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Four new members elected to ACF Board of Directors








The Arizona Community Foundation’s Board of Directors recently elected four new members. Dr. Rufus Glasper, Ann Drummond Melsheimer, Jacob Moore and Richard Morrison were all elected during the Board’s annual meeting held March 11. Board members serve three-year terms, renewable up to two times.

Dr. Rufus Glasper was appointed Chancellor of the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the nation’s largest multi-college community college systems, in 2003 after holding administrative and executive positions with the District for the previous 17 years. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Global Management Accountant and a Certified Government Financial Manager.

Dr. Glasper is a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership and serves on the boards of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Valley of the Sun United Way, O’Connor House, Arizona Commerce Authority and Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences. He holds a Master’s in school business administration from Northern Illinois University, and earned his Doctorate of Philosophy degree in higher education finance from the University of Arizona.

Ann Drummond Melsheimer worked for Mobil Oil Corporation and Exxon Mobil Corporation in a variety of financial analysis, planning and management positions, ending her career as a project manager in the Information Systems department. She has served for the past 12 years as a director of the American National Bank of Texas, a $2.5 billion privately held community bank in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex, and also serves as chair of the bank’s Technology Committee and as a member of the Compensation and ALCO committees.

Melsheimer is a resident of the Desert Mountain community in North Scottsdale, and served as president of the Village of Apache Peak Property Owners Association board and on the Desert Mountain Master Association Board of Directors as treasurer and vice president. She is a founding member of the advisory board for the Desert Mountain Community Foundation, which is affiliated with the Arizona Community Foundation. She earned her MBA from Tulane University.

Jacob Moore is Assistant Vice President of Tribal Relations for Arizona State University. He previously worked as an economic development analyst and special assistant on congressional and legislative affairs for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Jacob also served as managing partner for Generation Seven Strategic Partners, a consulting group specializing in government relations, public affairs and economic development, working primarily with tribal nations. Moore also had a 14-year career in retail banking.

Moore is a member of the Arizona State Board of Education and also serves on the Board of Directors for WestEd, Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center (AMEPAC), and the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise. He holds an Executive MBA from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey College of Business and is an enrolled member of the Tohono O’odham Nation.

Richard Morrison is an attorney specializing in water law, environmental law, and issues facing special districts and agriculture. He serves as an adviser to the Arizona Water Resources Research Center at the University of Arizona, and has been honored for his participation in the successful negotiation and implementation of four water rights settlements with Native American communities in our state.

Morrison is co-founder and chairman of the board of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University, and serves on the staff of the Bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, where he is Canon for Ecumenical and Community Relations. Morrison has been the owner and operator of farms and ranches in Arizona and Colorado and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Agribusiness and Water Council of Arizona and as a trustee of the Farm Foundation, an educational non-profit corporation headquartered in Chicago. He earned his law degree from the University of Houston, holds a Master of Arts degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Arizona.

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