Victoria was named Executive Director in July 2022. She previously served as our Director of Development. Her extensive experience in writing grants, fundraising, and creating and maintaining local partnerships are some of her strengths that benefit CEP.
Bill has served as a CEP Board Member, Transition Coordinator and now, as the Executive Director. Mr. Walther has enjoyed a long tenure at CEP and is committed to furthering our aim to become one of Tucson’s significant philanthropic, nonprofit organizations.
Lindie currently serves as the Operations and Facility Manager at CEP. Ms. Hunter has been a member of the Community Extension Programs administrative staff for 31 years. She feels privileged to have served in six different positions within the company gaining valuable experience and knowledge along the way.
I worked for over thirty years in the public schools in the Tucson area because I wanted to help kids reach their full potential in my subject area. Regrettably, my experience showed me that not all students had the resources they needed for that to happen, no matter how hard they tried. I am excited to be part of an organization that wants to provide relief and resources to families who need help.
Secondary School Administrator and Athletic Director
The issues facing The Greater Tucson Area are many, and I would like to be part of a team that brings solutions to those issues.
I am an attorney in private practice focusing on family law, juvenile law, adoptions, and estate planning. Previously, I represented the Department of Child Safety as an assistant attorney general working with dependent youth and families at Pima County Juvenile Court. I am a Tucson native and I believe in CEP's core mission of working to ensure that all people in our community have access to the resources necessary to truly thrive.
Teacher, Real Estate Agent
As a child I was fortunate enough to be a beneficiary of CEP. Having seen their impact first hand, it has become a priority for me to pay it forward. I’d like to help continue to grow the CEP outreach and assist those in need.
I am a local business owner and an avid volunteer at my children's school.
As a native Tucsonan, I believe in helping those in need through opportunity and resources to ensure a resilient and better future for our community.
Vice President / Branch Manager Nova Home Loans
I joined CEP to help give back to the same community that raised me. I believe the responsibility of a thriving community falls on the hands of us all.
Teacher, Amphitheater Public Schools
I am committed to giving back to a community I have lived in and worked in for the past 40 years.
Emeritus Board Member
I am a retired educator and I have witnessed the successes and benefits that directly effect our youth and families in our community when assistance and guidance is available to them. It is a win - win for everyone and our community benefits in the successes of children and families. I have seen numerous students that have achieved greatness and are now giving back to our community. CEP is devoted to our Tucson community and that is why I will continue to support them in their mission.
Emeritus Board Member
I'm all in when it comes to supporting Tucson’s youth as they begin to figure out their career path, which can be influenced by their K-12 experiences. Having taught at 3 Tucson high schools, I know some students need more help, support, and encouragement than others. CEP's commitment to the local community provides critical recognition of students' efforts and a measure of hope for them and their families. I appreciate the opportunity to continue playing a small part in helping our youth become successful, contributing members of the Tucson community.
I believe that all children in our community should have an equal opportunity to do well, prosper and actively participate in their civic duties as they grow up and raise their own families. However, this is not a reality for large numbers of children throughout the nation, and it is not true for children living in the Tucson metro area. Did you know that children who grow up in Tucson have less opportunity in adulthood than kids who grow up elsewhere? Recently, the effects of the pandemic have put additional pressures on Tucson’s working families, which in turn, puts their children even further behind, perpetuating a cycle of poverty for future generations of Tucsonans.
There are many factors that are putting financial, physical and emotional stress on our community’s families; leaving them vulnerable to the prolonged negative impacts of poverty. Your support of CEP to empower people to overcome hardship and create a community where all people reach their full potential will have generational impact on families right here in Tucson. Please consider making a financial gift that will allow us to advance our mission and help keep Tucson’s families from experiencing poverty today and in the future.
Victoria Cook, Ph.D., Executive Director
At CEP we believe that there is often a crucial point in people’s lives where targeted help and support can make a life-changing difference in the direction their life is headed. We want to provide assistance at that pivotal point to help people overcome the obstacles that would hold them back and keep them from reaching their full potential. We want to offer them financial assistance, resources, and connections in order for them to live stable and dignified lives.
CEP is a local organization made up of members who have worked and lived in the parts of our community where the need is greatest. Because of that, we have first-hand experience with the depth of the need in Tucson. Please consider donating to your own community to help change lives here in Arizona.
Rebecca Nuckolls, Board President