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]
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.
Mark Ziska – Mark D. Ziska is the CEO of Chief People Officer. Chief People Officer is a strategic accountability, business process automation, consulting and HRIS company. Previously Mark was Senior Director of Human Resources for Raytheon Missile Systems. Mark received the 2016 SHRM Diversity and Inclusion Award. He has published articles on the prevention of violence in the workplace, organizational strategy and accountability. Mark is a founder of Get Accessible Now! a cloud based job accessibility system for the disabled. Mark serves as the Chairman of the Arizona State Personnel Board, a board member of Pima Community College Foundation, Echoing Hope Ranch and Linkages of Arizona. Mark is a Certified Executive coach from Lore Institute. He earned Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Western Michigan and a Master’s degree in Industrial Psychology at California State University at Long Beach.