To transform lives through community, compassion and essential home furnishings.


Everyone should have the comforts of a home.


Being kind Everyone being seen The Human Spirit Comfort and safety of a home Community partnerships

Our Staff

Sara Gonzalez

Interim Executive Director

Tamara Silva

Volunteer Coordinator

Christian Colon

Program Coordinator and Warehouse Manager

Our Roots



Need is determined

Furnishing Dignity is incorporated and granted 501(c)(3) nonprofit status


Board of Directors is established

Strategic planning is implemented

Social media is launched

First client is served


First part-time employee is hired

Two Intel Encore Fellows are contracted

Established partnership with Get Your Move On donated monthly moving services

100th household is transformed


First Executive Director is hired

Established partnership with Just-In Time for donated monthly moving services

Established partnership with Tuft & Needle for donated mattresses

Established partnership with Patrick Peterson Foundation for Success for monthly mini reading corner.

250th household is transformed

Over 140 volunteers donated their time


Purchased our first box truck

Two additional part-time employees are hired

Strategic planning is updated

400th household is transformed

Over 280 volunteer donated their time


Rebranding is completed with new mission and vision statements

Website revamp

500th household is transformed

Board of Directors

Robert Burghart, Board President
Robert is Senior Vice President of Investments and manages the Southwest Complex for Raymond James, which includes offices in Arizona and New Mexico. He and his team focus on investment management for reinsurance companies, captive insurance companies and individual wealth. Originally from Chicago, Robert has served on the Board of Directors for a number of well known Arizona nonprofits. Recognizing the important need that Furnishing Dignity fills in the community, Robert is proud to join a group of like-minded volunteers to help local individuals and families transition their lives with dignity. Outside of work, Robert enjoys spending time with his daughter Taylor and is an automotive enthusiast.


jill-sciarappoJill Sciarappo, Board Vice President
Jill has worked for Intel Corporation for more than 20 years and her career has grown from a manufacturing technician at a fab to chief of staff for the Internet of Things Solutions Group. She is also a leading voice in the Women at Intel program and is a role model and mentor for many technical women. In additional to her duties at Intel, Jill is a skills based volunteer. She is a VP and board member of the National Charity League, a seamstress for the Arizona Cardinals cheerleaders, has provided marketing support for a group of cloistered nuns and served on the Board of Trustees for a local high school and enjoys spending time with her family.


Melanie LaDue, Board Secretary
Melanie is the Gives Back Lead at Tuft & Needle, a Phoenix-based mattress company doing amazing things in the industry, from how they make and sell mattresses to how they give back to the community. After 12 years as an elementary school teacher, Melanie used her passion for education to grow the school fundraising program at T&N, ultimately providing her the opportunity to lead all of the company’s social mission initiatives. By building relationships with communities and creating outside-of-the-box opportunities, she is able to make T&N’s belief that “everyone deserves a great night’s sleep”, more reachable each day. She proclaims to have the best job in the company…wouldn’t you agree?


mugshot-joyceJoyce Petrowski, Board Treasurer
After working in the accounting profession for over fifteen years in both the public and private sector, Joyce left the accounting profession to spend more time with her family. Joyce has been an active volunteer and philanthropist for many years.  In addition to serving on boards, she has volunteered with her children’s school, church and many other social service agencies.  She enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.  Contact Joyce at joycep@furnishingdignity.org


Michelle Manning
Michelle is a Multimedia Strategist with the Phoenix Business Journal. She has over 20 years experience in sales and account management in business to business sales in Phoenix. Michelle enjoys making connections between business leaders of all kinds including non-profits. Michelle plans to help Furnishing Dignity with branding and exposure to new audiences, and help to raise awareness in terms of the organization’s mission and vision.


