GPANA 2021 board members

Denise Garland, President

Denise came to Tucson in 2017. She’s a born and bred California girl and spent 20 years living in the Sacramento area. Her professional career was with the Department of Justice in Sacramento. Her husband Mike Cardwell is a very well-known rattlesnake expert and author. They are members of the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum and Tucson Presidio Rotary Club. Denise says the Sonoran Desert is her sanctuary.

Gary Kordosky, Vice President

Gary and his wife Noreen settled in the Tucson Mountains in 1974 when Gary took a job with General Mills in their Minerals Technology Development Group. Gary served on the Pima County Planning and Zoning Commission for 11 years. He has served on the board of GPANA several times and is the immediate past president of GPANA. Noreen has been a docent at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum since 1978 and volunteered at a wildlife rehabilitation center for many years.

​Donna Snyder, Secretary

Donna, a graphic designer, has lived off of Trails End Road since 2007. She is an East Coast transplant where she and her husband Bob owned an advertising/marketing firm. She enjoys the beauty, flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert and has concerns about speeding cars/trucks on Trails End and other local roads.

Sue King, Treasurer

Sue moved to Tucson in 1971 from Maine. She and her husband Jerome were attracted to the west side, loved the Desert Museum and hiking Gates Pass. In 1978 they bought their house in Mountain Gardens. She retired from accounting five years ago and has done a lot of traveling, but loves coming back to their desert home.
Gary Bruins, Member

Gary lives on the west side of Painted Hills Road. He’s been a resident since 1979 with a career at Tucson’s VA Hospital. Retired, Gary enjoys yard work and hopes to help grow our membership by enlisting neighbors in his area.

Dan Couch, Member 

After an 10,000 mile motorcycle trip around the US in 2016 during which he visited Tucson for the first time, Dan felt compelled to make Tucson his home in 2019. He leads a digital marketing practice within a consulting firm which allows him to work remotely while pursuing his love for travel. His interests include preserving the Sonoran Desert, keeping our skies dark, and working to address the problem of road racing in our area.

Tony Knight, Member

Tony was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a former Professor, Colorado Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University and a Pima County master gardener. Tony’s “pet” project is helping to maintain Feliz Paseos Park as part of GPANA Adopt-A-Park mission.

GPANA Makes a Difference...

The Gates Pass area of the Tucson Mountains would look very different without the Gates Pass Area Neighborhood Association. Our members are well-informed, work passionately to retain the character of our amazing Sonora Desert, and we vote!


We are not done, more to come!  Major properties are still in play in the Gates Pass neighborhoods, plus ongoing issues including roads...

Beginnings:  a  proposed apartment complex up Trails End Road galvanized our first neighborhood organizer...


Tucson Mountain Park: our neighborhood associations facilitated significant additions to the Park, plus we work to promote its best use...

Protected Peaks and Ridges: GPANA provides consistent support for Pima County's Hillside Development Zone code prohibiting development of designated peaks and ridges...

Re-zoning and variance battles: we defeated takeout liquor licenses, apartment complexes, a resort, and similar proposals...

Road, utility, cell tower, and other issues: GPANA actively supports the Gateway Overlay and the Dark Skies zoning codes that preserve the rural character of our area...

Good neighbor benefits: include the opportunity to know your neighbors, info on neighborhood programs such as Neighborhood Watch, lost/found pets, and more...

Back-stories from Gates Pass: Mr. Gates, Tucson Mountain Park, the Bowen Stone House, Rancho de Las Lomas, the David Yetman Trail...

Thanks to GPANA members, our elected representatives and the Pima County staff who gave and give time to make all this happen...

Our Mission

is to act in the interests of the members on issues such as limiting commercial development, reducing litter and crime, and retaining environmental quality.

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