Meet the Board

Mark Tate


Mark retired on January 1, 2011 after 30 years of working for Raytheon in Tucson. The past 4 years Mark worked in the Vail School District as a Volunteer Coordinator and in the Counseling department at Andrada Polytechnic High School where he was “grandpa” to over 600 teenagers.

What motivated you to serve on the ReSources board?
I read a book called “From Success to Significance” by Lloyd Reeb which encouraged me to use my work skills to be of significance in the community. I have always been encouraged to see how the greater Vail community works together. I also saw the needs of the community and want to work with others to make a difference.

What’s your favorite part about living in Vail?
I am originally from Nebraska and I feel Vail is much like a small town in the Midwest, although we are right outside of Tucson. It is exciting to see how the school district, faith-based community and neighbors work together to improve our area. It is truly a community where “neighbors help neighbors.”

What is your hope for Vail’s future?
I hope to have ReSources provide tools to help all those in our community who have a need by partnering with existing programs or by identifying new opportunities. We have been blessed to be a blessing.

0L8A5635Connie Plummer

Vice President of Operations

Connie and her husband, Bill, live in Del Lago with their three dogs enjoying golfing and dog walking.   She is a native of Tucson and worked for Pima County Sheriff’s Office and Arizona Department of Public Safety as a police dispatcher/supervisor for a decade then began work in customer service with American Airlines for over 21 years.  In her careers, training others was a focus for her.

Fitness has always been important to Connie, but never more when she suffered a herniated disc in her neck.  Following doctor’s advice she began practicing Pilates. She has managed her neck injury with Pilates and now shares the Pilates Method of exercise with everyone willing to try. Connie was certified in Mat and Equipment Pilates by The Arizona Pilates Academy in 2008. She instructed for the Academy until opening The Pilates Station located in the community building at Academy Village in 2012. She also serves as their Fitness Director. Her passion for helping others led her to become a Director on the IMPACT of Southern Arizona Board in 2014.

What motivated you to serve on the ReSources board?

During my time as an IMPACT of Southern Arizona board member, it became clear that the Vail community is strong and ready to stand on its own. It seemed natural for me to join the ReSources board of Directors.

What’s your favorite part about living in Vail?

I love the remoteness yet the neighborly feel within our community.

What is your hope for Vail’s future?

I hope we can create a town square within the “tracks” and ReSources can provide services to our neighbors in need as well as a social center for all residents.

Ken Knas

Ken is a husband, father and grandfather who enjoys hiking, woodworking, and reading.  He is now retired after a 30-year career as a senior financial executive at Science Applications International Corporation/LEIDOS.  Since that time, he has become involved in a number of local volunteer activities in the Vail School District and in Tucson.  He and his wife enjoy long walks, and travel to visit their children/grandchildren.

What motivated you to serve on the ReSources board?

An opportunity to support and work with passionate individuals, highly motivated to serve neighbors less fortunate than ourselves.  Having recently retired after a blessed and fruitful career, I am looking for servant-leadership opportunities to give back to others.

What’s your favorite part about living in Vail?

The vastness of the desert, yet close, small-town community feel.

What is your hope for Vail’s future?

I hope that through ReSources, we are able to put forth our best efforts to lighten social and financial challenges faced by our fellow community members in a loving, supportive environment.

Rob Williamson


Rob is a CPA, CA, born in Scotland and educated in Canada.  he retired in 2009 after 40 years of accounting, auditing and operational positions in various corporate industries including food concerns, construction and real estate businesses, and, for the majority of his career, in the long term care industry.  his long term care experience included CFO and President of multi-facility management companies, as well as ownership and direct operations of skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, retirement home complexes and group homes in Canada and the U.S.

What motivated you to serve on the ReSources board?

My 30+ years in the long term care industry exposed me to the various aspects of caring for elderly and disabled people with basic needs, and multiple physical, spiritual, social and financial difficulties. My core values and desire to be of assistance to those needs drew me to the mission of ReSources.

What’s your favorite part about living in Vail?

Although my various positions have enabled me to live in a variety of environments, including very large cities, as well as very small towns, my favorite have been the small communities where I could be involved in working together with neighbors and friends to improve the quality of life for the less fortunate.

What is your hope for Vail’s future?

