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 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?
Joyce 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 email@example.com
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 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 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.