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August 21, 2018
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Archon Marion Kelly Joins Grand Canyon University Board Of Trustees

Marion K. Kelly

Grand Canyon University has added three esteemed community leaders to its Board of Trustees as part of the institution’s transition to a nonprofit status.

Peggy Chase, President and CEO of Terros Health; Dr. Lupita Hightower, Superintendent of the Tolleson Elementary School District; and Marion Kelly, Director for the Office for Community Affairs at Mayo Clinic, have been added to the seven-member board that oversees the nonprofit university.

They join board chairman Will Gonzalez, who has served in the City of Phoenix Prosecutor’s Office for more than 20 years; Don Andorfer, former President of the Indiana Institute of Technology; Dr. Fred Miller, Medical Director at Bridgeway Health Solutions in Tempe; and Dr. Jim Rice, retired Superintendent of the Alhambra Elementary School District, as Board of Trustees members.

“These three incredibly successful leaders embody the spirit and purpose of Grand Canyon University and bring a wealth of expertise and energy to the Board of Trustees,” Gonzalez said. “We are fortunate to have them by our side as we revert to our nonprofit status and build upon the remarkable successes that both the University and its students have achieved.” 

Chase has been a progressive health care leader and innovator for more than 30 years. Her commitment to service leadership has positively impacted health care public policy through her participation on local, state and national boards and committees. Recognized as a health management expert, she is often called on by other health care leaders and state agencies for her expertise on how to achieve successful outcomes.

Chase was recently named among the Healthcare Leadership Awards and Most Influential Women by Arizona Business Magazine as well as the Most Admired Leaders by the Phoenix Business Journal.

Hightower has worked for more than 20 years in education as a teacher, mentor/coach, principal, district level director and superintendent. She is the recipient of the Jane Romatzke Out-of-School Time Leader Award in 2014 and the National Education Leadership Award from Jobs for Arizona Graduates in 2015.

She is also a past president of the Arizona Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.

Kelly has a strong background building solid neighbor, civic and corporate relationships for the Mayo Clinic. In addition to providing leadership in community affairs, he shares responsibilities for institutionalizing diversity as a corporate objective within the strategic plan of Mayo Clinic.

Kelly’s vast experiences include teaching elementary education, working in the United States Senate, serving in the Indiana University School of Medicine administration and as Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs at Mayo Medical School. He was also an appointee in the former Bush White House administration as Special Assistant for At Risk Youth Initiatives at the United States Department of Labor, and as the White House Liaison for the Labor Department.



Coalition of Blacks Against Breast Cancer (CBBC) :: Save the Date 10/13/2018

Marion K. Kelly
Please plan to attend this event where CBBC will provide an update of its outreach and we will honor survivors and those who have lost their fight against breast cancer. It is through our sponsors and partners that we are able to continue to educate the communities of African descent of the impact that breast cancer. Breast Cancer mortality has gone up in 2016 and while the numbers are not quite in for 2017 it appears to be following that trend.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to Archousa Michele Halyard-Robinson or me directly for any questions you have regarding CBBC and/or this event. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
October 13, 2018
6 - 9 PM
AE England Building on ASU Downtown Campus
424 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets are $50.
Register at
Download event flyer here.

GMES Golf Fundraiser Surpasses its Goal

On May 19,2018, members of Gamma Mu Boule, Phoenix, and guests turned out en masse to support the 5th Annual Gamma Mu Educational Services, Inc. (GMES) Golf Fundraiser.  GMES is the philanthropic arm of the Gamma Mu Boule, whose primary objective is to positively impact the lives of boys and young men in their pursuit of sustained professional excellence through mentoring and leadership. This year’s event attracted 128 golf enthusiasts to the Greyhawk Golf Club Raptor Course in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona.  The par-72 Raptor Course stretches 7,090 yards from the back tees and unfolds over the gentle hills and across shaded natural washes typical of this picturesque corner of the Sonoran Desert and is considered to be one of the finest daily-fee golf courses in Arizona.  

Archon Tyrone Strozier was charged with leading the golf fundraising event as the chairman. This year the committee set a challenging goal of $80,000.  With the hard work and incredible efforts of the Archons and Archousai of Gamma Mu Boule, the event raised $107,000. A large portion of the revenue was from our corporate sponsorships, which included Grand Canyon University, Arizona State University, University of Phoenix, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Bank of the West, and Heggs Automotive Group. The raffle prizes donated consisted of an Apple Watch, an Arizona State University Football Package with a signed football by head coach Herm Edwards, gift cards, and an autographed basketball from the Phoenix Suns. A silent auction was held and the grand winner received a seven-night stay at Casa Piazza, a private 5-bedroom, 6.5 bathroom, and 8,000 square foot luxury villa located in La Punta, Mexico.  Proceeds from this major fundraising event help assure that GMES will be able to continue their financial support and development of the programs that advance the GMES mission objectives.  A few of the GMES supported programs include the Kappa League Program, Omega Youth Leadership Academy (OYLA), Project Alpha, and African-American Men of Arizona State University(AAMASU).  Collectively, these programs are designed to empower young men with knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to build confidence and foster personal and professional achievement in the classroom and community. GMES has positively impacted the lives of over 500 young men who have participated in GMES supported programs.

The efforts of our lovely Archousai could not go unnoticed, as they helped welcome the participants, facilitate the raffle contests and assist in managing the prizes and awards.  After the tournament was finished participants were treated to a sumptuous lunch buffet.

View a photo gallery from the event here.

Archon Ahmed Collins

Grapter, Gamma Mu Boule