Angie Johnson Smith, founding Partner, Smith & Dale Philanthropic Counsel. Angie started a very successful consulting business 14 years ago. After 8 years she brought in her business partner, Deborah Dale, CFRE and formed Smith & Dale. She has 25 years of experience in providing organizational, development and capacity building counsel to hundreds of non-profit organizations both locally and nationally. More specifically she has managed several successful Feasibility Studies and Capital Campaigns.
Angie was named Outstanding Fundraising Professional in 2013 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. This honor was especially important because it is selected by peers in the industry. Angie has served on many boards of directors in order to give back, learn and walk the talk.
Angie is the newly elected Chair of the board of Homicide Survivors. On January 11, 2011, her twin sister, Carey Johnson was murdered in Prescott, Arizona. Going through this incredibly difficult and unique experience has made her seek out opportunities to serve and support programs that address behavioral health, homicide and domestic violence.
She is committed to continuing the success of the organization and its forward momentum in providing more vital services to people in incredibly difficult circumstances. Our dedicated board of directors and accomplished staff will ensure that Homicide Survivors continues to serve our community and the families of victims of homicide.
Angie is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and lives with her wonderful husband and two amazing daughters in Oro Valley, Arizona.
Elliot Glicksman has devoted his practice to representing crime victims, helping them navigate the criminal justice system and helping crime victims receive compensation for the devastating harm they have suffered. He is a Past President of the Arizona Association for Justice, a past Advisory Board Member for the National Crime Victims Bar Association and the recent past President of Homicide Survivors Inc. Among his legal accomplishments are his listing in Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and his AV rating in Martindale Hubbell. He has been certified as a Specialist in Wrongful Death cases by the State Bar for over 25 years.
Elliot was the first President of the Tucson Citizen’s Police Advisory Committee, and is a founder and the President of Jazz in January, the Tucson Jazz Festival. He has been twice named as one of the top 50 Pro Bono volunteer lawyers in the State of Arizona. In 2003, Elliot helped found Community of Concern at Salpointe Catholic High School Since then, he has spoken to parents at Salpointe Catholic High School’s Community of Concern twice a year on underage drinking. Years ago, Elliot began performing stand up comedy. Over the years, Elliot has served as either the emcee or auctioneer for the Gootter Foundation. This is but one of many charities to which Elliot has lent his talents. Over the years, Elliot has served as emcee, auctioneer or after dinner speaker for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Tucson Musicians Museum, Arts for All, the Tucson Girls Chorus, Integrative Touch for Kids, the Volunteer Lawyer banquet, the Educational Enrichment Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Ben’s Bellsand many others. For his work in the community, Elliot was the recipient of the Arizona Chapter of the American Jewish Committees’s 2014 Learned Hand Award for Community Service, he was the 2009 recipient of the Cystic Fibrosis Breath of Life Award, he was a National Philanthropy Day Award.
Sara McDermott, Computer Forensics Examiner - Loehrs & Associates Survivor of Homicide Victim
Sara McDermott is a computer forensics examiner with Loehrs & Associates, a computer forensics company. In 2012, McDermott, along side her mother, co-founded the Scott McDermott Sunflower Endowed Scholarship Fund at Salpointe Catholic High School, in memory of her father who was killed by a drunk driver.
McDermott joined our Board of Directors in 2013, in order to pay it forward to the same organization that once provided assistance to her and her family. As a board member, she continues contributing to the community by providing support for the families of murder victims.
David Johnson, Retired Accountant Survivor of Homicide Victim
David Johnson is a retired accountant who was the Controller for several non-profit corporations in healthcare and retirement living/long term care industry. He lives with his wife, Kristy, in SaddleBrooke, where she is a real estate agent for Long Realty. They are avid tennis players and enjoy visiting their summer home in Pinetop. They are survivors of a double homicide in 2000. David has been on the board of directors of Homicide Survivors since April of 2015.
Laura Liewen, CPA, Tax Manager
Laura has 20 years of public accounting experience. She specializes in income tax return preparation, compliance, and research for individuals and businesses. Her expertise is individual and S-Corporation taxation, multi-state taxation, and income tax credits, including the R & D credit. She also has experience preparing compiled and reviewed financial statements. Laura graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a major in accounting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Arizona Society of CPAs, and the Tucson Tax Study Group, Inc. Laura spends her free time riding and showing her horses.
