Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Echoing Hope Ranch understands that the strength of ongoing support and oversight for the organization resides in a dedicated board members and committee members. Board members are responsible for setting the direction of Echoing Hope Ranch and providing guidelines for quality of services, financial oversight, and continual reinvigoration of the organization. As such the recruitment of board members and committee members is a continual priority.

Current Board members include:

Harlie Garcia, President – Harlie is a Registered Client Associate with Wells Fargo Advisors, and a graduate of University of Arizona. Harlie is happily married to her Husband Jose and they have three amazing children between the two of them. Harlie’s son Jonathan was diagnosed with autism when he was 27 months old. Contact Harlie at [email protected].

Ron Wagner, Vice President – Ron and his wife, Joanne, have lived in Sierra Vista since 1985.  They’ve been blessed with two sons, two grandsons and four granddaughters.  Ron is retired from 35 years in wholesale distribution including the last 17 as owner of Mountain Vista Supply, Inc.  Over the last three decades, Ron has served on the non-profit boards of the Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation, Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra, Sierra Vista Regional Health Center, Cochise Community Foundation, the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona, and Cochise County Board of Health.

Della Thompson, Secretary/Treasurer – Della is a certified teacher in Tucson, Arizona and a graduate of University of Arizona. She has been extensively trained in working with students with autism and is frequently consulted for guidance in effective inclusion practices. Della has three wonderful children, including an adult son with autism. Contact Della at [email protected]

Ken Jacowsky, Director – Ken has been a resident of Tucson since 1972 where, for the past 30 years, he has worked as a Vice President and branch manager for A.G. Edwards and Sons until it merged with Wachovia Securities which is now known as Wells Fargo Advisors. He currently works as Senior Vice President – Investments for Wells Fargo Advisors and is the President of a HOA for a condo development in Del Mar, California. Ken has been married for 50 years with two daughters and four grandchildren, one of whom has autism. Contact Ken at [email protected]

Paul Lithgow, Director – Paul has been involved in the aerospace industry for over 30 years and is currently the Vice President at GEOST, a small optics company in Tucson. He served as President of two aerospace and telecommunications companies in the DC area for 5 years and in the Air Force and Air Force Reserve for over 20 years.  He and his wife, Kathy previously founded and directed Alan Ranch in Queen Creek AZ providing residential services for at risk teen boys. Paul has a bachelor degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in engineering from Wright State University.  He and Kathy have two grown sons. Contact Paul at [email protected].

Sharon Loper, Director – Sharon moved to Tucson from San Diego in 1993. She has two sons (one with learning differences), and two grandchildren. She was a lead teacher at Montessori Primary school for 19 years and is currently a Special Needs Paraprofessional in the Tanque Verde School District. She loves being involved in community service through singing in a community chorus and her temple’s choir. She is a former Victim Advocate for Brewster Center and works with special needs adult clients. Besides passion for singing and reading, Sharon loves to work with and rehabilitate unwanted & abandoned parrots and loves her rescued poodles.

Eleanor Williams, Director – Eleanor moved to Vail, AZ from the Boston area in 2007. She was a Practice Manager for a 13 physician multi-specialty surgical practice for 14 years and has worked in the health care field for over 35 years. Since moving to Arizona, she has become involved in a philanthropic sorority (Sigma Phi Gamma) that supports several non-profits in the Tucson area. In addition, she helped to start a Special Needs Parent Teacher Organization in the Vail school district which is still active. Eleanor has been married for 36 years to her husband Dexter who owns Accounting and Tax Solutions doing accounting and tax preparation for small businesses and individuals. Their son Cory was diagnosed with ASD in 1995 at the age of 4 ½. In addition they have another son still living in the Boston area. He is a Paramedic, married and has beautiful twin daughters.