My hope is that we will be able to develop a comprehensive group of people and organizations who will be able to anticipate and meet the evolving needs of the community as it grows, providing the needed resources in the local area, and providing the community the privilege and blessing of “giving back” to our community family.

Bob Long

Bob is a husband, father and grandfather who enjoys golfing, fly fishing and travel.

He retired after 41 years from General Electric Corporation as a Manager in their Wind Energy Division. During these years with GE he traveled throughout the United States and abroad working in all phases of engineering, construction, development and management of energy systems. Prior to this he served his country in the US Marine Corp.

What Bob brings to Greater Vail Community Resources is a wide range of expertise and vision that will assist in the development and growth of the organization throughout the years.


Linda Long

Linda is a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Growing up in a small town in Western Pennsylvania, she has a background in business and a strong commitment to family and community.

The diagnosis of ALS to a family member caused Bob and Linda to become fund raisers and advocates for ALS research. This was also a learning experience as to the workings of a non-profit organization. Self retired now and seeing the need for expandable, structured programs in their growing Vail community, she and Bob have committed their energy to Greater Vail Community Resources.Their vision for Vail is to create a strong community based organization that will and provide stability and ReSources to its ever growing population.

Lynnette Tate


Lynnette is a wife, mother and Grandmother.

She has been a stay at home mother and then care giver for her grandchildren most of her life.

Growing up in a small town she was excited to move back to a small town when she moved to Vail 7 years ago.

The small town atmosphere and community was very appealing to her and she was excited to get involved and interact with the people.

She has been very involved in volunteering in the schools and at the local food bank.

What motivated you to serve on the ReSources board?

Lynnette has been the coordinator for the weekend backpack program for students for the past 5 years. Working with the school’s student service coordinators, she found that there are many children in the Vail schools who go without food on the weekends. She would like to expand that program and be able to reach students in all the Vail schools

What is your hope for Vail’s future?

Her vision is for all community members and organizations working together to meet the needs that exist in Vail.

0L8A5644Bill Plummer

A Michigander who is loving the desert.

Bill Plummer graduated from the United States Military Academy, WestPoint, and has a Masters Degree from Northern Arizona University. He was an officer in the Infantry.  Upon leaving the Army, he graduated First in Class from the Eastern Washington Police Academy and received a First in Physical Fitness.  He became a deputy in Spokane Country.  There he served on the SWAT Team and was a K-9 officer.  He then moved to Tucson where he graduated First in Class from the Tucson police lateral Officers’ Academy and received a First in Physical Fitness.  He continued to serv on the Tucson Police Department for over 25 years, retiring in 2008.

Bill plays golf and works out to keep physically fit, including weight training, aerobics, and Pilates.  Bill received his Pilates training at The Arizona Pilates Academy.

What motivated you to serve on the ReSources board?

Bill was encouraged by his wife to join the ReSources board.  He has served on different boards throughout the years and is an asset to ReSources.

What’s your favorite part about living in Vail?

Connie and Bill love the remoteness of Vail and the small town community feel.

What is your hope for vail’s future?

Bill’s hope for Vail’s future is that ReSources will provide services to Vail neighbors in need as well as becoming a social center for all.

Jen Anderson

Jen Anderson is enthusiastic about serving the Greater Vail community where she lives and raises her family. She was born and raised in Tucson and loves the outdoors.

She has worked with many people in the community as a top-rated real estate agent for Long Realty for the past 12 years in the Greater Vail area and Tucson.

Evident in Jen’s everyday life are the strong family values and community involvement that she brings to her volunteer service through her children’s schools and church.

What motivated you to serve on the ReSources board?

Helping and serving the needs of the Vail area. Especially the children and seniors.

What’s your favorite part about living in Vail?

We moved here for the schools but fell in love with the community. We love being close to the mountains for hiking and the beauty they provide.

What is your hope for Vail’s future?       

To continue to support our community and provide the needs here.

Pam Gorecki

I am a dedicated, hard working individual that believes in giving back and also believes in the importance of working to make a difference in your community.

What motivated you to serve on the ReSources board?

I have been fortunate in my life and have the desire to help those that are less fortunate

What’s your favorite part about living in Vail?

What I like most about the Greater Vail area is it’s people.  I enjoy being part of a community with a small town feel that is family oriented.

What is your hope for Vail’s future?

I am excited to see the Greater Vail area continue to grow.