President – Andrew Messing


Andrew Messing
Andrew Messing is president of Larson Camouflage, LLC, a company that designs and manufactures concealment solutions for wireless antennas throughout the world.


Vice President – Claudine Messing


Claudine Messing
Claudine is Steve Gootter’s sister, and dedicates her time and passion to the foundation so that others may be spared the tragic loss of a loved one to SCD.


Treasurer – Marc Fleischman


Marc Fleischman
Marc is the CEO of BeachFleischman PC, one of the largest locally owned CPA firms in Arizona.


Secretary – Steve Weintraub

Steve Weintraub
Steve is the president and publisher of Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, a Tucson-based company specializing in legal, medical and forensic resource materials for customers worldwide.


  • Joyce N. Barkley
  • Ann Charles
  • Debra Gootter
  • Joe Gootter
  • Paulette Gootter
  • Shari Gootter
  • Brian Harlow
  • Brent Nelson
  • Tom Pothoff
  • Leigh Ann Waterfall
  • Arianne Weiner, Ph.D.


Dana Bradford

Dana Bradford is the CEO of Waitt Company, an Omaha based investment company. In addition to his duties as CEO, Dana serves as executive chairman of Prince Global Sports and on the boards of Waitt Company, Meritage Homes (NYSE: MTH), Southwest Value Partners, Vornado Air, Customer Service Profiles, Gold Circle Films, and Active Brands Company. Dana earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arizona and a masters in business administration from Creighton University.

Jack G. Copeland, MD

Dr. Copeland is the Co-Founder of SynCardia Systems, Inc. and a Cardiac Surgery Professor at the University of California, San Diego. He is also a former Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Section of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, University of Arizona. He has been practicing cardiothoracic surgery for over 30 years with a focus in cardiac transplantation, artificial hearts and cardiac preservation.

Carol Gregorio, PhD

Carol Gregorio, PhD is Co-Director of the Sarver Heart Center, Director of the Sarver Heart Center’s Molecular Cardiovascular Research Program and the Head of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona. She runs an active research program that is focused on deciphering the mechanisms of cardiac muscle assembly in health and disease.

Dan Hicks

Dan Hicks is a sportscaster for NBC and the primary anchor for the NBC weekend sports update program and Olympics coverage. Dan was born and raised in Tucson and attended the University of Arizona.

Fletcher McCusker

Fletcher is a 1974 graduate of the University of Arizona and now serves on two University of Arizona boards and was the University’s 2011 Alumni of the Year. Fletcher was the founder and CEO of Providence Service Corporation based in Tucson, Executive Vice President of Youth Services International, Inc. and CEO of Introspect Healthcare Corporation. He was the Co-Founder of Century Healthcare. In early 2013, Fletcher launched a new Tucson-based home-health-care business; Sinfonía Healthcare.

Robert Sarver

Robert is a philanthropic business entrepreneur whose generous contributions have helped to make the Sarver Heart Center one of the leading medical institutes dedicated to the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Robert Sarver founded the National Bank of Arizona and is the current owner of the Phoenix Suns professional basketball team.

Vincent L. Sorrell, MD

Vincent is Director of Cardiovascular Imaging, Cardiovascular Service Line and Co-Medical Director of Cardiovascular CT/MRI, Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging at the University of Kentucky. His main research interests include creating a database of those at risk for SCD and identifying commonalities through avenues such as MRI images of the heart and genetic screening.

Christine J. Toretti

Christine Toretti, a ground-breaking role model for female CEOs, spends her time leading an Appalachian-based natural gas company and participating in national politics. She enjoys connecting her vast network of friends so they might live their dreams.