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Dave Barker

Secretary

Dave Barker is a resident of the Highlands and moved to the area in 2014.  His professional career consisted of management positions at two seasonal resorts in UT, then switched to instructing fifth graders. Dave has two Bachelor’s degrees; one in business from Westminster College, Salt Lake City, the other in elementary education earned from Utah State University in Logan, UT.

 

He is an active hiker, trail runner, bicyclist (road and mountain) and pickleball player. Dave serves on the Board of the Board of Friends of Ironwood Forest, a non-profit group devoted to the preservation of the Ironwood Forest National Monument.

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Tom Hannagan

Assistant Treasurer

Tom Hannagan is a resident of the Highlands and has been active in the Town of Marana since 2006. He retired from the banking industry, working with quantitative models of risk-based financial management. Tom has published works in the Journal of Risk Management and the Journal of Financial Accounting. He has degrees in Finance and Economics from the University of Illinois.

 

Tom is active with the Highlands Hiking Club and the Dove Mountain Hikers, and also enjoys golf along with road and mountain biking. He is President of the Board of Friends of Ironwood Forest, a non-profit group devoted to the preservation of the Ironwood Forest National Monument.

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Mark Johnson

President

Mark Johnson is a resident of Del Webb Dove Mountain and serves as HOA Vice President.  He moved to the area from La Quinta, CA in July, 2019.

Mark retired in late 2016 after a 40-year career in the water utility industry, most recently serving as Director of Engineering for the Coachella Valley Water District. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering.

 

Mark is and avid hiker, swimmer and golfer and community volunteer.  Mark serves on the Marana Utilities Board.  

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Jill Kismet

Director

Jill Kismet is an Arizona native - or at least she considers herself one! She had the privilege of growing up in Prescott and attended both the University of Arizona and Arizona State University (earning a Bachelor’s in Conservation Biology). During that time, Jill was part of a team that identified breeding pairs of a nearly extinct water shrew in Arizona’s White Mountains. This experience hooked Jill on ecological research-particularly global change issues-and she got a PhD in her 20‘s at the University of Maryland. 

 

Jill has also owned a couple of ventures in medicine and financial planning and lived in 6 other states. But now Jill is back to her Arizona roots and resides locally in Sky Ranch. Besides living within a preserve, Jill chose the Tangerine Road corridor for its unique micro-zone of desert plants and wildlife. It’s a special place that is rapidly disappearing by short-sighted and rampant development. Her goal with joining Tortolita Alliance is to assist with promoting better land stewardship. 

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Alyssa Page

Treasurer

Community activist, focusing on public involvement and education regarding natural open space, well-balanced design in development and water policy. Beginning in the fall of 2017, she pursued understanding the many different facets of urban growth and natural resource conservation in the NW Tucson metropolitan area. Topics researched include; Arizona Preserve Initiative (API), Arizona State Land Department, Oro Valley’s Environmentally Sensitive Lands Ordinance (ESLO), water policy, storm water conservation techniques, development trends, Make Marana 2040 General Plan and local politics. 

Alyssa attended Brigham Young University, and has a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Photographic design, with a minor in Communications. Alyssa’s training has helped her to be able to communicate with others whether in visual or literary forms.  Alyssa’s teaching background has been helpful in community outreach and and community education. Previous to moving to Arizona, she enjoyed teaching photography at Utah Valley University, Brigham Young University and Oklahoma City Community College.  

When not working on the issues above, she is the mother of four busy children and wife to Jay Page. The Page family has been in Arizona for about ten years.

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Thom Rossa

Director

Thom has been a resident of the Highlands since 2010. He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy (1963). Thom then served on active duty principally on nuclear submarines through 1970. He then transferred to the Naval Reserve for over 16 years. He retired in 1986 at the rank of Captain.

 

Thom graduated from the University of Utah Law School graduating (1973).  He has had an extensive legal career appearing in over 30 trial and appellate courts all over the US including the US Supreme Court.    Thom worked primarily in intellectual property as a registered patent attorney. He is a senior of-counsel member of the law firm of Hayes Soloway, PC in Tucson enjoying limited working hours.