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Jeffrey Abbett
Jeffrey Abbett

Jeffrey Abbett is the co-founder and a member of the board of directors of the Abbett Family Foundation. He is a retired healthcare executive and held leadership roles at Banner Health, Apogee Physicians, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Tucson Medical Center. Jeff received his MBA in 2000 and is completing a doctorate in organizational leadership. He also earned a nonprofit professional (CNP) certification from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation. Jeff has lived in Arizona since 1982 and currently resides in Phoenix. He served as the board president of the MHC Healthcare Foundation for six years. Jeff is passionate about the work of the Abbett Family Foundation and remarked that “we are very proud to continue our family’s century-long commitment of service to our communities and our country.”

Tim Wilcox

Tim Wilcox has been an Investment Advisor/Securities Analyst/Portfolio Manager with Sonora Investment Management since 2003 and a Partner in the firm since 2007. He started his career as a Financial Consultant with Shearson Lehman Brothers in Oklahoma City in 1993. In 1996, he joined Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. in Tucson as a Financial Consultant and advanced to Senior Branch Manager before joining the Sonora team. Tim is from Oklahoma and received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Oklahoma State University in 1993. He lives in Oro Valley with his wife, two dogs, and a cat. He has a daughter and son both college graduates pursuing their American dream. He enjoys golfing, music, movies, hiking, history, sports, and travel.

Renee Cruz

The heart and soul of Renee’s life is her family. Her rich familial experiences have empowered her journey in both the public and private sectors. As a dual licensed realtor in Arizona and Real Estate Broker with The Agency Maui, she has managed the delicate balance of fostering business growth while protecting and preserving the interests of her clients and communities. Previously, Renee served as Vice President of Trinity Mortgage in Tucson Arizona, and for six years on the Affordable Housing Commission in Marana, AZ, to address housing inequality and promote homeownership opportunities for those in need. Part of Renee’s philanthropic endeavors includes her role as a Director for the Abbett Family Foundation and a two-term Marana Host Lions Club Presidency. She has also led notable fundraising and food drive efforts for the Maui Food Bank and the Marana Food Bank, in a pursuit to combat food insecurity.

Jenniffer Jarvis
Director and Foundation Manager

Jenniffer Jarvis, MEd, CNP has more than 20 years of combined experience in business management, project management, and administration. She has a Master of Education in Instructional Design, a Bachelor of Science in Business, as well as a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) Credential through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation. Jenniffer is a Co-Founder and Director of Operations for EPIC Disability Advocacy and the Instructional Designer for community education and professional development. Jenniffer also works in a consulting capacity for small businesses, providing website management, development, marketing, operations management, material design, project management, and administrative services. Jenniffer is a long-term Arizona native and resides in Phoenix with her husband and children. She and her family are very passionate about serving the community and finding sustainable solutions to meet the community’s needs.