People: Autumn Ruhe

Q&A

Autumn Ruhe / Owner of Mildred & Dildred

Photo by Thomas Veneklasen

Q: Where were you born?

Sioux Falls, South Dakota. My dad was in residency at a hospital there. I was born in December, and from what I hear, it was pretty unbearably cold. We moved to Tucson when I was around three.

Q: How did you become interested in your career field?

I graduated from college with an art history degree and had no idea what I was going to do. I got a job at Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle’s, and for the first time, things started to click for me. I wasn’t a great sales person but I realized I was pretty OK at merchandising. And I liked being in an environment where I was allowed/ encouraged to be goofy.

Q: What is the biggest challenge of your job?

Our store is really small, so editing orders is one of the toughest parts. I’ll want to get an entire line of big squishy stuffed animals, but we only have so much room. It can be hard picking which ones I think customers will love, over which ones I love. It takes a bit of self restraint!

Q: What is the greatest reward of your job?

We’ve been around long enough that now middle schoolers will come into the shop and say, “I used to come here when I was little!” It feels really great to know that we’ve built something that is a part of someone’s story, even if it’s just a tiny part.

Q: Do you have any family members in Tucson?

Yes, my parents live here, which is great. Free babysitting!

Q: What was the last book you read, and what did you enjoy the most about it?

I recently reread The Devil’s Teeth by Susan Casey. It’s a true story of a journalist who goes to work with the scientists who track great white sharks around the Farallon Islands. They tolerate really miserable conditions to be close to sharks; their passion is inspiring.

Q: When you have the time, what is your favorite TV show to binge watch?

My son is four years old, so I’m way behind on good TV shows. After he goes to bed, I usually choose sleep over TV. But the last one I couldn’t stop watching was The Haunting of Hill House (I love ghost stories).

Q: In 20 words or less, describe your perfect day.

Listening to a spooky podcast and eating macaroni and cheese while doing a puzzle. TL

Editor’s note: At press time online ordering and delivery were available through Mildredanddildred.com.

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People: Bob Huffman

Q&A

Bob Hoffman / President of Tucson Roadrunners

Q: Where were you born?

I was born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, a small town near Akron. Northeast Ohio has its own feel and is a tightly knit community. I consider the entire Akron/Canton/Cleveland area home.

Q: How did you become interested in your career field?

I have always enjoyed various aspects of event planning, sales, marketing and sports, and I am fortunate enough to meld all of those into my career field. From a young age, I was interested in being a part of sold-out sporting events and the excitement they generate for the fans and their surrounding communities.

Q: What is the biggest challenge of your job?

Having patience, as often you want things to progress more quickly and you want to achieve all of your goals in a very short time span — sometimes that just is not possible, and things take time.

Q: What is the greatest reward of your job?

Knowing that we impact the lives of the community in many ways. Kids fall in love with our mascot, Dusty, fans can rally behind and get excited about a thrilling win, and the corporate community sees the value the Roadrunners bring to their operations, their staff and customers.

Q: Do you have any family members in Tucson?

I live in Tucson with my wife Melissa and daughter Gabrielle, who is soon to be a student at the University of Arizona.

Q: Where would you most like to vacation next — and why?

I have had numerous friends vacation in New Zealand recently and all memories they bring back feels like it is a place I would love to take a couple weeks and visit.

Q: What was the last book you read, and what did you enjoy the most about it?

I unfortunately do not have much time to indulge, and certainly miss that. When I have time, I may dive into a self-help book or something that serves to teach and train to update and upgrade current practices.

Q: When you have the time, what is your favorite TV show to binge watch?

Seeing the ins and outs of a business culture like in The Office is a great release from the everyday walk.

Women of Impact: Celebrating 20 years

The following 20 women (listed alphabetically) are being recognized for their community involvement in honor of IMPACT of Southern Arizona’s 20th anniversary.

The Women of IMPACT Luncheon was created as IMPACT of Southern Arizona’s annual event to recognize the women and businesses giving back in the community. With a weekly Woman of IMPACT Wednesday campaign, as well as nominations and submissions, more than 70 women have been recognized. Each year, some are honored during the luncheon.

This year, IMPACT of Southern Arizona is celebrating 20 years of good works and more than $22 million reinvested back into the community through their programs and resources. Preceding the luncheon is a resource and vendor fair (with free chair massages!) to help attendees learn more about healthy living, becoming connected and giving back. The program continues with highlighting this year’s 20 Women of IMPACT, and honoring outstanding corporate partners, businesses, volunteers and community supporters who have helped make a difference in our city.

All proceeds benefit the community programs of IMPACT of Southern Arizona, which works to stabilize families, support seniors and move people out of poverty by improving lives and inspiring futures. Learn more at impactsoaz.org

 

100+ Women Who Care Tucson

Desha Bymers-Davis, Founder

This 100 percent volunteer-run group gives all of each member’s $100 donation to a selected charity they choose each quarter. The organization has given more than $300,000 to 17 local charities in just four years.

 

 

 

Stephanie Bermudez

Founder, Startup Unidos

Bermudez is actively working with startups across the Arizona-Sonora area by implementing Startup Unidos to create binational business opportunities, and is honored for her contributions throughout the community.

