Meet Our Board of Directors

Tom Slonaker

Tom Slonaker

President
(Retired) Chief Investment Officer
& EVP First Interstate Bancorp

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Tom Slonaker’s career consisted of managing strategy and operations of large financial institutions including BT Mellon, First Interstate and Federated Investors. His last position was Chief Investment Officer and Executive Vice President of First Interstate Bancorp, the holding company of First Interstate Bank. After retirement, Tom served as a Presidential appointee as the Special Trustee for American Indians in Washington D.C. Tom now serves as a trustee of Allegheny College (Pennsylvania) and as chair of their budget and finance committee.

Tom and his wife, Nina, have had a home in Payson for 16 years and have six children and seven grandkids. He is a graduate of Williams College and the Harvard Business School.

Janet Vidnovic

Janet Vidnovic

Treasurer
Investment Advisor, Hill Place Advisors

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For nearly 30 years, Janet Vidnovic has managed investment portfolios, accounting and the family office of a wealthy Pittsburgh family. Janet invests additional client assets through her registered investment advisory firm, Hill Place Advisors.

Janet always has been active in her community. She currently serves on the Boards of the Aspire Arizona Foundation and Rim Country Educational Foundation. She was a member of the Volunteer Planning Committee for a University Campus in Payson and Co-chaired the fundraising effort for the university land acquisition. Janet and her husband Nick raised their family in Peters Township, PA (a suburb south of Pittsburgh.) While living in Pennsylvania, Janet co-chaired fundraising for a Library addition, and served on the Planning Commission, Town Council and the Park and Recreation Board.

Vidnovic graduated with a BA in Economics from Rice University, and earned a Masters in Industrial Administration (MBA) from Carnegie Mellon University and earned. Janet and Nick Vidnovic moved to Payson in 2010 and enjoy hiking, golf, and exploring the Southwest. They have two adult children.

Sanja Long

Sanja S. Long

Secretary
CEO, MHA Foundation

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Sanja S. Long has served as the CEO both the MHAF Foundation, since its inception in June 2015, and its predecessor organization the Mogollon Health Alliance (MHA), since March 2012. As CEO, Long orchestrates several major events held by the MHAF which enhance or promote health, education and wellness in the Payson community. Events include: MHAF Women’s Wellness Forum, the MHAF Community Health & Care Fair and the MHAF’s annual Black & White Ball fundraiser.

Sanja currently sits on the Boards of several non-profit organizations in Rim Country, including Aspire Arizona Foundation, Rim Country Educational Foundation and Rim Country Chamber of Commerce. She was a member of the Volunteer Planning Committee for a University Campus in Payson.

Prior to joining MHAF, Long was on active duty as a captain in the U. S. Army and served as a military lawyer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corp, stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington. She earned a BA in Accounting from North Carolina State University, and graduated from law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1991. She passed the bar exams in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Nevada. Sanja moved to Payson in 2006 and has two daughters.

Board Members

Chelle K. Barth
Marketing & Sales Executive, Rim Country Health

Patti Beauchanp
Corporate Trainer, Intel Corporation

Dr. Charles Beier
D.D.S. Charles Beier Dentistry

Dan Bonar
Principal, Bonar & Associates Insurance Agency

Richard Johnson
(Retired) Tax and Estate Attorney

Peter Kennedy
(Retired) Kraft Kennedy – Technology Consulting

Margaret Michels
AT&T Communications Executive

Harvey Pelovsky
Owner/Administrator, Rim Country Health

Paige Porter
Homemaker/Mother

History of the AAF

The Rim Country Educational Foundation (RCEF), LLC, and entity of the MHA Foundation, served as a forerunner of the Aspire Arizona Foundation. Through the RCEF, approximately 200 donors, primarily those with homes in Payson, made donations ranging between $100 and $25,000 for a total of $190,000, including grants. These donations were used to pay required pre-development expenses to acquire the land from the United States Forest Service. Through the generous support from the MHA Foundation, the RCEF funded the $4.1 million acquisition of the 243 acre USFS site in October, 2015 and has been paying for design and engineering plans for the new campus.  When permanent financing for the project is complete, pre-development funds will be repaid and become the seeds of the AAF endowment.