Our Board

Connie Plummer
President

connieplummer@resourcesvail.org

Who are you?

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.

Sandi Smithe                                      Vice President

sandismithe@resourcesvail.org

Who are you?

I am an individual that believes to live a rich life, one must give back and help in whatever capacity they are able and wherever necessary.  I am a person that believes when a commitment is made, it is to be kept and honored.  Additionally, I am a wife, a mother of 4, grandmother of 7 and a lifelong volunteer.

What motivates you to serve on the ReSources board?

I am motivated to serve on the ReSources Board of Directors because I have personally observed the need for such an organization in the Vail area.  It is imperative that Vail be able to assist its residents to find and obtain the help they need.  I believe ReSources; with a good team of leaders can do just that and much more.

What’s your favorite part about living in Vail?

My favorite part about living in the Greater Vail area is the “small town” feel of the community while being a few minutes away from a major city in Arizona.  In addition, I am always pleased to see the continuous generosity of Vail residents.

What is your hope for Vail’s future?

My hope for Vail’s future is a collaboration with the State of Arizona, Pima County and City of Tucson to ensure Vail will have a strong infrastructure and be able to support the rapid growth and consumption of resources predicted over the next five years.


Jen Anderson
Secretary

jenanderson@resourcesvail.org

Who are you?

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 is 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.


Ken Knas
Treasurer

kenknas@ReSourcesVail.org

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.


Bob Long

boblong@resourcesvail.org

Who are you?

I am a husband, father, and grandfather who enjoys golfing, fly fishing and travel.  I retired after 41 years with General Electric Corporation as a Manager in their Wind Energy Division. During these years with GE, I traveled throughout the United States and abroad working in all phases of engineering, construction, development, and management of energy systems. I served in the US Marine Corp.

What motivated you to serve on the ReSources board?

I hope to use my range of expertise and vision to assist in the development and growth of the organization throughout the years.

What’s your favorite part about living in Vail?

Having lived in many locations, I feel most at home in a small community where there is an opportunity to know your neighbors.

What is your hope for Vail’s future?

I hope that Vail will continue to grow and improve without losing the small town feel.


 Linda Long

lindalong@resourcesvail.org

Who are you?

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 fundraisers 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.

What is your favorite part about living in Vail?

The sunrises, the sunsets, the gorgeous blooming desert…  did I mention the sunshine?

What is your hope for Vail’s future?

Bob and Linda’s vision for Vail is to create a strong community-based organization that will and provide stability and ReSources to its ever-growing population for many years to come.


Bill Plummer

billplummer@resourcesvail.org

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 serve 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.


Pam Gorecki

pamgorecki@resourcesvail.org

 

Who are you?

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 its 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.


Susan Summers

Who are you?

I am a native southern Californian who decided to leave the golden state for retirement in the beautiful and wild Sonoran Desert.   My husband, Paul, and I have lived in Vail for over nine years and were attracted to it because of its beauty and rural atmosphere.   As a former professional in the field of higher education administration, I held many positions, the last of which were as associate dean and interim dean for California State University, San Bernardino’s continuing education college.  In these roles, my job was to extend the educational resources of the university to the region by working closely with community partners and university faculty to deliver degree programs to off-campus professionals, or to develop unique non-credit programs for diverse audiences.  I am also a golfer, pool shooter, lover of horses and my husband Paul. When we’re not on the golf course, we love to travel and frequently take road trips to visit the kids and the grand kids in Kansas.

 

What motivates you to serve on the Resources board?

I would like to volunteer some of my time in service to others in gratitude for the many blessings I have in life.

 

What’s your favorite part about living in the Greater Vail area?

I love the peace, safety and rural feel of Vail, as well as the small-town atmosphere.

 

What is your hope for Vail’s future?

That it becomes Southern Arizona’s best little city to live in.


John Carruth

Who are you?

I am a native of Tucson and have worked in the Vail School District since 1995. I have served many roles in Vail, including my current role as Associate Superintendent. Over the years, I have gained extensive experience in the areas of effective instruction, special education, facilities construction, budgeting, human resources and community engagement.  I believe deeply that strong public schools help strengthen families, neighborhoods, and communities and are a hand-in-glove fit with the motto of the Vail School District – “Where Education is a Community Effort.” I’ve been happily married to my best friend for 26 years.  We live in Vail and have raised two daughters who have benefited greatly from the richness of our area and community.

What motivates you to serve on the Resources board?

Building a stronger, healthy community is simply a passion of mine.  I’ve been involved with many community efforts and have witnessed first hand the positive impact they have on our community.  I also view ReSources mission as being a critical component to helping further the mission of the Vail School District.  I hope to serve as a liaison between the two organizations.

What’s your favorite part about living in the Greater Vail area?

In 2010, I participated with a group of community leaders to craft a VAil Vision Statement that captured who we are as a community.  As is the case today, our community was growing and the idea was to capture values that could be used to help shape our areas future.  The motto, and those values represent the best of who we are in Vail.  They represent why I love being a part of our community.  Motto:  Vail – Honoring our history, nature and each other.

What is your hope for Vail’s future?

As our area grows and develops, I would love to see it be shaped by the motto listed above.