The Clearinghouse is an all-volunteer project of Pima Council on Aging (PCOA) under the direction of the Manager of Volunteer Services.
Meet the Volunteer Clearinghouse Staff
Joyce Finkelstein, Program Manager
Joyce worked for Pima Community College before becoming the executive director of the Green Valley CommunityCoordinating Council, now GVC, in 1999. After retiring in 2009, Joyce threw herself into community service and as President of the Green Valley Recreation Board of Directors. She also served as Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer of GVR and has chaired the Bylaws, Nominations and Elections, Board Affairs and the Planning and Fiscal Affairs Committees. She is currently a Board member of the Greater Green Valley Community Foundation, and past president of the Rotary Club of Green Valley and currently serves as an Assistant Governor of Rotary District 5500. Joyce also served as president of the Country Fair White Elephant Board. Other groups, but not all, in which Joyce volunteers is the Freeport-McMorran Foundation, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, Pima Council on Aging, Beth Shalom Temple Center and is a volunteer mediator for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.
John Geiger, Program Manager Emeritus
John was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received his Ph.D. from Marquette University and served for a while as a teacher and Principal at the Milwaukee Psychiatric Hospital School. He moved to Ohio to become a professor at the University of Dayton where he taught and became the Provost and Senior Vice President.
He retired and moved with Teri, his wife of forty-two years, to Green Valley. Since moving, he has taught part-time at the University of Arizona, been a volunteer tutor at Continental School, was President of the Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area, served on the Green Valley Council, the Arizona Public Media Board and the Board of Directors of Pima Council on Aging. He is a member of the Freeport-McMoRan Community Investment Committee. Since 2009, he has been the program coordinator at the Green Valley/Sahuarita Volunteer Clearinghouse, which he helped to establish.
Diane Diamond, Editor/Workshop Manager
Diane, a CAE (Certified Association Executive), served the association and banking industry in several capacities in the Chicago area for over 25 years, retiring in 2008 and moving to Arizona in 2009. She has volunteered as the Vice President of Media Relations for the Southern Arizona Chapter of SCORE and wrote their weekly Biz Tip column in Monday’s Arizona Daily Star. She currently volunteers for the White Elephant Thrift Store and the Green Valley/Sahuarita Volunteer Clearinghouse and manages their Facebook pages.
For 13 years prior to retirement, she was the Vice President, Director of Professional Development for the Financial Managers Society (www.fmsinc.org), a professional society for 1,600 chief financial officers and financial managers of community banks, thrifts and credit unions. She was responsible for the development and management of a national conference, thirty plus regional meetings and over twenty on-line seminars in addition to the production of publications (books and CDs).
She has been in association management since 1987 working for both a state and national trade associations for bankers (Financial Managers Society, Illinois Credit Union League and The Institute of Financial Education). She also served as the Director of Training at a community bank and taught various courses at the junior college level. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education (Miami University, Ohio) and a master’s degree in human development (University of Illinois).
Bonna Cunningham, Partner Relations/Volunteer Resources
Bonna is a native of Pennsylvania and has been a volunteer with Senior Corps for more than 10 years, active both in North Dakota and Arizona. She received her bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Syracuse University and her master’s degree in medical microbiology from the University of North Dakota’s School of Medicine. Bonna began her professional career at the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York and the VA Medical Center in Madison, Wisconsin. After relocating to North Dakota, Bonna worked for the North Dakota State Department of Health and was an adjunct professor at the University of North Dakota’s School of Medicine. At the time of her retirement, she was the Director of the State Public Health Laboratory and President of the North Dakota Board of Clinical Laboratory Practice.
In 2011, Bonna and her husband permanently moved to Green Valley. Finding volunteering to be an important personal value, she has served on the RSVP Advisory Council and the Parkinson’s Support Group of Green Valley’s Board. She also volunteers at CASA Community Services, Joyner Green Valley Library, ServeYes! and several area hospices. In addition Bonna enjoys sharing her piano entertainment talents at community events. She has been volunteering with the Green Valley/Sahuarita Volunteer Clearinghouse since 2011, managing the web site, database and online volunteer placement services.
Wesley Whitman, Volunteer Orientation/Office Staff
Wes grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He has a BA in Psychology from Muhlenberg College and an MA in Industrial Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Much of his career was spent working in Human Resources departments in New York City. The last eight years before he retired he was an Adjunct Instructor at Muhlenberg in the Psychology Department.
Wes and his wife Lori moved from Pennsylvania in 2004, currently residing in Quail Creek. Since that time, he has become an active volunteer in many organizations. He has worked as a docent at both Titan Missile Museum and Pima Air and Space Museum. He developed and taught two classes for the local branch of OLLI in Green Valley. He has been with Valley Assistance Services since 2010, conducting a workshop in Financial Literacy. He currently is a member of the Senior Medicare Patrol for Pima Council on Aging, presenting talks on preventing Medicare fraud. Wes also is an instructor for the AARP Smart Driver course. He is now with the Green Valley/Sahuarita Volunteer Clearinghouse, developing the volunteer orientation program.
Gary Kissinger, Database Applications Developer
Gary has a B.S degree in Information technology and B.S. in Business Management. He worked in computer industry for 30 years as a programmer through an Executive Vice President. Currently he is retired in Green Valley, developing database applications for non-profits.
Janie Perkins, Youth Program/Special Events Manager
Janie was born and raised in North Platte, Nebraska where she met her husband Tim. They celebrated their forty sixth anniversary this past October. She relocated to the Denver, Colorado area for a long career in telecommunications with U S WEST. After thirty three years of telecommunications she retired and started a new career in selling residential real estate.
In 2010, Janie and Tim moved to Green Valley full time. She has been an active volunteer with The Animal League of Green Valley, Mobile Meals on Wheels, her HOA, Caregiver, and most recently joined the Green Valley-Sahuarita Volunteer Clearinghouse as their special events coordinator.
Tim Perkins, Financial Officer/Community Tours Manager
Tim was born and raised in North Platte, Nebraska where he met and married his wife Janie. He began his career in finance in North Platte but early on moved to the Denver, Colorado area with Janie and son Shane to begin his career in banking. He worked in the field of finance for almost 40 years retiring as a Regional President for Heritage Bank in Lafayette.
He bought his first house in Green Valley in 2004 and moved here permanently in 2010. Over the years he has been a member of the Lions Club, Rotary, Erie Economic Development, and Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. He was on the Board and President of the Sister Carmen Center in Lafayette, a food pantry and thrift store. He is currently Treasurer of his HOA. He became involved with the GVSVC in February of 2012 after moving to Green Valley full time.