Staff & Board of DirectorsMeet the dedicated board members of Camp Colley.
Sarah Porter is an attorney, having graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree and obtaining her juris doctor from Arizona State University (ranking third in her class). She clerked for federal appellate Judge William Canby and was a litigator for Brown & Bain; Coppersmith Gordon Schermer Owens & Nelson, PLC; and Osborn Maledon PA. She left her law career in 2006 for Audubon because she wanted to contribute to a collaborative effort to address Arizona’s natural resource challenges. She now dedicates that focus to the Kyl Center for Water Policy at ASU.
Mackenzie “Mac” Woods
Mac is an associate at Osborn Maledon whose practice includes education law and nonprofit governance. Previously, Mac served as Deputy General Counsel at BASIS.ed where he worked directly on large-scale educational matters. Mac’s passion for education was ignited during his time as an eighth grade science teacher with Teach For America in Memphis, TN. There, he experienced just how important it is for zealous advocates to be in education and is why he decided to attend law school. Mac was an inaugural fellow in the New Schools for Phoenix Fellowship at the Arizona Charter Schools Association, a Summer Leaders Intern with Building Excellent Schools, and the first-ever legal fellow at the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools. Mac loves the outdoors, especially paragliding and hiking, and can be found from time to time longingly staring skywards.
Dale Larsen is a Professor of Practice, Honors Faculty and Director of Community Relations for the ASU College of Public Programs. He is a 40-plus year executive manager in municipal parks and recreation services, including 27 with the City of Phoenix. He is a noted textbook author and frequent speaker on leadership, management and parks. He and his wife have three children and nine grandchildren.
Flo Eckstein is a founding member of the Camp Colley Foundation board. She is publisher emeritus of Jewish News of Greater Phoenix and a former social worker. She served as chairman of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board and on many civic committees. She and her husband Paul have two adult sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.
Abbie S. Fink
Abbie S. Fink is vice president/general manager of HMA Public Relations. Her varied marketing communications background includes skills in media relations, digital communications/social media strategies, special event management, community relations, issues management and marketing promotions for both the private and public sectors, including such industries as healthcare, financial services, professional services, government affairs and tribal affairs, as well as not-for-profit organizations. She is a past board member for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale and Florence Crittenton Services of Arizona. Abbie has received countless awards and recognitions for her work to strengthen the community.
Fink holds both a master’s degree in mass communications and a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism/public relations from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication at Arizona State University. She is an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University and Phoenix College.
She resides in Scottsdale with her dog, Hildy.
Daniel Moran, Jr.
Danny is a seasoned digital marketing professional that has worked in the Valley for over 15 years. An ardent supporter of the community, Danny started volunteering with the Camp Colley Foundation in 2019 serving as a Co-chair for its first annual S’mores and Scholarship fundraising event. Passionate about making a difference for children in his community, Danny serves on the Board of Directors for Phoenix-based one n ten. Danny is a 2016 recipient of The Phoenix Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and is a 2019 graduate of Valley Leadership.
Gary Kaasa provides on-going strategic consulting services for RIESTER Public Affairs. He has led campaigns and public affairs in Phoenix for more than 30 years with a particular focus on research, message, outreach and development of strategic plans. Some of the countless local organizations Gary has provided support, advice and direction to are the City of Phoenix, Sky Harbor International Airport, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Maricopa Community Colleges, and the Maricopa Association of Governments. A former educator, Gary was an Economics and Advanced Placement Economics teacher in the Paradise Valley School District. Gary holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Marketing and teaching certificate from the University of Arizona. Currently Gary serves as President of the RIESTER Conservation Foundation.
Lifetime Board Member
Diana Brooks is a founding member of the Camp Colley Foundation board and served as its president for nine years. She served as chairman of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board. She benefited from her 10 summers as a camper when she was growing up and believes that all youth should have the opportunity of camp experience. She has two adult children.
Lifetime Board Member
Tim Riester is a founding member of the Camp Colley Foundation board. He is founder and CEO of RIESTER, one of the largest, privately held advertising companies in the western United States. He is a board member for the MaxInMotion Foundation and previously served as chairman of the board for Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters and Arizona Clean and Beautiful, and as a board member for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona. Tim and his wife Mirja have two sons. The Riesters are the former owners of the ranch now known as Camp Colley.
Penelope Colley Norville
Lifetime Board Member
Penelope Colley Norville is a founding member of the Camp Colley Foundation board. She has worked for the City of Phoenix Housing Department for 26 years, providing housing for low-income families and the elderly. She is the daughter of James A. Colley, for whom Camp Colley is named, and shares his vision of providing an outdoor experience for underprivileged youth.
Interim Executive Director
Alison Johnston is serving as Interim Executive Director for the Camp Colley Foundation. Alison has extensive experience working with many Arizona and national non-profit organizations on leadership, fundraising, grant writing and capital campaign projects raising more than $10M to date. Since arriving in Arizona in 2007, Alison has developed strong relationships with donors, foundations, and corporate sponsors throughout the Valley.
Alison understands the importance and significance of a camp experience having attended both day and sleep-away camps for most of her childhood and then becoming a counselor at the day camp she attended in her early years. Her husband, James, has more than 30 years of experience as a Camp Director for a sleep-away camp in Massachusetts.
Prior to starting her own company, Alison held various leadership roles in non-profit organizations including Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of The Phoenix Symphony; Chief Operating Officer of the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center; Executive Director of Ballet Arizona and Chief Operating Officer of PetSmart Charities. Earlier in her career, she spent 12 years with Citigroup Latin America and the Caribbean, holding various senior level positions in Nassau, Bahamas, Caracas, Venezuela and the United States.
Alison has her MBA in Marketing from the Joseph A. Martino School of Business at Fordham University, NY, and her B.S. of Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Alison is an avid golfer, swimmer and fitness enthusiast and enjoys the outdoors as well as spending time with her family and friends.