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Board Matters

2023 Board Members
Denise Garland, President

Gary Bruins, Vice President

Donna Snyder, Secretary

Sue King, Treasurer

Tony Knight, Member

​Karen Sweeney, Member

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And with thanks...

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


GPANA and TMWNA Board Presidents - past and present: William Saller, Roger Carpenter, Donald Uhlir, Keith Johnson, Joe Jablonski, Barbara Fleming, Gary Kordosky, Denise Garland


GPANA and TMWNA Board members - past and present: Mike Addis, Melisa Ambers, Bill Bracker, Gary Bruins, Olivia Cajero Bedford, Hector Campoy, Helene Cann, Judy Constantine, Janice Crowder-Torrez, Joan Darnell, Pat Darnell, Doris Evans, Denise Garland, Joanne Garry, Bruce Gungle, Ellie Hawkins, Richard "Pete" Hawkins, Ethan Henderson, Michael Jones, Suzanne King, Tony Knight, Carolyn Leigh, Diane Luety, Laural Park, Bob Smith, Jack Snider, Donna Snyder, Karen Sweeney, Al Weigel, Patricia Wersal, Jim Wilson, Roger Wolf, John Zadrozny, Nancy Zeller (Please send us any names we may have inadvertently omitted.)


Contributing area elected officials - past and present: Congressman Raúl Grijalva (formerly our District 5 Supervisor, Pima County Board of Supervisors), current District 5 Supervisor  Adelita S. Grijalva, current District 3 Supervisor Sharon Bronson. Also the late State Representative/State Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford and the late District 5 Supervisor Richard Elías. Both are sorely missed for their commitment and contributions to our Gates Pass area.


Pima County Staff: former Pima County Administrator, Chuck Huckleberry. Current Pima County Administrator, Jan Lesher

Board Minutes and Bylaws
Our latest board Meeting was held May 13, 2023 via Zoom. Click the "Latest Minutes button below to see the minutes from that meeting.

Meet the Board, 2023
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 California 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. Denise says the Sonoran Desert is her sanctuary.

Gary Bruins, Vice President

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.

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.

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.

Karen Sweeney, Member
Karen moved to Tucson in March of 1978 and was instantly hooked on the Sonoran Desert. She worked at the School for the Deaf and Blind until 1985 and taught 2nd-4th graders in Flowing Wells until retirement. She and her husband Bob recently moved into their new house on Placita de Laroca. They hike the neighboring washes daily, and enjoy their welcoming neighbors.

NOTE: Due to family obligations that require traveling out of state, Ethan Henderson has retired from the board. We miss you on the board Ethan, but hope to see you at our future events or around the hood. Thank you for your service!

We are always looking for enthusiastic folks who love our Gates Pass Area to serve on the board. If you would like to learn more about what that would entail, or would like to volunteer to serve, please email us at

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