 

 

Chris Mooney Photo

Sharon Bronson

Supervisor, District 3, Pima County

Since being elected to the board, Bronson has advocated for economic development policies: growing highwage jobs while reducing income disparities, improving regional livability and reform for our criminal justice system.

 

 

 

Allison Duffy

President & Owner, Silverado Technologies and Sasiadek’s Print Solutions

Even with merging Sasiadek’s Print Solutions and Silverado Technologies last year, Duffy has continued to serve on numerous boards and committees, including Angel Charity, Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona and more.

 

 

 

Stephanie Ellsworth

Founder, Financial Advisor, Her Slice of the Cake

Ellsworth and her team approach their workshops by empowering women with financial tools and education designed by and for them. They hold no cost/no solicitation financial education workshops to help instill confidence in their clients.

 

 

Breanna Hamilton

Owner/President, Rancho Rossa Vineyards and Rescued Hearts Cellars

Hamilton’s 100 percent estate winery uses only fruit that they grow to make their wines. Rescued Hearts Cellars will become a nonprofit fundraiser for animals with critical care veterinary needs.

 

 

 

Sarah Haught

TPD Sergeant and Founder, Beauty from Ashes Ranch

Sergeant Haught is working toward raising awareness and building a holistic facility for female survivors of sex trafficking. The Ranch will provide a homelike environment, therapeutic programs, education, job training and more.

 

 

Nohemy Hite

Founder and Executive Director, Erik Hite Foundation

The foundation provides high-quality childcare with affordable prices and extended hours to first responders and military families to alleviate one of the biggest stressors young families face.

 

 

 

Susan Kinkade, BSN, RN, CEN

Trauma Outreach Coordinator, Banner UMC

The late Susan Kinkade spent her life in nursing with a focus on an Emergency Room practice. She developed and implemented injury prevention programs throughout the community.

 

 

 

Paloma Lopez-Santiago

VP of Advancement, San Miguel High School

In this school, which was created as a learning community for students from families of limited financial means, Santiago works toward strengthening leadership skills in students, and actively mentors some alumni.

 

 

 

Diana Madaras

CEO, Madaras Gallery

Artist and gallery owner Madaras is president of the nonprofit Art for Animals Foundation, which has raised $200,000+ to help abused, injured and orphaned animals. She currently concentrates her fundraising on Tucson Wildlife Center.

 

 

 

Cynthia Magallanes

Founder and CEO, Free Ever After Bridal Boutique

A portion of this resale bridal boutique’s proceeds has helped fund services for more than 100 survivors of sexual exploitation or sex trafficking. The shop’s associated Masterpiece Mentorship Program works with these survivors.

 

 

 

Yvette-Marie Margaillan

CEO, and Clinical Director, LBA, BCBA, Autism Pediatrics

This practice provides pediatric behavioral therapy to children with autism in a diverse population, predominately working with lowincome families. Margaillan is passionate about promoting women’s empowerment and STEM learning.

 

 

 

Jordan Ochoa

CEO of Pop Weds and Founder of Pop Saves

A wedding and event planning business for people on a budget, Ochoa’s licensed, insured vendors create beautiful events. With subscriptions to Pop Saves, $2, $4, or $6 goes to support first responder charities.

 

 

 

Emily Schaefer, RN

Banner University Medical Center

As a nurse in the Endoscopy unit, Schaefer focuses on each patient with a heart for service. She recently chaired the 2019 Chair for El Rio Community Health Center’s gala, and will chair the 2022 Tucson Heart & Stroke Ball.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Arianna Sholes-Douglas

Owner, Medical Director, Tula Wellness and Aesthetics

Dr. Arianna focuses on peri- and postmenopausal and sexual health, as well as regenerative aesthetic procedures. She won the 2016 Health and Medical Leaders Award, and wrote The Menopause Myth last year.

 

 

 

Susan Smith

Susan Storyteller

A heart attack survivor and Mayo Clinic-trained WomenHeart Champion, Smith is determined to help women and their significant others know the signs of heart attack, and to educate and advocate for women with heart disease.

 

 

 

Betty Stauffer

Executive Director, Literacy Connects

For 20 years, Stauffer has helmed this important nonprofit, helping to build the connections that enabled the organization to grow. She strives to connect people of all ages to a world of opportunities through literacy and creative expression.

 

 

 

Gemma Thomas

Chief Administrative Officer, Children’s Clinics

As well as working to provide medical, dental, behavioral and rehabilitative therapy services to ~7,000 children in Southern Arizona, Thomas secured a $700,000 grant from Angel Charity for an Autism Center of Excellence for kids.

 

 

 

Stephanie Urdiales

General Manager, Golden Goose Thrift Shop

This mother of four and grandmother of nine has a background in resale, and as general manager for 15 years, has helped Golden Goose raise more than $13 million for its sister charities, of which IMPACT of Southern Arizona is one.

 

 

 


Women of IMPACT Luncheon
Friday, March 20, 2020
The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Vendor Resource Area and silent auction
12-1:30 p.m. 20 Years of IMPACT, honoree recognition and keynote speaker

For information or tickets, visit Impactofsoaz.org

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