Stephania O'Neill, Retired Non-Profit Director
Stephania O’Neill has been on the Board of Homicide Survivors since 2014. Stephania was a professor at the University of Cincinnati and Oakland University of Michigan. She was the Chief Operating Officer of To Our Health, a wellness organization , the Chief Executive Officer of Scottsdale Prevention Institute, the Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Specialist to the Administrator of Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, Chief Executive Officer of Compass Behavioral Healthcare, Chief Executive Officer of Moving Organizations Ahead (a management, consulting and technical assistance organization) and Director of Children and Family Services at La Frontera Center. She is an experienced therapist, teacher, and federal grant reviewer. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from St. Joseph’s College in Maryland and her Master’s Degree from Oakland University in Michigan.
Fred Tapia, Sacristan, St. Augustine’s Cathedral Bilingual Crisis Advocate Volunteer Secratery Pro-Tem Survivor of Homicide Victim
Mr. Federico “Fred” Tapia is originally from Douglas, AZ, he has been married for 44 years. He and his wife, Rita, have four grown children. Frances, Jaime, Angel, and Angie. Fred is a Vietnam Veteran, is a recipient of 13 awards including: 2 Bronze Stars, Sharpshooter, Combat Infantry Badge, and his National Defense Service Medal. He retired from the SAVAHCS – Southern Arizona Veteran’s Hospital in 1996 and since then has dedicated himself to investing his time and love to his family, friends, church, and community. He is an active volunteer in his church community serving at St. Augustine Cathedral. Fred is also a member of the Knights of Columbus and was a 4th Degree past Grand Knight.
Fred has volunteered with Homicide Survivors for 15 years. He is a member of the Board of Directors and a volunteer crisis advocate. Fred has assisted a multitude of families with compassion, empathy, and a genuine concern. He primarily provides crisis assistance to families of murder victims, but also helps many other families in need in our community. He is on call. He volunteers days, evenings & weekends, always willing to help. He meets victims at their homes and accompanies them to help make funeral arrangements. He provides support, guidance, and advice. Fred advocates for victims with funeral service providers and social service agencies. He has advocated & translated for victims with police & prosecutors, helping crime victims as they seek justice for their loved ones.
In 2008, Fred was awarded the “Angel de la Comunidad” by Funeraria Del Angel for his support and work to his community at their Inauguration and Ribbon Ceremony. Among other community awards and merits, he has also received a recognition award from the Pima County Attorney’s Office for Victim’s Services in 2007. An honorable recipient of the “2016 Spirit of Anthropology Award” from the Association for National Philanthropy Day in November 2016, which recognizes people that have made significant contributions and volunteered for non-profit organizations. Fred was recently invited to film an interview for a Vietnam Veteran Documentary for the PBS/Arizona Public Media studios here at the University of Arizona.
“Fred lives and exudes kindness; he is selfless; he is gentle; he always has a positive attitude; he is a joker & great storyteller; he has a warm spirit; a familiarity; being in his presence is a blessing”
- Gail Leland, Homicide Survivors founder (2008)
Monique Vallery, Vice-President Board Member
Monique Vallery has been on the Board of Directors of Homicide Survivors in 2016. Monique is the Events Director for the Historic Fourth Avenue Merchants Association. She has spent the last 15 years working both in corporate and non-profit event planning. She became involved with Homicide Survivors after the death of her sister-in-law Sheyla. Her commitment to the board is to try and pay forward the kindness and support that she and her family have received from Homicide Survivors. She spends her free time with her wife Maritza and their two amazing sons.
Marta “Marti” A. Vargas
Marti has more than 25 years of human resources executive management, organizational development, and business operations experience. She has dedicated 17 years of her professional career to non-profits in behavioral health and social services in Arizona. She is the Human Resources Director atPPEP, Inc. in Tucson.
Throughout her career, she has served on many Boards that support communities and services to others. Proudly she has been an active Board member at Interfaith Community Services (ICS) here in Tucson. In her past she has served on the Boards of La Frontera Arizona, Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Women’s Corporation and others.
Marti fulfills her personal and professional goals with lifetime achievements and dedication to her profession in human resources. She is an advocate for the betterment of communities, its members and those employees she serves. She enjoys being a force of change to help people realize dreams and bring dignity to those who embrace the challenges.
Marti is a proud, native, 4th generation Tucsonense, with her roots in the Barrio Viejo and still lives in the home she was raised in. As a life-long learner, she has attended Western International University and other Arizona colleges in pursuit of continued education in business administration and HR management. She is certified in various HR specialties. She is a certified trainer in leadership and supervisory coursework. She enjoys delivering training courses in Cultural Competency. She loves the beauty of Arizona, treasures her diversity, and the culture given to her from elders.