Dedicated experts with a proven record of success in their respective fields
HEre are the Pendergast Elementary Community Foundation Leaders
Adrian Ortega is the Branch Retail Executive/Vice President for BBVA Compass in Sun City West. He is an Agent with BBVA Compass Insurance Agency. Adrian has been with BBVA Compass for 10 years and prides himself on providing sound financial solutions to both consumer and business clients. Adrian is an active board member with the Pendergast Education Foundation since October 2015 and a member of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce since May 2016. He is a part of the BBVA Compass volunteer group and enjoys helping families by way of financial literacy courses and first time home buyer seminars. Adrian is the recipient of the "Bee recognized award/Partner of the month" from the Pendergast Community Cabinet Breakfast in 2015.
Dr. Catalina Gonzalez grew up in Miami Beach, Florida. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami with her degree in Biomedical Engineering, and worked as an engineer for Johnson & Johnson for some time before continuing her path to becoming a dentist. She later received her Doctoral Degree in Dental Surgery from the prestigious University of the Pacific in San Francisco, California. Dr. Gonzalez now calls Goodyear her home. She is an advocate of serving her community. She enjoys working with both adults and children and advocates oral health education among families in her community; areas in which she has been recognized both by the California Dental Association and the American Association for Public Health for her leadership in the community and outstanding performance in public health. Dr. Gonzalez’s passion for dentistry and interest in her patients, make them feel welcomed and cared for. She is devoted to her profession and remains up to date in innovative techniques and materials through advanced education and training. Dr. Gonzalez is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Arizona Dental Association (AzDA). When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Gonzalez enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, road cycling, and yoga.
Angelo Rossetti has worked in the field of education since his graduation from the City College of New York with his Bachelors of Science in Education. His experience includes teaching at an academic High School, lead Electronics Instructor at a regional BOCES Center, and manager and lead instructor for the Didactic Division of an international industrial supply company. He later went on to working for, and then owning, a consulting company that developed STEM and CTE Laboratories for schools in the NYC metropolitan area. In 2014 he took his broad educational, business, and financial experience and became the owner of the Horace Mann Agency that services educators and schools throughout the Phoenix west valley. Mr. Rossetti is married and has two children in High School and a daughter attending NAU. Besides his work at Horace Mann he volunteers with several community groups including the Civil Air Patrol, his local Boy Scout Troop, the Way out West Coalition, Rotary International, and Buckeye Read-On Arizona.
After 8 years of retirement from Orcutt | Winslow, the architectural firm he founded in 1971, he has returned on a part-time basis to be in involved in mentoring, marketing and special projects. During the 37 years Herman managed the firm, it grew to one of the largest architecture firms in Arizona with over 100 architects and interior designers. The firm has been the recipient of many design and performance awards, including State and Regional Firm of the Year Awards. Herman was and is active in many community organizations. Besides the Barrow Board, Herman is involved in the boards of Westmarc, the Metro YMCA, the Surprise Sundancers, the Arizona Tourism and Sports Authority and the Sun Health Services Board.
Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux was born in New York, N.Y. where she attended elementary school and two years of high school. Her family then moved to Isabela, Puerto Rico where she completed high school and college. Lily’s educational preparation includes degrees in Elementary Education (BA), Educational Leadership and Supervision (MA and PHD), all from the University of Southern Mississippi and a BA in Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico. Her experiences are varied and include serving as a teacher, elementary principal, middle school dean of students, assistant superintendent, adjunct university professor, English as a Second Language Instructor, director of religious education at a military base, business owner, and community volunteer. Lily owned a technology company for six years before returning to her true love: education. Dr. DeBlieux was appointed as the first bilingual, Latina Superintendent of the Pendergast Elementary School District in May 2014. She feels privileged to work in an environment with dedicated individuals and a Governing Board that supports "empowering excellence and success." In her spare time, Lily loves to spend time with family, read, travel, and serve her community. She is active in many community organizations including The Hispanic Leadership Institute, Glendale West Rotary, Leadership West Class XXII, City of Phoenix Youth and Education Commission, Glendale Chamber of Commerce and others. Lily is sought after as a motivational speaker, and in 2015 she founded the organization Si No Yo, Quien? LLC, to provide training to empower women to reach new heights in their personal and professional lives. She is married to Earl, a retired chaplain who served 30 years in the United States Air Force. She has two children; Joel, a Network Engineer and business owner living in Fort Myers, Florida and Dr. Linda, a Pharmacist living in Tucson, AZ. She is also the proud grandmother of Evangeline.
