Born and raised in Tucson, Heather loves the desert and the unique culture and community of southern Arizona. A proud University of Arizona graduate, she enjoys solving problems and loves to have a plan. She’s served as an executive level finance and accounting professional for over twenty years in manufacturing, telecommunications and real estate investment and now serves her community professionally through her work at a local fire district.
Heather has served her community through several organizations including Gospel Rescue Mission, Jack and Jill of America, and Sole Hope among others. In addition to her work with HOPE, she currently serves as a voting member for grant distribution of The Legacy Collective. When not working or volunteering, you can find Heather attending her son’s college football games, hosting elaborate parties for her favorite people, traveling, and spoiling her pit bull rescue, Cindy Lou Who.
Lara Iacobucci was born in Chicago but grew up in Tucson where her grandparents owned hotels and restaurants. She grew up in a service industry family with a passion for helping others. After moves to the Midwest and Southern California, she returned to Tucson which she considers home.
As a branch manager for Enterprise Holdings, she developed a love for philanthropy and volunteerism with Enterprise having a strong emphasis on community services. At Enterprise, she became a United Way Young Leader and collaborated with a network of other passionate individuals invested in giving back to their community. Lara left Enterprise to fulfill her desire to continue her education, earning a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership. Upon graduation, she chose to dedicate herself to volunteerism and philanthropy full-time, rather than returning to a traditional career.
As a graduate of the esteemed Greater Tucson Leadership program, Lara is particularly passionate about the ever-growing issues in Tucson and the surrounding communities. She has served as the volunteer coordinator for a local candidate, fundraised and volunteered for numerous local non-profits, and currently is a member of 100+ Women Who Care in addition to serving on the board of HOPE.
Laura Harder was born to a military family and moved all over the world and United States growing up. She landed in Tucson during her junior year of high school where her family retired and settled.
Working as an Account Executive in the Insurance Field, she manages, services and markets large commercial accounts in the Hospitality, Construction and Non Profit/Social Service Industries. In addition to serving as Secretary on the Hope Board of Directors, Laura has served as both a past Vice President and President of the local chapter of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Arizona. She helped coordinate fundraising events and scheduled monthly meeting speakers in addition to coordinating continuing education for the local agents and brokers in Southern Arizona.
Laura has a strong passion for helping animals. She grew up in a family that had pets consisting of dogs, cats, hamsters, birds and turtles. She is an active foster home for the Hope Animal Shelter dogs and has helped place over 20 dogs in loving homes during the last year. Laura also fosters kittens for Southern Arizona Cat Rescue. In additional to raising an 11 year old son, she is currently mom to four dogs, Bella, Joey, Simone and Presley (two of which were foster fails) and three cats, KC, Sushi and Fenix.
Shiloh is a midwestern girl who spent her early years roaming the wheat fields of Kansas with two great danes. If you ask her if she was raised by wolves she'll tell you "Kind of" Always an animal lover at thirteen she started volunteering at Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita and was instantly hooked. When she turned eighteen she was hired full time at the zoo. Eventually becoming interested in exotic animal medicine she has worked as a veterinary technician in dog and cat, exotic animal and wildlife clinics.
In 1999 while teaching wildlife rehabilitation techniques at the El Dorado Correction Facility Shiloh attended a conference in Tucson as part of her federal license requirements. It was love at first hike. A year later she had moved to the desert and started work at Reid Park Zoo. Her love of wildlife conservation would lead her to legislative work as Outreach Coordinator for Defenders of Wildlife.
Shiloh began her work at HOPE nearly a decade ago as the Shelter Manager and now serves on the Board.
Shiloh currently works in the grant department of the Center for Biological Diversity and serves as the Assistant Director of Forever Wild Avian Sanctuary. She and her boyfriend own a small organic produce home delivery service.