Benefactors of Red Rock State Park

Allyson Holmes
Board Chair

Allyson retired following many years as an educator in various learning applications. She currently serves on the Coconino County Resource Advisory Committee, US Department of Agriculture. Allyson has a deep commitment to education in the outdoors and its vital role in forming well-rounded scientifically minded students. She is a volunteer teacher in the School Connections Program.

Craig Swanson
​Vice Chair

Craig earned an MA in Theatre and Drama from Indiana University. To earn a living, he then learned computer programming and enjoyed a 35- year career in IT, culminating as Project Manager for implementations of Data Warehouses for State Medicaid Agencies. In 2005 he and his wife Lynn Zonakis purchased a retirement home in the Village of Oak Creek, gradually spending increasing time in the Sedona area prior to moving here permanently in 2015. They moved to West Sedona in 2020. Craig currently serves as the Secretary of Friends of the Forest and volunteers as a docent at Heritage Sites. He also serves as the President of Keep Sedona Beautiful.

Luci Gaudreau
Secretary

Luci Gaudreau is a retired Massachusetts Elementary Teacher, Sedona Bookstore Owner, and Red Rock State Park Ranger Specialist who lives in Clarkdale. She enjoys choral music singing, hiking, and volunteering.

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Joe Pokorski
Treasurer

Joe is a retired CPA who worked in Finance at Wisconsin Energy & Intel Corporation.  His wife Terry & he bought a home in Sedona in 2010 and spend ~50% of their time there.  They enjoy hiking, biking, jigsaw puzzles, cooking, traveling, and spoiling their dog, Lola.  Joe is also a volunteer and Treasurer of Friends of the Forest.

Lynn Zonakis

Lynn has a BA in Psychology and a BSN in Nursing. After working 7 years in clinical care, she moved into the corporate world, getting the opportunity to use both her clinical and business skills. After moving through a number of leadership positions she served the last 12 years of her career as Managing Director of Health Strategy & Benefits at Delta Air Lines. In retirement, she serves as President of the local chapter of the League of Women Voters, on the Sedona Fire District PPRS local board, and as a City of Sedona Planning & Zoning commissioner. She loves the outdoors, reading, and travel.

Ellie DeBo

Born in LaJolla CA. Dad was a Marine fighter pilot. Moved from one end of the country to the other every 2 years until high school. Lived in So Oregon. Ran and taught a pre-school /kindergarten for 30 yrs. until retirement in 2008. Moved to AZ in 2010. Volunteer at the Sedona International Film Festival, Sedona Arts Festival, assist with AARP tax prep for seniors, neighborhood Welcome Committee, Green Bag program for VV Food Share, member of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, Volunteer at Slide Rock State Park, and teach with the School Connections Program at Red Rock State Park. Love to hike, Jeep, travel, raft, photography, and spending lots of time with kids and grandkids!

Fritz DeBo

Fritz is retired from his long career in education both as a classroom teacher and as an administrator. In addition to his Master’s Degree in Education, Fritz completed a certificate in Administration. He enjoys working with the students, seeing their eyes light up, and hearing their excitement in learning new ideas. Fritz is a volunteer teacher in the School Connection Program and a naturalist hike leader at the Park, and also volunteers with the Sedona International Film Festival, Verde Valley Archeology Center, Toys for Tot’s, Slide Rock State Park, and Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.

Andrea Christelle

Andrea Christelle has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Tulane University and has been nationally and locally recognized for philosophical programming and civic engagement. She is the founder of Sedona Philosophy, She also founded and for five years directed Philosophy in the Public Interest at Northern Arizona University. She currently serves on the boards of the Public Philosophy Journal, SOPHIA (Society of Philosophers in America), and Sedona XYZ. She has previously served on the boards of the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley, the Sedona International Film Festival, and the Verde Valley Forum.

Angela LeFevre

Angela’s Bachelor’s Degree in Economics focused on International Relations. She has actively worked as a Supervisor in the Yavapai County Juvenile Probation program, and volunteers for the Arizona Kids Saves Program. Her activism includes several local agencies focused on natural resource protection. Angela was on the Board of Keep Sedona Beautiful, and in 2014 was elected to the Sedona City Council.

Rob Harrison

Rob Harrison received two Degrees in Art from the University of Oregon. He formerly owned a small web development firm. Rob is also an active board member with Keep Sedona Beautiful, a local non-profit serving the Verde Valley. In addition, he served two terms on the board of directors for Saturday Market, a nationally recognized non-profit outdoor marketplace in Eugene, Oregon.

Scott Springett
Volunteer Liaison

Scott is retired from the City of San Diego where he dedicated his career to public service as a Fire Fighter and EMT. He joined the Benefactors in 2015, with a love for nature and a commitment to environmental education. Scott is a volunteer naturalist hike leader at the Park and is passionate about the School Connection Program.