Luis entered the roofing industry as an installer in the Seattle, Washington area in 2000. Working with one of the largest roofing contractors in the Puget Sound area, he quickly went from installer to estimator and shortly after that became the insurance claims estimator. In 2004, he accepted an estimator position in the Phoenix area with a local residential/light commercial roofing contractor. In 2005, he entered the commercial roofing industry with one of the largest commercial roofing contractors in North America. Two years later, he was approached by one of the largest commercial roofing contractors in the United States and accepted a project management position in the company’s Phoenix office headquarters. Luis' responsibilities as a project manager included contract review and negotiation, submittal and shop drawings, material procurement, project buyout, planning meetings with both internal staff and clients, Requests for Information (RFIs), roof inspections, warranties, close outs, production supervision and business development. HIs most recent experience also includes working as a roofing consultant before he made his goal of owning a roofing company a reality. His experience consists of managing projects in all market sectors, including residential, commercial, and industrial, education, upper education, local and state government, federal, healthcare, Native American and entertainment/sports. Luis has managed projects as large as 600,000 square feet.
Natalie joined the Pendergast Foundation in 2016. She is a graduate of Bradley University with her Masters in Accounting. She worked as a Certified Public Accountant in Peoria, IL for McGladrey and joined the audit team for CORE Construction. After getting married to Kyle, she decided to join him on his law school journey at Arizona State University and move in house to work for CORE. She currently is CORE Constructions Director of Business Development for Education. She is passionate about making a difference in education in Arizona. In addition to the Pendergast Education Foundation, Natalie is also on the Peoria Education Foundation, Queen Creek Unified School District Foundation, and President of the Changing Outcomes for Youth Foundation. Her free time is filled by her son Calvin and toy poodle Gracie.
Dr. Juarez has a Doctoral degree in Optometry from UC Berkeley, where he earned a graduate fellowship award for leadership, and three clinical honors in areas of Primary Care, Contact Lenses, and Binocular Vision. Dr. Juarez also as a Biomedical Engineering degree, graduated Cum Laude and as a Tau Beta Pi Honoree. His engineering experience includes work with Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and LifeScan, a Johnson & Johnson company. He currently offers consulting services in engineering and lectures on System Theories and Lean strategies. Dr. Juarez is founding faculty of the Arizona College of Optometry, former Director of Primary Eye Care Procedures, as well as an Assistant Professor. Today, Dr. Juarez is President of The Vision Center of West Phoenix. The clinics offer patients with a vision care experience that is state of the art, caring, and personalized. The clinic has taken part in contact lens solution studies and is a learning institution for tomorrow's eye care leaders. In addition, Dr. Juarez participates as the Eye Care provider for the LA Dodgers franchise.
Tiffany has recently become a member of the Pendergast Foundation. She is a native to Arizona and has been in the construction industry for over 30 years having spent most of those years providing construction services to Arizona’s School Districts. Her experience is extensive in providing Job Order Contracting (JOC), Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR), and Construction Management (CM) services for multiple school districts throughout the state. Tiffany, along with being a licensed general contractor herself, has worked with other contractors in the Valley, and is currently the Director of Public Works for GCON Construction. In addition to her role as member of the Pendergast Foundation, she is an active alumni of Leadership West, a Community Partner with Arizona Charter Academy and a mother of three.
A graduate of ASU, Vispi is a partner at Orcutt | Winslow Architecture. He has focused his efforts on K-12 education. He leads the firm in staying abreast of current educational philosophies and trends. Vispi is very involved in the education community and is also a board member for SOSAz, ABEC and several other District foundations. Vispi and his wife have two daughters, Ava and Neha.