TPV resident appointed to Grand Canyon Association board

The Grand Canyon Association, the official non-profit partner of Grand Canyon National Park has appointed four new board members — including a resident of the Town of Paradise Valley — to its board of directions for 2016.

GCA’s all-volunteer, 15-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.

Mark Schiavoni

Mark Schiavoni

Members of the board share a passion and dedication to preserve and protect Grand Canyon National Park for future generations.

Joining the board of directors are Lyle Balenquah, Richard Foudy, Robert Lufrano, and Mark Schiavoni. Mr. Schiavoni is a resident of the Town of Paradise Valley.

“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.”

The new members are:

* Mark Schiavoni of Paradise Valley is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Arizona Public Service Company. Mr. 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 U.S. Navy.

Mr. Schiavoni is also a community leader, serving on the boards of the Valley of the Sun United Way, Heard Museum, Grand Canyon Association and Association of Edison Illuminating Companies.

He and his wife, Amy, are big supporters of the arts since and enjoy hiking and participation in canyon activities.

* Lyle Balenquah of Flagstaff, Hopi, is a member of the Greasewood clan from the Village of Bacavi. He has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University.

For over 15 years he has worked throughout the American Southwest as an archaeologist documenting ancestral Hopi settlements and their ways of life. Currently he works as an independent consultant but his experience includes time with the National Park Service, The Hopi Tribe, and the Museum of Northern Arizona.

* Richard Foudy of Fairfield, Conn., spent the majority of his career in the technology consulting business. He was appointed president and CEO of National Decision Systems Inc. in 1996 after joining the firm in 1982.

He retired after his firm was acquired in 2006.

He graduated from Fordham University with a master’s degree in Finance in 1979. He received a bachelor of science degree in Economics from Manhattan College.

Mr. Foudy is a native of New York and currently resides with his family in Fairfield, Conn. Over the years he has served on two, for-profit board of directors and has been actively involved with community associations.

* Robert Lufrano, M.D., of Jacksonville, Fla., is the retired chairman and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida and an emergency medicine physician by training.

He remains active working with a number of new business startups and new business development in healthcare, healthcare IT, and finance.

The 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.

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