Sandra Day O’Connor Institute names three new board members, two new advisory board members

The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute has appointed Chevy Humphrey, Mi-Ai Parrish and Gay Wray to its board of directors for three-year terms.

Board officers they join for the 2016-17 year are Chairman Peter M. Hayes, Salt River Project associate general manager and chief public affairs executive; Vice Chairman Deborah Bateman, executive vice president, National Bank of Arizona as vice chairwoman; Secretary Dick Silverman, of counsel for Jennings Strouss & Salmon; and Treasurer John Evancevich, SRP audit projects manager.

Mr. Hayes called the additions extraordinary leaders and noted that Ms. Wray, a founding board member of the institute, is rejoining as advancement chairman.

“The three new board members and our two new advisory board members are outstanding additions for the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute,” added Sarah Suggs, O’Connor Institute president and CEO.

New board members:

Chevy Humphrey

Chevy Humphrey

Chevy Humphrey, serves since 2006 as the Arizona Science Center president and CEO, overseeing the $12 million operation of the 164,000-square-foot facility, with more than 330 employees and volunteers; and more than 500,000 visitors, including 167,000 Arizona students, visiting the center yearly.

Before joining the science center, Ms. Chevy served as the director of development for The Phoenix Symphony.

She held similar positions at the University of Houston, the University of Texas at Austin Performing Arts Center and The Houston Symphony. Along with her work at the Arizona Science Center, she has served on local, state, national and international boards and committees.

Gay Wray

Gay Wray

Gay Firestone Wray, lead in the establishment of O’Connor House, initially helping to relocate the original adobe home, and has supported its many projects and programs over the years. She is a philanthropist with a long history in leadership roles, including the Smithsonian National Board, as well as other notable philanthropic organizations.

Ms. Wray is president of the Roger S. Firestone Foundation, an advisory trustee of the Phoenix Country Day School, a life-member of the Barrows Neurological Institute, and a member of Hospice of the Valley.

A former director of Bank of America, Arizona, her past philanthropic associations included the Phoenix Zoo Auxiliary, Charter 100, Senator’s Cup, Valley Shakespeare Theatre, and Christ Church Memorial Garden.

Mi-Ai Parrish

Mi-Ai Parrish

Mi-Ai Parrish, president and publisher of Republic Media, which includes the Arizona Republic and, previously served as president and publisher of The Kansas City Star Media Company and Idaho Statesman.

She is a two-time Pulitzer Prize juror, a longtime member of the Asian American Journalists Association, and was named one of the 100 Most Important Minority Journalists of the Last Century.

She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame in 2013.

New advisory board members:

Joseph P. Anderson: The former Chairman and CEO of Schaller Anderson, Inc., co-founded in 1986 the national healthcare management and administrative services organization that was acquired by Aetna, Inc. in July 2007. He is a past board president of the Central Arizona Shelter Services and served on the Dean’s Council of 100, a select group of prominent business leaders who provide support for the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. A member of the Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board, he also serves on the ArchCare Board of Trustees to fulfill Archdiocese of New York the healthcare mission. Currently, he is founder and chairman of Benovia Winery in Sonoma County, California.

Alan Day, Justice O’Connor’s brother, said he was destined to be a cowboy from the day he was born. He is part of the third generation to grow up on the 200,000-acre Lazy B cattle ranch, straddling the high deserts of southern Arizona and New Mexico. The ranching and cowboy lifestyle appealed to him so much that after graduating from the University of Arizona, he returned to manage Lazy B for the next 40 years. During his career, he received numerous awards for his dedicated stewardship of the land. He and his notable sister co-authored the New York Times bestselling memoir, Lazy B, which chronicles the story of the Day family and growing up on a harsh yet beautiful southwestern ranch.

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