about us

Furnishing Dignity serves Maricopa County. Our Mission is to transform lives through community, compassion and essential home furnishings. We accept financial donations and in-kind donations and offer many volunteer opportunities.
 
OUR HISTORY

our history

ADMINISTRATORS/BOARD

administrators

Executive Director – Tamara Silva

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Board Past President – Robert Burghart

Robert is Senior Vice President of Investments and manages the Southwest Complex for Raymond James, which includes offices in Arizona and New Mexico. He and his team focus on investment management for reinsurance companies, captive insurance companies and individual wealth. Originally from Chicago, Robert has served on the Board of Directors for a number of well known Arizona nonprofits. Recognizing the important need that Furnishing Dignity fills in the community, Robert is proud to join a group of like-minded volunteers to help local individuals and families transition their lives with dignity. Outside of work, Robert enjoys spending time with his daughter Taylor and is an automotive enthusiast.

Board President – Nina Targovnik

Nina has been an attorney for 15 years all of them with Community Legal Services, one year in housing law and the rest practicing employment and education law. Before law school, Nina was a Special Education teacher and program developer for different local non-profits. Nina grew up in Phoenix and is a loyal Suns and ASU fan. She has two Master’s degrees, one in Special Education and one in Justice Studies. In addition to being over-educated, Nina was a member of Valley Leadership Class 36 and participated in the Arizona Town Hall session on poverty and was a recorder for the session of Education Funding in Arizona. She continues to volunteer with the Town Hall. Nina taught Juvenile Law at Arizona Summit Law School for three years. At home, she relaxes with her four dogs and scrapbooks while trying to ignore her teenage daughter’s request to borrow the car. She also likes to take pictures and tries to read 50 books a year.

Board Vice President – Lori Wilson

Lori is the Director of People Operations for the Client Computing Group (CCG) at Intel Corporation.  In this role she oversees the organization’s People Operations Strategy which focuses on hiring and integration, progressing and developing people and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  Lori was awarded the Global Diversity & Inclusion Achievement Award for Business Unit of the Year in 2016 and 2018.  A 34-year veteran, she has extensive background in Program Development, Business Operations, Talent Management and Learning & Development.  Lori is a Certified Professional Coach, known for developing breakthrough, innovative programs and events that build community, networks and leadership opportunities.  Outside of work Lori enjoys traveling, spending time with her husband, son and three dogs, and is an active independent film enthusiast.

Board Secretary – Tracy Powers

Certified Business Intelligence, Data Management, and Information Management Professional (CBIP, CDMP, CIMP) with 20+ years’ experience as a functional, technical, and strategic leader for enterprise data systems.  Throughout her vast career, she has helped businesses from start-ups to enterprise clients establish “best practices” to ensure return on investment for deployed software assets.

Board Treasurer – Sherri Bergersen

Sherri is the Chief Audit Executive for YAM Worldwide. She has over 15 years of experience improving corporate governance across all core business areas. Sherri is a Certified Internal Auditor and Information Systems Auditor (CIA, CISA). When she is not working Sherri also enjoys family, reading, and traveling abroad.

Board Past President – Robert Burghart

Ken is a multi Best Selling Author, host of the Business Innovators Radio show and contributing writer for various media sites covering business innovators and successful entrepreneurs in Business, Health, Finance, Legal, and Personal Development. Ken is a serial entrepreneur with a proven history of business success in multiple industries and spends his time working with business to expand their digital footprint and brand online. When not working, he enjoys time with family and playing music. He is also proud to serve his community as an Arizona Mason.

ambassador board

Furnishing Dignity’s Ambassadors offer their expertise and leadership to advance the visibility, mission, and vision of Furnishing Dignity and to endorse, enhance, and expand Furnishing Dignity’s fundraising opportunities.

Derek Greene

The founder and owner of Get Your Move On, LLC, has always enjoyed volunteering and donating to local charities. He has been on the board for Walk Now Autism Speaks and continues to volunteer and donate logistical support each year. Derek strengthens the board through his many years of moving and business experience, while also donating a portion of his storage and moving services monthly. He also donates to UMOM, the largest homeless shelter in Phoenix, where he helps to move families in their re-housing program. When not volunteering and overseeing his company, Derek likes to work out and spend time with his family.

Anita Buckel

A life-long volunteer, Anita has worked with non-profit organizations in the Phoenix area since 2006. She has served church, school and the greater community in various volunteer capacities including: treasurer, fundraising auction chair, procurement chair,  den leader, committee chair and merit badge counselor. Her service here in Phoenix has primarily aided St. John Bosco Catholic School, St. Benedict Parish, Seton Catholic High School and the Boy Scouts of America.

Patrick Peterson

Patrick has been a professional football player with the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League since he was drafted in 2011. Patrick has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of his seven professional seasons and was named to the All Pro team three times. In addition to Patrick’s many football accomplishments, he is also actively involved in his community. In 2012 Patrick started the Patrick Peterson Foundation for Success to provide low income and inner city youth with opportunities and resources to reach their full potential. Programs include Pick out a Book, Shop with a Jock and Patrick’s Corner, which consists of providing a reading section in libraries in Title I schools and inner-city community centers. The Patrick’s Corner program partnered with Furnishing Dignity in 2017, providing bookshelves, bean bag chairs, floor rugs and books to specific families with small children to promote literacy and the love of reading.

Bill Sallurday

Bill is a Sales Executive with over 28 years of experience in Sales, Marketing & Business Development in technology companies, including 16 years with IBM. He has been an active participant in non-profit and charitable organizations throughout his career including a recent term as a Board Member of Furnishing Dignity. Bill has also served as a Board Member of HealthEast FCU in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Other charities he’s supported over the years include Adopt-A-Family and Dads’ Club Organizations at his two daughters’ schools.

Melanie LaDue

Melanie is the Gives Back Lead at Tuft & Needle, a Phoenix-based mattress company doing amazing things in the industry, from how they make and sell mattresses to how they give back to the community. After 12 years as an elementary school teacher, Melanie used her passion for education to grow the school fundraising program at T&N, ultimately providing her the opportunity to lead all of the company’s social mission initiatives. By building relationships with communities and creating outside-of-the-box opportunities, she is able to make T&N’s belief that “everyone deserves a great night’s sleep”, more reachable each day. She proclaims to have the best job in the company, wouldn’t you agree?