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Grand Canyon Association appoints two new board members, a new Board Chair and Vice Chair

Flagstaff, Ariz. – The Grand Canyon Association (GCA), the official non-profit partner of Grand Canyon National Park, has appointed two new board members to its Board of Directors for 2017. GCA’s all-volunteer, 14-member board is comprised of business and community leaders from all over the United States who commit their time and expertise for the benefit and improvement of the association. Members of the Board share a passion and dedication to preserve and protect Grand Canyon National Park for future generations.

Howard Weiner has been appointed Board Chair and Mark Schiavoni has been appointed Board Vice Chair. Joining the Board of Directors are Teresa Gavigan and Teresa Kline.

"These appointments reflect GCA’s continued commitment to creating a diverse, collaborative board that will effectively lead GCA into the future," said Susan Schroeder, Chief Executive Officer of GCA. "Their professional expertise will be invaluable as we grow our capacity to serve the park."

Howard Weiner, Board Chair
Dallas, TX

Howard J. Weiner, M.D. has been practicing gastroenterology for over three decades in Dallas, Texas. He is the former president of the medical staff at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, and has held numerous leadership positions with physician groups, hospitals, and other health care business entities. He has served as a board member, officer, and/or chair on multiple nonprofit and for-profit boards. Weiner currently serves on the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation board of advisors. Along with his wife Karen, he is a passionate supporter of the arts. Weiner is an avid Grand Canyon hiker, and has participated in numerous Grand Canyon Field Institute classes, including a 2010 Colorado River trip.

Mark Schiavoni, Board Vice Chair
Paradise Valley, AZ

Mark Schiavoni is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Arizona Public Service Company (APS). Schiavoni oversees operations for APS’ non-nuclear generation, transmission and distribution, strategy, supply chain, resource management, environmental and sustainability, and customer service components. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President of Operations and Senior Vice President, Fossil Generation. Prior to joining APS in 2009, Schiavoni held various leadership positions in the electric utility industry and is a retired Naval Officer having spent 22 years in the US Navy. He is also a community leader, serving on the boards of the Valley of the Sun United Way, Heard Museum and Grand Canyon Association. Schiavoni and his wife Amy are big supporters of the Grand Canyon Association Celebration of Art since its inception and enjoy hiking and participating in canyon activities.

Teresa Gavigan
Philadelphia, PA

Teresa Gavigan is an attorney specializing in labor and employment law and has over 25 years’ experience as a Human Resources professional. She currently serves as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for a leading gasoline and convenience store retailer. Gavigan has served on a number of non-profit boards and currently serves on the Boards of Leadership Philadelphia, the Eastern Pa. American Red Cross, and Philadelphia Theatre Company. Along with her husband, Larry, she fell in love with the Grand Canyon on their first visit in 1980 and has returned numerous times to hike, take a mule ride, and enjoy the North and South Rims, including a GCA river trip in 2015.

Teresa Kline
Birmingham, MI

Teresa Kline is President and CEO of Health Alliance Plan (HAP) and Executive Vice President of Henry Ford Health System (HFHS). Kline has spent 35 years working in managed care and healthcare delivery. Her deep knowledge of health care market dynamics and regulations has enabled her to balance patient, physician, employer, and payer needs throughout her career. She serves on the Boards of Directors of LaunchPoint and Presbyterian Health Plan and on the Advisory Boards of NFANT and Medivo. Kline is a Limited Partner and Member of the CEO Council at Council Capital. Previously, she served as a Director and Chairman of the Board for Availity, Medecision, and Innovista Health Solutions. She began visiting and hiking National Parks at an early age and has a special affection for the Grand Canyon and its spectacular, colorful vistas.

About Grand Canyon Association

Grand Canyon is a national treasure, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and an international symbol of nature’s grandeur. As the official nonprofit partner, Grand Canyon Association provides private funding to enable Grand Canyon National Park to raise the margin of excellence for educational programs and preservation, build innovation in Park services, and support the necessities not currently funded by federal dollars. We inspire people to protect and enhance Grand Canyon National Park for present and future generations.

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Miriam Robbins
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