Meet Our Board of Directors

Vivienne Gellert

Vivienne Gellert

Founder and President, Elaine

In 2015 Vivienne founded a student run and led organization with the idea of connecting homeless individuals to services through the refill of a backpack. While her group was very successful in providing human connection to those experiencing homelessness, the health inequities became apparent. Over the course of two years Vivi has worked to build and design what will be Arizona’s first health navigation and transportation system for the homeless and underserved.

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Mike McQuaid

Chairman, The Human Services Campus

Mike McQuaid is dedicated to helping better the lives of those for whom a permanent home is not a certainty. Mike has led the effort to build and manage the Human Services Campus in Phoenix that houses more than 20 agencies serving homeless people. Today it serves over 1,000 people every day. In his first career, he was a successful real estate developer who found time to volunteer with his family to serve meals to the homeless. This past year Mike was titled as an Honorary Thunderbird, of Thunderbird Charities.

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Jeff Taylor

Chairman, The Salvation Army

After retiring from a very successful run on Wall Street in his late 20’s, Jeff had an escalating drug and alcohol addiction. By the age of 34 he was living on the streets of Phoenix and was arrested many times for homeless “survival” crimes that soon grew into non-violent drug motivated felonies. Finally, facing a longer-term prison sentence of 4 years, his sentencing judge diverted him to The Salvation Army Harbor Light Drug Treatment Program. Now Jeff serves as Chairman for Salvation Army of Arizona.

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Bob Ramsey

CEO, Starwest Associates

Bob Ramsey is a member of a family that has been involved in the heart and soul of Arizona since the 1920s. Bob Ramsey was largely responsible for creating pioneering, statewide systems for ambulance service and pre-hospital care for the delivery of emergency medical services. Today, he is regarded by many as one of “the fathers of modern ambulance service”. Bob has been critical in the organization of Elaine’s transportation design and protocols.

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Christina Spicer

Director of Development, Girl Scouts of America

Christina grew up in Mesa and attended Arizona State University, earning a degree in communication and a master’s degree in nonprofit management. She is currently working with the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council and serves on the First Things First Phoenix North Regional Partnership Council. Previously, she was the managing director of development for Teach For America-Phoenix.

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Kim Lucas, M.D.

Summit Medical Group of Arizona

Dr. Lucas practices Internal Medicine at Summit Medical Group of AZ and currently serves as a community faculty member at University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix.
Fluent in English, Hungarian and German, Dr. Lucas understands and appreciates the need to provide patient care aligned with cultural awareness. She is committed to enhancing her patients’ lives through health education and disease prevention.

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Bill Corn

CFO, Starwest Associates

 Mr. Corn is a certified public accountant and has had over 25 years experience in the real estate industry.  In addition to his continued responsibilities as CFO of ICOGM, Mr. Corn is also the CFO for Starwest Associates and Starwest Tech which is involved in the electronic data gathering and reporting for EMS (ePCR) across the state of Arizona. Bill is passionate and dedicated to helping those experiencing homelessness, and will use his expertise around electronic data gathering and accounting to help guide and build Elaine’s operations.  

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David Smith

Development Officer, Arizona Humane Society

David Smith’s history with non-profit organizations is long, and includes strong commitments as a staff member, volunteer, board member and donor. A native Phoenician, David has proudly served local charities that focus on health and human services, the performing arts, early childhood development, philanthropy, volunteer engagement, and animal welfare. Prior to entering the world of non-profit, David enjoyed two successful corporate careers, first in financial services for nearly 20 years, followed by nine years as general manager of a local commercial printing company.

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Dr. Garth Gemar

Chief Medical Officer, Glendale Fire

Dr. Gemar is a critical care specialist in Glendale, Arizona. He received his medical degree from University of Nebraska College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.