Nina Targovnik
Nina has been an attorney for 15 years all of them with Community Legal Services, one year in housing law and the rest practicing employment and education law. Before law school, Nina was a Special Education teacher and program developer for different local non-profits. Nina grew up in Phoenix and is a loyal Suns and ASU fan. She has two Master’s degrees, one in Special Education and one in Justice Studies. In addition to being over-educated, Nina was a member of Valley Leadership Class 36 and participated in the Arizona Town Hall session on poverty and was a recorder for the session of Education Funding in Arizona. She continues to volunteer with the Town Hall. Nina taught Juvenile Law at Arizona Summit Law School for three years. At home, she relaxes with her four dogs and scrapbooks while trying to ignore her teenage daughter’s request to borrow the car. She also likes to take pictures and tries to read 50 books a year.


Sameer Patel
Sameer is the Founder/Director of Opti Consulting Group, a supply chain & operations consultancy based in Phoenix, Arizona. Sameer also serves as the Managing Director of X2 Equity’s North American operations including portfolio management, support and advisory services. Sameer brings over 15 years of leadership experience in management, supply chain & logistics to our Board of Directors. Outside of work, Sameer enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with his 2 very active sons.

Brand Ambassadors

Furnishing Dignity’s Ambassadors offer their expertise and leadership to advance the visibility, mission, and vision of Furnishing Dignity and to endorse, enhance, and expand Furnishing Dignity’s fundraising opportunities.


mugshot-gregGreg Petrowski
Greg is a Senior Vice President and one of the founding Directors of GPW and Associates, Inc., an actuarial consulting and captive management firm located in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to serving on several industry related Boards and Committees, he has been an active volunteer in the Phoenix community for nearly thirty years serving as a Big Brother with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and as a past president with the Phoenix Serra Club.



Derek Greene
The founder and owner of Get Your Move On, LLC, has always enjoyed volunteering and donating to local charities. He has been on the board for Walk Now Autism Speaks and continues to volunteer and donate logistical support each year. Derek strengthens the board through his many years of moving and business experience, while also donating a portion of his storage and moving services monthly. He also donates to UMOM, the largest homeless shelter in Phoenix, where he helps to move families in their re-housing program. When not volunteering and overseeing his company, Derek likes to work out and spend time with his family.



Anita Buckel
A life-long volunteer, Anita has worked with non-profit organizations in the Phoenix area since 2006. She has served church, school and the greater community in various volunteer capacities including: treasurer, fundraising auction chair, procurement chair,  den leader, committee chair and merit badge counselor. Her service here in Phoenix has primarily aided St. John Bosco Catholic School, St. Benedict Parish, Seton Catholic High School and the Boy Scouts of America.


George Belokas
George is a Vice President and Actuary of GPW and Associates, Inc. He served a three year officer term for the Casualty Actuaries of the Desert States, is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, and is a member of the Arizona Captive Insurance Association. George volunteers his time supporting local actuarial students and serves on the Actuarial Science Advisory Board for Arizona State University. He is an avid supporter of local charities and is excited to serve on Furnishing Dignity’s Ambassadors Board.


Patrick Peterson
Patrick has been a professional football player with the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League since he was drafted in 2011. Patrick has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of his seven professional seasons and was named to the All Pro team three times. In addition to Patrick’s many football accomplishments, he is also actively involved in his community. In 2012 Patrick started the Patrick Peterson Foundation for Success to provide low income and inner city youth with opportunities and resources to reach their full potential. Programs include Pick out a Book, Shop with a Jock and Patrick’s Corner, which consists of providing a reading section in libraries in Title I schools and inner-city community centers. The Patrick’s Corner program partnered with Furnishing Dignity in 2017, providing bookshelves, bean bag chairs, floor rugs and books to specific families with small children to promote literacy and the love of reading.


Bill Sallurday
Bill is a Sales Executive with over 28 years of experience in Sales, Marketing & Business Development in technology companies, including 16 years with IBM. He has been an active participant in non-profit and charitable organizations throughout his career including a recent term as a Board Member of Furnishing Dignity. Bill has also served as a Board Member of HealthEast FCU in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Other charities he’s supported over the years include Adopt-A-Family and Dads’ Club Organizations at his two daughters’ schools..