PRESCOTT, AZ (August 31 2010)— Paul Border, Steve Bracety, Kati Kelly, Paula Morris and Tim Naylor have been named to the Advisory Board of the Yavapai County Community Foundation, a sixteen year-old charitable foundation and an affiliate of the Arizona Community Foundation.
Paul R. Border brings vast estate and tax planning knowledge to the Community Foundation advisory board. Having earned a law degree from Cleveland Marshall Law School, Border spent his early career practicing law with an emphasis on estate planning and probate. In 1990, he moved to Arizona and began working for the Valley of National Bank Trust Department, now owned by JPMorgan Chase. He eventually became Managing Director for JPMorgan’s Private Client Services Group before retiring in 2007.
Border is involved with a number of not-for-profit activities in Prescott, including serving on the board of the Yavapai Big Brothers, Big Sisters and participating in a capital campaign with the Good Samaritan Society to build a new Hospice House.
“During my career I worked closely with the Arizona Community Foundation, and I am thrilled to now be associated with YCCF and the remarkable things they have accomplished for our communities in north-central Arizona,” said Border.
Steve Bracety is the general manager of the Prescott Resort & Conference Center, where he is responsible for the day-to-day operation, as well as strategic planning for the 160-room upscale property. A 20-year hospitality professional, Bracety served in leadership capacities for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts.
Bracety currently serves on several community boards, including the Arizona Hotel & Lodging Association, Yavapai Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Prescott Area Leadership and Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from SUNY Buffalo State College and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He enjoys spending time with his wife Kathy and learning to play the guitar with his daughter Ann.
“I am honored and excited about the opportunity to serve the foundation,” said Bracety.
Kati Kelly of Prescott, Ariz. has been an active community participant for many years, with experience volunteering for such local organizations as the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, Sacred Heart Parish Council and Prescott Area Leadership. Her previous board experience includes Catholic Charities, the Prescott Fine Arts Association, Yavapai Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Ohio State University Alumnae Club.
Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics in 1957 and a master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration in 1959.
She was most recently employed as a food writer by the Lake Havasu Herald and as foods instructor at Mohave Community College. Having competed seriously in track and swimming, Kelly presently coaches a weekly group of runners and has traveled to watch almost all Olympic & World Games since the 1972 games in Munich, Germany.
“It is a privilege and an honor to be associated with an organization that accomplishes so much for the benefit of persons of all ages in Yavapai County,” said Kelly.
Paula J. Morris, a resident of Mayer, Arizona moved to Arizona as a young adult twenty-eight years ago in order to work for Rainbow Acres, a nonprofit organization in Camp Verde that assists adults with developmental disabilities. Presently, Morris works at the Orme School of Arizona as executive assistant to the head of school, the president and the Board of Trustees. She also serves as the school’s webmaster and technology director.
In her free time, Morris strives to set an example of community service to students by supporting Small Paws Rescue. She has been involved with YCCF for the past five years as a volunteer on the Canine in Law Enforcement Grant Committee and was a member this year of the YCCF Environmental Grant Committee. Morris earned an associate degree in Liberal Arts from Middlesex College in New Jersey. Her hobbies include computer training, cross-training/physical fitness, reading, movies and collecting silent films, pets and travel.
“I am delighted to have this opportunity to serve our neighbors and ‘family’ in Yavapai County,” said Morris.
Tim L. Naylor has 33 years experience in the business sector working for JPMorgan Chase Bank. He retired in March 2010 from the position of Business Relationship Manager for Prescott, Cottonwood and Wickenburg. He has served on the boards of such community organizations as the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce and the Cottonwood Foundation for Economic Development. He has also volunteered as a committee member for YCCF and for the Salvation Army.
Naylor earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Brigham Young University. He is fluent in Spanish and time spent as a missionary in South America. Naylor also volunteers for the Boy Scouts of America and enjoys participating in sports and outdoor activities and spending time with his family.
“I am excited to serve on the board of this wonderful organization,” said Naylor.
YCCF’s new Advisory Board members will join existing members Nancy Maurer (chair), Michael Bacigalupi (vice-chair), Carl Brown (immediate past chair), Tracey Horn (membership committee chair), Mary Taylor, Robert Pecharich, Sharon Block, Julie Hall Allison and Lucinda Olson.
“Our board members come from a multitude of communities across Yavapai County,” said YCCF Advisory Board Chair Nancy Maurer. “Collectively, our board brings a diverse array of backgrounds, talent and expertise to the philanthropic table. Each board member is absolutely passionate about helping to meet the needs of residents countywide through the power of endowment building and grantmaking.”
The Yavapai County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Arizona Community Foundation, is a 16-year-old permanent philanthropic endowment for the enduring benefit of the community. It secures, manages and allocates donors’ gifts for charitable purposes in the County while working to improve the quality of life for local residents. Since the inception of YCCF in 1993, the Community Foundation has contributed more than $2 million to Yavapai County nonprofit organizations and the communities they serve. To learn more, visit www.yavapaifoundation.org. Article published by Sedona Times Publishing c2010