on the Board of the Joint Commission International and was the ACHE Regent for Arizona. Dr. Anderson also serves on the Institute for Interactive Patient Care National Advisory Board, the Health Research and Educational Trust Board and Committee on Research, the Children's Hospital Association Public Policy Council, and the National Quality Forum Measure Applications Partnership Coordinating Committee. Dr. Anderson is also Trustee of the Perinatal Trust, past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Children's Action Alliance, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Advisory Committee/Academic Progression in Nursing Program, the Chamberlain College of Nursing Board of Trustees, the American Hospital Association Health Forum Board of Directors, and the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools Education Committee. Dr. Anderson has been involved as Member or Chair of State and National Patient Safety and Quality Committees and Performance Measurement Committees for the past ten years.

In addition to receiving the Distinguished Achievement Award from Arizona State University College of Nursing, Dr. Anderson was a selected participant in The First International Institute: Executive Nurse Leadership in the United Kingdom and the United States, Florence Nightingale Trust in London, England. Dr. Anderson attended the Wharton School of Business as a selected participant in The Johnson & Johnson Fellowship Program. Dr. Anderson was also awarded the Nursing Legend, Nurse of the Year Award by the March of Dimes in 2005 and both the American Organization of Nurse Executives Lifetime Achievement Award and Nurse Week Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. Dr. Anderson is a Phoenix Business Journal 2011 Women in Business Honoree and currently serves on four editorial boards of health care and nursing journals. Dr. Anderson was named Arizona Business Magazine's 2012 Healthcare Leadership Award "Hospital Executive of the Year" and one of their "Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business" and was a finalist for the Phoenix Business Journal 2013 Health Care Heroes Award, Lifetime Achievement Category. Dr. Anderson is also the recipient of the Association of Professional Chaplains 2012 Leadership Award "Distinguished Service Award".  And in 2014, she was awarded American Hospital Association, Award of Honor.  Dr. Anderson serves on the NGC/NQMC Expert Panel and was recognized in the 2015 AZ Business Leaders Magazine as one of the top CEOs of a specialty hospital.  She has been the Chair of the Eisenberg Awards committee for four years and is a member of American Hospital Association Committee of Performance Improvement.

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Christi Lundeen, Feeding Matters Board of Directors

Christi Lundeen

Vice Chair

Chief Innovation Officer, Mercy Care Plan

As Chief Innovation Officer for Mercy Care Plan (MCP) Christi Lundeen oversees strategy and business development efforts. In collaboration with Melissa Kotrys of Health Current, she co-founded the Practice Innovation Institute; a CMS funded Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative.

Ms. Lundeen has spent over 30 years working in private and public health care companies. Prior to her current position, she served in senior strategy and business development roles for both MCP and its administrator Aetna Medicaid. Before joining MCP, she was an independent health care consultant, assisting companies such as HTMS, Surgical Specialty Hospital of Arizona, the Arizona Optometric Association and Feeding Matters.

She also served as operations director for Maricopa Health Plans, coordinating and managing all administrative and operational functions for its Medicaid, Long Term Care and Medicare Advantage program. In addition, Ms. Lundeen was the executive director of managed care and physician organizations and relations at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, as well as the business and program development director for Mercy Services Corporation.

Early in her career, she worked as a network administrator for Partners National Health Plans, a joint venture among Aetna, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, St. Luke’s, Phoenix Memorial and John C. Lincoln Hospitals.

Ms. Lundeen serves on the board of directors for both Special Olympics of Arizona and the IMHR Epicenter. She was Volunteer of the Year for March for Babies in 2014 and served as the March for Babies Chair in 2014 and 2015. In 2016 and 2018, Ms. Lundeen served as Chair for the Go Red for Woman campaigns.

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Jill T. Foley, MAFM, CPA, Feeding Matters' Board of Directors

Jill T. Foley, MAFM, CPA

Treasurer

Principal & Director, Four Leaf Financial & Accounting, PLLC

Jill T. Foley, MAFM, CPA, is the Principal & Director of Four Leaf Financial & Accounting, PLLC. She founded the firm after spending 3 ½ years at a public accounting firm and consulting part-time. During her time at the firm, she performed and managed financial statement audits and consulting services for nonprofit organizations. Prior to working in public accounting, Jill worked in Veterinary Management for five years.

Jill graduated from Keller Graduate School of Management, with distinction, in August 2014 with her Master’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management. She also graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois in 2007.

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Ed Knight is a member of Feeding Matters' Board of Directors

Ed Knight, Esq.

