Our mission is to restore hope, rebuild lives, and end homelessness.

Executive Team

Jackson Fonder

Jackson Fonder

Chief Executive Officer

Jackson has made a career of bringing people together to solve big, complex issues that positively impact the community. Service is the common thread of his career, which spans three major sectors: nonprofit, business, and the military.

For the last decade, Jackson has had the honor of serving some of the country’s most vulnerable populations who struggle with basic health and human services needs. Most recently, as the President and CEO of Catholic Charities Madison, he worked with a staff of 400 employees, 1,500 volunteers, a board of directors, and community leaders to respond to the growing needs of the marginalized in South Central Wisconsin and effect positive change.

Before joining the nonprofit world, Jackson spent 15 years as the executive director of USAA’s Phoenix Campus, leading the day-to-day operations and community outreach for its largest customer service center outside the home office. During his tenure, he honed his leadership skills and learned from exceptional mentors who instilled in him the meaning of teamwork and customer service.

Jackson’s career began in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard, where for over 22 years, he learned the power of focused discipline and collaboration. At a young age, he was afforded the unique opportunity to lead projects and people, culminating in serving as the Commander’s chief advisor and as Director of Protocol at the White House Communications Agency.

Jackson earned his bachelor of science degree in business management from Park University and an MBA from the University of the Incarnate Word. He also was awarded a leadership certificate from Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation and completed executive programs from Harvard Business School and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

When he is not running toward challenges, Jackson is just running – a lot. As an ultrarunner, he enjoys pushing himself with lofty goals and then making them happen. An aficionado of bow ties and caramel lattes, Jackson and his wife Kathleen have three grown children and a beloved dog named Blue.

Tish Brown-Gambino

Letticia Brown-Gambino

Chief Program Officer

Letticia “Tish” Brown-Gambino comes to UMOM as an experienced licensed professional counselor and program officer with a long career in preventing and ending homelessness through her work in supportive housing for families and individuals. She has more than two decades of experience as a director of housing, supportive, and community services for established organizations such as the YMCA, Catholic Charities, and Columbus House, creating and managing supportive housing, rapid re-housing, and shelter programs.

Letticia earned her bachelor’s degree from Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire and her master’s degree in counseling psychology at Southern Connecticut State University.

Steven Stivers

Steven Stivers

Chief Operating Officer

When it comes to nonprofit and for-profit organizations, Steven Stivers knows what makes them tick and how to adjust to make them extraordinary.

As Chief Operation Officer for UMOM New Day Centers, Steven oversees talent, finance, housing, and UMOM’s facilities and property management. His specialty is designing system-level changes that improve efficiency, effectiveness and consistency of operations.

Before joining UMOM in 2016, Steven spent eight years in senior management positions. He was Executive Director for the Homeless ID Project located at the Human Services Campus in Phoenix, Director of Operations for a non-profit focused on Workforce Development and Manager for a multi-million-dollar restaurant.

Steven graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Studies from Arizona State University.

What draws you to this kind of work?
For me, the draw is working alongside smart, passionate, and dedicated change-makers who are leveraging their talents for social good. I believe work should be purposeful and guided by your passions. I have always been passionate about combating extreme poverty in the world, and while that is a big audacious goal – I am driven by the large-scale nature of the challenge.

Monique Lopez

Monique Lopez

Chief Strategy Officer

With more than 15 years of non-profit experience, Monique Lopez specializes in program evaluation, database implementation, big picture organizational strategy, Theory of Change (TOC) articulation, and performance management. With both an evaluation and programmatic background, she brings a unique blend of experience to large-scale evaluation initiatives that include strategic planning, outcome development, TOC implementation, continuous quality improvement, and organizational learning.

In her role as Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), Monique provides high-level leadership, strategic insight, and evaluation-focused support in UMOM’s goal of preventing and ending homelessness for the most vulnerable individuals, youth, and families in Arizona. She is responsible for Evaluation & Learning, Information Technology, Social Enterprise, Coordinated Entry, and Government Grant Writing.

Monique holds a B.A. in Sociology from U.C. Berkeley and an M.S. in Justice Studies from San Jose State University. Monique is a Certified Administrator of Efforts to Outcomes (ETO).

Why do you love working at UMOM?

UMOM is special to me because we have talented staff, amazing community support, and an impactful program model that produces results. I believe that everyone deserves a chance at a better life and UMOM is a place that allows me to spend my time working on behalf of underserved and underrepresented people.

Sandra Searle

Chief Development Officer

Sandra Searle, CFRE, is recognized as a leader in the nonprofit and fundraising arenas.

She is the Chief Development Officer for UMOM, the largest homeless shelter serving families, single women, and youth in Arizona. Sandra has been a professional fundraiser in the Phoenix area for more than twenty-five years, working with varied organizations in the social service, environmental and medical sectors. Additionally, she has served as a Board member and volunteer with several groups within the Phoenix community.

A recipient of numerous personal and professional accolades—she is most proud of being her 8th-grade Spelling Bee Champion and has the trophy to prove it! Additionally, Sandra was honored as the 2010 Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year by the Greater Arizona AFP Chapter and is designated a Master Trainer by AFP International. Sandra was named a 2016 Dignity Health Human Kindness award winner. Nominated by her colleagues from departments throughout the hospital, less than 1% of Dignity Health employees are recognized for this prestigious honor.

Sandra is an Arizona native and graduate of the University of Arizona. She keeps family and friends fully stocked with heirloom vegetables from her organic salsa garden in her spare time. This last year has become more difficult since her llama, Tallulah Olive, has discovered a taste for tomato and pepper plant leaves! 

Board of Directors

Greg
Kris
Matt Benjamin
Amy
Kathleen
Matt
Daniel