About Us

Furnishing Dignity came into being as a result of what Joyce Petrowski loves to do – help people.

For years, Joyce has been an active volunteer and philanthropist with many non-profit organizations. Along the way, she found a need that was not being filled. For a variety of reasons, many families and individuals have a house, but need help with their furnishings. The idea for Furnishing Dignity began when Joyce helped a homeless woman who was transitioning into an apartment by collecting gently used household goods from friends and family. Word spread and Joyce was contacted two additional times to help people in need. As a result, Furnishing Dignity was founded in 2014 to help those in need transform their house into a home.

mugshot-joyceJoyce Petrowski, President
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 with many non-profit organizations for many years. In 2014, she founded Furnishing Dignity, a non-profit with a mission to help individuals and families dwell in dignity by providing basic household goods to transform a house into a home. Contact Joyce at joycep@furnishingdignity.org.

 

mugshot-anitaAnita Buckel, Secretary
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. Contact Anita at anitab@furnishingdignity.org

 

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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 the United Way and as a past president in the Phoenix Serra Club.

 

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Bill Sallurday
Bill is a Sales Executive with Experian and has over 25 years of experience in Sales & Marketing in technology related fields, including 16 years with IBM.  He has been an active participant in other non-profit and charitable organizations including Adopt-A-Family, Parent Organizations at schools and was a Board Member of HealthEast FCU.  Bill sees an even greater opportunity to help others via Furnishing Dignity.

 

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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.

 

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Jill Sciarappo
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.

 

Robert Burghart
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.

 

Erin Cornelius, Executive Director
Ms. Cornelius comes to Furnishing Dignity as our first full time Executive Director after leading one of our partner organizations. Prior to that, Erin worked with The Phoenix Symphony and Junior Achievement in their fundraising departments. Erin has over 20 years of nonprofit experience, working with youth in residential treatment, the juvenile court system, and outpatient counseling. Ms. Cornelius has extensive nonprofit experience having served in roles at all organizational levels, from program coordinator to CEO. Ms. Cornelius is a graduate of California State University San Bernardino with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and the University of Phoenix with a Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. In her free time, Ms. Cornelius is an avid runner, works with local animal rescue organizations, and has a passion for volunteering with organizations that serve youth. With a proven track record of growing organizations both financially and programmatically, Ms. Cornelius is honored and excited to share her vision and expertise with Furnishing Dignity. Erin can be contacted at erinc@furnishingdignity.org