Patronato Board Members

So many in our community and around the country are committed to the conservation, preservation, and maintenance of Mission San Xavier del Bac, including those who serve on Patronato’s Board of Directors. The nonprofit organization was founded in 1978, and with the guidance and support of Board members, combined with generous gifts from other individuals and organizations, Patronato has raised millions of dollars for our “Arizona jewel” and national treasure.

The current board members are highlighted below, along with members of our Founders Circle and our Associate members.

Board Members

Michael Urman, President

Dr. Nancy Odegaard, Vice President

David Yetman, Ph.D, Secretary

Clague Van Slyke III, Treasurer


Fr. Gregory Adolf
Charles Albanese
Kristin Almquist
Robert Alpaugh
Fr. John Arnold
Martin DeSoto
Jennifer Harris
Bill Nugent
Daniela Nunez
Mary Okoye
Barbara Peck
Kathleen Porterfield
Frank Valenzuela
Jeff Willis

Ex Officio Members

Fr. Bill Minkel, San Xavier Parish Priest
Austin Nunez, Chairman, San Xavier District of the Tohono O’odham Nation
Edward J. Weisenburger, Bishop of the Diocese of Tucson

Founders Circle

Dianne Bret Harte
Natalie Davis*
Lorraine Drachman
Ann Fallon*
Bernard Fontana*, Secretary Emeritus
Alex Garcia*
James Gresham*
Patricia Pettis*
John Schaefer
Clague Van Slyke II*

Associate Members

Stephen Auslander
Dianne Bret Harte
Dawn Cole
Darryl Dobras
Patty Doerr
Lorraine Drachman
Elizabeth Firkins
Kathy Hard
Jackie Ludwig
James Pyers
Gerald Swanson*




Header photo by UGArdener/Flickr