Board of Directors

2020-2021 Directors 

Janice Crist, Ph.D., R.N. is Associate Professor in the University of Arizona’s College of Nursing with clinical expertise in community health, public health, and gerontology. Her previous work included public health nursing consultation, case management for a home care/hospice organization, and home health care management; her community-based research focuses on transitional care for older adults.

Sarah Dinham, Ph.D., retired in 2000 as Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Arizona, where her research concerned college teachers and teaching, and where she taught statistics and research methods. At Arizona she served as Chair of the Faculty and held several administrative positions. A resident of Academy Village since 2005, she has served on the Arizona Senior Academy Board and chaired the precursor to the current Homeowners’ Association Board. She has served as Secretary for the ASC Board since 2010.

Palmer Evans, M.D. is former senior Vice President and chief Medical Officer of Tucson Medical Center, with which he continues an advisory affiliation. He is President of the Board of the Pima Council on Aging, and is affiliated with the Southern Arizona Accountable Care Organization.

Gary D Fenstermacher, Ph.D., currently serves as president of ASC. Prior to moving to Academy Village in 2005, he held professorial positions at U.C.L.A., Virginia Tech, University of Arizona, and University of Michigan. He served as dean of the College of Education at Arizona from 1985 until 1992. He is a philatelist, photographer, film buff, and lover of all things electronic.

Richard Howell has been, since 2008, the Managing Director of Operations for Watermark Retirement Communities, Inc., based in Tucson. He is responsible for the management of all Watermark communities, corporate departments, community transitions, new community openings, and new initiatives for the company which has grown from 10 communities in 2008 to 39 at present. Prior to 2008 he was Executive Director of The Fountains at La Cholla, and held management positions with other retirement communities in Tucson and elsewhere.

Tracy P. Nuckolls, Esq. Chair of the Board. Recently retired as the Executive Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Legal Officer for TMC HealthCare in Tucson, Arizona. His prior Board experience includes the Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (Regional Behavioral Health Authority), and currently he serves on the Boards of Children’s Clinics for Rehabilitative Service (Board Chairman); the Arizona Health Reciprocal Insurance Company (President); and as a member of the Finance and Audit Committee of Pima Community College.

Paula J. Perrera, J.D. Currently serves as Director of the Pima County Department of Behavioral Health, managing a staff of 25, with a budget of approximately 50 million dollars. Formerly served as Supervising Attorney for the Pima County Health Law Unit, and Deputy Tribal Attorney for the Pasqua Yaqui tribe.

Ben J. Tuchi, Ph.D. Served as senior financial officer and professor of finance at West Virginia University, the University of Arizona, the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), and the University of Pittsburgh. Currently serves as Treasurer of the board of directors of the Campus Research Corporation, president of the board of directors of the Arizona Research Park Authority, and Secretary/Treasurer of the board of the Institute on Science for Global Policy.

Judi Witter recently retired from a career in general nursing and then nursing education, lecturing and overseeing clinical education and curriculum development. This work was followed by 27 years in nursing administration, including 20 years with Carondelet in Tucson, where her responsibilities included a variety of patient care sites including community nursing; interim director of nursing for the Carondelet nursing home; development of the community nurse wellness center model; and quality of care measurement and assurance, including chairing the Carondelet corporate ethics committee.