Secretary

Chief Operating Officer, House of Refuge

Ed Knight, J.D., is Chief Operating Officer of House of Refuge, a nonprofit in Mesa, AZ. Ed has a law degree from Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and holds both a bachelor's and master's degree in accounting from Brigham Young University. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona. His projects have included a role with Mesa Community College as Director of Planned Giving; A New Leaf, Inc. as the Director of Strategic Initiatives; and with the Arizona Community Foundation as the Director of the Arizona Endowment Building Institute program. During his career, he has provided courses on nonprofit matters and is a speaker and presenter to nonprofit leaders. He has spoken to a variety of groups, such as the Planned Giving Round Table of Arizona, the Financial Planning Association of Phoenix, Flagstaff Community Foundation, Prescott Estate Planning Council, Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Yuma Community Foundation. Ed's past experience also includes audit and compliance, having previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Electronic Data Systems in the Washington D.C. area before moving to Arizona.

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Shannon Goldwater, Feeding Matters' Founder and Strategic Advisor

Shannon K. Goldwater

Founder + Strategic Advisor

Advocate for Children with Pediatric Feeding Disorder

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 disorder 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 disorder. 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 disorder. More importantly, they are increasing the awareness and understanding of the impact of pediatric feeding disorder on a child’s social, emotional, developmental, and medical well-being.

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Garrett Barnes, Family Advisory Council Chair and Boar Member, Feeding Matters

Garrett Barnes

Family Advisory Council Chair

Determined to assist his eldest daughter Lucy, Garrett dedicates time outside of his career in finance to educating and raising awareness for pediatric feeding disorder. Without a medical diagnosis or explanation as to why his daughter will not eat by mouth, Garrett’s family is committed to a homemade blended diet fed via G-tube while they pursue therapy with Lucy. She loves to eat chocolate pudding, Nutella, Banana Smoothie, suck on countless Costco Sized bags full of pretzels  –making daily progress toward her goal of consuming her meals by mouth. Lucy’s younger siblings,  twins Alice and Ivy, provide positive support as they are enthusiastic mouth eaters who cheer Lucy on whenever there is a victory. Garrett serves as a board member for several healthcare related organizations as well as an independent school in Utah whose philosophy is to develop young minds to heal the world.

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Lora Golke, Feeding Matters' Board of Directors

Lora Golke

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.  

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Debbie Gray, Feeding Matters' Board of Directors

Deborah J. Gray

Member at Large

Chief Operations Officer, CoBiz Insurance

Debbie has 20+ years of experience in the insurance industry, and has worked at CoBiz Insurance since 2006. As Chief Operations Officer, Debbie’s primary responsibility is administering the functions of the Property Casualty, Empolyee Benefits and Retirement Service segments of CoBiz Insurance through cost and staffing analysis, budgeting, productivity-efficiency evaluation as well as regulatory compliance.

Debbie was a founding trustee on the CoBiz Cares Foundation, a non-profit organization with a goal of supporting agencies serving our local communities. She has also held positions of Silent Auction Chair and Co-Chair for the Biz Bash. Debbie was recently appointed to the board of directors for the non-profit organization, Feeding Matters.

Prior to joining CoBiz, Debbie was with HRH (now Willis) for 16 years and held various positions including Marketing Director, Commercial Division Manager and Automation Coordinator.

Debbie is a CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) and holds a BA Liberal Arts degree from Arizona State University, and was a former Vistage member.

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Gary Jaburg, Feeding Matters' Board of Directors

Gary Jaburg

Member at Large

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.

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Olivia Matos, Feeding Matters' Board of Directors

Olivia Matos

Member at Large

Executive Director, Arizona Coyotes Foundation, and Director of Community Relations, Arizona Coyotes

Olivia Matos graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Business Management, focus on Organizational Leadership. She joined the Coyotes as the Manager of Community Relations and Foundation, became the Director of Community Relations and in January of 2017 took over heading up both the Community Relations and Foundation departments. She joined the organization from Recruiting.com/Jobing.com  where she worked in Public and Social Services Solutions Sales, managing and developing nationwide clientele within the following industries: government, education, associations, and social service organizations. Prior to Recruiting.com, Matos spent five years at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa where she held positions of Catering Sales Manager, Destination Services Operations Manager and Catering Administrative Assistant.

In her role with the Coyotes, Matos helps the Coyotes and Arizona Coyotes support non-profit organizations throughout the state of Arizona. The organization seeks to positively impact the community through not only financial support, but by active volunteering, participation and personal involvement.
 

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Octavio Padilla, Feeding Matters' Board of Directors

Octavio Padilla, EA

Member at Large

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.

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Bruce Wright

Member at Large

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. 

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