Carole “Nellie” Owens
Foundation Board Vice President
Carole Nellie Owens is a native of Arizona, born and raised in Shumway and attended college at NPC. Carole is Managing Partner of Owens Energy in Show Low.
Carole is involved in many volunteer activities including teaching food preservation classes in the community; Manager of Elections in Taylor, and for 15 years has volunteered for Elections for The Town of Taylor and Navajo County; Chairperson for The Taylor Sweet Corn Festival for 19 years and also served on The Town of Taylor’s Special Events Committee; Inspector for the Navajo County Election Board; member of the Snowflake School Board; Chaperone for The Snowflake High School Travel Club, having spearheaded over 50 fundraisers for world travel; Chair of annual fundraiser for Taylor Intermediate School and PTSO, raising funds for books and items needed at that school; worked with Special Olympics, Taylor Little League and most recently she and her husband Dennis were inducted into the Town of Taylor Hall of Fame this past Fourth of July! Carole’s family has organized benefit fundraisers and auctions (100 plus) for people with illnesses such as cancer which have typically raised between $20 to $80K; hosted foreign exchange students and served as a youth leader in her church for many years. Carole has been married for 29 years to Dennis Owens, raised 6 children and now has 6 grandchildren. Her motto is “If I see a need for something to be done, I try to make it happen – if at all possible.”
Foundation Board Member
John Corder is President of Corder Community Services in Show Low. Mr. Corder retired after thirty six years in law enforcement and served as Chief of Police for twenty years for the City of Show Low. He serves as the Chairman of Summit Healthcare’s Governing Board and is a liaison between the Foundation and Governing Boards.
He grew up in Iowa and attended numerous law enforcement schools, academies, as well as Northland Pioneer College. He is a life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police and past chair of the Show Low Chamber of Commerce Board. In the past twenty five years he has been a member of and participated in many local groups and organizations. He has been appointed by two Governors to state boards and is a past President of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police.
Mr. Corder serves as the liaison between the Foundation and Governing Boards of the hospital. He enjoys volunteering his time to serve the hospital and the community. Mr. Corder’s interests include classic cars, art and music. He and his wife Janet have two grown children and five grandchildren.
Foundation Board Member
Ron has more than three decades of healthcare experience. Prior to joining Summit Healthcare he held the role of Regional Vice President at Quorum Health Resources supervising thirteen hospitals in Oklahoma, Kansas & Missouri. Prior to that, he was the Chief Executive Officer at Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, New Mexico & the CEO of Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales, New Mexico. He holds a master’s degree in Health Services Administration from Arizona State University & is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Ron was recently elected to serve as a Board Member for AzHHA. He & his wife, Jenice, have five grown children; four boys & a daughter. His hobbies include hunting, fishing & golfing.
Foundation Board Member
In February 2000 Nicole Edgington was recruited by the CellularOne management team to serve as a Sales Manager for the company. Utilizing her customer service and marketing skills to build a network of sales venues for the company, she successfully established, trained and managed a team of approximately 20 CellularOne agents.
This led Nicole to a role as Company Trainer where she developed and implemented training programs for both outside agents and company employees. Emphasis was given to Marketing, Sales and Customer Service education.
In mid-2002, Nicole assumed the role of Sales Director, leading a team of 70 employees. It was during her tenure that CellularOne launched its landmark program to provide subsidized cellular service to a number of Indian Reservations in the Southwest. The program, called VisionOne, continues to serve as a model for reaching underserved communities.
In February of 2005, Nicole took on management of Inventory for CellularOne. This vital component of the company’s success was in need of an organized, fiscally savvy and competent individual.
In August of 2012 Nicole was promoted to Head of Marketing. Under her leadership and direction, the Marketing Department refreshed and rolled out a new brand for Cellular One, launched a new 3G/4G product, and developed an entirely new product brand called Naked Mobile.
In April of 2014 she was promoted to Commercial Director where she oversees all Commercial Sales outlets, Marketing/PR, Procurement and Distribution—and the new division called Business Solutions.
Her exposure and contributions to the marketing, sales and inventory aspects of CellularOne, make her uniquely qualified to lead effectively in multiple capacities. Over the past fifteen years Nicole has been a part of the tremendous growth and success of this very unique, regionally-focused technology company.
Nicole is the Vice Chairwoman for the Pinetop-Lakeside Chamber of Commerce, is the Treasurer for the White Mountain Business Owners Roundtable Group and is a mother of three.
David Knox has been a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones since 2011. David began his career as a CPA for the international accounting firm of PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He then spent over 12 years in the banking industry with JP Morgan Chase in various accounting and finance positions, including, Controller of a state holding company, CFO for a national line of business and as a corporate bond trustee. He practiced locally as a CPA for several years before joining Edward Jones.
David serves on the board of the White Mountain Business Owners Round Table and on the board of Mountain Christian School. He was raised in Ohio, but moved to the White Mountains in 2003 to be close to the family of his wife Kimberly, a Show Low native. David and Kimberly have three children and they enjoy their horses, camping, hunting and fishing.
Foundation Board Member
Allison Hephner is the owner of CPMS, Arizona. She has her degree in Healthcare Administration and has an ASU certification in public management.
Her professional background consists of experience as a full-time first responder trained in HAZMAT/Firefighter/EMT and oversaw all fire prevention Show Low Fire. She served as the risk manager and emergency manager for Navajo County before she served as the Community Outreach Specialist, Healthy Arizona Policy Initiative program manager, Children with Special Healthcare Needs and the Accreditation coordinator for Navajo
Allison has not only devoted her professional energies toward safety, health, and prevention education but also has a passion for internal growth that powers her personal and charitable efforts.
In 2003 she started a nonprofit which supports women empowerment by volunteering at charity events throughout Arizona. Allison has also served on the Salvation Army Board and White Mountain Community Garden Board. She is the VP of White Mountain Fire and Life Safety, a nonprofit she developed in partnership with Summit Healthcare, Show Low PD, and Lakeside Fire District (before it merged into Timber Mesa Fire and Medical). Allison also volunteered for a few years as the logistics and operations officer for the Hangar Dance, which paid tribute to our white mountain veterans. Supporting our veterans is at the core of Allison’s belief; she currently serves on the Reaper Legacy foundation as the treasure. Created in the memory of Ron Bellan (aka Reaper 01), a personal friend and decorated Master Chief.
When Allison is not at work, she spends time with her husband, Rob Hephner (aka Birdman), and their three beautiful children. Some of her hobbies include Harley riding, shooting, gardening, hiking, and traveling.
Sarah McDaniel is an Arizona native, raised right here in Pinetop-Lakeside. She is a graduate of Blue Ridge High School. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
Sarah started her career in the escrow and title insurance industry with First American Title while in college and stayed with the company after graduation. In the 15 years with First American, she worked her way up to become a Senior Commercial Escrow Officer working on national commercial transactions in all 50 states.
She was recently given the opportunity to return to her home town at which time she accepted a position as an Escrow Officer with First American. Sarah was a member of Omega Phi Alpha, a community service sorority and volunteered with the Sojourner Center in Phoenix.
In her spare time, she loves to hike, ski and spend time with her family and friends. She is glad to be a member of the White Mountain community again and looks forward to helping our community grow!