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Advisory Board

George L. Evans, P.E., R.L.S.

Mr. Evans, a native Arizonan, was President and Co-Founder of the Consulting Engineering Firm of Evans, Kuhn & Associates, Inc. Since its inception in 1977, the firm grew in size and complexity to be one of the premier consulting engineering firms in Arizona. 

Mr. Evans provided hands-on leadership of the firm's business activities as well as being an involved community role model for younger people. He was one of the founding members of the ASCE Western Region Younger Member Forum for recent college graduates whose membership has grown into the thousands. Mr. Evans is frequently asked to speak to pupils in Arizona's education system.  He has been recognized as Outstanding Engineer twice by the Black Engineers and Scientists of Arizona, has received the Order of the Engineer award from NSPE, and the NAACP Image Award.


Joyce Medina Harper is currently Director of Scholarships and Associate Executive Director of the Arizona Venture Fund for Quality Education. She has served the Arizona Community Foundation for five years in various education roles. Currently she manages 120 scholarship programs, and oversees the grant-making for $70 Million of education funds at ACF. 

Joyce is a graduate of Arizona State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in child development. She was accepted into the 2005 class of National Urban Fellows and attended Baruch College, CUNY, where she earned a Master’s in Public Administration. 

Ms. Harper is a graduate of Valley Leadership and was selected as one of 22 Fellows nationally to participate in the inaugural class of the Advancing Latina Leaders in Nonprofits with the National Hispana Leadership Institute. She has been selected as one of the Phoenix Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2013, and Valle del Sol’s 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 Class of 2012, and serves on the Board for Phoenix Suns Charities, Latina Giving Circle, Read On Arizona, and Chairs the Leadership Institute of Valley Leadership.

Scott Henderson

Scott Henderson is currently a Partner at Polsinelly Shughart PC where he specializes in real estate and business litigation. He is a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership and The Thunderbirds, an organization contributes millions of dollars to Phoenix charities every year. He received his Law degree from Indiana University Bloomington, and a degree in Economics and English Composition from DePauw University. In 2005, Scott was recognized by his peers and received the “Best of the Bar” award through the Phoenix Business Journal.

Jim Rice, PH.D.

Dr.Jim Rice served the Alhambra Elementary School District for 39 years before retiring in 2010 as superintendent. Alhambra School District is a culturally diverse district serving more than 14,000 students in preschool through eighth grades. 

Dr. Rice has spent his entire educational career in the Alhambra District.  He served as teacher, principal, assistant superintendent for academic services, and assistant superintendent for human resources. Not only did Jim work in Alhambra for 39 years, he is also is a former student, being promoted from eighth grade at Andalucia School. He has received numerous awards for his time at Alhambra, including being recognized as the Superintendent of the Year in 2007.

He received his Bachelors of Science Degree from Grand Canyon College, and his Masters and Doctorate Degrees from Arizona State University respectively.

Currently, Dr. Rice is serving his as Senior Program Administrator for the Principal Initiative with the Rodel Charitable Foundation in Scottsdale, AZ.

Vince Roig

Vince Roig serves as Founding Chairman of the Board of Helios Education Foundation. Prior to forming the Foundation, Vince was the Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Southwest Student Services Corporation and its affiliates for over 20 years. Southwest was a full service provider of student loan products and services to students, families and schools in Arizona, Florida and nationally.

Mr. Roig received his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Athens College and his Master of Science in Secondary Education from Richmond College of the City University of New York. He serves or has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including Teach for America National, Arizona College Scholarship Foundation, Chair; Greater Phoenix Leadership, Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board, Stand for Children Advisory Committee, Take Stock in Children, Valley of the Sun United Way, and the Phoenix Art Museum.


Vince Yanez, who served as executive director for the Arizona State Board of Education since 2005, joined the Arizona Community Foundation staff as executive director for the Arizona Venture Fund for Quality Education, leading ACF’s education, scholarship and public policy initiatives.

Yanez has served with the State Board of Education since 1997, rising through the ranks and earning the respect of State Board members, legislators, two Arizona governors, and business and education leaders throughout Arizona. As executive director, he has been the chief advocate and policy advisor for issues impacting Arizona’s K-12 public education system. During his tenure, the Board raised high school graduation requirements to include more math and science and adopted new rigorous academic standards. Yanez oversaw the first state-level interventions in struggling schools and districts, policy development and implementation of the first school district receiverships, as well as the annual approval of $40 million to improve K-3 reading (Move On When Reading initiative).

Yanez is or has been a member of Governor Brewer’s P-20 Coordinating Council, the Arizona Ready Council Graduation Task Force, Arizona’s Race to the Top Panel, and the Expect More Arizona Advisory Council. He has previously served as both a panelist and a nominator for the Accio Education Fund’s education reform grants, a joint program of ACF and Helios Education Foundation. Yanez holds a bachelor’s degree in Government and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame, and a master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University.

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